It is explained that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby, his Avada Kedavra rebounded due to Lily's sacrifice.

This caused two (important) things to happen:

  1. Voldemort got blasted into an unknown state of 'undeadness'
  2. The Potter's house got blown to pieces

How did Harry not get crushed in the events?

My thoughts are that the destruction was caused by Voldemort, and therefore Harry was protected by Lily's sacrifice.

It's just a funny thought that there could be this little baby with a massive (house) beam on top of him.


I seem to remember that the roof got blown-off, so probably not much debris that could have hurt him?

Most of the cottage was still standing, though entirely covered in dark ivy and snow, but the right side of the top floor had been blown apart; that, Harry was sure, was where the curse had backfired.

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bathilda's Secret).

  • Bizarre idea: the blast must have destroyed baby Harry, but baby Harry is an Horcrux.
    – Saturn
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:42
  • 1
    @Voldemort Well Harry was only a quasi-Horcrux, and also apparently making a Horcrux doesn't inherently make the object indestructible, one has to place enchantments on it to make it so...
    – Möoz
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:47
  • I though that the indestructibility is indeed a consequence of being an Horcrux (a natural property), and the enchantments used are for making an Horcrux (transferring the soul etc), rather than protecting it. I dunno, haven't read this in ages.
    – Saturn
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:51
  • 3
    @Voldemort I think old-mate Snape would agree that Harry is 'thick-headed'!
    – Möoz
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 5:55
  • 1
    Also, Snape's pensive memories; he holding Lily on the ground while Harry watches on from his cradle. The room didn't look like a rubble. Another point, I think just creating a horcrux doesnt make it indestructible; its just a soul container. Voldy put up nasty enchantments on those containers to make them nearly indestructible. Nagini was hard to kill but Harry, the horcrux, was destroyed with a simple Avada Kedavra Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 6:46

2 Answers 2


The Avada Kedavra rebounded and blew up AWAY from Harry.


  • bounce back through the air after hitting a hard surface or object.


‘Tell him that on the night Lord Voldemort tried to kill him, when Lily cast her own life between them as a shield, the Killing Curse rebounded upon Lord Voldemort, and a fragment of Voldemort’s soul was blasted apart from the whole, and latched itself on to the only living soul left in that collapsing building. Part of Lord Voldemort lives inside Harry, and it is that which gives him the power of speech with snakes, and a connection with Lord Voldemort’s mind that he has never understood. And while that fragment of soul, unmissed by Voldemort, remains attached to, and protected by Harry, Lord Voldemort cannot die.’


According to HP and the Cursed Child, Harry appears to have been protected from falling debris by his crib.

HAGRID walks through the ruins.
Hagrid: I want yeh to know — yeh won’t be forgotten — not by me — not by anyfolk.

And then he hears a sound — the sound of a baby snuffling. HAGRID turns towards it, walking with more intensity now.

He looks down and stands over the crib. Which seems to radiate light.

Hagrid: Well. Hello. Yeh must be Harry.

As mentioned in the other answer, the blast itself rebounded from Harry, suggesting that the main blast wave was moving away from him, not toward him.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.