In Harry Potter universe, do Phoenixes have souls?

Canon based answers only please.

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    Bonus question: If so, is the soul preserved during re-birth? Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 20:54
  • I would imagine that animals do have souls in HP. Having a living being as a Horcrux is implied to be risky, which suggests that animals might have a soul of their own. But that’s pure guesswork.
    – alexwlchan
    Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 21:04
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    @Himarm - what does magic or longevity have to do with soul? Non-living objects have magical properties too. Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 21:15
  • I would view the Phoenix to not have a soul, because things with a soul either go to Heaven or Hell when they die, but a Phoenix doesn't die
    – Dragona13
    Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 5:06
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    @WadCheber - if you have a decent reference to prove it, feel free to edit the correct spelling. I'm ESL :) Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 1:17

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It seems clear from the Harry Potter books and films that animals (or at least certain animals) have souls and can become ghosts.

Members of the Headless hunt, for example ride on ghostly horses:

Through the dungeon wall burst a dozen ghost horses, each ridden by a headless horseman. The assembly clapped wildly; Harry started to clap too, but stopped quickly at the sight of Nick’s face. The horses galloped into the middle of the dance floor and halted, rearing and plunging; a large ghost at the front, whose bearded head was under his arm, blowing the horn, leapt down, lifted his head high in the air so he could see over the crowd (everyone laughed) and strode over to Nearly Headless Nick, squashing his head back onto his neck Chamber of Secrets

and Mopsy Fleabert has written an entire book about animal spirits.

Read more from Mopsy Fleabert about animal spirits and how to recognize them. Pottermore Wiki

Since becoming a ghost seems to be a function of having a soul in the first place, it seems likely that some if not all animals in the Potter universe have souls, Phoenixes included.

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