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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?

An emaciated, naked, small human-like creature covered in sores, curled up on the floor.

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    how exactly does that look like a "baby" to you? Aug 11, 2014 at 11:39
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    @AwalGarg I believe in the books it is explicitly called "a baby".
    – Bakuriu
    Aug 11, 2014 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, 2014 at 19:32
  • I'll defend the OP; it looks a bit like Benjamin Button.
    – Dacio
    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:23
  • @AwalGarg so disappointed you're more influenced by the films than the books... Jan 20, 2015 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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    @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, 2014 at 22:52
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    @Richard - And surprisingly (and unintentionally) all Horcruxes were destroyed in the same order.
    – Himanshu
    Aug 12, 2014 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, 2016 at 13:23
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    @Mynamite Nagini is killed like any ordinary snake Ordinary snakes aren't killed with Gryffindor's sword you know. :P
    – Baby Man
    Jul 30, 2017 at 14:03
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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 Voldemort's soul that resides in Harry's body.

Since Voldemort and Harry have a connection (due to the something that hit Harry the night his parents died), Harry has a piece of Voldemort's soul inside him and that is why he can speak Parseltongue, look into Voldemort's mind, etc.

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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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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 Nov 21, 2015 at 3:36
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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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