"Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die. Some say he's still out there, bidin' his time, like, but I don' believe it. People who was on his side came back ter ours. Some of 'em came outta kinda trances. Don’ reckon they could've done if he was comin' back.
   "Most of us reckon he's still out there somewhere but lost his powers. Too weak to carry on. 'Cause somethin' about you finished him, Harry. There was somethin' goin' on that night he hadn't counted on –– I dunno what it was, no one does –– but somethin' about you stumped him, all right."
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

Is lost a past participle sharing he’s, or is the phrase a participial construction?

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    Yeah, the he's is implied to refer to both. "(he's) still out there but (he's) lost his powers."
    – WendiKidd
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 13:37
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    Why is this downvote? This site is for EFL learners. Even if the question is easy, it should not be downvoted.
    – Mistu4u
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 13:59
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    Note that in he's still out there somewhere, the 's stands for is, but in (he's) lost his powers, the 's stands for has. I don't believe that this would be deemed grammatical by purists (but this is Hagrid speaking ...). Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 14:03
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    Well, you can also read it as is coordinated with lost, possibly with a (nonstandard) omitted auxiliary, so I don't think the coordination is necessarily ungrammatical.
    – user230
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 8:59

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With this sentence:

Most of us reckon he's still out there somewhere but lost his powers.

You could also re-write it as:

Most of us reckon (he's) still out there somewhere but (he's) lost his powers.

This is using a loose interpretation of the contraction (he's) to mean either (he is) or (he has). So it could again be rewritten thusly:

Most of us reckon (he is) still out there somewhere but (he has) lost his powers.

As noted, Hagrid is not known for his strict adherence to grammatical norms. :)

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