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When Harry has been hit with the killing curse, he ends up in an imaginary King's Cross, with Dumbledore, and an infant-like creature that can be heard crying.

What is this creature?

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how exactly does that look like a "baby" to you? –  Awal Garg Aug 11 '14 at 11:39
@AwalGarg I believe in the books it is explicitly called "a baby". –  Bakuriu Aug 11 '14 at 18:40
@Bakuriu, That's what I recall from the book as well, though I admit that it's been a while. –  Brian S Aug 11 '14 at 19:32
I'll defend the OP; it looks a bit like Benjamin Button. –  Dacio Aug 12 '14 at 5:23
@AwalGarg so disappointed you're more influenced by the films than the books... –  Alexandre Holden Daly Jan 20 at 1:33

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Part of Voldemort’s soul.

This was an FAQ on J.K. Rowling’s old website:

What exactly was the mutilated baby-like creature Harry saw at King’s Cross in chapter 35 of “Hallows”?

I’ve been asked this a LOT. It is the last piece of soul Voldemort possesses. When Voldemort attacks Harry, they both fall temporarily unconscious, and both their souls – Harry’s undamaged and healthy, Voldemort’s stunted and maimed – appear in the limbo where Harry meets Dumbledore.

This is hinted at in the text of the book, and this interpretation fits with what Dumbledore says, but I don’t think it’s made explicit.

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Didn't Nagini come before Harry? –  Lego Stormtroopr Aug 11 '14 at 3:44
@Richard - I never thought of that, but that would explain why the diary was so animate compared to the other horcruxes. –  Bobson Aug 11 '14 at 18:48
@Richard Interesting link, but as Voldemort always intended to split himself into seven, perhaps he was skilled enough to put a seventh into each horcrux? (allowing for the mistake of making Harry one) –  Mynamite Aug 11 '14 at 22:52
@Bobson That's a good point too. –  Mynamite Aug 11 '14 at 22:52

It makes me think back to Goblet of Fire, where Wormtail is carrying a baby-like form of Voldemort, i.e. the materialisation of a part of Voldemort's soul (i.e. Horcrux).

Maybe this is another part of Voldemort's soul, the one that is/was trapped in Harry's body until now. The killing curse has separated them, Harry can leave it to die in order to make Voldemort mortal (and consequently loses his Parselmouth).

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it was part of voldemorts soul that resides in harry's body.

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the killing curse seperated voldy's sub-soul from harry, and it was maimed and in pain. dumbledore says "something beyond either of our help", it could not go "on" like dumbledore, or back to voldemort's body, it's something like a piece of garbage that even voldemort didnt know existed

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