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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
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@AwalGarg I believe in the books it is explicitly called "a baby". – Bakuriu Aug 11 '14 at 18:40
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@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 '15 at 1:33

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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@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
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@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
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@Richard - And surprisingly (and unintentionally) all Horcruxes were destroyed in the same order. – hims056 Aug 12 '14 at 5:20
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@Richard If the split was 50% of the remainder each time, as your link suggests, it would also explain how each horcrux is successively less powerful when it is destroyed.The diary takes an active part in events and can think and speak; the ring casts a powerful curse on Dumbledore which cannot be cured; the locket merely tries to get inside Ron's mind; in the book we don't hear what happens when R&H destroy the cup, but the emerge unscathed; the diadem is destroyed by fire without fighting back; Nagini is killed like any ordinary snake. – Mynamite Jan 17 at 13:23

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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When Harry asked Dumbledore "what exactly is that?" D responded "something beyond our help, a part of voldemort sent here to die" This is the quote from the movie. I think the book might explain better. It did look like the "baby" Voldemort wormtail was holding...the one that the muggle saw when he walked into the house where wormtail and the other guy were at

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Welcome to SFFSE! As it stands this answer is likely to get downvoted because it doesn't really address the question. You may wish to consider revising this answer so that it provides more information – Often Right Nov 21 '15 at 3:36

Voldemort's soul was divided in many parts. The parts of his soul that got destroyed could not move on, as the soul had not completely died. So I think this unusual baby like creature was how Voldemort's half destroyed soul was depicted. What I mean to say is probably this is the 6/8 part of his soul leading a very pathetic/painful existence on the other side because it cannot move on. So it's stuck in the limbo as well.

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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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