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When Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby, and the killing curse rebounded upon him, what happened to his body? Do we know? PotterTheories 14:53, September 23, 2009 (UTC)

After Voldemort's transformation his body was not as human anymore, so my guess would be that his body disintegrated into ash or whatever and his soul we know became parasitic and latched onto a host, Professor Quirrel's body. Then after Quirrel died and was of course no longer able to be a host I believe Voldemort's body became like the infants body we read about in DH. Furthermore we know that Wormtail cared after the Voldemort's body and it became a full body after Wormtail performed the ritual to bring him back. This is part theory/part fact, nothing to quote me on. Still Learning 20:32, September 23, 2009 (UTC)

If Voldemort had been human, then his body should not have been damaged, for it is implied repeatedly that the curse does not leave a mark on the body. That was what puzzled the muggles so much. Anyway, because Voldemort's body and soul was not truly human after his Dark transformations, I don't think we can predict with much accuracy what really happened to his body. We can only guess. Quidditch Lover C11-quidditch (My talk)(contribs) 00:05, September 24, 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the responses. I agree that we can only guess about what happened to his original body. Maybe JK will address it in a future interview or in her Encyclopedia. PotterTheories 14:32, September 24, 2009 (UTC)

JKR has never said, so any answer is speculation, but here's my take on it. The killing curse would normally detach the soul from the body and leave the body otherwise untouched, but because of the dark magic that Vodemort had already used to tear his soul into pieces, the rebounded curse had a much more disastrous effect. Hermione remarks at one point in DH that a Horcrux is the exact opposite of a normal person and destroying the 'body' of the Horcrux destroys the soul that it holds, unlike destroying the body of a person, which merely releases the soul to move 'on'. My speculation is that when the killing curse hits Voldemort, it destroys his body because most of his soul is no longer present to occupy it. As a matter of fact, it destroys his body with such explosive force that it blows the roof off the Potter house! The bit of his soul that is left attaches itself to Harry's scar. The only part of Voldemort that is left is his consciousness, which he relocates to Albania because that's where he created one of his Horcruxes and he feels 'at home' there. DavidWallis 06:33, October 17, 2009 (UTC)

I like the way you think DavidWallis. That is a very good theory but I think that you might be focusing on the wrong person when it comes to the reason for Voldemort's body disintegrating. I am talking, of course, of the Boy Who Lived himself, Harry Potter. I think it was not due to Voldemort's maimed soul that his body was annihilated, but because of the sacrificial love magic Lily Potter left on her son. The Avada Kedavra Curse had never known to be repelled by a human body before so its behaviour in the presence of someone protected by love is very unpredictable. I think it was the way that the Curse rebounded off Harry's forehead that made the spell all the more unstable. Don't forget that although we're refering to a world of magic, there is a lot of science behind its mechanics. Imagine this: Voldemort fires the Curse (appearing as a jet of green light) at Harry (a close-range aim). Now, the spell makes contact with the infant's forehead but instead of rebounding back to Voldemort in the same narrow streak of green light, the beam releases its energy in all directions creating something of a green coloured explosion of light that fills the room and Voldemort, as well as the opposite wall of the bedroom, are blasted away. My theory is that when in contact with Love magic, the Killing Curse alters in its usual properties and acts like more of an incendiary device. That is just my theory and although I am confident in its accuracy, I'm still not going to pretend I know it to be pure fact because like you said DavidWallis, any answer other than what Rowling herself states, is speculation.--Yin&Yang 00:51, October 18, 2009 (UTC)

According to Deathly Hallows, "They moved Voldemort's body and laid it in a chamber of the Hall, away from the the bodies of Fred, Tonks, Lupin, Colin Creevey, and fifty others who had died fighting him." --Parodist 00:13, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

Oh shoot. I thought you were talking about when Harry killed him. Shows how much I listen. Nevermind. --Parodist 00:14, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

Lol, for a second there I thought I was out of context with the question.--Yin&Yang 04:44, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

I dont get a word of what u say !!!--Beautiful altar 16:47, October 19, 2009 (UTC)beautiful altar

Haha, okay let me put it this way: For a second there, I thought I had it mixed up. Does that help?--Yin&Yang 21:31, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

lol.....ya... don't English isn't that bad...i dint bother to read what all everyone typed and i only saw the last i dint "comprehend".... ha ha...--Beautiful altar 11:53, October 21, 2009 (UTC)

I'll try not to write so much next time so that you aren't tempted to just glance over my comments... keyword: 'try'.--Yin&Yang 02:13, October 22, 2009 (UTC)

lol....thanx a lot...your really funny....--Beautiful altar 11:29, October 22, 2009 (UTC)