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|name= Tom Marvolo Riddle
 
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|born=[[31 December]], [[1920s|1926]]<br />[[Wool's Orphanage]], [[London]]
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|born=[[31 December]], [[1920s|1926]]<br />[[Wool's Orphanage]], [[London]], [[England]]<ref name="HBP10">{{HBP}} - Chapter 10 (''The House of Gaunt'')</ref>
|died=[[2 May]], [[1998]] (aged 71)<br />[[Great Hall]], [[Hogwarts Castle]]
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|died=[[2 May]], [[1998]] (aged 71)<br />[[Great Hall]], [[Hogwarts Castle]], [[Scotland]]
 
|blood=[[Half-blood]]
 
|blood=[[Half-blood]]
 
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|alias=*Lord Voldemort (self proclaimed title and chosen name)<ref name="VDM">He was first known as this when he was 16.</ref>
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|alias=*Lord Voldemort (self-proclaimed title and chosen name)<ref name="VDM">He was first known as this when he was 16.</ref>
*You-Know-Who (used by those who are too afraid or if it is too dangerous to refer to him by his chosen name)<ref name="YKW">He was known as this when people were scared of the name Lord Voldemort.</ref>
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*You-Know-Who (used by those who are too afraid or if it is too dangerous to refer to him by his chosen name)<ref name="YKW">He was known as this when people were scared of the name Voldemort.</ref>
 
*He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (used along the same line as "You-Know-Who")<ref name="YKW"/>
 
*He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (used along the same line as "You-Know-Who")<ref name="YKW"/>
 
*The Dark Lord<ref>Known as this by [[Death Eaters]] and occasionally [[Albus Dumbledore]].</ref>
 
*The Dark Lord<ref>Known as this by [[Death Eaters]] and occasionally [[Albus Dumbledore]].</ref>
 
*Your Lordship (used by Wormtail)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 1 (''The Riddle House'')</ref>
 
*Your Lordship (used by Wormtail)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 1 (''The Riddle House'')</ref>
*Chief Death Eater (used by Lee Jordan) <ref> Referred to as this by [[Lee Jordan]] on [[Potterwatch]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''- Chapter 22 (''The Deathly Hallows'')</ref>
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*Lord Thingy (by [[Cornelius Fudge]] in his address revealing Voldemort's return to power)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 38 (''The Second War Begins'')</ref>
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*Chief Death Eater (used by Lee Jordan) <ref>Referred to as this by [[Lee Jordan]] on [[Potterwatch]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''- Chapter 22 (''The Deathly Hallows'')</ref>
 
*Heir of Slytherin<ref>Adopted this appellation in 1942.</ref>
 
*Heir of Slytherin<ref>Adopted this appellation in 1942.</ref>
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*Voldy (by [[Peeves]] in his victory song, after the [[Battle of Hogwarts]])
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*He Who Could Not Be Named (by [[Rita Skeeter]])<ref>[http://www.pottermore.com/en-us/daily-prophet/qwc2014/2014-07-08/dumbledores-army-reunites Pottermore, Daily Prophet, Gossip Column]</ref>
 
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*[[Head Boy]]
 
*[[Dark Wizard|Dark Lord]]
 
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*Heir of [[Salazar Slytherin|Slytherin]]
 
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*[[Marvolo Gaunt]] (maternal grandfather) †
 
*[[Marvolo Gaunt]] (maternal grandfather) †
 
*[[Morfin Gaunt]] (maternal uncle) †
 
*[[Morfin Gaunt]] (maternal uncle) †
*[[Harry Potter]] (distant relative)
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*[[James Potter I|James Potter]] (distant cousin)
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|boggart=His own corpse
 
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|wand=*[[Tom Riddle's wand|13½", Yew, phoenix feather core]]
 
|wand=*[[Tom Riddle's wand|13½", Yew, phoenix feather core]]
 
*[[Lucius Malfoy's wand|18", Elm, dragon heartstring]] (temporary)
 
*[[Lucius Malfoy's wand|18", Elm, dragon heartstring]] (temporary)
 
*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral tail hair core]]
 
*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral tail hair core]]
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|job=*Assistant at [[Borgin and Burkes]] (formerly)
 
|job=*Assistant at [[Borgin and Burkes]] (formerly)
 
|house=[[Slytherin]]
 
|house=[[Slytherin]]
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|goals=*Destroy [[Harry Potter]], rule the world, enslave or eliminate all Muggles and Muggle-borns
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|loyalty=*[[Death Eaters]]
 
*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
 
*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
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*[[British Ministry of Magic]]
 
*[[British Ministry of Magic]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Voldemort|You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?|Dumbledore|We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit.|There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!|You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.|Lord Voldemort to [[Albus Dumbledore]] in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] before the [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium]] |Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Voldemort|You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?|Dumbledore|We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit.|There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!|You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.|Voldemort to [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] before their [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|duel]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
'''Tom Marvolo Riddle''' ([[31 December]], [[1920s|1926]]<ref>We know that Chamber of Secrets takes place in 1992. Fifty years earlier was 1942. In this year, Hagrid was a third year, and Riddle was two above him, meaning he was a fifth year. 15 years before 1942 was 1927. However, Riddle was born on New Year's, making it 1926.</ref> – [[2 May]], [[1998]]), later known as '''Lord Voldemort''', was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]] and considered to be the most powerful [[Dark Wizard]] of all time. He was the son of wealthy [[Muggle]] [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], and witch [[Merope Gaunt]], who died shortly after childbirth. He was the heir of [[Salazar Slytherin]] and was ordered to finish his work. Tom Riddle Sr. left his wife soon after she became pregnant with their son, having been released from the enchantment of a [[love potion]] which had started their relationship. Their son, Tom Marvolo Riddle, was born and raised in a Muggle [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]], but eventually attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] (1938-1945) and was sorted into [[Slytherin]] house. Tom Riddle was the most talented pupil to ever attend Hogwarts. To [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|the school]] at large he appeared to be an exceedingly handsome and polite child. In reality, however, Riddle was cruel, arrogant, sadistic, manipulative, sociopathic and megalomaniacal. Having achieved outstanding grades in every examination he took, Riddle left Hogwarts and went on to a brief employment at [[Borgin and Burkes]], before disappearing from public view completely.
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'''Tom Marvolo Riddle''' ([[31 December]], [[1920s|1926]]<ref>We know that Chamber of Secrets takes place in 1992. Fifty years earlier was 1942. In this year, Hagrid was a third year, and Riddle was two above him, meaning he was a fifth year. 15 years before 1942 was 1927. However, Riddle was born on New Year's, making it 1926.</ref> – [[2 May]], [[1998]]), later known as '''Lord Voldemort''', was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]] and considered to be one of the most powerful [[Dark Wizard]]s of all time. The son of wealthy [[Muggle]] [[Tom Riddle Sr.|Tom Riddle Senior]] and witch [[Merope Gaunt]], he was orphaned and raised in a Muggle orphanage, which remained his permanent residence through his 1938-1945 attendance at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. He was a member of [[Slytherin]] house. 
   
Having embraced the [[Dark Arts]] he encountered in his travels, the former Tom Riddle, now known exclusively as Lord Voldemort, raised an enormous army comprised of followers he recruited both at school and afterwards, as well as many dark creatures. This army, known as the [[Death Eaters]], began a campaign of terror and violence never before seen in Britain. After hearing half of a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] referring to a single being with the power to destroy him, Voldemort set off to kill [[Harry Potter]], to whom he believed the prophecy referred. After murdering Harry&apos;s parents, [[James and Lily Potter|Lily and James]], Voldemort turned his [[Tom Riddle's wand|wand]] upon the boy, but due to Lily Potter&apos;s [[Sacrificial protection|loving sacrifice]], Voldemort&apos;s [[Killing Curse|curse]] backfired on him and his body was destroyed. Stripped of his physical form, Voldemort fled to a far-flung forest in Albania, to await the day when he could regain a body and return to power. After thirteen years of waiting that day would finally arrive, and with the use of Potter’s own blood, the Dark Lord [[Rebirth of Tom Riddle|rose again]].
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His accomplishments included the opening of [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Chamber of Secrets]] and the use of its monster to attack [[Muggle-born]] students; several months' service as a purchasing agent for the Dark artefacts shop [[Borgin and Burkes]]; and the attainment of [[immortality]] between the years of 1944 and 1998, a process begun upon the creation of his first [[Horcrux]] at the age of 16. Abandoning his 'Muggle' name, he became the self-proclaimed Lord Voldemort, commanded [[Death Eaters|a veritable army of wizards and Dark creatures]], committed numerous murders personally and through his followers, on one occasion nearly succeeded and on a later occasion did succeed in taking over the [[Ministry of Magic]] by installing a [[Pius Thicknesse|puppet]] [[Minister for Magic|Minister]]. Splitting his soul into a total of eight pieces, Lord Voldemort created seven Horcruxes, [[Harry Potter|one]] unintentionally and without his knowledge. 
   
Although he initially lay low, Voldemort was soon forced into the open, and began his bloody conquest of the wizarding world anew. After two years of constant warfare, Voldemort finally [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|gained control]] of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], and ruled relatively unopposed, save for a few pockets of resistance. Despite his hold over the country, Voldemort was still unsatisfied, as he had yet to remove the danger the prophecy presented to him. After learning of Potter&apos;s location, Voldemort set out to destroy the boy at once and for all launching his entire amassed force against Hogwarts. Upon arriving at the school, Voldemort was met by a full scale rebellion of Hogwarts staff and students, along with the members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and the residents of [[Hogsmeade]]. As the battle progressed the Death Eaters were driven into the Great Hall, where Voldemort engaged Harry Potter in a [[Duel in the Great Hall|duel]], and, because all of his [[Horcrux]]es were destroyed, Tom Marvolo Riddle was finally killed once and for all.
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Voldemort was ripped from his body in 1981, and though unable to die, was not able to regain a permanent and physical body until 1995, thus spending the intervening 14 years 'a shell', 'less than the meanest ghost', but alive. He was finally killed by his own backfiring curse, after the [[Order of the Phoenix]], led by [[Albus Dumbledore]] and then [[Harry Potter]] after his death, succeeded in destroying all of his Horcruxes. 
   
Tom Riddle&apos;s mutilated soul was then trapped in [[limbo]] for eternity, unable to move on or return as a [[ghost]].<ref name="bloom">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, 30 July, 2007]</ref>
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Tom Riddle's mutilated soul was then trapped in [[limbo]] for eternity, unable to move on or return as a [[ghost]].<ref name="bloom">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, 30 July, 2007]</ref>
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Conception and Birth===
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===Early life===
{{Quote|I remember she said to me 'I hope he looks like his papa', and I won't lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty — and then she told me he was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father — yes, I know, funny name, isn't it? We wondered whether she came from a circus — and she said the boy's surname was to be Riddle. And she died soon after that without another word.|[[Mrs. Cole]] tells [[Albus Dumbledore]] about [[Merope Gaunt]]'s last words}}
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{{Quote|I remember she said to me 'I hope he looks like his papa', and I won't lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty—and then she told me he was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father—yes, I know, funny name, isn't it? We wondered whether she came from a circus—and she said the boy's surname was to be Riddle. And she died soon after that without another word.|[[Mrs. Cole]] tells [[Albus Dumbledore]] about [[Merope Gaunt]]'s last words|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
[[File:Tom Riddle (11 years old).jpg|left|thumb|160px|Tom Riddle at eleven years of age.]]
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[[File:Sada2.jpg|thumb|left|100px|[[Salazar Slytherin]], Voldemort's maternal ancestor.]]
Tom Marvolo Riddle was born on 31 December, New Years Eve, [[1920s|1926]] at [[Wool's Orphanage]] in [[London]]. His [[pure-blood]] mother, [[Merope Gaunt]], a direct descendant of [[Salazar Slytherin]], died shortly after his birth. Soon before her death, she named the child after his father, [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], and [[Marvolo Gaunt]], her father. Tom Riddle Sr. was a wealthy [[Muggle]] living in the village of [[Little Hangleton]] who was tricked into a relationship with Merope through probable use of a [[Love Potion]].<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1]</ref> After a time, it is thought that Merope discontinued her use of love potions on Tom, in the hopes that he had really fallen in love with her, or would at least stay for their child's sake. To Merope's great sorrow, he abandoned her and their unborn child.<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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Tom Marvolo Riddle was born on 31 December, New Year's Eve, [[1920s|1926]] at [[Wool's Orphanage]] in [[London]]. His [[pure-blood]] mother, [[Merope Gaunt]], a direct descendant of [[Salazar Slytherin]], died shortly after his birth. Soon before her death, she named the child after his father, [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], and [[Marvolo Gaunt]], her father. Tom Riddle Sr. was a wealthy [[Muggle]] living in the village of [[Little Hangleton]] who was tricked into a relationship with Merope through probable use of a [[Love Potion|Love Potion or Imperius Curse]].<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1]</ref> After some time, it is speculated by Dumbledore that Merope discontinued her use of love potions on Tom, in the hopes that he had really fallen in love with her, or would at least stay for their child's sake. To Merope's great sorrow, he abandoned her and their unborn child.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
   
 
===Childhood===
 
===Childhood===
{{Quote|I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want them to do, without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt if I want to...I can [[Parseltongue|speak to snakes]] too. They find me, they whisper to me. |Eleven-year-old Tom Riddle to [[Albus Dumbledore]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Quote|I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt if I want to...I can [[Parseltongue|speak to snakes]] too. They find me, they whisper to me. |Eleven-year-old Tom Riddle to [[Albus Dumbledore]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Tom Riddle grew up in a dingy orphanage, completely unaware of his wizarding heritage. Since the [[Muggle]] orphanage staff did not know anything about [[Merope Gaunt|his mother]], they did not know about his magical background. Instead, they believed that Merope was a circus worker, as [[Cole|Mrs. Cole]] told Albus Dumbledore shortly before his first meeting with Tom. It is unknown whether or not the orphanage staff relayed this to Tom before his first encounter with Dumbledore.
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[[File:Tom_Riddle_(11_years_old).jpg|thumb|left|135px|Tom Riddle at 11 years of age]]
Despite his ignorance of his mother's true background, Tom did have some grasp on [[underage magic|his abilities]] beyond that of normal magical children of his same age, however, as well as an unusually high degree of control over them. Tom could move objects with his mind and cause them to travel floating wherever he wished, manipulate animals and creatures as he wished, speak [[Parseltongue]], and use his power to inflict harm on other orphans. After getting into a fight with fellow orphan [[Billy Stubbs]], he used his powers to hang the boy's rabbit from the rafters. On one occasion, he took two orphans, [[Dennis Bishop]] and [[Amy Benson]], into a cave, where he performed an act so horrifying that the two orphans were traumatised into silence. Young Tom Riddle also stole from fellow orphans and hid their possessions in his cupboard like trophies.
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Tom Riddle grew up in a dingy orphanage, completely unaware of his wizarding heritage. Since the [[Muggle]] orphanage staff did not know anything about [[Merope Gaunt|his mother]], they did not know about his magical background. Instead, they believed that Merope was a circus worker, as [[Cole|Mrs. Cole]] told Albus Dumbledore shortly before his first meeting with Tom. It is unknown whether or not the orphanage staff relayed this to Tom before his first encounter with Dumbledore.
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Despite his ignorance of his mother's true background, Tom did have some grasp on [[underage magic|his abilities]] beyond that of normal magical children of his same age, however, and an unusually high degree of control over them. Tom could move objects with his mind and cause them to travel floating wherever he wished, manipulate animals and creatures as he wished, speak [[Parseltongue]], and use his power to inflict harm on other orphans. After getting into a fight with fellow orphan [[Billy Stubbs]], he used his powers to hang the boy's rabbit from the rafters. On one occasion, he took two orphans, [[Dennis Bishop]] and [[Amy Benson]], into a cave, where he performed an act so horrifying that the two orphans were traumatised into silence. Young Tom Riddle also stole from other orphans and hid their things in his cupboard like trophies. Albus Dumbledore later stopped him from this hobby.
   
====Discovery of being a wizard====
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===Discovery of being a wizard===
[[File:HP1.jpg|thumb|230px|Tom Riddle at the orphanage.]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|Did you know, sir? Then?...|Albus Dumbledore|Did I know that I had just met the most dangerous Dark wizard of all-time? No.|Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter after seeing the memory of Dumbledore meeting Tom Riddle in the orphanage for the first time in the [[Pensieve]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|Did you know, sir? Then?...|Albus Dumbledore|Did I know that I had just met the most dangerous Dark wizard of all-time? No.|Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter after seeing the memory of Dumbledore meeting Tom Riddle in the orphanage for the first time in the [[Pensieve]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
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[[File:HP1.jpg|thumb|215px|11-year-old Tom Riddle at the orphanage]]
 
When Tom was eleven, [[Albus Dumbledore]], a professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], talked to [[Mrs. Cole]] first, who informed him of how unusual Tom was, sharing tales of his extraordinary influence over the other children. When Dumbledore was at last introduced to the boy, Tom at first believed him to be a doctor or psychiatrist of some sort, come to take him to an asylum. He was convinced after Dumbledore demonstrated his power by using a [[Flame-Freezing Charm]] on Tom's cupboard, and when he revealed that Hogwarts was a school for people with [[magic]], which Tom realised his abilities were.
 
When Tom was eleven, [[Albus Dumbledore]], a professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], talked to [[Mrs. Cole]] first, who informed him of how unusual Tom was, sharing tales of his extraordinary influence over the other children. When Dumbledore was at last introduced to the boy, Tom at first believed him to be a doctor or psychiatrist of some sort, come to take him to an asylum. He was convinced after Dumbledore demonstrated his power by using a [[Flame-Freezing Charm]] on Tom's cupboard, and when he revealed that Hogwarts was a school for people with [[magic]], which Tom realised his abilities were.
   
At a very early age, it is clear that Tom displayed a desire to be different and set apart from others (as it is hinted when he mentions his dislike of his own name, because it is such a common name). [[File:TomRiddleDumbledore.jpeg|thumb|left|Dumbledore proves to Tom that he is a wizard.]] He was not surprised at all upon being informed by Dumbledore that he was a wizard — he was, in fact, eager to believe that he had special gifts that no one else had. Tom also showed an eminent fear of death, considering it a human weakness. He claimed that his mother could not have been a witch, because if she was magical, then she would have been able to avoid dying.
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At a very early age, it is clear that Tom displayed a desire to be different and set apart from others (as it is hinted when he mentions his dislike of his own name, because it is such a common name). [[File:TomRiddleDumbledore.jpeg|thumb|left|215px|Dumbledore proving to Tom that he is a wizard]]
   
Tom's abuse of his wizarding powers alarmed Albus. He resolved to keep a close eye on him, "something I should have done in any case, seeing as he was alone and friendless." Dumbledore also warned Tom that at Hogwarts he would be introduced to the laws that controlled the usage of magic in the wizarding world, and that law-breakers were punished with severity not by Hogwarts but the Ministry of Magic. Riddle's demeanour changed after Dumbledore reprimanded him; he became more guarded and shielded his reactions. Dumbledore provided Riddle with enough information to find [[Diagon Alley]] and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Riddle bought some second-hand robes and spell books for himself, along with his wand-thirteen and a half inches; yew; phoenix feather core—at Ollivander's. [[Garrick Ollivander]] later said that the wand was very powerful; Voldemort was very pleased with it until the wand failed him during his confrontation with [[Harry Potter]] in the [[Little Hangleton]] [[Little Hangleton graveyard|graveyard]], many years later. Riddle also mentioned that he was a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]], which surprised Dumbledore.
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He was not surprised at all upon being informed by Dumbledore that he was a wizard—he was, in fact, eager to believe that he had special gifts that no one else had. Tom also showed an eminent fear of death, considering it a human weakness. He claimed that his mother could not have been a witch, because if she was magical, then she would have been able to avoid dying.
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Tom's abuse of his wizarding powers alarmed Albus. He resolved to keep a close eye on him, "something I should have done in any case, seeing as he was alone and friendless." Dumbledore also warned Tom that at Hogwarts he would be introduced to the laws that controlled the usage of magic in the wizarding world, and that law-breakers were punished with severity not by Hogwarts but the Ministry of Magic. Riddle's demeanour changed after Dumbledore reprimanded him; he became more guarded and shielded his reactions. Dumbledore provided Riddle with enough information to find [[Diagon Alley]] and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Riddle bought some second-hand robes and spell books for himself, along with his wand-thirteen and a half inches; yew; phoenix feather core—at Ollivander's. His wand was owned by someone before. [[Garrick Ollivander]] later said that the wand was very powerful; Voldemort was very pleased with it until the wand failed him during his confrontation with [[Harry Potter]] in the [[Little Hangleton]] [[Little Hangleton graveyard|graveyard]], many years later. Riddle also mentioned that he was a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]], which surprised Dumbledore.
   
 
===Hogwarts years===
 
===Hogwarts years===
[[File:Tom Riddle (16 years old).jpg|thumb|right|190px|Tom Riddle at sixteen years old.]]
 
 
{{Quote|When I first met young Mr. Riddle, he was a quiet albeit brilliant boy, committed to becoming a first rate wizard. Not unlike others I've known. Not unlike yourself. If the monster existed it was buried deep within.|[[Horace Slughorn]] to [[Harry Potter]] about his first experience/s with Tom Riddle.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
{{Quote|When I first met young Mr. Riddle, he was a quiet albeit brilliant boy, committed to becoming a first rate wizard. Not unlike others I've known. Not unlike yourself. If the monster existed it was buried deep within.|[[Horace Slughorn]] to [[Harry Potter]] about his first experience/s with Tom Riddle.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
   
 
Tom was educated at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1930s|1938]] to [[1940s|1945]], and was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]] [[Hogwarts Houses|House]], a nod to his ancestor [[Salazar Slytherin]] himself. During summer breaks, he was forced to return to the [[Muggle]] orphanage, which he despised and dreaded more than any other place on earth.
 
Tom was educated at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1930s|1938]] to [[1940s|1945]], and was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]] [[Hogwarts Houses|House]], a nod to his ancestor [[Salazar Slytherin]] himself. During summer breaks, he was forced to return to the [[Muggle]] orphanage, which he despised and dreaded more than any other place on earth.
   
Tom described the way he was seen as "poor, but brilliant, parent-less, but so brave, a school [[prefect]], a model student."<ref name=COS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref> The sole exception to this was [[Albus Dumbledore]], who was, at that time, professor of [[Transfiguration]]. Dumbledore remained suspicious about Tom&apos;s true nature; Tom, in turn, despised and feared Dumbledore.<ref name=HBP /> Riddle has gathered himself a [[Tom Riddle's gang|gang of Slytherin thugs]], a motley composition of "the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty," most of which would become the first [[Death Eaters]]. Riddle claimed they were his friends, and would make it appear so in public, but in truth, he cared very little for them, using them as servants. He manipulated them to do his darker deeds in discreet manners, which led to nasty incidents that were never connected to them.
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Tom described the way he was seen as "poor, but brilliant, parent-less, but so brave, a school [[prefect]], a model student."<ref name="COS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref> The sole exception to this was [[Albus Dumbledore]], who was, at that time, professor of [[Transfiguration]]. Dumbledore remained suspicious about Tom's true nature; Tom, in turn, despised and feared Dumbledore.<ref name="HBP" /> Riddle had gathered himself a [[Tom Riddle's gang|gang of Slytherin thugs]], a motley composition of "the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty," most of which would become the first [[Death Eaters]]. Riddle claimed they were his friends, and would make it appear so in public, but in truth, he cared very little for them, using them as servants. He manipulated them to do his darker deeds in discreet manners, which led to nasty incidents that were never connected to them.
   
Tom became obsessed with his heritage and began researching it with an insatiable hunger. He learned of his Slytherin ancestry, discovered the existence of the [[Chamber of Secrets]] under [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], and tamed the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] which dwelt within. As the Heir of Slytherin through [[House of Gaunt|his mother&apos;s family]], Tom was able to open the Chamber Slytherin had left behind in order to "purge the school of all those who are unworthy to study magic" — in Tom and Slytherins&apos; eyes, [[Muggle-born]]s.<ref name=COS />
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====Opening the Chamber of Secrets====
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[[File:Secrets1.JPG|thumb|right|207px|The statue of Salazar Slytherin and the hiding-place of [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk|Slytherin's basilisk]] in the [[Chamber of Secrets]].]]
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Tom became obsessed with his heritage and began researching it with an insatiable hunger. He learned of his Slytherin ancestry, discovered the existence of the [[Chamber of Secrets]] under [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], during his fifth year, and tamed the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] which dwelt within. As the Heir of Slytherin through [[House of Gaunt|his mother's family]], Tom was able to open the Chamber Slytherin had left behind in order to "purge the school of all those who are unworthy to study magic"—in Tom and Slytherins' eyes, [[Muggle-born]]s.<ref name="COS" />
   
[[File:TomRiddle.jpg|thumb|left|270px|Riddle during the 1943 opening of the Chamber of Secrets.]]
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[[File:TomRiddle.jpg|thumb|left|222px|A 16-year-old Riddle during the 1943 opening of the Chamber of Secrets]]
The basilisk [[petrification|injured]] many at Hogwarts in [[1940s|1943]]. The last victim was a student named [[Myrtle]], who was killed in the girls&apos; bathroom when she saw the basilisk&apos;s yellow eyes. Hogwarts was to be closed, but Tom did not want to return to the orphanage. During that year, he even made a special request that [[Armando Dippet|Headmaster Dippet]] would allow him to stay at school over the summer break. To keep the school from shutting down, he framed fellow student [[Rubeus Hagrid]] and his pet [[Acromantula]], [[Aragog]]. Tom convinced then-Headmaster [[Armando Dippet]] that Aragog was the monster that had terrorised the school. Hagrid was expelled, and Tom received an engraved trophy for Special Services to the School.<ref name=COS />
 
   
Dumbledore, distrusting Riddle, kept a close watch on him after that. Because it was no longer safe to open the Chamber of Secrets, Tom created a [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] to preserve a part of his soul, the very first of seven Horcruxes hoping it would one day lead someone to finish Salazar Slytherin&apos;s "noble work."
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The basilisk [[petrification|injured]] many at Hogwarts in [[1940s|1943]]. The last victim was a student named [[Myrtle]], who was killed in the girls' bathroom when she saw the basilisk's yellow eyes. Hogwarts was to be closed, but Tom did not want to return to the orphanage. During that year, he even made a special request that [[Armando Dippet|Headmaster Dippet]] would allow him to stay at school over the summer break. To keep the school from shutting down, he framed fellow student [[Rubeus Hagrid]] and his pet [[Acromantula]], [[Aragog]]. Tom convinced then-Headmaster [[Armando Dippet]] that Aragog was the monster that had terrorised the school. Hagrid was expelled, although he stayed as gamekeeper, and Tom received an engraved trophy for Special Services to the School.<ref name="COS" />
   
While researching his heritage, Riddle focused solely on who his father was, thinking him to be the magical parent, as he felt his mother could not have been a witch if she had died. He searched for his father's name in the school trophy room, in the records of Hogwarts prefects and in records of wizarding history, but found nothing to suggest his father had even attended Hogwarts. He was eventually forced to accept that his father was the Muggle parent, and that his mother was the magical one. It was around this time that Tom Marvolo Riddle gave himself the alias "Lord Voldemort," to spare himself of the reminder of his "filthy Muggle father."<ref>{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|17|A Sluggish Memory}}</ref>
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[[File:Slytherin's_basilisk.jpg|thumb|252px|The Basilisk]]
   
====Little Hangleton and making of Horcruxes====
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Dumbledore, distrusting Riddle, kept a close watch on him after that. Because it was no longer safe to open the Chamber of Secrets, Tom created a [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] to preserve a part of his soul, the very first of seven Horcruxes hoping it would one day lead someone to finish Salazar Slytherin's "noble work."
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[[File:Morfin.jpg|thumb|left|Tom Riddle meeting his uncle Morfin.]]
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Morfin Gaunt|I thought you was [[Tom Riddle Sr.|that Muggle]], you look mighty like that Muggle.|Tom Riddle|What Muggle?|That Muggle what [[Merope Gaunt|my sister]] took a fancy to, that Muggle what lives in the [[Riddle House|big house over the way]], you look right like him. Riddle. But he’s older now, in ’e? He’s older’n you, now I think on it....he come back, see. |Riddle came back?|Ar, he left her, and serves her right, marrying filth! Robbed us, mind, before she ran off! Where’s the locket, eh, where’s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Slytherin’s locket]]? Dishonored us, she did, that little slut! And who’re you, coming here and asking questions about all that? It’s over, innit...It’s over...|Riddle as he confronts his uncle [[Morfin Gaunt]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
Using his middle name, [[Marvolo Gaunt|Marvolo]], which was taken from his maternal grandfather, Riddle discovered his mother&apos;s heritage and the Gaunt&apos;s bloodline connection with Salazar Slytherin. In the summer of [[1943]], Tom went to [[Little Hangleton]] to learn about his mother&apos;s family. While there, he met his uncle [[Morfin Gaunt]], who thought that this stranger looked "mighty like that Muggle," Merope&apos;s husband, [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] Morfin told Tom the story of his Muggle father, which infuriated Tom to the point of seeking revenge. Tom went to the Riddle home and [[Murder of the Riddle family|murdered]] his father, [[Thomas Riddle|grandfather]], and [[Mary Riddle|grandmother]] with the [[Killing Curse]].
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While researching his heritage, Riddle focused solely on who his father was, thinking him to be the magical parent, as he felt his mother could not have been a witch if she had died. He searched for his father's name in the school trophy room, in the records of Hogwarts prefects and in records of wizarding history, but found nothing to suggest his father had even attended Hogwarts. He was eventually forced to accept that his father was the [[Muggle]] parent, and that his mother was the magical one. It was around this time that Tom Marvolo Riddle gave himself the alias "Lord Voldemort," to spare himself of the reminder of his "filthy Muggle father."<ref>{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|17|A Sluggish Memory}}</ref>
   
[[File:First time.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Riddle splits his soul for the first time.]]
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====Murder of the Riddles====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Morfin Gaunt|I thought you was [[Tom Riddle Sr.|that Muggle]], you look mighty like that Muggle.|Tom Riddle|What Muggle?|That Muggle what [[Merope Gaunt|my sister]] took a fancy to, that Muggle what lives in the [[Riddle House|big house over the way]], you look right like him. Riddle. But he’s older now, in 'e? He's older'n you, now I think on it... he come back, see. |Riddle came back?|Ar, he left her, and serves her right, marrying filth! Robbed us, mind, before she ran off! Where's the locket, eh, where's [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Slytherin's locket]]? Dishonoured us, she did, that little slut! And who're you, coming here and asking questions about all that? It's over, innit... It's over...|Riddle as he confronts his uncle [[Morfin Gaunt]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
He covered up his crimes by [[False Memory Charm|altering Morfin&apos;s memory]], causing him to believe that he was the killer. When the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] investigated the crime, Morfin — who had previously served three years in [[Azkaban]] for using magic in front of and against [[Muggle]]s — freely admitted to it and was sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]]. Tom took the [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|family signet ring]] from Morfin and wore it like a trophy at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].<ref name=HBP />
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[[File:Morfin.jpg|thumb|left|Tom Riddle meeting his uncle Morfin]]
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Using his middle name, [[Marvolo Gaunt|Marvolo]], which was taken from his maternal grandfather, Riddle discovered his mother's heritage and the Gaunt's bloodline connection with Salazar Slytherin. In the summer of [[1943]], Tom went to [[Little Hangleton]] to learn about his mother's family. While there, he met his uncle [[Morfin Gaunt]], who thought that this stranger looked "mighty like that Muggle," Merope's husband, [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] Morfin told Tom the story of his Muggle father, which infuriated Tom to the point of seeking revenge. Tom went to the [[Riddle House]] and [[Murder of the Riddle family|murdered]] his father, [[Thomas Riddle|grandfather]], and [[Mary Riddle|grandmother]] with the [[Killing Curse]].
   
[[File:RiddleandSlughorn.jpeg|thumb|left|254px|Tom asks Slughorn about Horcruxes.]]
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[[File:First_time.jpg|thumb|222px|Riddle splitting his soul for the first time]]
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He covered up his crimes by [[False Memory Charm|altering Morfin's memory]], causing him to believe that he was the killer. When the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] investigated the crime, Morfin—who had previously served three years in [[Azkaban]] for using magic in front of and against [[Muggle]]s — freely admitted to it and was sentenced to life imprisonment in [[Azkaban]]. Tom took the [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|family signet ring]] from Morfin and wore it like a trophy at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].<ref name="HBP" />
   
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Slughorn|Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. But, of course, existence in such a form...few would want it, Tom, very few. Death would be preferable.|Tom Riddle|How do you split your soul?|Well, you must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature.|But how do you do it?|By an act of evil -- the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damage to his advantage: he would encase the torn portion --|Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle discussing Horcruxes|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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====Learning about Horcruxes====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Slughorn|Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. But, of course, existence in such a form... few would want it, Tom, very few. Death would be preferable.|Tom Riddle|How do you split your soul?|Well, you must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature.|But how do you do it?|By an act of evil—the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damage to his advantage: he would encase the torn portion—|Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle discussing Horcruxes|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
During Tom&apos;s seventh year at Hogwarts, he was [[Head Boy]] and he received a medal for magical merit. He was regarded as one of the most brilliant students ever to attend Hogwarts. During this time, he questioned [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]], who was taken in by Tom&apos;s charisma, about the possibility of creating more than one [[Horcrux]], something Slughorn felt deeply ashamed of in later [[File:1000px-4.jpg|thumb|Tom's plan to split his soul into seven pieces]]years; at his mid-teen years, Riddle already sought to make himself [[Immortality|immortal]].
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[[File:RiddleandSlughorn.jpeg|thumb|left|250px|Tom asking Slughorn about Horcruxes]]
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During his sixth year, Tom questioned [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]], who was taken in by Tom's charisma, about the possibility of creating more than one [[Horcrux]], something Slughorn felt deeply ashamed of in later years; at his mid-teen years, Riddle already sought to make himself [[Immortality|immortal]].
   
Shortly before leaving Hogwarts, Tom charmed the ghost of [[Helena Ravenclaw]], more commonly known as the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]] and the ghost of [[Ravenclaw]] House, into revealing the location of [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|Rowena Ravenclaw&apos;s diadem]]. Tom sought to transform this diadem into another Horcrux.<ref name=DH>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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During Tom's seventh year at Hogwarts, he was [[Head Boy]] and he received a [[Medal for Magical Merit]]. He was regarded as one of the most brilliant students ever to attend Hogwarts, a fact admitted by Albus Dumbledore himself. [[File:FullRiddle.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Tom Riddle at the time he learned about [[Horcrux]]es]]
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Shortly before leaving Hogwarts, Tom charmed the ghost of [[Helena Ravenclaw]], more commonly known as the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]] and the ghost of [[Ravenclaw]] House, into revealing the location of [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem]]. Tom sought to transform this diadem into another Horcrux.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
   
 
===After Hogwarts===
 
===After Hogwarts===
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Albus Dumbledore|Rumours of your doings have reached your old school, Tom. I should be sorry to believe half of them.|Tom Riddle|Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore.|Tom Riddle and Albus Dumbledore at a business intercourse|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Albus Dumbledore|Rumours of your doings have reached your old school, Tom. I should be sorry to believe half of them.|Tom Riddle|Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore.|Tom Riddle and Albus Dumbledore at a business intercourse|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
After graduating, Tom immediately approached [[Armando Dippet]] and asked him for a chance to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], and to remain at Hogwarts, for reasons that he did not confide with the then-headmaster. Dippet rejected this offer, deeming the boy too young, but invited Tom to reapply in a few years, if still interested in the post, something that Dumbledore heavily advised against. Tom then presumably travelled to the far-flung forest in Albania about which [[Helena Ravenclaw]] had told him, and retrieved the diadem. He murdered an Albanian and turned the diadem into a Horcrux. Upon his return to Britain, he was offered several positions in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], but ended up working at [[Borgin and Burkes]] for [[Caractacus Burke]], to the disappointment and surprise of many. He set to persuading witches and wizards to part with their valuable magical heirlooms—a job at which he was very good.<ref name=HBP />
 
   
[[File:Hepzibah Smith.jpg|thumb|right|[[Hepzibah Smith]].]]
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After graduating, Tom immediately approached [[Armando Dippet]] and asked him for a chance to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], and to remain at Hogwarts, for reasons that he did not confide with the then-headmaster. Dippet rejected this offer, deeming the boy too young, but invited Tom to reapply in a few years, if still interested in the post, something that Dumbledore heavily advised against. [[File:HepzibahSmith.png|thumb|212px|[[Hepzibah Smith]]]] Tom then presumably travelled to the far-flung forest in Albania about which [[Helena Ravenclaw]] had told him, and retrieved the diadem. He murdered an Albanian and turned the diadem into a Horcrux. Upon his return to Britain, he was offered several positions in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], but ended up working at [[Borgin and Burkes]] for [[Caractacus Burke]], to the disappointment and surprise of many. He set to persuading witches and wizards to part with their valuable magical heirlooms—a job at which he was very good.<ref name="HBP" />
At this time, Tom befriended a wealthy, elderly witch named [[Hepzibah Smith]]. Hepzibah showed Tom her two most valuable treasures: [[Salazar Slytherin]]&apos;s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff]]&apos;s [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Cup]]. Tom killed Hepzibah to steal these objects and vanished without a trace. He covered his tracks well by implanting another [[False Memory Charm|false memory]] into an innocent bystander—[[Hokey]], Hepzibah&apos;s [[house-elf]]. Hokey admitted to accidentally putting poison into Hepzibah&apos;s cocoa, which was believed, as Hokey was elderly herself. Meanwhile, Tom resigned his post at Borgin and Burkes and fled with the cup and locket, subsequently turning them into two more Horcruxes using the murders of Smith and an unidentified Muggle tramp.<ref name=HBP />
 
   
Tom disappeared for many years. He slipped deeper into the [[Dark Arts]], travelled extensively, consorted with disreputable people, started to become distorted in appearance from his Horcruxes, and began to use the name "Lord Voldemort" openly. Ten years after Smith&apos;s murder, Tom appealed once more to the Headmaster of Hogwarts, who was then [[Albus Dumbledore]], for the position of Professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. His true desire was to learn more of Hogwarts&apos; secrets and recruit followers. Dumbledore denied him the position, suspicious of his intentions. The position was thenceforth [[Jinx on the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher|cursed]] by Tom Riddle; teachers only held the position for a year, afterwards suffering some terrible fate or humiliation that caused them to leave the position.<ref name=HBP />
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====Murdering Hepzibah Smith====
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At this time, Tom befriended a wealthy, elderly witch named [[Hepzibah Smith]]. Hepzibah showed Tom her two most valuable treasures: [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff]]'s [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Cup]]. Tom killed Hepzibah to steal these objects and vanished without a trace. He covered his tracks well by implanting another [[False Memory Charm|false memory]] into an innocent bystander—[[Hokey]], Hepzibah's [[house-elf]]. Hokey admitted to accidentally putting poison into Hepzibah's cocoa, which was believed, as Hokey was elderly herself. Meanwhile, Tom resigned his post at Borgin and Burkes and fled with the cup and locket, subsequently turning them into two more Horcruxes using the murders of Smith and an unidentified Muggle tramp.<ref name="HBP" />
   
Tom&apos;s visit to Hogwarts was not fruitless, however; he used the opportunity to hide [[Rowena Ravenclaw]]&apos;s [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|Diadem]] in the [[Room of Requirement]], where he believed it would never be found. He held onto the diadem for a decade before hiding it at Hogwarts.<ref name=DH />
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====Lord Voldemort's Request====
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[[File:Voldemort-2.jpg|thumb|205x205px|Lord Voldemort's altered appearance after ten years of slipping deeper into the Dark Arts]]
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Tom disappeared for ten long years. He slipped deeper into the [[Dark Arts]], travelled extensively, consorted with disreputable people, started to become distorted in appearance from his Horcruxes, and began to use the alias "Lord Voldemort" openly. Ten years after Smith's murder, Tom appealed once more to the Headmaster of Hogwarts, who was then [[Albus Dumbledore]], for the position of Professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. His true desire was to learn more of Hogwarts' secrets and recruit followers. Dumbledore denied him the position, suspicious of his intentions. The position was thenceforth [[Jinx on the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher|cursed]] by Tom Riddle; teachers only held the position for a year, afterwards suffering some terrible fate or humiliation that caused them to leave the position.<ref name="HBP" />
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Tom's visit to Hogwarts was not fruitless, however; he used the opportunity to hide [[Rowena Ravenclaw]]'s [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|Diadem]] in the [[Room of Requirement]], where he believed it would never be found. He had held onto the diadem for a decade before hiding it at Hogwarts.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
===First Wizarding War===
 
===First Wizarding War===
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====The Rise of the Dark Lord====
 
====The Rise of the Dark Lord====
 
{{Quote|You don't know who his supporters are, you don't know who's working for him and who isn't; you know he can control people so that they do terrible things without being able to stop themselves. You're scared for yourself, and your family, and your friends. Every week, news comes of more deaths, more disappearances, more torturing... the Ministry of Magic's in disarray, they don't know what to do, they're trying to keep everything hidden from the Muggles, but meanwhile, Muggles are dying too. Terror everywhere... panic... confusion... that's how it used to be.|[[Sirius Black]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|You don't know who his supporters are, you don't know who's working for him and who isn't; you know he can control people so that they do terrible things without being able to stop themselves. You're scared for yourself, and your family, and your friends. Every week, news comes of more deaths, more disappearances, more torturing... the Ministry of Magic's in disarray, they don't know what to do, they're trying to keep everything hidden from the Muggles, but meanwhile, Muggles are dying too. Terror everywhere... panic... confusion... that's how it used to be.|[[Sirius Black]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
In the 1970s, Lord Voldemort, as he was now exclusively called, had gathered a following of witches and wizards who called themselves, collectively, [[Death Eaters]]<ref>J.K. Rowling said in a 2003 interview the she was originally going to name them "The Knights of Walpurgis".</ref>. Some were supportive of his cause to dominate [[Muggle]]s and [[Muggle-born]]s, others were greedy for power, and yet others joined the Dark Lord out of fear. Voldemort considered them more like servants than friends or family. They freely used the [[Unforgivable Curses]] and killed mercilessly and indiscriminately.
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[[File:Hp7p12_display.jpg|thumb|left|222px|Lord Voldemort]]
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Lord Voldemort, as he was now exclusively called, spent the next fourteen years before the War gathering followers in witches and wizards who called themselves, collectively, [[Death Eaters]].<ref>J.K. Rowling said in a 2003 interview the she was originally going to name them "The Knights of Walpurgis".</ref> Some were supportive of his cause to dominate [[Muggle]]s and [[Muggle-born]]s, while others were greedy for power, and yet others joined the Dark Lord out of fear. Voldemort considered them more like servants than friends or family. They freely used the [[Unforgivable Curses]] and killed mercilessly and indiscriminately. According to [[Sirius Black]], Voldemort also used tricks, jinxes, and blackmail to get people to join him.
   
Lord Voldemort began taking advantage of the wizarding world&apos;s greatest weakness: the beings and creatures that they had outcast. The Dark Lord recruited [[giant]]s, who had long ago been driven by wizards into the mountains, and [[werewolf|werewolves]], who were persecuted by most witches and wizards. Many feared the [[goblin]]s would also join him, as they were restricted from [[wand]] use, but it never happened. [[Auror]]s were authorised to use [[Unforgivable Curses]] on [[Death Eaters]] without warning, and suspects were sometimes handed over to the [[Dementor]]s without a [[Wizengamot]] trial. Many innocent people were locked away. For many years after, people were even afraid to speak his name, and he was referred to as ''"You-Know-Who"'' or ''"He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named."''
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At some point around this time, Voldemort greatly enhanced his skills in [[Legilimency]], to the point that he became known as the greatest Legilimens in the world. Hence, Voldemort could read, control and unhinge the minds of others, and could almost always tell when he was being lied to. According to [[Severus Snape]], Voldemort often enjoyed telepathically invading the minds of others, creating visions designed to torture them into madness. Only after extracting the last exquisite ounce of agony, only when he had them literally begging for death, would he finally kill them.[[File:Tumblr_n3wuitxArT1qetk8mo1_250.gif|frame|left|The Dark Mark, Voldemort's symbol]]
   
Under the staunch protection of [[Albus Dumbledore]], the only person Lord Voldemort truly feared, Hogwarts remained a safe place of learning. The [[Order of the Phoenix]] was created by Dumbledore at this time to fight against Voldemort.<ref name=OOTP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
 
   
====First fall from power====
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In 1970, Voldemort started the [[First Wizarding War]] by taking advantage of the wizarding world's greatest weakness: the beings and creatures that they had outcast. The Dark Lord recruited the [[giant]]s, who had long ago been driven by wizards into the mountains, and [[werewolf|werewolves]], who were persecuted by most witches and wizards. Many feared the [[goblin]]s would also join him, as they were restricted from [[wand]] use, but it never happened. In fact, Voldemort would murder a family of goblins near Nottingham at some point during the War, for an unknown reason. [[File:Dumblyd.PNG|thumb|right|150px|Albus Dumbledore, the one wizard Voldemort always feared]] [[Auror]]s were authorised to use [[Unforgivable Curses]] on [[Death Eaters]] without warning, and suspects were sometimes handed over to the [[Dementor]]s without a [[Wizengamot]] trial. Many innocent people were locked away. For many years after, people were even afraid to speak his name, and he was referred to as ''"You-Know-Who"'' or ''"He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named."''
At the height of his power in 1979, a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was given by [[Sybill Trelawney]] to Albus Dumbledore which predicted the fall of the Dark Lord. This prophecy was given in the [[Hog's Head|Hog&apos;s Head]] Inn during an interview for the position of Professor of [[Divination]].<ref name=OOTP />
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Under the staunch protection of [[Albus Dumbledore]], the only person Voldemort truly feared, Hogwarts remained a safe place of learning throughout the entire War. The [[Order of the Phoenix]] was created by Dumbledore at this time to fight against Voldemort. The War itself lasted for eleven long years. <ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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[[File:Tumblr_m7wa46W2Qt1qa9jn1o3_250.gif|frame|left|Voldemort's army of Inferi, which guarded his locket [[Horcrux]].]]
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Nine years into the War, Voldemort had decided to test the defenses around his locket Horcrux in the [[Crystal Cave]], and asked [[Regulus Black]], a loyal 18-year-old Death Eater to lend him his house-elf, [[Kreacher]]. Voldemort took the elf with him to the cave, forced him to drink the [[Drink of Despair]], and left him to die on the [[Crystal Cave Island]]. Kreacher was able to escape using house-elf magic, and told Regulus of what had happened.
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[[File:R.A.B._letter_to_the_Dark_Lord_pertaining_to_the_Horcrux_Locket.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Regulus' letter to Voldemort.]] This was the deciding factor in Regulus' defection. He took a duplicate locket and placed a note inside for Voldemort to find, then ordered Kreacher to take him to where the real locket was hidden. Kreacher guided Regulus past the cave's defenses. At the island with the basin of potion containing the locket, Regulus ordered Kreacher to take the locket once the potion was gone and replace it with the fake one, then escape without him and find a way to destroy the Horcrux. Regulus drank the potion himself, and when he tried to get water from the lake to quench his thirst, he was dragged to his death by the Inferi. Kreacher obeyed his master's orders and switched the lockets before escaping. However, despite his best efforts, he was unable to destroy the Horcrux.
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====The Prophecy====
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[[File:Prophecy_Record.jpg|thumb|The Prophecy]]
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Ten years into the War, when Voldemort was at the height of his power, a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was given by [[Sybill Trelawney]] to Albus Dumbledore which predicted the fall of the Dark Lord. This prophecy was given in the [[Hog's Head]] Inn during an interview for the position of Professor of [[Divination]].<ref name="OOTP" />
   
 
{{Quote|The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies…And the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not…And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies...|[[Sybill Trelawney]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies…And the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not…And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies...|[[Sybill Trelawney]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
[[File:VoldemortmurdersLily.JPG|thumb|250px|Voldemort murders [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]]: his greatest mistake.]]
 
   
This prophecy was overheard by Death Eater and informant [[Severus Snape]].<ref name=HBP /> According to Dumbledore, Snape only heard half of the prophecy and was then thrown out by the barman, [[Aberforth Dumbledore]]. He relayed to Lord Voldemort what he had heard, not realising that he had missed an important part of the message.<ref name=OOTP />
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This prophecy was overheard by Death Eater and informant [[Severus Snape]].<ref name="HBP" /> According to Dumbledore, Snape only heard half of the prophecy and was then thrown out by the barman, [[Aberforth Dumbledore]]. He relayed to Lord Voldemort what he had heard, not realising that he had missed an important part of the message.<ref name="OOTP" />
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Trelawney's description of the night's events was a bit different however, as she stated that after feeling "ill," Aberforth burst into the room with Severus Snape. This is in contrast with Dumbledore's description of events. However, Dumbledore would not have wanted Harry to know Snape had been the spy and therefore didn't give Harry the full details. In any case, Voldemort was threatened, and sprang into action to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy.
   
[[File:VoldemortGodricsHollow.jpeg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort in Godric's Hollow.]]
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[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-11_at_9.23.18_PM.png|thumb|left|190px|Snape, having learned that Voldemort intends to kill [[Lily Evans]]' son]]
   
Trelawney&apos;s description of the night&apos;s events was a bit different however, as she stated that after feeling "ill," Aberforth burst into the room with Severus Snape. This is in contrast with Dumbledore&apos;s description of events. However, Dumbledore would not have wanted Harry to know Snape had been the spy and therefore didn&apos;t give Harry the full details. In any case, Voldemort was threatened, and sprang into action to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy.
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There were, at the time, two babies to whom the prophecy could refer — [[Harry Potter]], the [[half-blood]] son of [[James and Lily Potter]]; and [[Neville Longbottom]], the [[pure-blood]] son of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Both families had sought to thwart Voldemort three times, and both families were members of the Order of the Phoenix. Both children in question were born at the end of the seventh month, July. Voldemort chose to target Harry instead of Neville; Dumbledore suspected this was because Harry shared a similar family heritage with Voldemort, both of them being half-bloods.<ref name="OOTP" />
   
There were, at the time, two babies to whom the prophecy could refer — [[Harry Potter]], the [[half-blood]] son of [[James and Lily Potter]]; and [[Neville Longbottom]], the [[pure-blood]] son of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Both families had sought to thwart Voldemort three times, and both families were members of the Order of the Phoenix. Both children in question were born at the end of the seventh month, July. Voldemort chose to target Harry instead of Neville; Dumbledore suspected this was because Harry shared a similar family heritage with Voldemort, both of them being half-bloods.<ref name=OOTP/>
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====First fall from power====
[[File:Babyharry.jpg|thumb|Voldemort tries to kill Harry.]]
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[[File:Voldemort_arrives.gif|frame|left|Voldemort arrives at Godric's Hollow intending to murder [[Harry Potter]]]]
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The Potters went into hiding, but were betrayed by their friend and [[Secret-Keeper]], [[Peter Pettigrew]].<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> [[File:Babyharry.jpg|thumb|222px|Voldemort trying to kill Harry Potter]] Voldemort murdered James and Lily, but when he used the [[Killing Curse]] on Harry, it rebounded and destroyed his powers. This happened because Lily sacrificed her life to protect her son, creating a powerful defence of ancient magic around Harry which protected him for many years.<ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref> Thus, after eleven long years of the [[First Wizarding War]], Voldemort was finally defeated
   
The Potters went into hiding, but were betrayed by their friend and [[Secret-Keeper]], [[Peter Pettigrew]].<ref name=POA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> Voldemort murdered James and Lily, but when he used the [[Killing Curse]] on Harry, it rebounded and destroyed his powers. This happened because Lily sacrificed her life to protect her son, creating a powerful defence of ancient magic around Harry which protected him for many years.<ref name=PS>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>
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After Lord Voldemort's first fall from power, the Death Eaters dispersed and attempted to return to normal life. Many claimed they had been under the [[Imperius Curse]], while others stayed true to their master and continued his work, most notably the [[Lestrange family]], who were eventually taken into custody, convicted at a trial, and imprisoned in [[Azkaban]].<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
   
After Lord Voldemort&apos;s first fall from power, the Death Eaters dispersed and attempted to return to normal life. Many claimed they had been under the [[Imperius Curse]], while others stayed true to their master and continued his work, most notably the [[Lestrange family]], who were eventually taken into custody, convicted at a trial, and imprisoned in [[Azkaban]].<ref name=GOF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
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[[File:Snape & Lily.gif|left|thumb|250px|Snape discovers Lily's death.]]
   
 
===Missing years===
 
===Missing years===
 
{{Quote|I was ripped from my body, less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost, but still, I was alive.|Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|I was ripped from my body, less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost, but still, I was alive.|Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Lord Voldemort lost his physical form and was weak and powerless, but he remained alive. The [[Horcrux]]es he had created kept his soul bound to the physical world.<ref name=HBP /> He retreated to the forests of Albania, where he had previously found his fifth [[Horcrux]], [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|The Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw]], and waited for his faithful Death Eaters to find him, but many of them now believed him dead, and those still faithful to him were either dead or in Azkaban. He gained physical form by inhabiting snakes, though he disliked doing so because the bodies of such animals were ill-equipped to perform magic, and because his possession significantly reduced their lifespans; none of his hosts survived for too long.<ref name=PS />
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Voldemort lost his physical form and was weak and powerless, but he remained alive in ghostly form. The [[Horcrux]]es he had created kept his spirit bound to the physical world. He retreated to the forests of Albania, where he had previously found his fifth [[Horcrux]], [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|The Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw]], and waited for his faithful Death Eaters to find him, but many of them now believed him dead, and those still faithful to him were either dead or in Azkaban. He gained physical form by inhabiting snakes, though he disliked doing so because the bodies of such animals were ill-equipped to perform magic, and because his possession significantly reduced their lifespans; none of his hosts survived for too long.<ref name="PS" />
   
 
====Search for the Philosopher's Stone====
 
====Search for the Philosopher's Stone====
 
{{Quote|There is no good and evil, there is only power...and those too weak to seek it.|Voldemort speaking through Quirrell|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|There is no good and evil, there is only power...and those too weak to seek it.|Voldemort speaking through Quirrell|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
In [[1991]], Voldemort formed a plan to regain his body. Hogwarts Professor [[Quirinus Quirrell]] had made a voyage to Albania, where his foolish and gullible mind was vulnerable to Voldemort. He latched onto Quirrell's body and came back to Hogwarts with him. Voldemort ordered Quirrell to drink the blood of [[unicorn]]s in the [[Forbidden Forest]] so he could gain power. Somehow, Voldemort learned of the Philosopher's Stone, and how it could somehow return him to his to physical form. He ordered Quirrell to steal [[Nicolas Flamel]]'s greatest alchemical compound, the [[Philosopher's Stone]], from a vault in [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] so he could make the [[Elixir of Life]]. Voldemort discovered the Stone had been removed earlier that same day, and through Quirrell's connections at Hogwarts, learned it was hidden at the school.<ref name=PS />
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[[File:Voldemort_Spirit.JPG|thumb|left|222px|Voldemort's mangled soul as a disembodied spirit]]
   
The same year that Voldemort set to the task of stealing the Philosopher's Stone, [[Harry Potter]] began his first year at Hogwarts.
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In [[1991]], Voldemort formed a plan to regain his physical body. Hogwarts Professor [[Quirinus Quirrell]] had made a voyage to Albania, where his foolish and gullible mind was vulnerable to Voldemort. He latched onto Quirrell's body and came back to Hogwarts with him. Voldemort ordered Quirrell to drink the blood of [[unicorn]]s in the [[Forbidden Forest]] so he could gain strength from the unicorn's healing abilities. [[File:Voldemortdrinkingunicornblood.jpeg|thumb|220px|Quirrell drinking unicorn blood in place of his master.]] Somehow, Voldemort learned of the Philosopher's  Stone, and how it could somehow return him to his to physical form. He ordered Quirrell to steal [[Nicolas Flamel]]'s greatest alchemical compound, the [[Philosopher's Stone]], from a vault in [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] so he could make the [[Elixir of Life]]. Voldemort discovered the Stone had been removed earlier that same day, and through Quirrell's connections at Hogwarts, learned it was hidden at the school.<ref name="PS" />
[[File:Voldemort Spirit.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Voldemort's mangled soul.]]
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The same year that Voldemort set to the task of stealing the Philosopher's Stone, [[Harry Potter]] began his first year at Hogwarts.
   
There were many barriers protecting the Stone. Quirrell had to trick [[Rubeus Hagrid]], who was then the Hogwarts Gamekeeper, into telling him how to get past the three-headed dog [[Fluffy]]. To do this, he enticed Hagrid into a card game with the wager of a [[dragon]] egg.<ref name=PS />
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There were many barriers protecting the Stone. Quirrell had to trick [[Rubeus Hagrid]], who was then the Hogwarts Gamekeeper, into telling him how to get past the three-headed dog [[Fluffy]]. To do this, he enticed Hagrid into a card game with the wager of a [[dragon]] egg.<ref name="PS" />
[[File:Voldemort.jpeg|thumb|Voldemort on the back of Quirrell's head.]]
 
   
[[Severus Snape]], who had switched sides near the end of the [[First Wizarding War]] and become professor of [[Potions (class)|Potions]], was suspicious of Quirrell and hounded him relentlessly. When Quirrell released a [[troll]] in the Hogwarts dungeons as a distraction, Snape blocked him off.<ref name=PS /> Voldemort was not to be stopped, however, and ordered Quirrell to send a fake letter to Dumbledore, asking him to go to the Ministry of Magic. Voldemort moved forward with his goal, moving through the security barriers to the [[Mirror of Erised]]. Quirrell saw himself presenting the stone to his master, but could not figure out how to get it. It was only when Harry Potter arrived, believing he was protecting the Stone from Severus Snape, that Voldemort saw a way to get it. Dumbledore would later say, ''"Only those who wanted to find the stone, but not use it, could get it from the mirror."'' Voldemort figured this out, and Quirrell attacked Harry. When he touched Harry, however, his hands blistered and burned. Harry placed his hands on Quirrell's face, severely injuring and eventually killing him. Lord Voldemort's soul fled, once more without a body.<ref name=PS />
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[[File:Voldemort possession.gif|frame|Voldemort on the back of Quirrell's head]]
   
====Re-opening the Chamber of Secrets====
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[[Severus Snape]], who had switched sides near the end of the [[First Wizarding War]] and become professor of [[Potions (class)|Potions]], was suspicious of Quirrell and hounded him relentlessly. When Quirrell released a [[troll]] in the Hogwarts dungeons as a distraction, Snape blocked him off.<ref name="PS" /> Voldemort was not to be stopped, however, and ordered Quirrell to send a fake letter to Dumbledore, asking him to go to the Ministry of Magic. [[File:Tumblr_n29413O6t71rzvuwqo9_r1_250.gif|frame|Quirrell and Harry struggle for possession of the Stone]] Voldemort moved forward with his goal, moving through the security barriers to the [[Mirror of Erised]]. Quirrell saw himself presenting the stone to his master, but could not figure out how to get it. It was only when Harry Potter arrived, believing he was protecting the Stone from Severus Snape, that Voldemort saw a way to get it. Dumbledore would later say, ''"Only those who wanted to find the stone, but not use it, could get it from the mirror."'' Voldemort figured this out, and Quirrell attacked Harry. When he touched Harry, however, his hands blistered and burned. Harry placed his hands on Quirrell's face, severely injuring and eventually killing him. Lord Voldemort's soul fled, once more without a physical body of his own.<ref name="PS" />
{{Quote|It is just as we have feared, [[Minerva McGonagall|Minerva]]: the school is in grave peril. The Chamber of Secrets has, indeed, been opened again.|Professor Dumbledore to Professor McGonagall, sometime in [[1992]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
   
[[File:Riddle Diary.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Riddle's [[Tom Riddle's Diary|old school diary]], and one of his [[Horcrux]]es.]]
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====Reopening the Chamber of Secrets====
Lord Voldemort returned to the Albanian forest, weaker than ever. He had to wait yet again for someone to help him.
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry|You. You're the Heir of Slytherin. You're Voldemort.|Tom Riddle|Surely you didn't think I was going to keep my [[Tom Riddle Sr.|filthy Muggle father]]'s name? No, I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew that wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I became the greatest sorcerer in the world!|[[Albus Dumbledore]] is the greatest sorcerer in the world!|Dumbledore's been driven out of this castle by the ''mere memory'' of me!|Tom Riddle and Harry Potter in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
   
Sometime before [[1992]], [[Lucius Malfoy]] came into possession of Tom Riddle&apos;s [[Tom Riddle's Diary|Diary]]. This was the same diary created as a Horcrux by Tom Marvolo Riddle as a boy in the 1940s. Malfoy planted the diary on eleven-year-old [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], who brought it to Hogwarts. She began writing in it, and found that a sixteen-year-old Tom Riddle was answering. She found comfort in the diary, not knowing she was being manipulated. The diary slowly drained the life and energy from Ginny, transferring it to itself. Under the diary&apos;s control, Ginny re-opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and released the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]], which [[petrification|petrified]] several students. While possessed, she also killed Hagrid&apos;s roosters and wrote threatening messages on the school corridors in rooster blood. Ginny became upset and confused, knowing that the diary was doing something to her, and tried to flush it down the toilet in [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]]&apos;s bathroom. Harry Potter and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] accidentally stumbled upon it, and Harry began communicating with the diary.<ref name=COS />
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[[File:Riddle_Diary.jpg|thumb|left|220px|[[Tom Riddle's Diary|Riddle's old school diary]], which is one of his [[Horcrux]]es]]
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Voldemort returned to the Albanian forest, weaker than ever. He had to wait yet again for someone to help him.
   
[[File:Christian54.jpg|thumb|left|300px|Tom Riddle summons the [[Basilisk]] .]]
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Sometime before [[1992]], [[Lucius Malfoy]] came into possession of Tom Riddle's [[Tom Riddle's Diary|Diary]]. This was the same diary created as a Horcrux by Tom Marvolo Riddle as a boy in the 1940s. Malfoy planted the diary on eleven-year-old [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], who brought it to Hogwarts. She began writing in it, and found that a sixteen-year-old Tom Riddle was answering. She found comfort in the diary, not knowing she was being manipulated. [[File:Tumblr lwytwl8cBl1qcm4vyo3 250.gif|frame|left|A possessed Ginny writing a message on the wall]] The diary slowly drained the life and energy from Ginny, transferring it to itself. Under the diary's control, Ginny re-opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and released the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]], which [[petrification|petrified]] several students. While possessed, she also killed Hagrid's roosters and wrote threatening messages on the school corridors in rooster blood. Ginny became upset and confused, knowing that the diary was doing something to her, and tried to flush it down the toilet in [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle's]] bathroom. Harry Potter and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] accidentally stumbled upon it, and Harry began communicating with the diary.<ref name="COS" />
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry|You. You're the Heir of Slytherin. You're Voldemort.|Tom Riddle|Surely you didn't think I was going to keep my [[Tom Riddle Sr.|filthy Muggle father]]'s name? No, I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew that wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I became the greatest sorcerer in the world!|[[Albus Dumbledore]] is the greatest sorcerer in the world!|Dumbledore's been driven out of this castle by the ''mere memory'' of me!|Tom Riddle and Harry Potter in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
 
   
[[File:Potter_the_killer.jpg|thumb|Harry destroying Tom's diary.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_m2urnpGnjk1rs69rzo3_250.gif|frame|Harry destroys Tom Riddle's diary ]]When Ginny saw that Harry had the diary, she stole it back for she did not want Harry to find out all the things she had written in the diary, or what she had done while under its influence. When this piece of Voldemort's soul was ready to take his physical form from Ginny's life, the diary lured her into the Chamber of Secrets, while ignoring her pleas and cries for mercy. Harry found Ginny in time and destroyed the basilisk with [[Godric Gryffindor]]'s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]]. [[Fawkes]] also arrived, summoned by Harry's profound devotion and loyalty to Dumbledore.
When Ginny saw that Harry had the diary, she stole it back for she did not want Harry to find out all the things she had written in the diary, or what she had done while under its influence. When this piece of Voldemort&apos;s soul was ready to take his physical form from Ginny&apos;s life, the diary lured her into the Chamber of Secrets. Harry found Ginny in time and destroyed the basilisk with [[Godric Gryffindor]]&apos;s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]]. [[Fawkes]] also arrived, summoned by Harry&apos;s loyalty to Dumbledore. Harry used the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]]&apos;s fang to stab the diary, thinking it would destroy its power.<ref name=COS /> Not only was the diary destroyed, but Harry also unknowingly destroyed one of Lord Voldemort&apos;s Horcruxes.<ref name=HBP />
 
   
===Return to power===
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[[File:Harry&Ginny4.gif|frame|left|Ginny awake explaining to Harry what happened]]
{{Dialogue a-b-c|Wormtail|...no, my Lord Voldemort. I merely meant, perhaps if we were to do it ''without'' the boy...|Voldemort|No! The boy is everything! It cannot be done without him, and it will be done exactly as I say.|Barty Crouch, Jr.|I will not disappoint you, my Lord.|Voldemort, [[Peter Pettigrew]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch, Jr.]] within the [[Riddle House]] in [[Little Hangleton]], discussing the plan to return Voldemort to power.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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This encounter and Horcrux is what revealed Voldemort's past as "Tom Marvolo Riddle" to Harry. Harry used the [[Serpent of Slytherin|basilisk's]] fang to stab the diary, thinking it would destroy its dark power.<ref name="COS" /> Not only was the diary destroyed, but Harry also unknowingly destroyed one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.<ref name="HBP" />
Voldemort was still very weak when, in [[1994]], his servant [[Peter Pettigrew]], a.k.a. ''Wormtail,'' who had faked his death years earlier and hid from authorities in his [[Animagus]] form of a [[Peter Pettigrew|rat]], had returned to his master. Together, they built a rudimentary body that Voldemort used for travel and performing magic. While in this form, Voldemort was forced to drink a [[Rudimentary Body Potion|potion]] made from [[Unicorn blood]] and venom from [[Nagini]] the snake to sustain him. Knowing that [[Dumbledore]] was sure to have seen the [[Philosopher's Stone]] destroyed, Voldemort knew he would not be able to use the [[Elixir of Life]] to create a new body for himself so he would settle on regaining his old body and strength.<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] - Chapter 33 (''The Death Eaters'')</ref> To achieve this goal, Voldemort would require the use of an [[Regeneration Potion|old piece of Dark Magic]] and that required him to return to England to obtain one of the three main necessary ingredients, bone of the [[Tom Riddle Sr|father]], flesh of the [[Peter Pettigrew|servant]] , and blood of the [[Harry Potter|enemy]] .
 
   
[[File:Smallvoldemort.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort before being revived.]]
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===Return to full Strength===
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Wormtail|...no, my Lord Voldemort. I merely meant, perhaps if we were to do it ''without'' the boy...|Voldemort|No! The boy is everything! It cannot be done without him, and it will be done exactly as I say.|Barty Crouch, Jr.|I will not disappoint you, my Lord.|Voldemort, [[Peter Pettigrew]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch, Jr.]] within the [[Riddle House]] in [[Little Hangleton]], discussing the plan to return Voldemort to power.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
   
Pettigrew lured Ministry official [[Bertha Jorkins]] to Lord Voldemort in his forest hideout in Albania. He used magic to glean information about the [[Triwizard Tournament]] from Jorkins. Before killing her, Voldemort was surprised to find that someone else had put a [[Memory Charm]] on her and interrogated her to find the whereabouts of a loyal Death Eater, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who had been imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] and was thought to be dead. Voldemort uncovered that [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] was concealing his son at his home after helping him escape prison. Jorkins had stumbled upon Barty Jr. at his house, and Crouch Sr. placed a Memory Charm on her so that she would not report it.<ref name=GOF />
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[[File:Peter_Pettigrew_holding_Voldemort's_rudimentary_body.jpg|thumb|left|215px|[[Peter Pettigrew]] holding Voldemort in some bodily form]]
   
[[File:Voldemortreborn.jpg|thumb|Lord Voldemort restored to full form.]]
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Voldemort was still very weak and about to give up all hope when, in [[1994]], his servant [[Peter Pettigrew]], a.k.a. ''Wormtail,'' who had faked his own death years earlier and hid from authorities in his [[Animagus]] form of a [[Peter Pettigrew|rat]], had returned to his master. Together, they built a rudimentary body that Voldemort used for travel and performing magic. While in this form, Voldemort was forced to drink a [[Rudimentary Body Potion|potion]] made from [[unicorn blood]] and venom from [[Nagini]] the snake to sustain him. Knowing that [[Dumbledore]] was sure to have seen the [[Philosopher's Stone]] destroyed, Voldemort knew he would not be able to use the [[Elixir of Life]] to create a new body for himself so he would settle on regaining his old body and strength.<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] - Chapter 33 (''The Death Eaters'')</ref> To achieve this goal, Voldemort would require the use of an [[Regeneration Potion|old piece of Dark Magic]] and that required him to return to England to obtain one of the three main necessary ingredients, bone of the [[Tom Riddle Sr|father]], flesh of the [[Peter Pettigrew|servant]], and blood of the [[Harry Potter|enemy]] .
Returning to the [[Riddle House]] in Little Hangleton, the site of his very first murder, Voldemort also killed Riddle groundskeeper [[Frank Bryce]] for overhearing their plan to crash the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. They went to the Crouch estate where Voldemort placed Crouch Sr. under the [[Imperius Curse]] and freed Crouch Jr..<ref name=GOF />
 
   
[[File:Wormtail_voldy.JPG|thumb|left|Voldemort getting his wand for the first time after he was reborn.]]
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Pettigrew lured Ministry official [[Bertha Jorkins]] to Lord Voldemort in his forest hideout in Albania. He used magic to glean information about the [[Triwizard Tournament]] from Jorkins. Before killing her, Voldemort was surprised to find that someone else had put a [[Memory Charm]] on her and interrogated her to find the whereabouts of a loyal Death Eater, [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who had been imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] and was thought to be dead. Voldemort uncovered that [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] was concealing his son at his home after helping him escape prison. Jorkins had stumbled upon Barty Jr. at his house, and Crouch Sr. placed a Memory Charm on her so that she would not report it.<ref name="GOF" />
Voldemort ordered Crouch Jr. to capture [[Alastor Moody]], the new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] Professor at Hogwarts. Crouch Jr. and Peter Pettigrew did so, and created [[Polyjuice Potion]] which Crouch Jr. used to impersonate Moody for the entire school year. He influenced the Tournament for months, ensuring that Harry would be the one to get to the Triwizard Cup first which, unbeknownst to anyone, was a [[Portkey]]. Harry, in the spirit of sportsmanship, requested [[Cedric Diggory]] to tie with him for the win. When they both touched the Portkey, they were transported to a cemetery in Little Hangleton where Wormtail and Voldemort were waiting. Pettigrew murdered Cedric with the [[Killing Curse]] and went on to tie Harry to the Riddle Family tombstone.
 
[[File:VoldemortHarryAnimation.gif|thumb|Lord Voldemort taunting Harry.]]
 
   
{{Quote|Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son. Flesh of the servant, willingly sacrificed, you will revive your master. Blood of the enemy, forcibly taken, you will resurrect your foe.|[[Peter Pettigrew]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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Returning to the [[Riddle House]] in Little Hangleton, Voldemort also killed Riddle groundskeeper [[Frank Bryce]] for overhearing their plan to crash the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. They went to the Crouch estate where Voldemort placed Crouch Sr. under the [[Imperius Curse]] and freed Crouch Jr.<ref name="GOF" />
[[File:Voldemort_rebirth.JPG|thumb|left|200px|Lord Voldemort emerges from the flaming cauldron.]]
 
   
After Wormtail had placed Voldemort's rudimentary body into a cauldron containing the near finished potion, he added the first two ingredients causing it to turn from a poisonous-looking blue to burning red before he proceeded to obtain Harry's blood and added it to the [[Regeneration Potion|Potion]] for his master's [[Return of the Dark Lord|rebirth]].<ref name=GOF /> Once the final ingredient was added, the potion turned blinding white, sending out bright sparks as it simmered before dying down and a thick white steamed the ritual now complete, Voldemort regained his body and emerged from the cauldron. Calling on Wormtail to robe him, the reborn Dark Lord took some time examing his body and getting reaccustomed to it. Then he called for his servant to show him his arm and used the now returned [[Dark Mark]] to summon his [[Death Eaters]].
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[[File:Cedric's_Death.gif|frame|[[Pettigrew]] murders Cedric Diggory]]
   
Those who were perhaps most loyal to him, save for those who willingly went to Azkaban in his name, appeared. Voldemort welcomed them before he scorned them for believing him to be dead and informed them that he would expect better of them now that he had returned. The Dark Lord told the Death Eaters of the events that had led to his first downfall, his years in hiding before he tried to [[Plot to steal the Philosopher's Stone|steal]] the Philosopher's Stone by poessessing [[Quirinus Quirrell]] and eventual defeat before finally of how Wormtail had located him, and they set out to orchestrate his resurrection.
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Voldemort ordered Crouch Jr. to capture [[Alastor Moody]], the new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] Professor at Hogwarts. Crouch Jr. and Peter Pettigrew did so, and created [[Polyjuice Potion]] which Crouch Jr. used to impersonate Moody for the entire school year. He influenced the Tournament for months, ensuring that Harry would be the one to get to the Triwizard Cup first which, unbeknownst to anyone, was a [[Portkey]]. [[File:20110819-js-hpgof-regeneration-potion.gif|250px]]
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Harry, in the spirit of sportsmanship, requested [[Cedric Diggory]] to tie with him for the win. When they both touched the Portkey, they were transported to a cemetery in Little Hangleton where Wormtail and Voldemort were waiting. Pettigrew murdered Cedric with the [[Killing Curse]] and went on to have Harry tightly bound and gagged to the Riddle Family tombstone.
   
Voldemort then set his attention on Harry, and began to mock and humiliate the boy before the Death Eaters. He then had Harry untied so he could force the young wizard into a [[Duel in Little Hangleton|duel]] where the Dark Lord had a greater advantage over Harry. After inflicting the [[Cruciatus Curse]] several times and the [[Imperius Curse]] on Harry, Voldemort was ready to end the one sided duel and kill Harry once and for all. Yet as Voldemort cast "''[[Killing Curse|Avada Kedavra]],''" Harry
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After Wormtail had placed Voldemort's rudimentary body into a cauldron containing the near finished potion, he added the first two ingredients causing it to turn from a poisonous-looking blue to burning red before he proceeded to obtain Harry's blood and added it to the [[Regeneration Potion|Potion]] for his master's [[Return of the Dark Lord|rebirth]].<ref name="GOF" /> Once the final ingredient was added, the potion turned blinding white, sending out bright sparks as it simmered before dying down and a thick white steamed the ritual now complete, Voldemort regained his physical body and emerged from the cauldron. Calling on Wormtail to robe him, the reborn Dark Lord took some time examing his body and getting reaccustomed to it. Then he called for his servant to show him his arm and used the now returned [[Dark Mark]] to summon his [[Death Eaters]].
simultaneously cast ''"[[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]''" and their twin-core wands became locked in [[Priori Incantatem]].<ref name=GOF />
 
People who had been killed by Voldemort's wand came out as spectral visions. First Cedric Diggory, then Frank Bryce, followed by Bertha Jorkins, Lily and James Potter. They encouraged Harry, while distracting Voldemort. Harry pulled away and had enough time to grab Cedric's body and the Triwizard Cup to return to the Hogwarts grounds.
 
Voldemort now had some of his followers, but Barty Crouch Jr. had been discovered, and was subjected to the [[Dementor's Kiss]] before he could be tried before the Wizengamot.<ref name=GOF /> Thus, the only knowledge of Voldemort's return was Harry's word, which was vigorously disputed by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]. Voldemort was able to grow in power in secret.<ref name=OOTP />
 
   
===Battle for the Prophecy===
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[[File:Voldemortreborn.jpg|thumb|left|215px|Voldemort after being reborn]]
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|You're the weak one... and you'll never know love, or friendship... and I feel sorry for you...|Voldemort|You're a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose... everything...| Harry Potter and Tom Riddle debate the meaning of weakness|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
   
In [[1995]], Dumbledore reconvened the [[Order of the Phoenix]] once more, using [[Sirius Black]]'s family home at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as headquarters. [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] set up a similar organisation at Hogwarts called [[Dumbledore's Army]], which was originally created to thwart the Ministry's meddling at the school under [[Dolores Umbridge]].<ref name=OOTP />
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Those who were perhaps most loyal to him, save for those who willingly went to Azkaban in his name, appeared. Voldemort welcomed them before he scorned them for believing him to be dead and informed them that he would expect better of them now that he had returned. The Dark Lord told the Death Eaters of the events that had led to his first downfall, his years in hiding before he tried to [[Plot to steal the Philosopher's Stone|steal]] the Philosopher's Stone by possessing [[Quirinus Quirrell]] and eventual defeat before finally of how Wormtail had located him, and they set out to orchestrate his resurrection.
   
Voldemort was now after the aforementioned [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] housed in the [[Department of Mysteries]], wanting to hear the whole of it. At this time, many of Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters, such as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped from Azkaban]] and returned to his side.<ref name=OOTP />
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[[File:HarryCrucio.jpg|thumb|222px|Voldemort using the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on [[Harry Potter]]]]
   
Voldemort's first attempt at securing the prophecy was to have [[Lucius Malfoy]] put Order member [[Sturgis Podmore]] under the [[Imperius Curse]] and send him to take the prophecy. However, Sturgis was unable to get into the Department of Mysteries. His next attempt was to use the Imperius Curse on an [[Unspeakable]] named [[Broderick Bode]]. He was ordered to retrieve the prophecy, but was seriously injured in the process and was put into a permanent ward at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|St Mungo's]]. From this, Voldemort learned that the only people who could retrieve a prophecy are the people who are included in the prophecy. Voldemort could not risk going into the Ministry himself, so he used a [[telepathic]] link through [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|Harry Potter's scar]] to cause him to go there instead.<ref name=OOTP />
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Voldemort then set his attention on Harry, and began to mock and humiliate the boy before the Death Eaters. He then had Harry untied so he could force the young wizard into a [[Duel in Little Hangleton|duel]] where the Dark Lord had a greater advantage over Harry. After inflicting the [[Cruciatus Curse]] several times and the [[Imperius Curse]] on Harry, Voldemort was ready to end the one sided duel and kill Harry once and for all. Yet as Voldemort cast "''[[Killing Curse|Avada Kedavra]],''" Harry simultaneously cast ''"[[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]''" and their twin-core wands became locked in [[Priori Incantatem]].<ref name="GOF" />
   
[[File:Voldemad.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Lord Voldemort during the Battle at the [[Department of Mysteries]].]]
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[[File:Duel little hangleton.gif|250px]]
   
Members of Dumbledore's Army, including Harry, Hermione, Ron, [[Luna Lovegood]], Ginny, and [[Neville Longbottom]] went to the Department of Mysteries seeking to rescue [[Sirius Black]], who they believed to be trapped there. Harry wound up retrieving the prophecy from its shelf. At once, Death Eaters appeared, demanding Harry hand over the prophecy. The six D.A. members fought back, and during[[Battle of the Department of Mysteries| the battle that ensued]], the prophecy was destroyed. Voldemort was forced to come to the Ministry, but upon learning of its destruction he tried to kill Harry.<ref name=OOTP />
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People who had been killed by Voldemort's wand came out as spectral visions. First Cedric Diggory, then Frank Bryce, followed by Bertha Jorkins, Lily and James Potter. They encouraged Harry, while distracting Voldemort. Harry pulled away and had enough time to grab Cedric's body and the Triwizard Cup to return to the Hogwarts grounds.
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Voldemort now had some of his followers, but Barty Crouch Jr. had been discovered, and was subjected to the [[Dementor's Kiss]] before he could be tried before the Wizengamot.<ref name="GOF" /> Thus, the only knowledge of Voldemort's return was Harry's word, which was vigorously disputed by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]. Voldemort was able to grow in power in secret.<ref name="OOTP" />
   
{{Dialogue a-b|Albus Dumbledore|It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom. The [[Auror]]s are on their way-|Lord Voldemort|-by which time I shall be gone, and you shall be dead.|Dumbledore and Voldemort before the [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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===Second Wizarding War===
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====Battle for the Prophecy====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry Potter|You're the weak one... and you'll never know love, or friendship... and I feel sorry for you...|Voldemort|You're a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose... everything...| Harry Potter and Tom Riddle debate the meaning of weakness|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
[[File:VoldemortMinistry.jpg|thumb|left|256px|Voldemort after being forced from Harry's mind.]]Voldemort's attempt was foiled by [[Albus Dumbledore]], and a [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|fantastic duel]] ensued. The duel came to a draw when Voldemort attempted to possess Harry instead, hoping Dumbledore would kill Harry in an attempt to destroy him at last, but Harry's heart, full of grief over the loss of his godfather Sirius, was able to force Voldemort out of his mind. Voldemort fled when [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] and other Ministry officials arrived. Voldemort's cover was blown and many of his Death Eaters, including Lucius, were taken into custody and sent to Azkaban.<ref name=OOTP />
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[[File:Duel_in_ministry.gif|frame|left|Voldemort duels [[Dumbledore]] in the [[Department of Mysteries]]]]In [[1995]], Dumbledore reconvened the [[Order of the Phoenix]] once more, using [[Sirius Black]]'s family home at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as headquarters. [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] set up a similar organisation at Hogwarts called [[Dumbledore's Army]], which was originally created to thwart the Ministry's meddling at the school under [[Dolores Umbridge]].<ref name="OOTP" />
   
[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|right|Voldemort possesses Harry.]]
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Voldemort was now after the aforementioned [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] housed in the [[Department of Mysteries]], wanting to hear the whole of it. At this time, many of Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters, such as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped from Azkaban]] and returned to his side.<ref name="OOTP" />
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[[File:Daily prophet the boy who lies.jpg|thumb|150px|A [[Daily Prophet]] article showing the Ministry trying to libel Harry Potter and anyone who believed him.]]
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Voldemort's first attempt at securing the prophecy was to have [[Lucius Malfoy]] put Order member [[Sturgis Podmore]] under the [[Imperius Curse]] and send him to take the prophecy. However, Sturgis was unable to get into the Department of Mysteries. His next attempt was to use the Imperius Curse on an [[Unspeakable]] named [[Broderick Bode]]. He was ordered to retrieve the prophecy, but was seriously injured in the process and was put into a permanent ward at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|St Mungo's]]. From this, Voldemort learned that the only people who could retrieve a prophecy are the people who are included in the prophecy. Voldemort could not risk going into the Ministry himself, so he used a [[telepathic]] link through [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|Harry Potter's scar]] to cause him to go there instead.<ref name="OOTP" />
   
===Open war===
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Members of Dumbledore's Army, including Harry, Hermione, Ron, [[Luna Lovegood]], Ginny, and [[Neville Longbottom]] went to the Department of Mysteries seeking to rescue [[Sirius Black]], who they believed to be trapped there. Harry wound up retrieving the prophecy from its shelf. At once, Death Eaters appeared, demanding Harry hand over the prophecy. The six D.A. members fought back, and during [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries|the battle that ensued]], the prophecy was destroyed. Voldemort was forced to come to the Ministry, but upon learning of its destruction he tried to kill Harry.<ref name="OOTP" />
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[[File:Tumblr_mv0xoiWzPj1qeijvdo1_250.gif|frame|[[Harry Potter]] being possessed by Voldemort through Legilimency.]]
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Voldemort's attempt was foiled by [[Albus Dumbledore]], and a [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|fantastic duel]] ensued. The duel came to a draw when Voldemort attempted to possess Harry instead, hoping Dumbledore would kill Harry in an attempt to destroy him at last, but Harry's heart, full of grief over the loss of his godfather Sirius, was able to force Voldemort out of his mind. Voldemort fled when [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] and other Ministry officials arrived. Voldemort's cover was blown and many of his Death Eaters, including Lucius, were taken into custody and sent to Azkaban.<ref name="OOTP" />
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====The start of open war====
 
{{Quote|I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best-laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.|Lord Voldemort to his Death Eaters in 1997|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best-laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.|Lord Voldemort to his Death Eaters in 1997|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:MillenniumBridgeCollapse.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The open war: the [[Millennium Bridge]] is brought down by [[Death Eaters]].]]
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[[File:MillenniumBridgeCollapse.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The open war: the [[Millennium Bridge]] being brought down by [[Death Eaters]]]]
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With Voldemort no longer needing to keep his actions silent, the [[Second Wizarding War]] had begun. The [[Dementor]]s left Azkaban to side with the Dark Lord, who could offer them more scope for their powers. As a result, there were many attacks by the monsters. Mass [[Muggle]] killings and the destruction of bridges, were rampant. What was claimed to be a hurricane to the Muggle world was in fact a rampage by the giants, whom Voldemort had drawn into allegiance. Voldemort himself duelled and killed [[Amelia Bones]], the head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]], who was described as having put up a good fight against him and as one of the greatest witches of the age.<ref name="HBP" />
   
With Voldemort no longer needing to keep his actions silent, the [[Second Wizarding War]] had begun. The [[Dementor]]s left Azkaban to side with the Dark Lord, who could offer them more scope for their powers. As a result, there were many attacks by the monsters. Mass [[Muggle]] killings, as well as the destruction of bridges, were rampant. What was claimed to be a hurricane to the Muggle world was in fact a rampage by the giants, whom Voldemort had drawn into allegiance. Voldemort himself duelled and killed [[Amelia Bones]], the head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]], who was described as having put up a good fight against him and as one of the greatest witches of the age.<ref name=HBP />
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In [[1996]], [[Draco Malfoy]] was inducted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort required a spy within Hogwarts. He ordered Draco to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]], for he wished to punish Lucius Malfoy for his failings by giving his son a task he could not do. If Draco failed, he would meet terrible consequences. However, Draco was able to sneak a group of Death Eaters into Hogwarts through a pair of [[Vanishing Cabinet]]s that connected [[Borgin and Burkes]] with the Room of Requirement. The [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] ensued.<ref name="HBP" />
   
In [[1996]], [[Draco Malfoy]] was inducted as a Death Eater, as Voldemort required a spy within Hogwarts. He ordered Draco to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]], for he wished to punish Lucius Malfoy for his failings by giving his son a task he could not do. If Draco failed, he would meet terrible consequences. However, Draco was able to sneak a group of Death Eaters into Hogwarts through a pair of [[Vanishing Cabinet]]s that connected [[Borgin and Burkes]] with the Room of Requirement. The [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] ensued.<ref name=HBP />
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Voldemort's plans were carried out when [[Severus Snape]] used the [[Killing Curse]] on Albus Dumbledore. Although the Death Eaters fled Hogwarts, the intrusion of Hogwarts Castle signified that there was no longer a single place safe from the Dark Lord.<ref name="HBP" />
   
Voldemort&apos;s plans were carried out when [[Severus Snape]] used the [[Killing Curse]] on Albus Dumbledore. Although the Death Eaters fled Hogwarts, the intrusion of Hogwarts Castle signified that there was no longer a single place safe from the Dark Lord.<ref name=HBP />
 
 
====Summer of 1997====
 
====Summer of 1997====
[[File:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010) - I Must Be the One to Kill Harry Potter|thumb|250px|The meeting at Malfoy Manor.]]
 
Voldemort then took over [[Malfoy Manor]] as his headquarters. During the summer of [[1997]], he captured the Hogwarts Professor of [[Muggle Studies]], [[Charity Burbage]], and killed her during a [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor|meeting at Malfoy Manor]] with his Death Eaters before feeding her to [[Nagini]]. He also imprisoned and interrogated the kidnapped [[wandmaker]], [[Garrick Ollivander]], about why his wand could not duel against Harry Potter&apos;s wand. Ollivander revealed that their [[wand]]s shared the same core, and would not work properly against each other. This came as a great relief to Voldemort, who worried that Harry had escaped from him in the graveyard by superior skill. Ollivander told Voldemort that he merely needed another&apos;s wand, and so he took Lucius Malfoy&apos;s.<ref name=DH />
 
   
[[File:Harry_&_Lord_Voldemort_-_Battle_Over_Little_Whinging.JPG|thumb|left|Harry Potter's wand retaliated automatically against Voldemort during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].]]
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[[File:Tumblr lug4mz1evZ1qgt0vro8 250.gif|frame|Voldemort flying unsupported]]
When Harry Potter left [[4 Privet Drive]] for the final time, Voldemort flew to the scene with his Death Eaters to fight the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. In the [[Battle of the Seven Potters|ensuing battle]], Voldemort murdered [[Alastor Moody]]. When he attempted to attack Harry, Harry&apos;s wand reacted in a bizarre way, releasing golden fire at him and destroying Malfoy&apos;s wand. Before Voldemort could react, Harry reached the protection of the home of [[Ted Tonks|Ted]] and [[Andromeda Tonks]], and Voldemort was forced to retreat.<ref name=DH />
 
   
Voldemort returned to his headquarters at Malfoy Manor and tortured Ollivander with the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. Ollivander told him truthfully that never in wandlore has he ever heard of such a thing happening between two wands. Voldemort ordered Ollivander to tell him everything he knew about the legendary wand known as the [[Elder Wand]], otherwise known as the Deathstick or the Wand of Destiny.<ref name=DH />
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Voldemort then took over [[Malfoy Manor]] as his headquarters. During the summer of [[1997]], he captured the Hogwarts Professor of [[Muggle Studies]], [[Charity Burbage]], and killed her during a [[meeting at Malfoy Manor]] with his Death Eaters before feeding her to [[Nagini]]. He also imprisoned and interrogated the kidnapped [[wandmaker]], [[Garrick Ollivander]], about why his wand could not duel against Harry Potter's wand. Ollivander revealed that their [[wand]]s shared the same core, and would not work properly against each other. This came as a great relief to Voldemort, who worried that Harry had escaped from him in the graveyard by superior skill. Ollivander told Voldemort that he merely needed another's wand, and so he took Lucius Malfoy's.<ref name="DH" />
   
===Ministry take-over===
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[[File:Tumblr_lug4mz1evZ1qgt0vro6_250.gif|frame|left|The [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], during which Harry Potter's wand retaliated automatically]]
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When Harry Potter left [[4 Privet Drive]] for the final time, Voldemort flew to the scene with his Death Eaters to fight the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. In the [[Battle of the Seven Potters|ensuing battle]], Voldemort murdered [[Alastor Moody]]. When he attempted to attack Harry, Harry's wand reacted in a bizarre way, releasing golden fire at him and destroying Malfoy's wand. Before Voldemort could react, Harry reached the protection of the home of [[Ted Tonks|Ted]] and [[Andromeda Tonks]], and Voldemort was forced to retreat.<ref name="DH" />
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Voldemort returned to his headquarters at Malfoy Manor and tortured Ollivander with the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. Ollivander told him truthfully that never in wandlore has he ever heard of such a thing happening between two wands. Voldemort ordered Ollivander to tell him everything he knew about the legendary wand known as the [[Elder Wand]], otherwise known as the Deathstick or the Wand of Destiny.<ref name="DH" />
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====Ministry take-over====
 
{{Quote|The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] has fallen. [[Rufus Scrimgeour|Scrimgeour]] is dead. They are coming.|Kingsley Shacklebolt warning the Order of the Phoenix about the Fall of the Ministry of Magic in 1997|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] has fallen. [[Rufus Scrimgeour|Scrimgeour]] is dead. They are coming.|Kingsley Shacklebolt warning the Order of the Phoenix about the Fall of the Ministry of Magic in 1997|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Shortly after this, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was compromised and fell to the power of Voldemort when Minister [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] was murdered, the official version being he retired. News of this came to the Order of the Phoenix during the wedding of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]] at [[the Burrow]] due to [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]&apos;s [[Patronus]]. Voldemort established a totalitarian police state, with [[Pius Thicknesse]], under the [[Imperius Curse]], serving as a puppet [[Minister for Magic]] and Death Eater [[Yaxley]] as the head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]]. The [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] was created to round up [[Muggle-born]]s and imprison them in Azkaban. Harry Potter was declared [[Undesirable|Undesirable Number One]] with a reward on his head, on the basis he was wanted for questioning over the death of Dumbledore. Severus Snape, meanwhile, took over as Headmaster of Hogwarts while Death Eater Siblings [[Amycus Carrow]] and [[Alecto Carrow]] became teachers. <ref name=DH />
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Shortly after this, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was compromised and fell to the power of Voldemort when Minister [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] was murdered, the official version being he retired. News of this came to the Order of the Phoenix during the wedding of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]] at [[the Burrow]] due to [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]'s [[Patronus]]. Voldemort established a totalitarian police state, with [[Pius Thicknesse]], under the [[Imperius Curse]], serving as a puppet [[Minister for Magic]] and Death Eater [[Yaxley]] as the head of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]]. The [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] was created to round up [[Muggle-born]]s and imprison them in Azkaban. Harry Potter was declared [[Undesirable|Undesirable Number One]] with a reward on his head, on the basis he was wanted for questioning over the death of Dumbledore. Severus Snape, meanwhile, took over as Headmaster of Hogwarts while Death Eater Siblings [[Amycus Carrow]] and [[Alecto Carrow]] became teachers.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
Voldemort placed a [[Taboo|Taboo Curse]] on his name which enabled his [[Death Eaters]] to instantly locate anyone who spoke his name out loud in the open. He chose not to publicly declare himself Minister in order to maintain an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
 
Voldemort placed a [[Taboo|Taboo Curse]] on his name which enabled his [[Death Eaters]] to instantly locate anyone who spoke his name out loud in the open. He chose not to publicly declare himself Minister in order to maintain an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
   
===The search for the Elder Wand===
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====The search for the Elder Wand====
[[File:Voldemort_killing_Gregorovitch.JPG|thumb|left|318px|Voldemort killing Gregorovitch.]]
 
 
{{Quote|Kill me then, Voldemort!... That wand will never, ever be yours!|Voldemort confronting Grindelwald in Nurmengard|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|Kill me then, Voldemort!... That wand will never, ever be yours!|Voldemort confronting Grindelwald in Nurmengard|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
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[[File:Voldemort_killing_Gregorovitch.JPG|thumb|255px|Voldemort killing Gregorovitch]]
 
With his servants taking care of business in Britain, Voldemort travelled to Germany to seek out the acclaimed wandmaker [[Gregorovitch]] and obtain the [[Elder Wand]].
 
With his servants taking care of business in Britain, Voldemort travelled to Germany to seek out the acclaimed wandmaker [[Gregorovitch]] and obtain the [[Elder Wand]].
   
Eventually, after murdering people who got in his way, Voldemort found him, but was informed that the wand had been stolen. Voldemort performed [[Legilimency]] on Gregorovitch and saw the memory of a [[Gellert Grindelwald|young blond boy]] who stole the wand. Voldemort demanded to know the identity of the thief, but when Gregorovitch didn&apos;t know it, Voldemort killed him.<ref name=DH />
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Eventually, after murdering people who got in his way, Voldemort found him, but was informed that the wand had been stolen. Voldemort performed [[Legilimency]] on Gregorovitch and saw the memory of a [[Gellert Grindelwald|young blond boy]] who stole the wand. Voldemort demanded to know the identity of the thief, but when Gregorovitch didn't know it, Voldemort killed him.<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Voldemortstealselderwand.jpeg|thumb|Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from a dead Dumbledore.]]
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[[File:Voldemortstealselderwand.jpeg|thumb|left|210px|Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb]]
Shortly after this, [[Nagini]] summoned Voldemort to [[Godric's Hollow|Godric&apos;s Hollow]], where Harry and his companion [[Hermione Granger]] were visiting the [[James and Lily Potter's grave|graves]] of [[James and Lily Potter]] and investigating the possibility that [[Bathilda Bagshot]] might have [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|the sword of Gryffindor]]. Harry and Hermione [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|barely managed to escape]]. However, Voldemort found a picture of the aforementioned blond boy at the home of Bathilda Bagshot; this boy turned out to be none other than the [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizard]] [[Gellert Grindelwald]], whom Albus Dumbledore had defeated in the 1940s.<ref name=DH />
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Shortly after this, [[Nagini]] summoned Voldemort to [[Godric's Hollow]], where Harry and his companion [[Hermione Granger]] were visiting the [[James and Lily Potter's grave|graves]] of [[James and Lily Potter]] and investigating the possibility that [[Bathilda Bagshot]] might have [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|the sword of Gryffindor]]. Harry and Hermione [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|barely managed to escape]]. However, Voldemort found a picture of the aforementioned blond boy at the home of Bathilda Bagshot; this boy turned out to be none other than the [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizard]] [[Gellert Grindelwald]], whom Albus Dumbledore had defeated in the 1940s.<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Dheldervold.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Lord Voldemort tests the Elder Wand after taking it from Dumbledore's tomb.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_n012qfgajR1rzvuwqo5_r1_250.gif|frame|Voldemort testing the Elder Wand after taking it from Dumbledore's tomb]]
Voldemort broke into the prison [[Nurmengard]], where Grindelwald was being held, and demanded to know the location of the Elder Wand. Grindelwald baffled Voldemort by being completely unafraid of him and saying that he welcomed death; Voldemort killed him in a rage without gaining any information. However, Voldemort deduced that Dumbledore, who had defeated Grindelwald, had won the Elder Wand. Voldemort then went and broke in and stole the Elder Wand from Dumbledore&apos;s tomb.<ref name=DH />
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Voldemort broke into the prison [[Nurmengard]], where Grindelwald was being held, and demanded to know the location of the Elder Wand. Grindelwald baffled Voldemort by being completely unafraid of him and saying that he welcomed death; Voldemort killed him in a rage without gaining any information. However, Voldemort deduced that Dumbledore, who had defeated Grindelwald, had won the Elder Wand. Voldemort then went and broke in and stole the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb.<ref name="DH" />
   
===Battle of Hogwarts===
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====Battle of Hogwarts====
 
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{{Main|Battle of Hogwarts}}
[[File:The_Killing_Curse.gif|thumb|right|300px|Voldemort learns that [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Hufflepuff's Cup]], one of his [[Horcrux]]es, was stolen, and kills the bearers of bad news in a fit of rage.]]
 
Following this, Voldemort was informed by several goblins from [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] that Harry and his friends had robbed the Lestranges&apos; vault. This caused Voldemort to panic, and when he was informed that [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|a small golden cup]] had been stolen, he was enraged. He realised at that moment that Harry was hunting his [[Horcrux]]es, but he could not figure out how he had discovered his secret when he never told anyone. (In truth, Dumbledore and Harry had worked out, from studying Voldemort&apos;s past, that Voldemort had created Horcruxes, and also what the Horcruxes were.) Voldemort listed all the locations of his Horcruxes in his mind, unaware that Harry was connected to his mind at the time, and unwittingly revealed that his last Horcrux was at Hogwarts.<ref name=DH />
 
   
====Preparations====
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{{Quote|I know that you are preparing to fight. Your efforts are futile. You cannot fight me. I do not want to kill you. I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill magical blood. Give me Harry Potter, and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight.|Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
[[File:TheDarkArmy.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Voldemort and his army begin the [[Battle of Hogwarts|siege of Hogwarts Castle]].]]
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Following these revelations, Voldemort went to check out the [[Gaunt shack]] and the Cave, only to discover to his fury and horror that the Horcruxes stored there were missing and thus likely destroyed. He then returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. By the time he got there, the residents had already ousted the Death Eaters teaching there and had begun preparing a defence against him. He rounded up his entire army of [[Death Eaters]], [[Snatchers]], [[Werewolf|werewolves]], [[giant]]s, [[dementor]]s and [[acromantula]]s, and commanded his army to fight the [[Auror]]s, [[professor]]s, and students who were in the castle: the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] ensued. Voldemort himself was not present at the battle; he was investigating why the Elder Wand did not work any differently from his old wand. He came to the conclusion that it needed to accept him as a master, and ordered [[Nagini]] to kill [[Severus Snape]], believing this would solve the problem by transferring mastery of the wand to himself.<ref name=DH />
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[[File:The_Killing_Curse.gif|frame|left|Voldemort learning that one of his [[Horcrux]]es, [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Hufflepuff's Cup]], was stolen, killing the bearers of bad news in a fit of rage]]
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Following this, Voldemort was informed by several goblins from [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] that Harry and his friends had robbed the Lestranges' vault. This caused Voldemort to panic, and when he was informed that [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|a small golden cup]] had been stolen, he was enraged. He realised at that moment that Harry was hunting his [[Horcrux]]es, but he could not figure out how he had discovered his secret when he never told anyone. (In truth, Dumbledore and Harry had worked out, from studying Voldemort's past, that Voldemort had created Horcruxes, and also what the Horcruxes were.) Voldemort listed all the locations of his Horcruxes in his mind, unaware that Harry was connected to his mind at the time, and unwittingly revealed that his last Horcrux was at Hogwarts.<ref name="DH" />
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[[File:TheDarkArmy.jpg|thumb|rightt|230px|Voldemort and his army beginning the [[Battle of Hogwarts|siege of Hogwarts Castle]]]]
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Following these revelations, Voldemort went to check out the [[Gaunt shack]] and the Cave, only to discover to his fury and horror that the Horcruxes stored there were missing and thus likely destroyed. He then returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. By the time he got there, the residents had already ousted the Death Eaters teaching there and had begun preparing a defence against him. He rounded up his entire army of [[Death Eaters]], [[Snatchers]], [[Werewolf|werewolves]], [[giant]]s, [[dementor]]s and [[acromantula]]s, and commanded his army to fight the [[Auror]]s, [[professor]]s, and students who were in the castle: the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] ensued. Voldemort himself was not present at the battle; he was investigating why the Elder Wand did not work any differently from his old wand. He came to the conclusion that it needed to accept him as a master, and ordered [[Nagini]] to kill [[Severus Snape]], believing this would solve the problem by transferring mastery of the wand to himself.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
====One hour armistice====
 
====One hour armistice====
 
{{Quote|If you continue to resist me, you will all die, one by one. I do not wish this to happen. Every drop of magical blood spilled is a loss and a waste... I command my forces to retreat immediately. You have one hour... I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you... I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences. This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me. One hour.|Voldemort announcing the one-hour ceasefire during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|If you continue to resist me, you will all die, one by one. I do not wish this to happen. Every drop of magical blood spilled is a loss and a waste... I command my forces to retreat immediately. You have one hour... I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you... I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences. This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me. One hour.|Voldemort announcing the one-hour ceasefire during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
Voldemort then called a one-hour armistice, requesting Harry Potter in exchange for peace and no further deaths. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, Harry carried within him the seventh Horcrux, the scar on his forehead, which was formed when Voldemort failed to kill him in [[1981]]. When Harry met Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, Voldemort used the [[Killing Curse]] on him almost immediately, but only destroyed the Horcrux, rendering his scar "normal." What was not revealed to Voldemort was that when he used Harry's blood three years prior to gain himself a new body, the blood passed Harry's [[Lily Evans|mother]]'s protection to Voldemort and anchored Harry to the living world through Voldemort. Harry was merely knocked to the ground and feigned death. Voldemort, as a result of destroying his soul shard in Harry, was also knocked out.<ref name=DH />
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[[File:Harry-potter7-movie-screencaps.com-5982.jpg|thumb|left|245px|Voldemort's army of Snatchers, hired by the Ministry of Magic]]
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Voldemort then called a one-hour armistice, requesting Harry Potter in exchange for peace and no further deaths. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, Harry carried within him the seventh Horcrux, the scar on his forehead, which was formed when Voldemort failed to kill him in [[1981]]. When Harry met Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, Voldemort used the [[Killing Curse]] on him almost immediately, but only destroyed the Horcrux, rendering his scar "normal." What was not revealed to Voldemort was that when he used Harry's blood three years prior to gain himself a new body, the blood passed Harry's [[Lily Evans|mother]]'s protection to Voldemort and anchored Harry to the living world through Voldemort. Harry was merely knocked to the ground and feigned death. Voldemort, as a result of destroying his soul shard in Harry, was also knocked out.<ref name="DH" /> [[File:Tumblr n29413O6t71rzvuwqo4 r1 250.gif|frame|Voldemort hitting Harry with the [[Killing Curse]]]]
   
 
Unsure of what had just happened, Voldemort ordered [[Narcissa Malfoy]] to examine Harry's body. Narcissa did so and pronounced Harry Potter dead, eliciting celebration from the Death Eaters. Voldemort declared that no man could threaten him any more. He then forced the captured [[Rubeus Hagrid]] to carry the body back to Hogwarts for all to see. Voldemort did not realise, however, that Narcissa had lied to him in order to enter the castle to find her son.
 
Unsure of what had just happened, Voldemort ordered [[Narcissa Malfoy]] to examine Harry's body. Narcissa did so and pronounced Harry Potter dead, eliciting celebration from the Death Eaters. Voldemort declared that no man could threaten him any more. He then forced the captured [[Rubeus Hagrid]] to carry the body back to Hogwarts for all to see. Voldemort did not realise, however, that Narcissa had lied to him in order to enter the castle to find her son.
   
====Gloating over Harry&apos;s "death"====
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====Gloating over Harry's "death"====
 
{{Quote|Harry Potter is dead. He was killed as he ran away, trying to save himself while you lay down your lives for him. We bring you his body as proof that your hero is gone. The battle is won.|Voldemort after emerging from the [[Forbidden Forest]], believing Harry to be dead and the battle won.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|Harry Potter is dead. He was killed as he ran away, trying to save himself while you lay down your lives for him. We bring you his body as proof that your hero is gone. The battle is won.|Voldemort after emerging from the [[Forbidden Forest]], believing Harry to be dead and the battle won.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Voldemort and his followers at the Battle of Hogwarts.jpg|thumb|300px|left|Lord Voldemort and his followers attacking Hogwarts.]]
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[[File:Voldemort_and_his_followers_at_the_Battle_of_Hogwarts.jpg|thumb|250px|Lord Voldemort and his followers attacking Hogwarts]]
Voldemort and his army marched to Hogwarts, proclaiming the death of Harry Potter and his victory, forcing Hagrid to carry the body. Voldemort claimed Harry had been killed while trying to escape. [[Neville Longbottom]], instead of surrendering, charged at Voldemort. After Neville refused to join him, Voldemort placed a [[Full Body-Bind Curse]] and the [[Sorting Hat]] on him and set the hat on fire to make an example of him, claiming from now on Slytherin would be the only Hogwarts House. But at that moment, reinforcements for the Hogwarts defenders arrived. Neville was able to throw off the curse and pulled [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Godric Gryffindor&apos;s Sword]] from the Hat, and used it to decapitate Nagini, destroying the last remaining Horcrux. Enraged, Voldemort attempted to kill Neville, but Harry, now beneath his [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]] interfered and cast a [[Shield Charm]] between them.<ref name=DH />
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Voldemort and his army marched to Hogwarts, proclaiming the death of Harry Potter and his victory, forcing Hagrid to carry the body. Voldemort claimed Harry had been killed while trying to escape. [[Neville Longbottom]], instead of surrendering, charged at Voldemort. After Neville refused to join him, Voldemort placed a [[Full Body-Bind Curse]] and the [[Sorting Hat]] on him and set the hat on fire to make an example of him, claiming from now on Slytherin would be the only Hogwarts House. But at that moment, reinforcements for the Hogwarts defenders arrived. Neville was able to throw off the curse and pulled [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]] from the Hat, and used it to decapitate Nagini, destroying the last remaining Horcrux. Enraged, Voldemort attempted to kill Neville, but Harry, now beneath his [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]] interfered and cast a [[Shield Charm]] between them.<ref name="DH" />
   
====Final duel====
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====Final battle with Harry Potter====
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Harry Potter|There are no more [[Horcrux]]es. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good. . . .|Voldemort|One of us? You think it will be you, do you, the boy who has survived by accident, and because Dumbledore was pulling the strings?|...You won't be killing anyone else tonight. You won't be able to kill any of them ever again.|The final confrontation between Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Harry Potter|There are no more [[Horcrux]]es. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good...|Voldemort|One of us? You think it will be you, do you, the boy who has survived by accident, and because Dumbledore was pulling the strings?|...You won't be killing anyone else tonight. You won't be able to kill any of them ever again.|The final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
During the second round of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Voldemort tried to strike down everyone within his reach and his weakened army forced its [[Battle of Hogwarts|way into Hogwarts]]. In the Great Hall, his army was gradually cut down as Voldemort fought [[Horace Slughorn]], [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] all at once. When [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], his last, best lieutenant, was killed by [[Molly Weasley]], Voldemort turned his wand on her in rage. At that time, Harry revealed himself to be alive by casting a [[Shield Charm]] to protect her, and the pair faced each other in the [[Great Hall]].<ref name=DH />
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[[File:Tumblr_m712xmtwUA1qgt0vro8_r2_250.gif|frame|left|Harry and Voldemort's final battle]]
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During the second round of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Voldemort tried to strike down everyone within his reach and his weakened army forced its [[Battle of Hogwarts|way into Hogwarts]]. In the Great Hall, his army was gradually cut down as Voldemort fought [[Horace Slughorn]], [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] all at once. When [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], his last, best lieutenant, was killed by [[Molly Weasley]], Voldemort turned his wand on her in rage. At that time, Harry  by cast a [[Shield Charm]] to protect her, and revealed himself to be very much alive. The two greatest wizards then faced each other in the [[Great Hall]].<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Liquid_Tooth.jpeg|thumb|264px|Voldemort trying to prevent Harry from escaping again.]]Here, Harry mentioned that by willingly sacrificing himself to Voldemort, he had protected everyone he loves in Hogwarts with the same magic his mother created when she died for him. Harry tried to explain to Voldemort that he had magic Voldemort did not have, and a weapon more powerful than his, in addition to warning Voldemort of the fate that lay in store for him if he was unwilling to feel remorse for his actions. Goading him by using his birth name, Harry told him that Snape&apos;s loyalty was with Dumbledore all along, that Dumbledore&apos;s death was planned, and that Snape was not the master of the Elder Wand; [[Draco Malfoy]] was.<ref name=DH />
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Here, Harry mentioned that by willingly sacrificing himself to Voldemort, he had protected everyone he cared about in Hogwarts with the same magic his mother created when she died for him. Harry tried to explain to Voldemort that he had magic Voldemort did not have, and a weapon more powerful than his, in addition to warning Voldemort of the fate that lay in store for him if he was unwilling to feel remorse for his actions. Goading him by using his birth name, Harry told him that Snape's loyalty was with Dumbledore all along, that Dumbledore's death was planned, and that Snape was not the master of the Elder Wand; [[Draco Malfoy]] was.<ref name="DH" />
   
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Harry Potter|Yeah it did, you're right. But before you try and kill me, I'd advise you to think about what you've done.... Think, and try for some remorse, Riddle....|Voldemort|What is this?|It's your one last chance, it's all you've got left.... I've seen what you'll be otherwise.... Be a man.... try.... Try for some remorse....|Harry Potter explaining how Dumbledore's plan had backfired.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:DeadVoldemort.JPG|thumb|222px|Voldemort dead at Harry's feet]]
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Originally shocked, Voldemort remained unworried, because Harry did not have his original wand, and he told Harry he would kill him and then dispose of Draco. But Harry revealed that he had [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|already overpowered Draco]], so the Elder Wand was now rightfully his. [[File:20110827-js-hpdhp2-voldemorts-death.gif|frame|left|Voldemort disintegrating into ashes]] Refusing to believe this, Voldemort fired the [[Killing Curse]] at Harry, while Harry countered with his "trademark" spell of [[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]. The [[Elder Wand]] refused to kill its true master, and Voldemort's spell rebounded off Harry's, killing Tom Marvolo Riddle once and for all.
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[[File:Voldemort's_mutilated_soul.jpg|thumb|left|222px|Voldemort's mangled soul in Limbo]]
Originally shocked, Voldemort remained unworried, because Harry did not have his original wand, and he told Harry he would kill him and then dispose of Draco. But Harry revealed that he had [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|already overpowered Draco]], so the Elder Wand was now rightfully his. Refusing to believe this, Voldemort fired the [[Killing Curse]] at Harry, while Harry countered with his "trademark" spell of [[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]. The [[Elder Wand]] refused to kill its true master, and Voldemort&apos;s spell rebounded off Harry&apos;s, killing Tom Marvolo Riddle once and for all.
 
 
{{quote|Avada Kedavra!-|Tom Riddle's last words.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
 
[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-27_at_7.26.27_PM.png|thumb|Voldemort's mangled soul in Limbo.]]
 
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
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After his death, Voldemort's body was moved to a [[Resting Chamber of Lord Voldemort|separate chamber away from the Great Hall]]. It is unknown what happened to it afterwards. Voldemort's mutilated soul was, meanwhile, trapped in [[Limbo]] for eternity, unable to move on or return as a ghost.<ref name="bloom" />
After his death, Voldemort&apos;s body was moved to a [[Resting Chamber of Lord Voldemort|separate chamber away from the Great Hall]]. It is unknown what happened to it afterwards. Voldemort&apos;s mutilated soul was, meanwhile, trapped in [[Limbo]] for eternity, unable to move on or return as a ghost.<ref name=bloom />
 
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:FullRiddle.jpg|thumb|right|Tom Riddle in his youth.]]
 
 
{{Quote|The thin man stepped out of the cauldron, staring at Harry...and Harry stared back into the face that had haunted his nightmares for three years. Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a [[snake]]'s but with slits for nostrils...|Description of Voldemort after his [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|rebirth]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|The thin man stepped out of the cauldron, staring at Harry...and Harry stared back into the face that had haunted his nightmares for three years. Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a [[snake]]'s but with slits for nostrils...|Description of Voldemort after his [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|rebirth]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Earlier in life, Tom Marvolo Riddle was tall and handsome, with pale skin, jet black hair, and dark eyes. When Harry saw him in the a memory in [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|the Pensieve]], he saw that there was no trace of the Gaunt family in his face, and that he was his father in miniature: "tall for eleven years old, dark-haired and pale".<ref name=HBP /><ref name=COS /> Riddle's good looks continued to increase as he grew older, and he cunningly used them to charm many of the teachers at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
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[[File:FullRiddle.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Tom Riddle in his youth]]
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Earlier in life, Tom Marvolo Riddle was tall and handsome, with pale skin, jet black hair, and dark eyes. When Harry saw him in the a memory in [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|the Pensieve]], he saw that there was no trace of the Gaunt family in his face, and that he was his father in miniature: "tall for eleven years old, dark-haired and pale".<ref name="HBP" /><ref name="COS" /> Riddle's good looks continued to increase as he grew older, and he cunningly used them to charm many of the teachers at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
   
[[File:Voldemortfilm.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort's appearance during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].]]
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[[File:Voldemortfilm.jpg|thumb|Voldemort's appearance during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]]]
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However, as he became more involved in the [[Dark Arts]], his good looks left him, with his features becoming waxy and oddly distorted, and his skin becoming as pale as snow. The whites of his eyes took on a perpetually blood-shot look.<ref name="HBP" /> After he regained his body, however, Voldemort was described as having pale white skin, a skeletally thin body, and dark scarlet eyes with cat-like slits for pupils. He had a [[chalk]]-white face that resembled a skull, snake-like slits for nostrils, and long, thin hands with unnaturally long fingers like spider's legs.
   
However, as he became more involved in the [[Dark Arts]], his good looks left him, with his features becoming waxy and oddly distorted, and his skin becoming as pale as snow. The whites of his eyes took on a perpetually blood-shot look.<ref name=HBP />After he regained his body, however, Voldemort was described as having pale white skin, a skeletally thin body, and dark scarlet eyes with cat-like slits for pupils. He had a chalk-white face that resembled a skull, snake-like slits for nostrils, and long, thin hands with unnaturally long fingers like spider's legs.
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It is also mentioned that Voldemort had no hair or lips.<ref name="DH" /> He had long, sharp, pale blue fingernails,<ref name="GOF" /> and took to wearing a black hooded cloak and several sets of elegant black robes. Voldemort had a rather high, cold voice which was sometimes described as being sibilant. The transformation into his monstrous state is believed to have been the result of creating his Horcruxes, becoming less human as he continued to divide his soul. Dumbledore also speculates that Voldemort may have gained his hideous appearance by undergoing dangerous magical transformations.
 
It is also mentioned that Voldemort had no hair or lips<ref name=DH />. He had long, sharp, pale blue fingernails.<ref name=GOF />, and took to wearing a black hooded cloak, as well as several sets of elegant black robes. Voldemort had a rather high, cold voice which was sometimes described as being sibilant. The transformation into his monstrous state is believed to have been the result of creating his Horcruxes, becoming less human as he continued to divide his soul. Dumbledore also speculates that Voldemort may have gained his hideous appearance by undergoing dangerous magical transformations. In the movies (with the exception of the first), however, Voldemort's eyes are blue with round pupils.
 
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
[[File:Hp7p12_display.jpg|thumb|292px|Lord Voldemort.]]
 
{{Quote|His knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. ''Nothing''. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth that he has never grasped.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] |Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
   
Lord Voldemort was considered by many to be "the most evil wizard in hundreds and hundreds of years." His nature far exceeded that of any common evil doer and he was basically everything that is bad in the human race: Voldemort was immoral, egotistical, narcissistic, calculating, gluttonous, heartless, duplicitous, vindictive, callous, aggressive, wrathful, psychotic, insatiable, deranged, tyrannical, conniving, bloodthirsty, demanding, neurotic and self-obsessed. Voldemort would retain these despicable traits from childhood to death.
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[[File:Hp7p12_display.jpg|thumb|left|222px|Lord Voldemort]]
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Voldemort was considered by many to be "the most evil wizard in hundreds and hundreds of years." His nature far exceeded that of any common evil doer and Dumbledore stated that he "went beyond normal evil" in the extent of his crimes. Hagrid claimed that while all Dark Wizards "go bad", Voldemort went "worse than worse." Voldemort was shown to have been a complete psychopath even in his childhood. 
   
In fact, after his first defeat, many (namely Hagrid, Dumbledore, and Neville's grandmother) believed that he had yet to be truly vanquished and would one day return on the grounds that there was not enough humanity left in him to die in the first place. During his lifetime including much of his childhood, he was shown to be highly ruthless and sadistic, showing as little mercy to his followers as he did his enemies. He felt no desire or need for human companionship or friendship, and was unable to comprehend the idea of any love or affection for another being. He thought of everything in terms of power, and despite his tremendous knowledge of magic, his understanding of many things was extremely limited, especially of things that he considered to have no value. In short, he respects only power and dismisses any notion between good or evil. It should also be noted that his knowledge on other subjects apart from magic seemed to be rather limited. He did not know it was Dumbledore who had won the famous duel between him and [[Gellert Grindelwald]], for instance, until he took the time to delve into the details in his search for the Elder Wand. He also dismissed [[House-elf|house-elves]] as little more than servants and fodders, thus underestimating their [[Elf Magic|unique magic]], which bypassed his defences and led to a [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|critical loss]].
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{{Quote|His knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. ''Nothing''. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth that he has never grasped.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] |Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:VoldemortmurdersLily.JPG|thumb|left|260px|Voldemort murdering [[Lily Evans]] with his signature spell, the [[Killing Curse]].]]
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Voldemort was a psychopath will all the classic traits: lack of empathy, incapacity for remorse, grandiosity, selfishness, and violence. He was highly intelligent, as evidenced by his top performance at Hogwarts and his tremendous magical achievements, but his interests were narrowly focused on the usefulness of people, objects, and powers to his goals. His inability to see the larger picture and inattention to events and powers that were not immediately useful to him was a serious flaw that led to most of his setbacks and ultimately his downfall. He did not know it was Dumbledore who had won the famous duel between him and [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Gellert_Grindelwald Gellert Grindelwald], for instance, until he took the time to delve into the details in his search for the Elder Wand. He also was dismissive of the [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Elf_Magic unique magic] of [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/House-elf house-elves] due to their social status, and thus was dealt major setbacks by house-elves on two occasions; first [[Kreacher]], who escaped the cave with the [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|locket]] due to the sacrifice of his beloved master, [[Regulus Black]], and [[Dobby]], who bypassed the defenses of [[Malfoy Manor|Voldemort's headquarters]] (because Voldemort had neglected to render it inaccessible to house elves as he had to wizards) and helped Harry Potter escape right before Voldemort could arrive to kill him.
   
Voldemort was extremely independent and preferred to operate in secrecy whenever possible. Dumbledore claimed that even if he had managed to obtain the [[Elixir of Life]], he would have eventually found the prospect intolerable because it would have robbed him of his sense of self-reliance. Instead, he preferred to make [[Horcrux]]es, which were extensions of himself. Voldemort was a complete megalomaniac and pathologically narcissistic. He believed he was superior to the point that he frequently referred to himself in the third person as "Lord Voldemort." J.K. Rowling has stated that if Voldemort looked into the [[Mirror of Erised]], he would see himself, all-powerful and eternal.<ref name="accio-quote.org">{{Cite web |url=http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-2.htm |title="Anelli, Melissa and Emerson Spartz. "The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Two," The Leaky Cauldron, 16 July 2005"}}</ref>.
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[[File:VoldemortmurdersLily.JPG|thumb|222px|Voldemort murdering [[Lily Evans]] with the [[Killing Curse]]]] Voldemort was extremely independent and preferred to operate in secrecy whenever possible. Dumbledore claimed that even if he had managed to obtain the [[Elixir of Life]], he would have eventually found his dependency on it intolerable. Instead, he preferred to make Horcruxes, which were magical extensions of himself. Voldemort was a complete megalomaniac and pathologically narcissistic, expressing his ego by frequently referring to himself in the third person as "Lord Voldemort." Had Voldemort looked into the [[Mirror of Erised]], he would have seen himself, all-powerful and eternal. <ref name="accio-quote.org">{{Cite web |url=http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-2.htm |title="Anelli, Melissa and Emerson Spartz. "The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Two," The Leaky Cauldron, 16 July 2005"}}</ref>
   
Voldemort had very little attachments to anything that did not amplify his fame or existence, describing his followers as his "friends" yet viewing them as nothing more than disposable pawns to carry out his tasks, and only valuing their usefulness and physical abilities. Despite doting on pure bloods, he was willing to execute any of them (or anyone else) if it suited him, even if they are completely loyal to him. Even [[Tom Riddle's wand|his wand]], which served him powerfully and faithfully for nearly six decades, was disposable when he discovered the even more powerful [[Elder Wand]]. The reason he valued his horcruxes was because they were an extension of himself, having a portion of his soul encased within each, and the very reason he chose the objects he used was because they were significant in either historical value or personal sentiments, and therefore would emphasise his status as the most famous wizard in the world.
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Voldemort had an obsessive nature. When Harry glimpsed into his mind, he often saw repetitive imagery, symptomatic of Voldemort's inability to let go of thoughts or diversify his interests. In 5th year, he traveled with Voldemort down the locked corridor in the [[Department of Mysteries]] for many nights. During the second war, Harry followed Voldemort's unfolding obsession with the merry-faced thief, Grindelwald, and the Elder Wand. He was able to use Voldemort's compulsive mental check of his horcruxes to uncover the location of the one he had not yet found: [[Ravenclaw's Diadem|Ravenclaw's diadem]], hidden at Hogwarts.
   
 
{{Quote|If he could only have understood the precise and terrible power of that sacrifice, he would not, perhaps, have dared to touch your blood... but then, if he had been able to understand, he could not have been Lord Voldemort, and might never have murdered at all.|Albus Dumbledore|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|If he could only have understood the precise and terrible power of that sacrifice, he would not, perhaps, have dared to touch your blood... but then, if he had been able to understand, he could not have been Lord Voldemort, and might never have murdered at all.|Albus Dumbledore|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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The fact that Voldemort was conceived under slaved love, theorized by Dumbledore to have been a [[love potion]] used by witch Merope Gaunt to ensnare the Muggle Tom Riddle, was related to his inability to understand love; it was a symbolic way of showing that he came from a loveless union—but of course, everything would have changed if Merope had survived and raised him herself and cared for him. The enchantment under which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and there can't be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union. <ref name="AfterBook7">{{Cite web|url=http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript|title='J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript|accessdate=2007-08-15}}</ref>
   
The fact that Voldemort was conceived under slaved love (Theorized to be a [[Amortentia|love potion]] by [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] or to be the [[Imperius Curse]] by [[Harry Potter|Harry]]) administered/used by the [[Wizards|witch]] [[Merope Gaunt]] to a [[Muggle]] was related to his inability to understand [[love]]; it was a symbolic way of showing that he came from a loveless union but of course, everything would have changed if Merope had survived and raised him herself and cared for him. The enchantment under which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and there can't be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union.<ref name="AfterBook7">{{Cite web|url=http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript|title="'J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript"|accessdate=2007-08-15}}</ref>
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[[File:Death_Eaters_entered_the_Hogwarts_Castle.JPG|thumb|242px|Several of Voldemort's followers, known as [[Death Eaters]]]] Voldemort was shown to be highly intelligent and charismatic, able to inspire many powerful and influential wizards to follow him as his loyal Death Eaters. He also possessed a dry, cynical sense of humour, usually laughing at others, but also surprisingly capable of laughing at himself. He could not care less what happened to anyone else as long as he got what he wanted or avoided discovery for his crimes, shown as how he framed Hagrid, his uncle and the house elf Hokey for murders he had committed himself. He was never concerned with the consequences of his actions, only if they either benefited him or got him into trouble with the law. A prime example of Voldemort's selfishness was his decision to kill [[Severus Snape]], arguably and as far as he knew his most valuable and loyal servant, to unlock the full power of the [[Elder Wand]].
   
[[File:Teenagetomriddle.jpg|thumb|223px|A teenage Tom Riddle.]]
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Voldemort's hate and fear of death, which he regarded as a shameful and ignominious human weakness, was quite boundless- facing a [Boggart], he probably would have seen his own corpse. He equated death with defeat or loss of power, the ultimate humiliation. <ref name="accio-quote.org" /> The biggest difference between Harry and Voldemort was that Harry accepted [[death|mortality]], which ultimately made him a stronger person than his nemesis.<ref name="AfterBook7" />
   
As a child at Hogwarts, and in the early years of his adult life, Riddle was considered an intelligent, polite person who showed an enthusiasm to learn and was able to use his supercifical charm to get many people to do his bidding. He described himself as poor, but brilliant, parent-less, but so brave, a school prefect, a model student.<ref name=COS /> His reputation as a model pupil had earned him the trust and respect of his teachers, as well as the customers he was sent to deal with at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. However, this all was a ruse; he was very manipulative, and Dumbledore claimed that there were a number of "nasty incidents" that happened throughout his time at Hogwarts that the authorities were never completely able to link to him. In his youth, Voldemort was capable of charming everyone at Hogwarts except Albus Dumbledore and surround himself with a group of "friends" which would eventually become his Death Eaters.
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===Social situation===
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Voldemort grew up in an [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]]. His parents were the [[Merope Gaunt|daughter]] of the [[Gaunt family|Gaunts]], the last decrepit, incest-ridden branch of the [[Slytherin family]], and the [[Tom Riddle Sr.|son]] of a smug, haughty, rich [[Riddle family|Muggle family]], who abandoned him. These origins made him an unlikely lightning rod for the Wizarding aristocracy's pureblood supremacist values, but due to his power, ability to trace lineage directly to [[Salazar Slytherin]], and willingness to give their cause a platform and an apparently sympathetic ally, he gained their support, and in time, put them into a state of impressed terror that rendered their support unwavering.
   
[[File:Voldemort-2.jpg|thumb|left|257px|Voldemort interrogating [[Gregorovitch]] before murdering him.]]
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Voldemort himself did not value his fellow human beings except to the extent that they were useful to him. He often described his followers as 'friends' and his Death Eaters even as 'family', but in no way treated them like an ordinary person does their friends or family. He demanded his followers' unswerving loyalty and obedience, spitefully took revenge for their mistakes or even bad luck by torture or going after family members, and mistreated or even killed them at the slightest provocation. His cold-blooded murder of the man he believed to be one of his most powerful and useful followers, Severus Snape, just to be sure he was the true master of the Elder Wand, and his callous attempt to sacrifice Draco Malfoy by ordering him to assassinate Dumbledore as punishment for Lucius Malfoy's blunders, are evidence of this.
   
Voldemort's vanity inevitably led to his major downfall. He also suffered from a pathological fear of death, which he regarded as a shameful and ignominious human weakness. He equated death with being defeated, or being beaten. His [[Boggart]] would be his own corpse or dead body which shows his extreme fear of death.<ref name="accio-quote.org" /> The biggest difference between Harry and Voldemort was that Harry accepted [[death|mortality]], which ultimately made him a stronger person than his nemesis.<ref name="AfterBook7" />
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===Ideology===
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[[File:Voldefire.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Voldemort, an exceptionally powerful wizard]]Many assume Voldemort was a pure-blood supremacist like his followers, but there is evidence this is not the case. Voldemort found it useful to maintain a system of followers drawn from the Slytherin-centric Wizarding aristocracy, disaffected paupers with long-gone noble origins, and criminal elements, and in their company spoke like one of them, lecturing on themes of blood purity, Muggle inferiority, and the proper order of society. On one occasion, he even tortured and murdered a witch considered to be a [[blood traitor]], [[Charity Burbage]], for their pleasure. But Voldemort did not truly work for their cause, only allowing them to set up a pure-blood supremacist regime at the Ministry of Magic for his own reasons: to control the government, to compensate them for their service, and to ensure their continued loyalty. Voldemort's preoccupations were increasing his own power and stamping out opposition; the Wizarding aristocracy's concerns (after all, he was not born a member of this class) were of no real interest to him.
   
Lord Voldemort tended to undergo extreme obsessions, such as immortality, the attempts on Harry Potter's life, pure-blood supremacy, and the search for the Elder Wand. Dumbledore said to Harry in the Limbo King's Cross that his obsession with the Elder Wand was to rival his obsession with Harry. The Dark Lord stopped at nothing in his many attempts to kill Harry. The search for the Elder Wand was an extension of his obsession with murdering Harry, which was an extension of his obsession with immortality (which he felt that Harry's very existence threatened; ironically, his obsession of eliminating Harry is what led to his own death, as Dumbledore noted that Voldemort is no different from any other tyrant in paranoid fear of an individual rising against him ''because'' of his own obsessive actions.
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The alliance between Voldemort and the Death Eaters was a natural result of Voldemort's ancestry, having been raised in Slytherin house, and promises to help them achieve their ends, but there should be no mistake- Voldemort was merely using them. Though he felt contempt for the weakness of Muggles and the ignobility of his own Muggle family, he felt no mental anguish over his own low birth (in fact, he wore it as something of a badge of pride- consider the time he discussed it openly and with some relish in the graveyard), and valued servants for their talent and skill, not their blood purity, as evidenced by his high promotion of the half-blood Snape, and offer to the Muggle-born Lily Potter to join his cause rather than die.
   
{{Quote|I miscalculated, my friends, I admit it. My curse was deflected by the woman's foolish sacrifice, and it rebounded upon myself. Aaah...pain beyond pain, my friends; nothing could have prepared me for it....|Voldemort explains how he thinks the destruction of his body was his own fault.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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===Throughout his lifetime===
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[[File:Teenagetomriddle.jpg|thumb|left|222px|A teenage Tom Riddle]] As a child at Hogwarts, and in the early years of his adult life, Riddle was considered an intelligent, polite person who showed an enthusiasm to learn and was able to use his superficial charm to make many do his bidding. He described himself being viewed by others as poor, but brilliant, parent-less, but so brave, a school prefect, a model student.<ref name="COS" /> His reputation as a model pupil had earned him the trust and respect of his teachers, and of the customers he was sent to deal with at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. However, this was all a ruse, as he was very manipulative, with Dumbledore claiming that there were a number of "nasty incidents" that happened throughout his time at Hogwarts that the authorities were never completely able to link to him. In his youth, Voldemort was capable of charming everyone at Hogwarts except Albus Dumbledore, and surrounded himself with a group of "friends" which would eventually become his Death Eaters.
   
Despite his narcissistic nature, Voldemort could acknowledge his mistakes, though Harry said that he didn't learn from them. When he was angry, Voldemort was unpredictable; he was capable of being cold and calm but could also explode with rage and when he lost his temper he never hesitated to slay even his own followers. He expected complete respect from his Death Eaters, but he didn't care for any of them in return, although he did rescue [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] after his duel with Albus Dumbledore. However he probably merely thought of her as a valuable servant rather than having any real affection for her. He also screamed and attempted to avenge her after she was killed, but it was also likely he thought of her only as a valuable (and also last) servant, while Bellatrix herself at least admired him.
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{{Quote|Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress. All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!|[[Albus Dumbledore]] |Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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Few ever saw anything troubling about the young Tom Riddle, but Albus Dumbledore observed psychological issues and their potential dark implications from their very first meeting. Dumbledore described a "magpie-like tendency" to collect trophies, to obsess over his collection, that led him to make a correct guess at what was behind the secret of his immortality: multiple [[Horcruxes]]. Dumbledore said to Harry in the Limbo King's Cross that his obsession with the Elder Wand was to rival his obsession with Harry himself. The search for the Elder Wand was an extension of his obsession with murdering Harry, which was, in turn, an extension of his preoccupation with immortality. Ironically, his obsession with killing Harry in person, an obsession seemingly multiplied by every single failed attempt, is what led to his own death. Dumbledore noted a similarity between Voldemort and other famous tyrants, in that obsessive actions driven by paranoia can ''bring about'' the thing most feared.
   
[[File:Voldemortwallpaper.jpg|thumb|258px|Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War.]]
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Tom Riddle remained charming and well-liked as a young adult, and at first seemed to be aiming lower on the scale of ambition than his talents would have supported. He used his stint at Borgin and Burke's to develop his knowledge of the Dark Arts, and track and collect powerful magical objects. Only a few people ever had an ominous feeling about his imminent rise as a powerful dark wizard: [[Hepzibah Smith]], who saw his eyes flash red with avarice when he saw her treasured artifacts, and, again, Albus Dumbledore, who refused to give him a job teaching at Hogwarts. realizing he would use his influence as a teacher to recruit students and do evil.
   
Deep under his terrifying demeanour, Voldemort was capable of fear whenever he didn't feel that things were completely in his control. On some occasions, such as when he tried to murder Harry while he was a defenceless baby, Voldemort displayed cowardice. He was also furious, yet terrified, when he found out when Helga Hufflepuff's Cup was stolen. Voldemort was also more afraid than Harry was when their wands formed [[Priori Incantatem]]. Nevertheless Voldemort was bold enough to engage [[Albus Dumbledore]] in a duel, and Dumbledore was considered the most powerful wizard alive, with the possible exception of the Dark Lord himself. Additionally, Dumbledore's power was augmented because he was wielding the Elder Wand (though Voldemort didn't know about the Elder Wand at the time). Voldemort was skilled at hiding his fears and seemed to be able to overcome most of them, the only exception being his fear of death. When seeing him confront Morfin Gaunt in Dumbledore's Pensieve, even Harry couldn't help but admire Voldemort's lack of fear.
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Gradually taking more and more power, eliminating rivals and those who stood up to him, and transforming his appearance and his social image into a serpentine persona that inspired a level of fear so profound that wizards avoided mentioning his name even after they though him dead, Voldemort reached the peak of his powers in 1980.
   
Voldemort was also a liar and a hypocrite, even when he was a child. He was cruel to other children in the orphanage where he grew up and opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]] while at Hogwarts, resulting in the death of a fellow student. When confronted by Dumbledore on both occasions he denied any involvement. He also lied to Slughorn about his reasons for wanting to gain knowledge on Horcruxes. A further example of this is how Voldemort deems himself a Merciful Lord with respect for his enemies, when in fact he considers everyone he has killed to be "worthless (as he held no regard for them) and nameless" (he had killed so many that they became vague figures and not people with names to him) and used the words "The more the better" regarding how many people died fighting his army. Voldemort also announced to Hogwarts after Harry's supposed demise that he had died whilst trying to run away for fear of his own life, despite knowing full well that Harry had willingly walked to what he believed was his death in the hopes of saving his friends. However Voldemort did have moments in his life were he was willing to keep his word; After his discussion on Horcrux's with Professor Slughorn he promised not to tell anyone about the subject (though this was mainly for Voldemort's own safety) and gave Hogwarts a chance to turn Harry Potter over to him and leave Hogwarts untouched.
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One odd incident in Voldemort's life, discovered by Harry through an inadvertant mind-reading, occurred on the night he murdered Lily and James. As he walked down a [[Godric's Hollow]] lane on his way to their house, in a most unusual act of mercy, he decided to spare the life of a Muggle child who had complimented the impressiveness of his "Halloween costume", not realizing that Voldemort was not in costume but a black-robed wizard with a pale, snakelike face. Voldemort's reasoning for this was not made clear though it can be surmised that Voldemort had chosen not to use magic until he had arrived at the Potter's house in case his presence was detected by any spies. Another possibility is that Voldemort simply thought the child was not worth his time or effort.
   
[[File:Death_Eaters_entered_the_Hogwarts_Castle.JPG|thumb|left|280px|Several of Voldemort's followers, known as [[Death Eaters]].]]
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His first downfall was brought about by his greatest flaw: disregarding that which he could not understand. He did not realize that trying to cast a Killing Curse on a victim after killing a protector who had voluntarily sacrificed themselves would result in the curse rebounding off due to the magic of love.
Voldemort was shown to be highly intelligent and charismatic, able to inspire many powerful and influential wizards to follow him as his loyal Death Eaters. He also possessed a dry, cynical sense of humour, usually laughing at others, but also capable of laughing at himself. He could not care less what happened to anyone else as long as he got what he wanted or avoided discovery for his crimes, shown as how he framed Hagrid, his uncle and the house elf Hokey for murders he had committed himself. He was never concerned with the consequences of his actions, only if they either benefited him or got him into trouble with the law. A prime example of how selfish Voldemort is, is how he killed [[Severus Snape]], arguably the man who had (as far as he knew) served him more faithfully and helpfully than anyone, to unlock the full power of the Elder Wand.
 
   
However, despite Voldemort's general malicious ways he has proven that he is capable of acknowledging the desires of others but only if those desires do not interfere with his ambitions and are presented by someone whom he deems a worthy servant. The only time this is ever really seen is when he agreed to Severus Snape's plead for Lily Evan's mercy. Although he did not agree to spare Lily with no conditions, he said he would offer her the chance to live if she did not attempt to stop him from murdering her son. Uncharacteristically, Voldemort followed through on his promise to Snape and gave Lily several chances to step aside.
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[[File:Voldemort-2.jpg|thumb|222px|Voldemort interrogating [[Gregorovitch]] before murdering him]]
   
An odd instant in Voldemort's life is when, in a most unusual act of mercy, on his way to kill the infant Harry Potter he decided to spare the life of a child who had mistaken him to be wearing a Halloween costume as killing him was an act Voldemort had deemed "unnecessary". Voldemort's reasoning for this was not made clear though it can be surmised that Voldemort had chosen not to use magic until he had arrived at the Potter's house in case his presence was detected by any spies. Another possibility is that Voldemort simply thought the kid not worth his time or effort.
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{{Quote|I miscalculated, my friends, I admit it. My curse was deflected by the woman's foolish sacrifice, and it rebounded upon myself. Aaah... pain beyond pain, my friends; nothing could have prepared me for it....|Voldemort explains how he thinks the destruction of his body was his own fault.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
[[File:Voldefire.jpg|thumb|264px|Voldemort, an exceptionally powerful wizard.]]
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One flaw that Voldemort did not possess, despite his egomania, was thinking himself infallible. He acknowledged his mistakes on many occasions, and with the candor and charm that had won him followers in the first place, he sought to make hay of his missteps, openly revealing such unflattering information to his followers and using it to illustrate how he could use his wits to further enhance his powers.
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Upon his return, Voldemort showed a degree of such calculated humility. He did not announce his rebirth to anyone besides supporters, realizing he was not yet strong enough to take on the Ministry. He also showed his followers leniency, even though they had not sought to help him after his downfall, realizing he could not afford to mistreat them until returning to full strength.
   
Typical for a [[Slytherin]], and unlike his [[blood traitor]] [[Merope Gaunt|mother]], especially as the Heir of [[Salazar Slytherin]], Voldemort greatly believed in [[blood purity]]. In fact, his beliefs were far more extreme than an average [[pure-blood]] supremacist. Voldemort released [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]] in the [[Chamber of Secrets]] in order to purge the school of [[Mudblood]]s, even at the age of 16, thus showing his murderous hatred towards them, and kept a [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] [[Horcrux]] to continue his actions, placing risk to a precious piece of his soul for his ideals.
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Voldemort's talents for sowing discord and mistrust showed during the Second War, as did his uncontrollable temper. As he neared the last days of his life, he made error after error, alienating his followers with a grisly display of mass murder in the aftermath of the [[Gringotts]] robbery, tipping Harry off to the location of the last unknown Horcrux due to a compulsive mental check of their location accompanied by fear, which he should have known would make the thoughts readable on his and Harry's soul fragment connection, and neglecting to notice the signs of Harry's closeness to defeating him, Snape's duplicity, and Dumbledore's last plan.
   
Voldemort's obsession with blood purity also bred a strong disgust and hatred for the Muggle world. There are several indications - such as the statue Voldemort erected in the Ministry of Magic depicting Muggles being crushed - that Voldemort planned to manipulate and take over the Muggle government of Britain had he been successful. In addition, Voldemort, shortly after his [[Rebirth of Lord Voldemort|return to physical form]], told Harry about his Muggle family, only later to rebuke his memory and herald the return of his [[Death Eaters|"true family"]] .
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[[File:Voldeglass.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Voldemort demonstrates his power in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]]]
   
In his later life, Voldemort claimed that [[Muggle-born]]s were actually [[Muggle]]s who stole magic from real wizards and witches, rather than actually inheriting it rightfully, and that they deserved to be punished for it. Whether he knowingly made this theory up or truly believed it (or if he was the first proponent of it) is unknown. He ruthlessly murdered [[Charity Burbage]] for supporting Muggle-borns. Despite his racist beliefs, however, he allowed the [[werewolf]] [[Fenrir Greyback]] to join his cause, though did not consider him an official Death Eater. It is also interesting to note that he was willing to allow Lily Potter to join him despite the fact that she was Muggle-born. This showed that if the wizard or witch was exceptionally talented, Voldemort was capable of suppressing his hatred towards Muggle-borns and half-bloods, as long as they were willing to serve him.
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{{Quote|...the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time...|Albus Dumbledore on Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
   
[[File:Mylord.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort.]]
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Voldemort was regarded to be the most powerful and dangerous Dark wizard of all time. Even Dumbledore had stated that he was the most brilliant student Hogwarts had ever seen.
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*'''[[Magic]]al Mastery''': Even at a young age, Voldemort was able to utilise magic without the use of a wand or even knowing the very existence of magic itself: he had a power to move objects with his mind, to communicate with and control animals, and even inflict harm on those whose who opposed or annoyed him.<ref name="HBP" /> This unnaturally high level of control marks him a prodigy even as a child, and as an adult, Voldemort was generally considered to be the most dangerous Dark Wizard who had ever existed, and proved himself capable of holding his own well even against an Elder Wand-wielding [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He claimed he had experimented and pushed the boundaries of magic farther than they had ever been pushed. Dumbledore himself also acknowledged that Voldemort's knowledge of magic was more extensive than any wizard alive, and that even his most powerful protective spells and charms were unlikely to be effective if Voldemort returned to full power. This degree of power coupled with his blatant lack of morals make him an extremely dangerous adversary indeed. In the films, Voldemort has shown the ability to contain spells and release them in a blast that resembles a shock wave.
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*'''[[Dark Arts]]''': Voldemort was considered to be the most powerful practitioner of the Dark Arts the world had ever known. Besides developing Dark spells, hexes, charms, and jinxes, he has a masterful knowledge of the most unknown and complex magic that a Dark wizard was capable of. Voldemort was also a masterful practitioner of all three [[Unforgivable Curses]], with a special affinity for the [[Killing Curse]], having murdered enough people to create an entire army of [[Inferius|Inferi]], and was known to have used this curse while still under-aged. He was capable of a variety of powerful curses, placing [[Jinx on the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher|one]] on the position of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher after being refused the post by [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He also placed a powerful [[Curse on Marvolo Gaunt's ring|curse]] on [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]] to protect it after it had been made it into a [[Horcrux]]. On both counts not even Dumbledore could lift either the jinx nor curse completely.
   
Despite his hatred towards non-pure-bloods, Voldemort himself was a half-blood, and under his rule for a year, he allowed half-bloods to continue to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], albeit with less respect. Voldemort was ashamed of his Muggle-sided parentage so much, he denied it from almost everyone, and claimed to be a pure-blood, and proudly presented his ancestry from Salazar Slytherin. However [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] appeared to be aware that Voldemort was a half-blood, telling Harry that he and Voldemort both had very disappointing fathers (though more likely that Voldemort simply relayed the disappointing father part, ignoring his blood status).
 
   
==Magical abilities and skills==
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*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Voldemort was an exceptionally skilful duellist and was able to hold his own against an [[Elder Wand]]-wielding [[Albus Dumbledore]], and even duel evenly with [[Minerva McGonagall]], [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] and [[Horace Slughorn]] (who were masterful duellists themselves) all at once. During his duel with McGonagall, Slughorn, and Shacklebolt, the Elder Wand-wielding Voldemort almost defeated all three of them despite the fact that he had not unlocked the Elder Wand's full power, and they were all protected by Harry's loving sacrifice. Had Voldemort mastered the Elder Wand and had Harry not sacrificed himself in the Forbidden Forest, Voldemort would have defeated all three accomplished duellists effortlessly. He was also able to overpower many other prodigious witches and wizards, such as [[Amelia Bones]], and was responsible for the death of the powerful ex-Auror, [[Alastor Moody]]. His duelling style was extremely aggressive, using powerful Dark magic to overwhelm his opponents. Apparently, he only chose to face opponents whom he saw as worthy adversaries. The only duellist who was shown to truly be Voldemort's equal was Albus Dumbledore which was growing old at the time of their duel and was not as good as he once was. Harry killed Voldemort but only because he had, by sheer luck, mastered the Elder Wand before the Dark Lord.
[[File:Voldeglass.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Voldemort demonstrates his power in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].]]
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*'''[[Potions]]''': Voldemort also invented his own potion,{{fact}} known as the [[Drink of Despair]], which he used to protect [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] within the [[Horcrux]] [[Crystal Cave|cave]]. He also guided Peter Pettigrew into concocting a Dark and complex [[Regeneration Potion]] which resurrected him to corporeal form and full power. He was also the likely inventor of the [[Rudimentary Body Potion]], which Peter used to enable him to assume an extremely weak, barely-alive physical form.
{{Quote|...the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time...|Albus Dumbledore on Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
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Lord Voldemort was seen to be a very powerful and talented wizard and to be the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time; Even as a student, he was academically brilliant.
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*'''[[Charms]]''': When Voldemort arrived at Hogwarts to steal Dumbledore's wand, he cast upon himself a Disillusionment Charm that was said to hide him from his own eyes. He also Summoned the Sorting Hat to punish Neville for opposing him.
*'''[[Magic]]al Mastery''': Lord Voldemort was generally considered to be the most dangerous Dark Wizard who had ever existed and proved himself capable of holding his own well even against an Elder Wand-wielding [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Voldemort claimed he had experimented and pushed the boundaries of magic farther than they had ever been pushed. Albus Dumbledore himself also stated that Voldemort's knowledge of magic was more extensive than any wizard alive, and that even his most powerful protective spells and charms were unlikely to be effective if Voldemort returned to full power. This, coupled with his apparent lack of morals make him a very dangerous adversary indeed. Voldemort has shown the ability to contain spells and release them in a blast that resembles a shock wave. Young Tom Marvolo Riddle utilised magic without the use of a wand or even knowing the very existence of magic itself. He had a power to communicate with and control animals, and inflict harm on those who opposed or annoyed him. His unnaturally high level of control marks him a prodigy even as a child.<ref name=HBP />
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*'''[[:Category:Fire-based magic|Fire spells]]''': Like Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort had a proficiency for manipulation of the element of fire: he created an enormous serpent of fire to attack Dumbledore and Harry during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], and burned Neville with a flick of his wand when he defied him.
*'''[[Dark Arts]]''': Lord Voldemort was considered to be the most powerful practitioner of the Dark Arts the world had ever known. Besides developing Dark spells, hexes, charms, and jinxes, he has a masterful knowledge of the most unknown and complex magic capable of a Dark wizard. Voldemort was also a masterful practitioner of all three [[Unforgivable Curses]], with a special affinity for the [[Killing Curse]], having murdered enough people to create an entire army of [[Inferius|Inferi]], and was known to have used this curse while still under-aged. He was capable of a variety of powerful curses, placing [[Jinx on the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher|one]] on the position of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher after being refused the post by [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He also placed a powerful [[Curse on Marvolo Gaunt's ring|curse]] on [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]] to protect it after it had been made it into a [[Horcrux]].
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*'''[[Apparition]]''': Voldemort was a master of Apparation, using this ability during his duel with Albus Dumbledore. However, there must have been a powerful Anti-Disapparation Jinx surrounding [[Nurmengard]] prison, because Voldemort had to fly far away from the prison to Apparate to Malfoy Manor. Voldemort is the only known wizard besides Dumbledore to be able to apparate silently.
[[File:Voldemort's wand.jpg|thumb|right|[[Tom Riddle's wand|Voldemort's wand]].]]
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*'''[[Underage magic]] control''': Even before being told that he was a wizard, or having any knowledge of [[magic]] or the [[wizarding world]] at all, the young Voldemort displayed an exceptional degree of control over his usage of underage magic, which he used to torment many of the other children at the orphanage. He was able to move objects with his mind, control animals to do his bidding, and even make bad things happen to those who annoyed him. Even Dumbledore commented that his powers were surprisingly well-developed for his young age, and that his level of control over them had made him uneasy.
*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Lord Voldemort was an exceptionally skilled duellist and was able to hold his own against an [[Elder Wand]]-wielding [[Albus Dumbledore]], and duel evenly with [[Minerva McGonagall]], [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] and [[Horace Slughorn]] (who were masterful duellists themselves) all at once. During his duel with McGonagall, Slughorn and Shacklebolt, the Elder Wand-wielding Voldemort almost defeated all three of them despite the fact that he had not unlocked the Elder Wand's full power, and they were all protected by Harry's loving sacrifice. The Dark Lord was also able to overpower many other prodigious witches and wizards, such as [[Amelia Bones]] and was responsible for the death of the extremely powerful ex-Auror, [[Alastor Moody]]. Voldemort had an extremely aggressive duelling style using powerful Dark Magic to overwhelm his opponents. Apparently, he only chose to face opponents whom he saw as worthy adversaries.
 
*'''[[Potioneer]]''': Voldemort also invented his own potion{{fact}} known as the [[Drink of Despair]] which he used to protect [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] within the [[Horcrux]] [[Horcrux cave|cave]]. The Dark Lord also aided Peter Pettigrew in making the dark and complex [[Regeneration Potion]] which Peter used to give him a body and ressurect him to full power. Tom Riddle was also likely the inventor of the [[Rudimentary Body Potion]] which Peter used to bring him to an extremely weak, barely alive creature; hence the name.
 
[[File:Deathly_Hallows_-_Voldemort_Protego.gif|right|400px]]
 
*'''[[Charms]]''': When Voldemort arrived at Hogwarts to steal Dumbledore's wand, he cast upon himself a Disillusionment Charm that was said to hide him from his own eyes. He also Summoned the Sorting Hat without fail to punish Neville for opposing him.
 
*'''[[:Category:Fire-based magic|Fire spells]]''': Like Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort was skilled in manipulating the element of fire. He burned Neville with a flick of his wand, and created an enormous flaming serpent to kill Dumbledore and Harry during the Duel in the Ministry Atrium although he failed to do so.
 
*'''[[Apparition]]''': Lord Voldemort was a master of Apparation, using this ability during his duel with Albus Dumbledore. However, there must have been a powerful Anti-Disapparation Jinx surrounding [[Nurmengard]] prison, because Voldemort had to fly far away from the prison to Apparate to Malfoy Manor. Voldemort is the only known wizard besides Dumbledore to be able to apparate silently.
 
*'''[[Underage magic]] control''': Even before being told that he was a wizard, or having any knowledge of [[magic]] or the [[wizarding world]] at all, the young Tom Riddle displayed an exceptional degree of control over his usage of underage magic, which he used to torment many of the other children at the orphanage.
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You mean he can read my mind?|Snape|Read it, control it...unhinge it.|[[Severus Snape]] tells Harry Potter of Voldemort's abilities as a Legilimens.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You mean he can read my mind?|Snape|Read it, control it...unhinge it.|[[Severus Snape]] tells Harry Potter of Voldemort's abilities as a Legilimens.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
*'''[[Occlumency]] and [[Legilimency]]''': Voldemort was adept in the use of both Occlumency and Legilimency being able to shield his own mind and penetrate the minds of others. He was particularly skilled in Legilimency and gained a reputation as one of the most accomplished Legilimens the world has ever seen. He was able to delve and peer deep into the minds of others, seeing their deepest thoughts. Voldemort could almost always tell when someone was lying, and was able to use Legilimency to place visions in his victims' minds, such as the one he sent to [[Harry Potter]] in [[1996]].<ref name=OOTP /> The most remarkable part about this skill was that he seemed to be working on it while he was still a child in the orphanage. Very few people were skilful enough to shield themselves from him, via [[Occlumency]], like [[Severus Snape]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], and perhaps [[Narcissa Malfoy]] and [[Gellert Grindelwald]].<ref name=DH />
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*'''[[Flying]]''': Voldemort was able to fly without support, defying the law of magic that states only objects can fly through use of a flying charm. Voldemort first exhibits the ability to fly while in pursuit of [[Harry Potter]] over [[Little Whinging]].<ref name=DH />
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[[File:Tumblr_mv0xoiWzPj1qeijvdo1_250.gif|frame|[[Harry Potter]] being possessed by Voldemort through Legilimency.]]
*'''[[Parseltongue]]''': Voldemort was a Parselmouth, a trait he inherited from his ancestor, [[Salazar Slytherin]].<ref name=COS /> It seems that most of his [[House of Gaunt|Gaunt]] ancestors inherited this highly unusual trait; such traits are commonly passed down through families through inbreeding, a practice employed by the Gaunt family.<ref name=HBP />
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*'''[[Occlumency]] and [[Legilimency]]''': Voldemort was adept in the use of both Occlumency and Legilimency, being able to shield his own mind and penetrate the minds of others. He was particularly skilled in Legilimency, and gained a reputation as one of the most accomplished Legilimens the world has ever seen. He was able to delve and peer deep into the minds of others, seeing their deepest thoughts. Hence, Voldemort could almost always tell when someone was lying, and was able to use Legilimency to place visions in his victims' minds, such as the one he sent to [[Harry Potter]] in [[1996]]. However, when Narcissa Malfoy lied that Harry Potter was dead, Voldemort believed her.<ref name="OOTP" /> The most remarkable part about this skill was that he seemed to be working on it while he was still a child in the orphanage. Very few people were skilful enough to shield themselves from him, via [[Occlumency]], like [[Severus Snape]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], and perhaps [[Narcissa Malfoy]] and [[Gellert Grindelwald]].<ref name="DH" />
*'''[[Horcrux]]es''': Voldemort is the only wizard explicitly mentioned as having created more than one Horcrux. These Horcruxes were Salazar Slytherin's locket, Helga Hufflepuff's cup, Nagini, the Gaunt ring, Riddle Diary, Ravenclaw's diadem, and Harry Potter himself.<ref name=HBP />
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*'''[[Flying]]''': Voldemort was able to fly without support, defying the law of magic that states objects can only fly through use of a flying charm. He first exhibited this flying ability when in pursuit of [[Harry Potter]] over [[Little Whinging]].<ref name="DH" />
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Voldemort transfigured Dumbledore's fire-rope into a black snake during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].<ref name=OOTP /> He tends to craft silver objects of reasonable durability through conjuration, as seen when he created an artificial, silver forearm and hand for [[Peter Pettigrew]] [[Nonverbal spell|non-verbally]].<ref name=GOF /> He later produces a silver shield against his Dumbledore.
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*'''[[Parseltongue]]''': Voldemort was a Parselmouth, a trait he inherited from his ancestor, [[Salazar Slytherin]].<ref name="COS" /> It seems that most of his [[House of Gaunt|Gaunt]] ancestors (even his [[Merope Gaunt|mother]], [[Marvolo Gaunt|grandfather]] and [[Morfin Gaunt|uncle]]) inherited this highly unusual trait; such traits are commonly passed down through families through inbreeding, a practice employed by the Gaunt family.<ref name="HBP" />
*'''[[Spell creation]]''': The spell Morsmordre, which summons the [[Dark Mark]] in the sky, was one of Voldemort's own inventions. He and his followers used it to summon a floating, green Dark Mark, usually over the houses of their victims.<ref name=GOF />
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*'''[[Horcrux]]es''': Voldemort is the only wizard explicitly mentioned as having created more than one Horcrux. These Horcruxes were Salazar Slytherin's locket, Helga Hufflepuff's cup, Nagini, the Gaunt ring, Riddle Diary, Ravenclaw's diadem, and Harry Potter himself.<ref name="HBP" />
*'''[[Inferius|Inferi]] creation and control''': Voldemort is the only wizard mentioned to have the ability to create and control [[Inferius|Inferi]], and an army at that, though it is implied that other [[Dark Wizard]]s, such as [[Gellert Grindelwald]], have used or intended to use them.
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*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Voldemort transfigured Dumbledore's fire-rope into a black snake during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OOTP" /> He tends to craft silver objects of reasonable durability through conjuration, as seen when he created an artificial silver forearm and hand for [[Peter Pettigrew]] [[Nonverbal spell|non-verbally]].<ref name="GOF" /> He later produced a silver shield against Dumbledore's spells.
*'''Power of possession''': Voldemort has the power to possess living creatures, and gain complete control over their actions by doing so. Once the possession is done, the victims will have no knowledge of what happened. While in his spectral form when [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|he lost his body]] from a rebounding Killing Curse, possession was the only power that remained with him. This possession shortens the lifespan of the small animals he inhabits, and in the terms of wizards, his face would appear on the back of their head. In this case, it would seem that his possession is partial, as [[Quirinus Quirrell|Quirrell]] had some (albeit little) control over his actions.
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*'''[[Spell creation]]''': The spell Morsmordre, which summons the [[Dark Mark]] in the sky, was one of Voldemort's own inventions. He and his followers used it to summon a floating, green Dark Mark, usually over the houses of their victims.<ref name="GOF" />
[[File:Voldy_expelliarmus_hp.JPG|thumb|Voldemort throwing back Harry's Expelliarmus.]]
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*'''[[Inferius|Inferi]] creation and control''': Voldemort is the only wizard mentioned to have the ability to create and control [[Inferius|Inferi]], and an army at that, though it is implied that other [[Dark Wizard]]s, such as [[Gellert Grindelwald]], had used or intended to use them.
*'''[[Wandless spell|Wandless]] and [[Non-verbal spell|Nonverbal magic]]''': Voldemort was also capable of using spells wandlessly and non-verbally as shown in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], where he disarmed [[Harry Potter]] with a simple wave of his arm. Voldemort also used his hand to remove the masks from the [[Death Eaters]] who returned to him after his rebirth as he scolded them. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] Voldemort pushed a dead giant out of his way with a lazy wave of his hand. Voldemort was able to cast simple charms, dark spells and other more advanced magic without saying anything. He could additionally cast non-verbal Cruciatus and Killing Curses.
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*'''Power of possession''': Voldemort has the power to possess living creatures, and gain complete control over their actions by doing so. Once the possession is done, the victims will have no knowledge of what happened. When [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|he lost his body]] from a rebounding Killing Curse, which left him in a spectral form, possession was the only power that remained with him. This possession shortens the lifespan of the small animals he inhabits, and in the terms of wizards, his face would appear on the back of their head. In this case, it would seem that his possession is partial, as [[Quirinus Quirrell|Quirrell]] had some (albeit little) control over his actions.
*'''Charisma''': At a young age, Voldemort displayed a talent for manipulating others, being able to manipulate [[Horace Slughorn]] into telling him about Horcruxes and gain the trust of every teacher in Hogwarts, apart from [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He also surrounded himself with a group of friends who would become Death Eaters, though Voldemort felt no affection for any of them. [[Sirius Black]] noted that Voldemort used tricks, jinxes and blackmail to get people to join him.
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[[File:Voldy expelliarmus hp.JPG|thumb|Voldemort throwing back Harry's Expelliarmus]]
*'''Leadership skills''': Under his leadership, the [[Tom Riddle's gang|forerunners of the Death Eaters]] were able to sneak past surveillance while acting under Tom's command, with several nasty incidences that were never connected to them, showing that even at a young age, Riddle was a very competent leader. As his repeated creation of Horcruxes increasingly compromised his soul and appearance, Tom's style of leadership presumably changed from the original charismatic rule of the Hogwarts gang to the tyrannical and completely ruthless, though no less effective, command of his Death Eaters demonstrated througout both the First and Second Wizarding War. The best example of his efficiency as a leader would be the fact that he, with the help of less than fifty united Death Eaters completely overwhelmed and came very close to dominating the entire population of magical Britain during the First Wizarding War.
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*'''[[Wandless spell|Wandless]] and [[Non-verbal spell|Nonverbal magic]]''': Voldemort was also capable of using spells wandlessly and non-verbally, and displayed a proficiency for telekinesis: he used his hand to telekinetically remove the masks from the [[Death Eaters]] who returned to him after his rebirth while he scolded them, disarmed [[Harry Potter]] with a simple wave of his arm during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], and pushed a dead giant out of his way with a lazy wave of his hand during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. He was also able to cast simple charms, Dark spells and other more advanced forms of magic without requiring to speak, which include even Cruciatus and Killing Curses.
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*'''Wand versatility''': Voldemort has shown the ability to use wands other than his own with no handicap. In 1997, he used [[Lucius Malfoy's wand]] for a period of time, and could even effectively cast a [[Killing Curse]] on [[Charity Burbage]]. Later, during the same year, he intended on using [[Selwyn|Selwyn's]] wand, though this did not come to be. In the following year, he took ownership of the [[Elder Wand]]; despite not unlocking the wand's full power, he was still able to use his usual level of magic (which was described by himself and Snape to be extraordinary), being able to hold his own against [[Minerva McGonagall|three]] [[Horace Slughorn|skilled]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt|opponents]] all at once.
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*'''Charisma''': Even at a young age, Voldemort displayed a talent for the manipulation of others, being able to manipulate [[Horace Slughorn]] into telling him about Horcruxes and gain the trust of every teacher in Hogwarts, apart from [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He also surrounded himself with a group of friends who would become Death Eaters, though Voldemort felt no affection for any of them. [[Sirius Black]] noted that Voldemort also used tricks, jinxes, and blackmail to get people to join him.
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*'''Leadership skills''': Under his leadership, the [[Tom Riddle's gang|forerunners of the Death Eaters]] were able to sneak past surveillance while acting under Tom's command, with several nasty incidences that were never connected to them, showing that even at a young age, Riddle was a very competent leader. As his repeated creation of Horcruxes increasingly compromised his soul and appearance, Tom's style of leadership presumably changed from the original charismatic rule of the Hogwarts gang to the tyrannical and completely ruthless - though no less effective - command of his Death Eaters demonstrated throughout both the First and Second Wizarding War. The best example of his efficiency as a leader would be the fact that he, with the help of less than fourty united Death Eaters, completely overwhelmed and came very close to dominating the entire population of magical Britain during the First Wizarding War.
   
 
==Name==
 
==Name==
[[File:Flagrate_COS_1.gif|thumb|250px|Tom Riddle rearranging the letters of his name.]]
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[[File:Flagrate COS 1.gif|thumb|250px|Tom Riddle rearranging the letters of his name]]
{{Dialogue a-b|Lord Voldemort|They do not call me 'Tom' any more," he said. "These days, I am known as —|Albus Dumbledore|I know what you are known as. But to me, I'm afraid, you will always be Tom Riddle. It is one of the irritating things about old teachers. I am afraid that they never quite forget their charges' youthful beginnings.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] talking to Voldemort when Voldemort returned to ask for a job at Hogwarts|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Lord Voldemort|They do not call me 'Tom' any more. These days, I am known as—|Albus Dumbledore|I know what you are known as. But to me, I'm afraid, you will always be Tom Riddle. It is one of the irritating things about old teachers. I am afraid that they never quite forget their charges' youthful beginnings.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] talking to Voldemort when Voldemort returned to ask for a job at Hogwarts|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Voldemort was born Tom Marvolo Riddle, a name he hated due to it being a common name. When he later learnt that his father and namesake was a [[Muggle]], he decided to forge his own name, "Voldemort", from an anagram of his full name ("Tom Marvolo Riddle" is an anagram to "I am Lord Voldemort"). During this time, Voldemort had adopted the name "The Heir of Slytherin" after learning about the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and his descent from [[Salazar Slytherin]]. Using this name, he hoped to create a terrifying legacy of his own.
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Voldemort was born Tom Marvolo Riddle, a name he hated due to it being a common name. When he later learned that his father and namesake was a [[Muggle]], he decided to forge his own name, "Voldemort", from an anagram of his full name ("Tom Marvolo Riddle" is an anagram to "I am Lord Voldemort"). He used his middle name, Marvolo, to track down his magical heritage, due to it being a wizarding name. During this time, Voldemort had adopted the name "The Heir of Slytherin" after learning about the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and his descent from [[Salazar Slytherin]]. Using this name, he hoped to create a terrifying legacy of his own. Few people ever knew that Voldemort's true name was "Tom Marvolo Riddle" to begin with.
At first, this name was used to refer to him or to address him. Later, he became so feared in the wizarding community that nearly everyone referred to him only as ''"You-Know-Who"'', ''"He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"'', or ''"The Dark Lord"'', the latter used primarily by his [[Death Eaters]] and other supporters. [[Cornelius Fudge|Fudge]] even wrote it to the [[Prime Minister|Muggle Prime Minister]] rather than saying it. According to [[Death Eaters]], not pronouncing his name is a mark of respect. On ''[[Potterwatch]]'', he was called ''"Chief Death Eater"''.
 
   
[[Albus Dumbledore]] was one of the few who dared refer to him as "Voldemort," although he preferred to use the name "Tom", using the former in conversation, and the latter when addressing Voldemort himself, showing his fearlessness. In ignoring the name ''Voldemort,'' Dumbledore disallowed him the intimidation he sought while appealing to what little remained of his former student deep within Voldemort. Dumbledore also insists on others to use the name "Voldemort", rather than "You-Know-Who", or such varieties.
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At first, this name was used to refer to him or to address him. Later, he became so feared in the wizarding community that nearly everyone referred to him only as ''"You-Know-Who"'', ''"He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"'', or ''"The Dark Lord"'', the last one used primarily by his [[Death Eaters]] and other supporters. [[Cornelius Fudge|Fudge]] even wrote it to the [[Prime Minister|Muggle Prime Minister]] rather than saying it. According to [[Death Eaters]], not pronouncing his name is a mark of respect. On ''[[Potterwatch]]'', he was called ''"Chief Death Eater"''.
   
After the coup at the Ministry in [[1997]], the [[Taboo]] curse was placed on the name "Voldemort"; speaking the name would summon Death Eaters, [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] officials, or [[Snatchers]] via [[Apparition]]. This was used to find those who opposed Voldemort's rule, as only they would dare speak the name. This was how Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were found at [[Tottenham Court Road]] and before being brought to [[Malfoy Manor]]. Also, [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] barely escaped Death Eaters when he spoke it.<ref name=DH /> The taboo also caused the trio to be captured temporarily and brought to [[Malfoy Manor]].
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] was one of the few who dared refer to him as "Voldemort," although he preferred to use the name "Tom", using the former in conversation, and the latter when addressing Voldemort himself, showing his fearlessness. In ignoring the name ''Voldemort,'' Dumbledore disallowed him the intimidation he sought while appealing to what little remained of his former student deep within Voldemort. Dumbledore also insists on others to use the name "Voldemort", rather than "You-Know-Who", or such varieties. Much later, Harry, despite never fearing ''Voldemort'' in name, would use the name "Riddle" in their final confrontation, for the same reasons Dumbledore does.
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After the coup at the Ministry in [[1997]], the [[Taboo]] curse was placed on the name "Voldemort"; speaking the name would summon Death Eaters, [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] officials, or [[Snatchers]] via [[Apparition]]. This was used to find those who opposed Voldemort's rule, as only they would dare speak the name. This was how Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were found at [[Tottenham Court Road]] and before being brought to [[Malfoy Manor]]. Also, [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] barely escaped Death Eaters when he spoke it.<ref name="DH" /> The taboo also caused the trio to be captured temporarily and brought to [[Malfoy Manor]].
   
 
For a full discussion of possible origins of the name, see the [[Tom_Riddle#Etymology|Etymology]] section. One suggestion is that Voldemort is actually formed from a collection of French Roots. Vol = Theft, De = From/Of, Mort = Death, meaning Theft of Death, a name quite suitable for this particular wizard.
 
For a full discussion of possible origins of the name, see the [[Tom_Riddle#Etymology|Etymology]] section. One suggestion is that Voldemort is actually formed from a collection of French Roots. Vol = Theft, De = From/Of, Mort = Death, meaning Theft of Death, a name quite suitable for this particular wizard.
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In the [[RiffTrax]] of some of the films; Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy would come up with funny names of Voldemort. Example: Bob Snakeface.
   
 
==Relationships==
 
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===Family===
 
===Family===
[[File:Morfin.jpg|thumb|Tom Riddle with [[Morfin Gaunt|his uncle]].]]
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[[File:Morfin.jpg|thumb|Tom Riddle with [[Morfin Gaunt|his uncle]]]]
 
{{Quote|You think I was going to use my filthy [[Muggle]] [[Tom Riddle Sr.|father]]'s name forever? I, in whose veins runs the blood of [[Salazar Slytherin]] himself, through my [[Gaunt_family#Gaunt_Family_in_the_20th_Century|mother's side]]? I, keep the name of a foul, common Muggle, who [[Tom_Riddle_Sr.#Abandonment|abandoned]] me even before I was born, just because he found out his wife was a [[Wizards|witch]]? No, Harry. I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I had become the greatest sorcerer in the world!|Tom Riddle to [[Harry Potter]] expressing his disdain for the Muggle side of his family.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|You think I was going to use my filthy [[Muggle]] [[Tom Riddle Sr.|father]]'s name forever? I, in whose veins runs the blood of [[Salazar Slytherin]] himself, through my [[Gaunt_family#Gaunt_Family_in_the_20th_Century|mother's side]]? I, keep the name of a foul, common Muggle, who [[Tom_Riddle_Sr.#Abandonment|abandoned]] me even before I was born, just because he found out his wife was a [[Wizards|witch]]? No, Harry. I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I had become the greatest sorcerer in the world!|Tom Riddle to [[Harry Potter]] expressing his disdain for the Muggle side of his family.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
 
Tom Riddle grew up in a [[Muggle]] orphanage, not knowing any members of his family. His mother, [[Merope Gaunt]], died shortly after giving birth, apparently never attempting to save herself through magical means. Riddle’s father showed complete indifference towards his son, as he left his wife while she was pregnant and never attempted to track down the whereabouts of their child. The two met face-to-face in [[1940s|1943]], when Riddle killed his father and [[Riddle family|paternal grandparents]]. Riddle was disgusted by his Muggle relatives, and took on the alias "Lord Voldemort" partly out of a desire to be rid of his “filthy Muggle father’s name”.
 
Tom Riddle grew up in a [[Muggle]] orphanage, not knowing any members of his family. His mother, [[Merope Gaunt]], died shortly after giving birth, apparently never attempting to save herself through magical means. Riddle’s father showed complete indifference towards his son, as he left his wife while she was pregnant and never attempted to track down the whereabouts of their child. The two met face-to-face in [[1940s|1943]], when Riddle killed his father and [[Riddle family|paternal grandparents]]. Riddle was disgusted by his Muggle relatives, and took on the alias "Lord Voldemort" partly out of a desire to be rid of his “filthy Muggle father’s name”.
   
Despite the maternal side of his family being direct descendants of the great [[Salazar Slytherin]], Tom was unimpressed when he found his deranged uncle [[Morfin Gaunt|Morfin]] living in squalor at the [[Gaunt shack]], and was not above framing Morfin for murder and stealing his [[Marvolo Gaunt|maternal grandfather&apos;s]] prized [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|heirloom ring]]. Even as a child, he showed contempt for [[Merope Gaunt|his mother]], and for the weakness of mortality, when he assumed Merope must have been a Muggle if she had been unable to survive.
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Despite the maternal side of his family being direct descendants of the great [[Salazar Slytherin]], Tom was unimpressed when he found his deranged uncle [[Morfin Gaunt|Morfin]] living in squalor at the [[Gaunt shack]], and was not above framing Morfin for murder and stealing his [[Marvolo Gaunt|maternal grandfather's]] prized [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|heirloom ring]]. Even as a child, he showed contempt for [[Merope Gaunt|his mother]], and for the weakness of mortality, when he assumed Merope must have been a Muggle if she had been unable to survive.
   
Disappointed and disgusted with both sides of his immediate family, Voldemort sought confirmation of his own perceived greatness through his relation to [[Salazar Slytherin]]. He desperately clung to his connections to the ancient wizard, and became obsessed with Slytherin&apos;s ideals of [[Blood purity|blood supremacy]]. During the near end of the [[Battle of Hogwarts|final battle]], Voldemort proclaimed that Hogwarts would no longer need [[Sorting ceremony|sorting]], and that Slytherin&apos;s emblem, shield and colour would suffice, thus attempting to realise his idol&apos;s dream of a Hogwarts free of Muggle-borns.
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Disappointed and disgusted with both sides of his immediate family, Voldemort sought confirmation of his own perceived greatness through his relation to [[Salazar Slytherin]]. He desperately clung to his connections to the ancient wizard, and became obsessed with Slytherin's ideals of [[Blood purity|blood supremacy]]. During the near end of the [[Battle of Hogwarts|final battle]], Voldemort proclaimed that Hogwarts would no longer need [[Sorting ceremony|sorting]], and that Slytherin's emblem, shield and colour would suffice, thus attempting to realise his idol's dream of a Hogwarts free of Muggle-borns.
   
 
===Nagini===
 
===Nagini===
[[File:NaginiGF.PNG|thumb|right}150px|[[Nagini]].]]
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[[File:NaginiGF.PNG|thumb|right|150px|[[Nagini]]]]
 
{{Quote|I think he is perhaps as fond of her as he can be of anything. He certainly likes to keep her close and has an unusual amount of control over her, even for a Parselmouth.|Albus Dumbledore about Voldemort's affection for Nagini}}
 
{{Quote|I think he is perhaps as fond of her as he can be of anything. He certainly likes to keep her close and has an unusual amount of control over her, even for a Parselmouth.|Albus Dumbledore about Voldemort's affection for Nagini}}
   
Voldemort had a special relationship with [[Nagini]], a snake who was his pet, as well as one of his [[Horcrux]]es. Nagini was the only living being that Voldemort seemed to genuinely care about; however due to the fact that Nagini was one of his Horcruxes he might have cared about the part of his soul inside her rather than Nagini herself. However, [[Albus Dumbledore]] speculated that Voldemort cared more about Nagini than any other living creature and that his affection for her had nothing to do with the part of his soul he'd placed inside her; in fact Dumbledore thought that it was ''because ''of his feelings for the snake, and that she underlines Voldemort's ancestry with [[Salazar Slytherin]], that he made Nagini into a Horcrux in the first place. Voldemort often stroked her head, wore her around his neck, and even used endearments and loving words when he spoke to her. Nagini never drew the wrath of her master, even when she failed to keep [[Harry Potter]] in [[Bathilda Bagshot's Home|Godric's Hollow]], though Voldemort generally did not react well to failure. Nagini obeyed her master's every order, and the two were able to communicate with each other [[Mind-reading|telepathically]]. Albus Dumbledore noted that Voldemort had an unusual amount of control over her, even for a [[Parselmouth]].
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Voldemort had a special relationship with [[Nagini]], his pet snake who was also one of his [[Horcrux]]es. Nagini was the only living being that Voldemort seemed to genuinely care about; however due to the fact that Nagini was one of his Horcruxes he might have cared about the part of his soul inside her rather than Nagini herself. However, [[Albus Dumbledore]] speculated that Voldemort cared more about Nagini than any other living creature and that his affection for her had nothing to do with the part of his soul he'd placed inside her; in fact Dumbledore thought that it was ''because ''of his feelings for the snake, and that she underlines Voldemort's ancestry with [[Salazar Slytherin]], that he made Nagini into a Horcrux in the first place. Voldemort often stroked her head, wore her around his neck, and even used endearments and loving words when he spoke to her. Nagini never drew the wrath of her master, even when she failed to keep [[Harry Potter]] in [[Bathilda Bagshot's Home|Godric's Hollow]], though Voldemort generally did not react well to failure. Nagini obeyed her master's every order, and the two were able to communicate with each other [[Mind-reading|telepathically]]. Albus Dumbledore noted that Voldemort had an unusual amount of control over her, even for a [[Parselmouth]].
   
 
In [[1994]], [[Peter Pettigrew]] milked the [[Nagini's venom|venom]] from Nagini's fangs, which he used in a [[Rudimentary Body Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to regain a basic physical form. That same year, Voldemort made Nagini a [[Horcrux]] with the murder of [[Bertha Jorkins]]. Though he had often sent Nagini on personal missions, Voldemort kept her close to him after he discovered [[Harry Potter|Harry]] was attempting to track down and destroy his Horcruxes. Nagini was beheaded by [[Neville Longbottom]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], and Voldemort felt rage and perhaps even grief at the loss of his snake. As Nagini was the last remaining Horcrux, her death allowed for Voldemort's ultimate defeat.
 
In [[1994]], [[Peter Pettigrew]] milked the [[Nagini's venom|venom]] from Nagini's fangs, which he used in a [[Rudimentary Body Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to regain a basic physical form. That same year, Voldemort made Nagini a [[Horcrux]] with the murder of [[Bertha Jorkins]]. Though he had often sent Nagini on personal missions, Voldemort kept her close to him after he discovered [[Harry Potter|Harry]] was attempting to track down and destroy his Horcruxes. Nagini was beheaded by [[Neville Longbottom]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], and Voldemort felt rage and perhaps even grief at the loss of his snake. As Nagini was the last remaining Horcrux, her death allowed for Voldemort's ultimate defeat.
   
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
[[File:Tom-Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|left|300px|Dumbledore proves to Tom that he is a wizard.]]
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[[File:Tom-Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Dumbledore proves to Tom that he is a wizard]]
{{Quote|You've lost, old man.|Lord Voldemort talking to Dumbledore through Harry.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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{{Quote|You've lost, old man.|Voldemort talking to Dumbledore through Harry.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
Tom Riddle met [[Albus Dumbledore]] at the age of eleven, when the Professor came to invite him to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Although initially suspicious of Dumbledore, he was at least somewhat impressed by Dumbledore's demonstration of magic. Tom was pleased to discover that he was a wizard, as it confirmed the suspicions he long had about being “special.” The boy disturbed Dumbledore, however, when he admitted to being able to hurt people who angered him and being able to [[Parseltongue|talk to snakes]]. Even as Tom became an extremely popular student among his peers and Professors at Hogwarts, Dumbledore remained wary of him, and kept a very close watch on him.
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Tom Riddle met [[Albus Dumbledore]] at the age of eleven, when the Professor came to invite him to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Although initially suspicious of Dumbledore, he was at least somewhat impressed by Dumbledore's demonstration of magic. Tom was pleased to discover that he was a wizard, as it confirmed the suspicions he long had about being “special.” The boy disturbed Dumbledore, however, when he admitted to being able to hurt people who displeased him and being able to [[Parseltongue|talk to snakes]]. Even as Tom became an extremely popular student among his peers and Professors at Hogwarts, Dumbledore remained wary of him, and kept a very close watch on him.
   
 
Riddle (then known as Voldemort) returned to Hogwarts years after graduating to request the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] position from Dumbledore, who had become the school's Headmaster. Suspecting that Voldemort's true intentions were far more sinister than he let on, Dumbledore refused him the position; the result of Dumbledore's refusal was not only that the position of DADA professor became "cursed," but it affirmed Dumbledore's complete refusal to bend to Voldemort's will.
 
Riddle (then known as Voldemort) returned to Hogwarts years after graduating to request the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] position from Dumbledore, who had become the school's Headmaster. Suspecting that Voldemort's true intentions were far more sinister than he let on, Dumbledore refused him the position; the result of Dumbledore's refusal was not only that the position of DADA professor became "cursed," but it affirmed Dumbledore's complete refusal to bend to Voldemort's will.
   
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Voldemort|But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your famous pronouncements that [[love]] is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.|Dumbledore|Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places...,|Well, then, what better place to start my fresh researches than here, at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]? Will you let me return? Will you let me share my knowledge with your students?|Voldemort to [[Albus Dumbledore]] requesting for the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] post|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Voldemort|But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your famous pronouncements that [[love]] is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.|Dumbledore|Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places...,|Well, then, what better place to start my fresh researches than here, at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]? Will you let me return? Will you let me share my knowledge with your students?|Voldemort to [[Albus Dumbledore]] requesting for the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] post|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Dumblyd.PNG|thumb|right|150px|Albus Dumbledore, the one wizard Voldemort always feared]]
   
 
Voldemort despised Dumbledore, not only for latter's continued opposition, but also because Dumbledore's belief in the triumphant power of [[love]] was something that both confused and disgusted Voldemort. Dumbledore was thought to be the only person Voldemort ever feared and one of the few people Voldemort was unable to intimidate. Dumbledore persisted on referring to him as "Voldemort" to others and addressing him as "Tom" in conversation, a subtle but steadfast refusal to allow Voldemort to dictate the terms of their relationship, and a trait that would later be inherited by [[Harry Potter]]. Dumbledore led the efforts against Voldemort in the [[First Wizarding War]]; over many years, Dumbledore gathered crucial information about Voldemort's past and passed it on to [[Harry Potter]], who would essentially take Dumbledore's place as leader of the opposition in the [[Second Wizarding War]].
 
Voldemort despised Dumbledore, not only for latter's continued opposition, but also because Dumbledore's belief in the triumphant power of [[love]] was something that both confused and disgusted Voldemort. Dumbledore was thought to be the only person Voldemort ever feared and one of the few people Voldemort was unable to intimidate. Dumbledore persisted on referring to him as "Voldemort" to others and addressing him as "Tom" in conversation, a subtle but steadfast refusal to allow Voldemort to dictate the terms of their relationship, and a trait that would later be inherited by [[Harry Potter]]. Dumbledore led the efforts against Voldemort in the [[First Wizarding War]]; over many years, Dumbledore gathered crucial information about Voldemort's past and passed it on to [[Harry Potter]], who would essentially take Dumbledore's place as leader of the opposition in the [[Second Wizarding War]].
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In [[1996]], Dumbledore and Voldemort met face to face in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], where Dumbledore addressed Voldemort as “Tom” and said it was foolish of him to come to the Ministry. Voldemort initiated a [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|duel]] with Dumbledore, during which he tried to murder both Dumbledore and Harry, but was unsuccessful; Dumbledore's power equalled, his own, and Harry was able to exorcise the Dark Lord from his body and mind by focusing on his intense feelings of grief over [[Sirius Black|Sirius]]' death. [[Cornelius Fudge]] arrived at the Ministry in time to see Voldemort escape with [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], and was finally forced to acknowledge the truth of Voldemort's return.
 
In [[1996]], Dumbledore and Voldemort met face to face in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], where Dumbledore addressed Voldemort as “Tom” and said it was foolish of him to come to the Ministry. Voldemort initiated a [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|duel]] with Dumbledore, during which he tried to murder both Dumbledore and Harry, but was unsuccessful; Dumbledore's power equalled, his own, and Harry was able to exorcise the Dark Lord from his body and mind by focusing on his intense feelings of grief over [[Sirius Black|Sirius]]' death. [[Cornelius Fudge]] arrived at the Ministry in time to see Voldemort escape with [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], and was finally forced to acknowledge the truth of Voldemort's return.
   
Following his failure to kill either Dumbledore or Harry at the ministry, Voldemort assigned [[Draco Malfoy]] to carry out Dumbledore's assassination. Dumbledore became aware of this plot, and addressed it by arranging his own death with [[Severus Snape]]. At the time of his death in [[1997]], Albus Dumbledore had fully equipped Harry Potter with the physical, emotional and mental tools he needed to defeat Voldemort once and for all in [[1998]].
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Following his failure to kill either Dumbledore or Harry at the ministry, Voldemort assigned [[Draco Malfoy]] to carry out Dumbledore's assassination. Dumbledore became aware of this plot, and addressed it by arranging his own death with [[Severus Snape]]. At the time of his death in [[1997]], Albus Dumbledore had fully equipped Harry Potter with the physical, mental and emotional tools he needed to defeat Voldemort once and for all in [[1998]]. Later on, during his search for the Elder Wand, Voldemort broke into Dumbledore's tomb.
   
Both Voldemort and Dumbledore are pretty similar; both were half-blood, although Voldemort knew nothing about Hogwarts, until he was 11. Both were recognized as two of the best wizards to go to Hogwarts and were both&nbsp;[[Prefects ]]and&nbsp;[[Head Boy]]. Both created and led their own causes(the [[Order of the Phoenix]]&nbsp;and the&nbsp;[[Death Eaters]]).&nbsp;Both were extremely powerful, although Voldemort does not know love. Both possessed the Elder Wand during their life and that both Dumbledore and Voldemort extremely believed in Severus Snape.
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Both Voldemort and Dumbledore are pretty similar; both were half-blood, although Voldemort knew nothing about Hogwarts, until he was 11. Both were recognized as two of the best wizards to go to Hogwarts and were both [[Prefects]] and [[Head Boy]]. Both created and led their own causes (the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and the [[Death Eaters]]). Both were extremely powerful, although Voldemort does not know love. Both possessed the Elder Wand during their life and that both Dumbledore and Voldemort extremely believed in Severus Snape.
   
 
===Harry Potter===
 
===Harry Potter===
[[File:Priori_Incantatem.jpg|thumb|252px|Voldemort and Harry's wands create the ''Priori Incantatem''.]]
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[[File:Priori Incantatem.jpg|thumb|250px|Voldemort and Harry's wands creating the ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'']]
 
{{Quote|I shall attend to the boy in person. There have been too many mistakes where [[Harry Potter]] is concerned, Some of them have been my own. That Potter lives is due more to my errors than to his triumphs. I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best-laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.|Lord Voldemort during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|I shall attend to the boy in person. There have been too many mistakes where [[Harry Potter]] is concerned, Some of them have been my own. That Potter lives is due more to my errors than to his triumphs. I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best-laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.|Lord Voldemort during the [[Meeting at Malfoy Manor]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
 
[[Harry Potter]] became Voldemort’s mortal enemy after the Dark Lord heard part of a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] that foretold the birth of an individual destined to destroy him; two infants met the criteria, but for the simple reason that Harry was a half-blood like himself, Voldemort considered him more of a threat than [[Neville Longbottom]]. In targeting Harry, Voldemort unwittingly “marked him as his equal”, thus sowing the seeds of his own destruction. Because Harry’s [[Lily Evans|mother]] willingly sacrificed herself for her son, the [[Killing Curse|curse]] backfired. Voldemort lost his physical body, and unintentionally transferred some of his powers and abilities to Harry, while a piece of his soul embedded itself in a [[Harry_Potter's_scars#The_lightning-bolt_scar|scar]] on Harry’s forehead, inadvertently making the boy a [[Horcrux]].<ref name="DH35">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 35]]''</ref>
 
[[Harry Potter]] became Voldemort’s mortal enemy after the Dark Lord heard part of a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] that foretold the birth of an individual destined to destroy him; two infants met the criteria, but for the simple reason that Harry was a half-blood like himself, Voldemort considered him more of a threat than [[Neville Longbottom]]. In targeting Harry, Voldemort unwittingly “marked him as his equal”, thus sowing the seeds of his own destruction. Because Harry’s [[Lily Evans|mother]] willingly sacrificed herself for her son, the [[Killing Curse|curse]] backfired. Voldemort lost his physical body, and unintentionally transferred some of his powers and abilities to Harry, while a piece of his soul embedded itself in a [[Harry_Potter's_scars#The_lightning-bolt_scar|scar]] on Harry’s forehead, inadvertently making the boy a [[Horcrux]].<ref name="DH35">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 35]]''</ref>
   
[[File:DH_-_Voldemort_VS._Harry_Final_Duel_03.jpg|thumb|left|260px|Harry and Voldemort's final duel]]{{Quote|There is no good and evil. There is only power, and those ''too weak'' to seek it.|Lord Voldemort to Harry Potter, during the [[Attack in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
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[[File:DH - Voldemort VS. Harry Final Duel 03.jpg|thumb|left|260px|Harry and Voldemort's final duel]]{{Quote|There is no good and evil. There is only power, and those ''too weak'' to seek it.|Lord Voldemort to Harry Potter, during the [[Attack in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
   
[[Sybill Trelawney|Trelawney]]&apos;s [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] sated that "The Chosen One" would have powers the Dark Lord lacked. That power is [[love]], and Dumbledore realizes that it is Harry&apos;s abilities, combined with his capacity to love, that will empower him to defeat Voldemort. Unlike Harry, who is emotionally intact, and whose friends support him out of loyalty and amity, Voldemort is psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally shredded, feeling only hate, envy, and rage, and controls his followers through fear, intimidation, and coercion. Harry was disturbed to notice many similarities between them — they were both orphans who thought of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as their first real homes, and both physically resembled their fathers, as well as, to some degree, each other. However, Dumbledore insisted that they differed in one absolutely crucial way — Harry had the ability to love, while Voldemort did not.
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[[Sybill Trelawney|Trelawney]]'s [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] stated that "The Chosen One" would have powers the Dark Lord lacked. That power is [[love]], and Dumbledore realised that it was Harry's abilities, combined with his capacity to love, that would empower him to defeat Voldemort. Unlike Harry, who was mentally, emotionally and spiritually intact and whose friends supported him out of loyalty and love (platonic affection), Voldemort was psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally shredded, feeling only arrogance, hate, greed and jealousy; and he controlled his followers through fear, intimidation and coercion. Harry was disturbed to notice many similarities between them — they were both orphans who thought of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as their first real homes, and both physically resembled their fathers, and to some degree each other. However, Dumbledore insisted that they differed in one absolutely crucial way — Harry had the ability to love, while Voldemort did not.
   
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You're the weak one... and you'll never know [[love]], or friendship... And I feel sorry for you.|Voldemort|You're a fool, Harry Potter. And you will lose... everything.|[[Harry Potter]] and Voldemort in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}While Harry finds it difficult to fathom that something so simple as love is the more powerful force, he understands that, once again, it is also about choices: Voldemort&apos;s actions regarding Harry are based on the prophecy, but Harry would choose to fight Voldemort whether or not the prophecy had been made. That choice, and the ability to make that choice, is largely what gives Harry powers that Voldemort lacks and prevents Harry from falling victim to the Dark side. Some years earlier, Dumbledore had stressed to Harry that it is one&apos;s choices that makes a person what they truly are, just as it had with Harry&apos;s father, James, when he chose to overcome his youthful bad behavior.
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You're the weak one... and you'll never know [[love]], or friendship... And I feel sorry for you.|Voldemort|You're a fool, Harry Potter. And you will lose... everything.|[[Harry Potter]] and Voldemort in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}While Harry found it difficult to fathom that something so simple as love is the more powerful force, he understood that, once again, it was also about choices: Voldemort's actions regarding Harry were based on the prophecy, but Harry would choose to fight Voldemort whether or not the prophecy had been made. That [[File:Harry_vs_voldmort.jpg|thumb|left|Voldemort casting his final spell, moments before his death.]]choice, and the ability to make that choice, was largely what gave Harry powers that Voldemort lacked and prevented Harry from falling victim to the Dark side. Some years earlier, Dumbledore had stressed to Harry that it is one's choices that makes a person what they truly are, just as it had with Harry's father, James, when he chose to overcome his youthful bad behavior.
   
[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|260px|Voldemort possessing Harry]]
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[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|250px|Voldemort possessing Harry]]
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Voldemort became obsessed with Harry Potter after he failed to kill the one-year-old boy – livid that a helpless infant caused his downfall. He later sought revenge on Harry to prove that he, Voldemort, was the most feared and powerful wizard of all time. Voldemort considered Harry weak in comparison to himself and he always discounted how love's power has aided Harry. But after possessing Harry's mind, Harry's overwhelming emotions for his friends and family were so overpowering and disturbing to Voldemort that they drove him out. He never attempted to possess Harry again.
Voldemort became obsessed with Harry Potter after he failed to kill the one-year-old boy – livid that a helpless infant caused his downfall. He later sought revenge on Harry to prove that he, Voldemort, was the most feared and powerful wizard of all time. Voldemort considered Harry weak in comparison to himself and he always discounted how love&apos;s power has aided Harry. But after possessing Harry&apos;s mind, Harry&apos;s overwhelming emotions for his friends and family were so overpowering and disturbing to Voldemort that they drove him out. He never attempted to possess Harry again.
 
 
[[File:Harry_and_VOldemort_BTLEOFHGWRTS.JPG|thumb|left|286px|Harry Potter and the Dark Lord before their final duel.]]
 
   
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[[File:Harry and VOldemort BTLEOFHGWRTS.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Harry Potter and the Dark Lord before their final duel]]
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Voldemort|Potter doesn't mean that. Who else are you going to use as a shield today, Potter?|Harry Potter|No one. There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. One of us is going to leave for good.|The final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Voldemort|Potter doesn't mean that. Who else are you going to use as a shield today, Potter?|Harry Potter|No one. There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. One of us is going to leave for good.|The final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
When the two faced off for the last time, Harry urged Voldemort to feel remorse-- the only known means of repairing a fractured soul-- but Voldemort reacted with disdain. Harry went on to inform Voldemort that despite wielding the Elder Wand, he was not its master; [[Draco Malfoy]] won the wand&apos;s allegiance by disarming Dumbledore in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|Astronomy Tower]], but Harry had disarmed Draco weeks ago. Thus, Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand. In his fury, Voldemort made one last attempt at Harry&apos;s life, but the [[Elder Wand]] was loyal to Harry, and the Killing Curse once again backfired on to Voldemort. Without his Horcruxes to sustain him, this time the curse finally and completely ended Voldemort&apos;s life. Voldemort and Harry were also related by blood, however distantly, through their shared descent from the Peverells (Voldemort through the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]] and Harry through the [[Potter family|Potters]]). This made them distant cousins.
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When the two faced off for the last time, Harry urged Voldemort to feel remorse the only known means of repairing a fractured soul but Voldemort reacted with disdain. Harry went on to inform Voldemort that despite wielding the Elder Wand, he was not its master; [[Draco Malfoy]] won the wand's allegiance by disarming Dumbledore in the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|Astronomy Tower]], but Harry had disarmed Draco [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|months later]]. Thus, Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand. In his fury, Voldemort made one last attempt at Harry's life, but the [[Elder Wand]] was loyal to Harry, and the Killing Curse once again backfired on to Voldemort. Without his Horcruxes to sustain him, this time the curse finally and completely ended Voldemort's life. Voldemort and Harry were also related by blood, however distantly, through their shared descent from the Peverells (Voldemort through the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]] and Harry through the [[Potter family|Potters]]). This made them distant cousins.
   
 
===Bellatrix Lestrange===
 
===Bellatrix Lestrange===
 
{{Quote|The Dark Lord will rise again, [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Crouch]]! Throw us into Azkaban, we will wait!|[[Bellatrix Lestrange]] proclaiming her loyalty to Voldemort during her trial|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|The Dark Lord will rise again, [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Crouch]]! Throw us into Azkaban, we will wait!|[[Bellatrix Lestrange]] proclaiming her loyalty to Voldemort during her trial|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
[[File:Bellatrix Lestrange HBP.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Bellatrix engaging in battle.]]
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[[File:Bellatrix Lestrange HBP.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Bellatrix engaging in battle]]
 
[[Bellatrix Lestrange]] was among Voldemort’s most loyal and trusted [[Death Eaters]], to the extent of being entrusted with [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|one of his Horcruxes]], though kept unaware of what it really was, which was to be stored in her [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] [[Lestrange Vault|vault]]. Bellatrix was fanatically loyal to him; after his first defeat in [[1981]], instead of trying to deny her loyalties like many other Death Eaters had, Bellatrix proudly declared that she remained his most loyal servant and that he would surely return. Bellatrix was outraged by anyone showing Voldemort the slightest disrespect, as when [[Harry Potter]] called him by his name in [[1996]], she verbally assaulted him and became incoherent with rage.
 
[[Bellatrix Lestrange]] was among Voldemort’s most loyal and trusted [[Death Eaters]], to the extent of being entrusted with [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|one of his Horcruxes]], though kept unaware of what it really was, which was to be stored in her [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] [[Lestrange Vault|vault]]. Bellatrix was fanatically loyal to him; after his first defeat in [[1981]], instead of trying to deny her loyalties like many other Death Eaters had, Bellatrix proudly declared that she remained his most loyal servant and that he would surely return. Bellatrix was outraged by anyone showing Voldemort the slightest disrespect, as when [[Harry Potter]] called him by his name in [[1996]], she verbally assaulted him and became incoherent with rage.
   
[[File:Bellatrix_and_voldy.png|thumb|right|200px|Voldemort with Bellatrix at the Battle of Hogwarts.]]
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[[File:Bellatrix and voldy.png|thumb|right|200px|Voldemort with Bellatrix at the Battle of Hogwarts]]
 
Bellatrix's obsession seemed to extend to her being in love with and possibly sexually attracted to Voldemort. Although he did not reciprocate, being incapable of love, Voldemort nevertheless seemed to consider her of greater importance than any of his other servants. At the conclusion of the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Voldemort took the time to rescue Bellatrix and Apparate away with her; the sole Death Eater he bothered to help. When Bellatrix was killed by [[Molly Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Voldemort was furious, and intended to avenge her death when Harry intervened.
 
Bellatrix's obsession seemed to extend to her being in love with and possibly sexually attracted to Voldemort. Although he did not reciprocate, being incapable of love, Voldemort nevertheless seemed to consider her of greater importance than any of his other servants. At the conclusion of the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Voldemort took the time to rescue Bellatrix and Apparate away with her; the sole Death Eater he bothered to help. When Bellatrix was killed by [[Molly Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Voldemort was furious, and intended to avenge her death when Harry intervened.
   
 
===Bartemius Crouch Jr.===
 
===Bartemius Crouch Jr.===
 
{{Quote|I will not disappoint you, my Lord.|Barty Crouch, Jr.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
{{Quote|I will not disappoint you, my Lord.|Barty Crouch, Jr.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
[[File:Bcj.JPG|thumb|200px|Barty Crouch serving Voldemort.]]
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[[File:Bcj.JPG|thumb|200px|Barty Crouch, who saw Voldemort as a surrogate father figure]]
Another of Voldemort&apos;s most loyal and trusted servants was [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]. Barty Crouch was imprisoned in Azkaban with [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and two other [[Death Eaters]]. He escaped with the help of his father and dying mother, and the former kept him confined to the Crouch home under the [[Imperius Curse]]. When Voldemort learned, by way of torturing [[Bertha Jorkins]], that there was a Death Eater at large who remained loyal to him, Voldemort and [[Peter Pettigrew]] overpowered the senior Barty Crouch and freed his son.
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Another of Voldemort's most loyal and trusted servants was [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] Barty Crouch was imprisoned in Azkaban with [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and two other [[Death Eaters]]. He escaped with the help of his father and dying mother, and the former kept him confined to the Crouch home under the [[Imperius Curse]]. When Voldemort learned, by way of torturing [[Bertha Jorkins]], that there was a Death Eater at large who remained loyal to him, Voldemort and [[Peter Pettigrew]] overpowered the senior Barty Crouch and freed his son.
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In contrast with his real father, Crouch saw Lord Voldemort as a father figure of sorts, and after been disowned by his own father and after his Azkaban year, was fanatically devoted to the Dark Lord. In fact, at that point Crouch was willing to sacrifice and give absolutely everything to serve Voldemort. He also believed that if he finished off [[Harry Potter]], he would be welcomed back, closer to Voldemort than a real son. In essence, Barty's loyalty is only matched by fellow Death Eater [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]. However, Crouch's loyalty has led him to know many things about Lord Voldemort that even other loyal Death Eaters, such as Bellatrix, do not. Barty knows that Voldemort had a disappointing father, that he suffered the indignity of being named after that father, and that he had the great pleasure of killing said father to ensure the rise of the dark order. These three common threads helped to fuel Barty's loyalty. This also implies that Barty is aware of Voldemort's blood status as a half-blood, but doesn't care about it, in contradiction to the Death Eaters' belief of pure-blood supremacy. It could very well be that Voldemort told Barty these similarities between the two, and used them as a way to get Barty to join him. Voldemort seems to have acknowledged Barty's worth, something his own father failed to do, referring to Barty as "his most faithful servant." However, for all of Voldemort's public claims, he never truly cared for Barty any more than as a useful servant who is as easily disposable as any other, as Voldemort never wanted a friend.
   
Barty Crouch Jr. helped Voldemort regain a physical body by capturing and imprisoning [[Alastor Moody]], a retired Auror, who was about to accept Dumbledore&apos;s offer to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Disguised as Moody, Barty Crouch entered Harry&apos;s name into the [[Goblet of Fire]] and helped ensure that he would win the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. By turning the [[Triwizard Cup]] into a [[Portkey]], Crouch made sure Harry was transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], where Peter Pettigrew used Harry&apos;s blood to concoct a [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that would allow Voldemort to be reborn. After Voldemort failed to kill Harry in the graveyard, Harry returned to Hogwarts, where Barty Crouch attempted to kill him personally, no longer pretending to be Alastor Moody. Harry was saved by [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Severus Snape]] and [[Minerva McGonagall]], and Barty Crouch was given the [[Dementor's Kiss|Dementor&apos;s Kiss]].
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Barty Crouch Jr. helped Voldemort regain a physical body by capturing and imprisoning [[Alastor Moody]], a retired Auror, who was about to accept Dumbledore's offer to teach [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Disguised as Moody, Barty Crouch entered Harry's name into the [[Goblet of Fire]] and helped ensure that he would win the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. By turning the [[Triwizard Cup]] into a [[Portkey]], Crouch made sure Harry was transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], where Peter Pettigrew used Harry's blood to concoct a [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that would allow Voldemort to be reborn. After Voldemort failed to kill Harry in the graveyard, Harry returned to Hogwarts, where Barty Crouch attempted to kill him personally, no longer pretending to be Alastor Moody. Harry was saved by [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Severus Snape]] and [[Minerva McGonagall]], and Barty Crouch was given the [[Dementor's Kiss]].
   
 
===Severus Snape===
 
===Severus Snape===
[[File:Dhsnape.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[Severus Snape]].]]
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[[File:Severus.png|thumb|left|170px|Severus Snape]]
 
{{Quote|Perhaps you already know it? You are a clever man, after all, Severus. You have been a good and faithful servant, and I regret what must happen… The [[Elder Wand]] cannot serve me properly, Severus, because I am not its true master. The Elder Wand belongs to the wizard who killed its last owner. You killed [[Albus Dumbledore]]. While you live, Severus, the Elder Wand cannot truly be mine… It cannot be any other way.|Voldemort just before ordering [[Nagini]] to kill Snape|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|Perhaps you already know it? You are a clever man, after all, Severus. You have been a good and faithful servant, and I regret what must happen… The [[Elder Wand]] cannot serve me properly, Severus, because I am not its true master. The Elder Wand belongs to the wizard who killed its last owner. You killed [[Albus Dumbledore]]. While you live, Severus, the Elder Wand cannot truly be mine… It cannot be any other way.|Voldemort just before ordering [[Nagini]] to kill Snape|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
 
[[Severus Snape]] became a [[Death Eater]] in the [[First Wizarding War]]. He was extremely loyal to Voldemort until he realised that the Dark Lord planned to murder [[Lily Evans]]. Snape appealed to [[Albus Dumbledore]], becoming a spy in exchange for her protection. From that point on, Snape used [[Occlumency]] to prevent the Dark Lord from discovering his true allegiance.
 
[[Severus Snape]] became a [[Death Eater]] in the [[First Wizarding War]]. He was extremely loyal to Voldemort until he realised that the Dark Lord planned to murder [[Lily Evans]]. Snape appealed to [[Albus Dumbledore]], becoming a spy in exchange for her protection. From that point on, Snape used [[Occlumency]] to prevent the Dark Lord from discovering his true allegiance.
   
After [[Peter Pettigrew]] broke the [[Fidelius Charm]] cast by the Potters, Lily died and Voldemort disappeared; however, while Snape was unable to save Lily herself, his love for her allowed her son, [[Harry Potter]], to survive. It was because Snape asked the Dark Lord to spare her life that Voldemort gave Lily the option to flee, thus making her death a [[Sacrificial protection|willing sacrifice]]. Following the death of the Potters, Snape&apos;s loyalty did not waver, and he swore to protect Harry from the Dark Lord, honouring Lily&apos;s sacrifice.
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After [[Peter Pettigrew]] broke the [[Fidelius Charm]] cast by the Potters, Lily died and Voldemort disappeared; however, while Snape was unable to save Lily herself, his love for her allowed her son, [[Harry Potter]], to survive. It was because Snape asked the Dark Lord to spare her life that Voldemort gave Lily the option to flee, thus making her death a [[Sacrificial protection|willing sacrifice]]. Following the death of the Potters, Snape's loyalty did not waver, and he swore to protect Harry from the Dark Lord, honouring Lily's sacrifice.
   
When Voldemort was reborn and called his [[Death Eaters]] to him, Snape did not appear until two hours later. The Dark Lord was suspicious, and feared that Snape had abandoned his service. On Dumbledore&apos;s orders, Severus claimed that his delayed return had secured the [[Headmaster]]&apos;s continued trust. The Dark Lord questioned Snape extensively, and found all his answers satisfactory; Snape was then welcomed back to the inner circle.
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When Voldemort was reborn and called his [[Death Eaters]] to him, Snape did not appear until two hours later. The Dark Lord was suspicious, and feared that Snape had abandoned his service. On Dumbledore's orders, Severus claimed that his delayed return had secured the [[Headmaster]]'s continued trust. The Dark Lord questioned Snape extensively, and found all his answers satisfactory; Snape was then welcomed back to the inner circle.
   
Voldemort&apos;s trust in Snape was further cemented when the latter murdered [[Albus Dumbledore]]; the Dark Lord did not know that Dumbledore had previously arranged the assassination with Snape. Snape became the Dark Lord&apos;s most trusted advisor and was given the position of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[Headmaster]] after the [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic]]. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, Snape continued to undermine him as much as possible, following Dumbledore&apos;s instructions.
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Voldemort's trust in Snape was further cemented when the latter murdered [[Albus Dumbledore]]; the Dark Lord did not know that Dumbledore had previously arranged the assassination with Snape. Snape became the Dark Lord's most trusted advisor and was given the position of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[Headmaster]] after the [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic]]. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, Snape continued to undermine him as much as possible, following Dumbledore's instructions.
   
When [[Minerva McGonagall]] began to coordinate the defences of [[Hogwarts Castle]] for the impending battle against Voldemort, Snape fled, and was summoned to the [[Shrieking Shack]] by his Master soon afterwards. Snape saw that the Dark Lord had cast special protection around [[Nagini]], and attempted to leave the Shack to give Harry a message from Dumbledore (as Dumbledore had instructed Snape that, once Voldemort seemed to fear for the serpent&apos;s life, he was to tell Harry that Harry himself was Voldemort&apos;s seventh [[Horcrux]], and therefore had to die) on the pretence that he would find Harry and ensure that he was killed by no hand other than Voldemort&apos;s own. Dismissing Snape&apos;s concerns, Voldemort noted that, since [[Albus Dumbledore]]&apos;s murder, Snape had become the true master of the [[Elder Wand]]. Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape, and though he claimed he regretted the necessity of this action, he showed neither sadness nor concern for the loss of Snape&apos;s life. Harry, who had witnessed the scene and entered the room upon Voldemort&apos;s departure, approached Snape, who gave him several [[Pensieve|memories]] that both revealed his true allegiance and passed on Dumbledore&apos;s message. Snape&apos;s last words reflected his truest motives: he instructed Harry to look at him, so that he would die looking into the eyes Harry inherited from Lily Evans.
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When [[Minerva McGonagall]] began to coordinate the defences of [[Hogwarts Castle]] for the impending battle against Voldemort, Snape fled, and was summoned to the [[Shrieking Shack]] by his Master soon afterwards. Snape saw that the Dark Lord had cast special protection around [[Nagini]], and attempted to leave the Shack to give Harry a message from Dumbledore (as Dumbledore had instructed Snape that, once Voldemort seemed to fear for the serpent's life, he was to tell Harry that Harry himself was Voldemort's seventh [[Horcrux]], and therefore had to die) on the pretence that he would find Harry and ensure that he was killed by no hand other than Voldemort's own. Dismissing Snape's concerns, Voldemort noted that, since [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s murder, Snape had become the true master of the [[Elder Wand]]. Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape, and though he claimed he regretted the necessity of this action, he showed neither sadness nor concern for the loss of Snape's life. Harry, who had witnessed the scene and entered the room upon Voldemort's departure, approached Snape, who gave him several [[Pensieve|memories]] that both revealed his true allegiance and passed on Dumbledore's message. Snape's last words reflected his truest motives: he instructed Harry to look at him, so that he would die looking into the eyes Harry inherited from Lily Evans.
   
 
In his final duel against Voldemort, Harry revealed that Snape had been loyal to Dumbledore since Voldemort had targeted the Potters.
 
In his final duel against Voldemort, Harry revealed that Snape had been loyal to Dumbledore since Voldemort had targeted the Potters.
   
One of the possible reasons why Voldemort placed so much trust in Snape was due to their rather similar backgrounds. Both men were the only children of [[Muggle]] fathers and [[pure-blood]] mothers. Both men&apos;s fathers had nothing but hatred for their sons and wives - [[Tom Riddle Sr.|Voldemort&apos;s father]] had abandoned his [[Merope Gaunt|wife]] when she was pregnant with their son, while [[Tobias Snape|Snape&apos;s father]] was abusive towards [[Eileen Prince|his wife Eileen]] and their young [[Severus Snape|son]]. Both Riddle and Snape claimed greater identification with their maternal lineage than their paternal ancestry - the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]] and [[Prince family]], respectively. Both men grew up in poverty - Voldemort grew up in an [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]], while Snape lived in [[Spinner's End|Spinner&apos;s End]]. In addition, both Riddle and Snape were sorted into [[Slytherin]], and were known for their intelligence. Both men had a passion for the [[Dark Arts]] and [[blood purity]] as childhood, and bestowed grandiose titles onto themselves (Riddle was known as Lord Voldemort, while Snape adopted the name the Half-Blood Prince). Both saw [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as sort of a real home as opposed to their default home.
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One of the possible reasons why Voldemort placed so much trust in Snape was due to their rather similar backgrounds. Both men were the only children of [[Muggle]] fathers and [[pure-blood]] mothers. Both men's fathers had nothing but hatred for their sons and wives—[[Tom Riddle Sr.|Voldemort's father]] had abandoned his [[Merope Gaunt|wife]] when she was pregnant with their son, while [[Tobias Snape|Snape's father]] was abusive towards [[Eileen Prince|his wife Eileen]] and their young [[Severus Snape|son]]. Both Riddle and Snape claimed greater identification with their maternal lineage than their paternal ancestry—the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]] and [[Prince family]], respectively. Both men grew up in poverty—Voldemort grew up in an [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]], while Snape lived in [[Spinner's End]]. In addition, both Riddle and Snape were sorted into [[Slytherin]], and were known for their intelligence. Both men had a passion for the [[Dark Arts]] and [[blood purity]] as childhood, and bestowed grandiose titles onto themselves (Riddle was known as Lord Voldemort, while Snape adopted the name the Half-Blood Prince). Both saw [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as sort of a real home as opposed to their default home. Voldemort may have seen him as a trusted Death Eater who shared the same hatred for his father as he had for his own. The only thing that differs between Voldemort and Snape's relationships with their fathers is murder; Voldemort had murdered his own father while Snape did ''not'' murder his.
   
However, there were differences between Snape and Voldemort. Snape had a secret love for [[Lily Evans]] for most of his life, which motivated him to defect from the [[Death Eaters]] and protect her [[Harry Potter|son]] after her [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|death]] at Voldemort&apos;s hands. Voldemort, on the other hand, disregarded love as a weakness that was beyond his comprehension, and had allegiance to only himself. This had coincidentally led to his own undoing.
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However, there were differences between Snape and Voldemort. Snape had a secret love for [[Lily Evans]] for all his life, which motivated him to defect from the [[Death Eaters]] and protect her son, [[Harry Potter]] after her death at Voldemort's hands. Voldemort, on the other hand, disregarded love as a weakness that was beyond his comprehension, and had allegiance to only himself. This had coincidentally led to his own undoing. Another difference was that Voldemort grew up completely unaware of the wizarding world until he was eleven, Snape had apparently already known by the time he was nine (likely due to the fact that his [[Eileen Prince|mother]] was a witch and, unlike Voldemort's [[Merope Gaunt|mother]], actually present in her son's childhood).
   
 
===Peter Pettigrew===
 
===Peter Pettigrew===
[[File:PeterPett.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Peter Pettigrew]].]]
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[[File:PeterPett.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Peter Pettigrew]]]]
 
{{Quote|Your devotion is nothing more than cowardice. You would not be here if you had anywhere else to go.|Voldemort to [[Peter Pettigrew]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|Your devotion is nothing more than cowardice. You would not be here if you had anywhere else to go.|Voldemort to [[Peter Pettigrew]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
[[Peter Pettigrew]], one of Lord Voldemort&apos;s most cowardly servants, became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] during Voldemort&apos;s [[First Wizarding War|first rise to power]], and betrayed [[James and Lily Potter]] to Voldemort in order to save his own life. After Voldemort&apos;s first defeat, Pettigrew made no attempt to find his master; he transformed into a rat, and passed into the ownership of [[Percy Weasley]]. Voldemort accepted Pettigrew as a helpful servant, though made it clear he thought little of his cowardice and was fully aware that Pettigrew came to him for lack of any other options.
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[[Peter Pettigrew]], one of Lord Voldemort's most cowardly servants, became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] during Voldemort's [[First Wizarding War|first rise to power]], and betrayed [[James and Lily Potter]] to Voldemort in order to save his own life. After Voldemort's first defeat, Pettigrew made no attempt to find his master; he transformed into a rat, and passed into the ownership of [[Percy Weasley]]. Voldemort accepted Pettigrew as a helpful servant, though made it clear he thought little of his cowardice and was fully aware that Pettigrew came to him for lack of any other options.
   
In [[1994|1993]], [[Sirius Black]] escaped from [[Azkaban]], where he had been detained after Pettigrew framed him for his own crimes, and Black followed Pettigrew to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. By chance, after [[Harry Potter]] convinced Black not to murder Pettigrew on the spot, he managed to transform back into a rat, and escaped. With nowhere else to go, Pettigrew fled to [[Albania]] to seek protection from Black in the service of Lord Voldemort. Pettigrew proved his usefulness by sending Voldemort [[Bertha Jorkins]], who told them where to find [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] Pettigrew later played a key role in [[Return of the Dark Lord|Voldemort&apos;s rebirth]] by sacrificing his hand to the [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to acquire a new body.
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In [[1993]], [[Sirius Black]] escaped from [[Azkaban]], where he had been detained after Pettigrew framed him for his own crimes, and Black followed Pettigrew to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. By chance, after [[Harry Potter]] convinced Black not to murder Pettigrew on the spot, he managed to transform back into a rat, and escaped. With nowhere else to go, Pettigrew fled to [[Albania]] to seek protection from Black in the service of Lord Voldemort. Pettigrew proved his usefulness by sending Voldemort [[Bertha Jorkins]], who told them where to find [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] Pettigrew later played a key role in [[Return of the Dark Lord|Voldemort's rebirth]] by sacrificing his hand to the [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to acquire a new body. Despite all this, Voldemort still reviled Pettigrew for his obvious cowardice and past loyalty issues, and spoke in utter contempt for his servant.
   
In [[1998]], Pettigrew was killed by the [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]] Voldemort had given him when he hesitated during an attempt to strangle Harry Potter, a fate likely similar to whatever punishment Pettigrew would&apos;ve received from Voldemort himself for this.
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In [[1998]], Pettigrew was killed by the [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]] Voldemort had given him when he hesitated during an attempt to strangle Harry Potter, a fate likely similar to whatever punishment Pettigrew would've received from Voldemort himself for this.
   
 
===The Malfoy family===
 
===The Malfoy family===
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{{Quote|Lucius, my slippery friend. I am told that you have not renounced the old ways, though to the world you present a respectable face. You are still ready to take the lead in a spot of Muggle-torture, I believe? Yet you never tried to find me, Lucius.|Lord Voldemort to [[Lucius Malfoy]] after his [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
[[File:HPDH2-04075r-900x600.jpg|thumb|The Malfoys.]]{{Quote|Lucius, my slippery friend. I am told that you have not renounced the old ways, though to the world you present a respectable face. You are still ready to take the lead in a spot of Muggle-torture, I believe? Yet you never tried to find me, Lucius.|Lord Voldemort to [[Lucius Malfoy]] after his [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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Voldemort entrusted [[Lucius Malfoy]] with a [[Horcrux]]: his diary, which made possible the reopening of the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. The Dark Lord was enraged to hear, years later, that the diary had been carelessly handed to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]. Lucius appeared not to have known that the object concealed a part of his master's soul, as in all likelihood, Voldemort had only told him that the object was enchanted to reopen the Chamber.
   
Voldemort entrusted [[Lucius Malfoy]] with a [[Horcrux]]: his diary, which made possible the reopening of the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. The Dark Lord was enraged to hear, years later, that the diary had been carelessly handed to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]. Lucius appeared not to have known that the object concealed a part of his master&apos;s soul, as in all likelihood, Voldemort had only told him that the object was enchanted to reopen the Chamber.
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Lucius pretended to have been under the [[Imperius Curse]] after the Dark Lord's first downfall, and maintained a position of influence within the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] until the [[Second Wizarding War]] began. When Voldemort was reborn, he seemed to welcome Lucius into his inner circle, though he reprimanded Malfoy for running from the [[Dark Mark]] conjured at the [[Quidditch World Cup]].
   
Lucius pretended to have been under the [[Imperius Curse]] after the Dark Lord&apos;s first downfall, and maintained a position of influence within the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] until the [[Second Wizarding War]] began. When Voldemort was reborn, he seemed to welcome Lucius into his inner circle, though he reprimanded Malfoy for running from the [[Dark Mark]] conjured at the [[Quidditch World Cup]].
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{{Quote|Now, now, Draco, play nicely. Mr. Potter. Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last. Forgive me. Your [[Harry Potter's_scars#The_lightning-bolt_scar|scar]] is legend. As, of course, is the wizard who gave it to you.|[[Lucius Malfoy]] to Harry Potter, pertaining to Voldemort.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}Lucius quickly began to lose favour, however, after Voldemort heard about the diary's destruction. When the Death Eaters under his command lost the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and failed to retrieve the [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|Prophecy]], the Dark Lord was extremely displeased; Lucius was sent to prison after the battle and, as punishment for the elder Malfoy's failure, Voldemort gave his son [[Draco Malfoy]] the nearly impossible task of murdering [[Albus Dumbledore]], with the expectation that he, too, would fail, and then be punished accordingly by the Dark Lord. Though Draco more or less succeeded in fulfilling his mission, Voldemort continued to distrust the Malfoys' loyalty. He dwelt at [[Malfoy Manor]] for a while, and suspected that the family resented him for doing so. During his stay at the Manor, Voldemort used Draco as a pawn, forcing him to torture other Death Eaters, which effectively humiliated the [[Malfoy family|Malfoy]] pride.
   
{{Quote|Now, now, Draco, play nicely. Mr. Potter. Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last. Forgive me. Your [[Harry Potter's_scars#The_lightning-bolt_scar|scar]] is legend. As, of course, is the wizard who gave it to you.|[[Lucius Malfoy]] to Harry Potter, pertaining to Voldemort.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}Lucius quickly began to lose favour, however, after Voldemort heard about the diary&apos;s destruction. When the Death Eaters under his command lost the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and failed to retrieve the [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|Prophecy]], the Dark Lord was extremely displeased; Lucius was sent to prison after the battle and, as punishment for the elder Malfoy&apos;s failure, Voldemort gave his son [[Draco Malfoy]] the nearly impossible task of murdering [[Albus Dumbledore]], with the expectation that he, too, would fail, and then be punished accordingly by the Dark Lord. Though Draco more or less succeeded in fulfilling his mission, Voldemort continued to distrust the Malfoys&apos; loyalty. He dwelt at [[Malfoy Manor]] for a while, and suspected that the family resented him for doing so. During his stay at the Manor, Voldemort used Draco as a pawn, forcing him to torture other Death Eaters, which effectively humiliated the [[Malfoy family|Malfoy]] pride.
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The following year, after [[Harry Potter]] managed to escape from the Manor, Voldemort tortured Lucius and began to treat him with complete disdain. [[Lucius Malfoy|Malfoy]] then focused on rescuing his son from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], fearing only for Draco's life and seeming to abandon all loyalty to the Death Eaters' cause. Voldemort snubbed Lucius' concerns for Draco and jeered that perhaps the teenager had chosen to ally himself with [[Harry Potter]] when he did not leave the school with the other [[Slytherin]]s.
   
The following year, after [[Harry Potter]] managed to escape from the Manor, Voldemort tortured Lucius and began to treat him with complete disdain. [[Lucius Malfoy|Malfoy]] then focused on rescuing his son from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], fearing only for Draco&apos;s life and seeming to abandon all loyalty to the Death Eaters&apos; cause. Voldemort snubbed Lucius&apos; concerns for Draco and jeered that perhaps the teenager had chosen to ally himself with [[Harry Potter]] when he did not leave the school with the other [[Slytherin]]s.
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After Voldemort succeeded in casting the [[Killing Curse]] on [[Harry Potter|Harry]], [[Narcissa Malfoy]] was ordered to confirm the death. Harry was alive; however, Narcissa, concerned for her son, demanded news of Draco from Harry and, upon learning that Draco was alive and well, lied to the Dark Lord, stating that Harry was dead. She knew that she and Lucius would only be able to return to Hogwarts and reunite with their son if they were part of a victory party. This allowed [[Harry Potter|Harry]] to confront Voldemort for the last time, during which the Dark Lord was killed by a rebounding [[Killing Curse]]. Narcissa's instrumental intervention ensured that the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]] were not convicted for their crimes.
 
After Voldemort succeeded in casting the [[Killing Curse]] on [[Harry Potter|Harry]], [[Narcissa Malfoy]] was ordered to confirm the death. Harry was alive; however, Narcissa, concerned for her son, demanded news of Draco from Harry and, upon learning that Draco was alive and well, lied to the Dark Lord, stating that Harry was dead. She knew that she and Lucius would only be able to return to Hogwarts and reunite with their son if they were part of a victory party. This allowed [[Harry Potter|Harry]] to confront Voldemort for the last time, during which the Dark Lord was killed by a rebounding [[Killing Curse]]. Narcissa&apos;s instrumental intervention ensured that the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]] were not convicted for their crimes.
 
   
 
===Death Eaters===
 
===Death Eaters===
 
{{Quote|Welcome, my friends! Thirteen years it's been, and yet, here you stand as if it were only yesterday. I confess myself... disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me...|Voldemort viciously greeting his Death Eaters in Little Hangleton.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Welcome, my friends! Thirteen years it's been, and yet, here you stand as if it were only yesterday. I confess myself... disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me...|Voldemort viciously greeting his Death Eaters in Little Hangleton.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
[[File:Death Eaters return.JPG|thumb|left|250px|The Death Eaters return to the fold.]]
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[[File:Death Eaters return.JPG|thumb|left|250px|The Death Eaters return to the fold]]
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Those called [[Death Eaters]] were a group of [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizards and witches]] that followed Voldemort, fighting as the upper echelon of his army during both the [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s. However, Voldemort did not take kindly to failure or disloyalty from his servants, and he made sure those who had believed him dead and did not try to find him following his disappearance paid the price upon his return. When he summoned his Death Eaters to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], after he regained his body, he tortured and questioned them before forgiving and allowing them back into his service.
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[[File:Death eaters worldcup.jpg|thumb|Death Eaters causing terror]]
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Despite many of the Death Eaters claiming to be close to Voldemort, and Voldemort often referring to them as his "friends" and his "true family", the Dark Lord saw them as little more than dispensable servants. The few Death Eaters in whom Voldemort appeared to place any amount of genuine trust were [[Severus Snape]], [[Lucius Malfoy]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], though as time passes, he lost trust in them due to constant failure or wavering trust.
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[[File:Riddle questions Slughorn.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Tom Riddle asks [[Horace Slughorn]] about [[Horcrux]]es]]
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Some of Lord Voldemort's first Death Eaters were [[Avery (Riddle-era)|Avery Sr.]], [[Lestrange]], [[Mulciber (Riddle-era)|Mulciber Sr.]], [[Nott]], [[Rosier|Rosier Sr.]] and [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov]]. Others were [[Walden Macnair]], [[Augustus Rookwood]], [[Selwyn]], [[Yaxley]], [[Travers]], [[Thorfinn Rowle]], [[Alecto and Amycus Carrow]], [[Gibbon]], [[Crabbe]], [[Goyle]], [[Jugson]], [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery Jr.]], [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber Jr.]], [[Igor Karkaroff]], [[Evan Rosier]] and [[Wilkes]].
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Like Voldemort himself, many were not above denying any involvement in actions that could get them into trouble with the legal authorities of the magical community.
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With many being willing to switch their loyalties to avoid danger or punishment, rather than steadfastly supporting their presented views.
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After Voldemort's first downfall: [[Avery, Jr.]] claimed to have been under the [[Imperius Curse]] and avoided [[Azkaban]] but also didn't attempt to find his master. The [[Carrow]] siblings [[Amycus Carrow|Amycus]] and [[Alecto Carrow|Alecto]] did not attempt to find him. Given Amycus (at the very least)' cowardly nature, it is likely that at the very least he would have done all he could to avoid Azkaban. The [[Crabbe family]], notably [[Crabbe Sr.]] did not attempt to find him and avoided punishment when put on trial. Likewise the [[Goyle family]], notably [[Goyle Sr.]] did not attempt to find him and avoided punishment when put on trial. The [[Malfoy Family]], [[Lucius Malfoy II]] in particular, did not attempt to find him and Lucius claimed he had been under the Imperius Curse. The [[Nott family]], notably [[Mr. Nott]] also did not attempt to find him and avoided punishment when put on trial.
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Other individuals who showed disloyalty were [[Igor Karkaroff]] who betrayed many of his former comrades to the Ministry in return for his freedom from [[Azkaban]], and went on to become Headmaster of [[Durmstrang Institute]]. Though he was still a [[pure-blood]] supremacist and did not accept [[Muggle-born]]s into his school, Karkaroff fled following Voldemort's return and was consequently killed by [[Death Eaters]] in [[1996]]. [[Peter Pettigrew]] joined Voldemort out of cowardice, did not attempt to search for him following his first downfall, hid from his fellow Death Eaters in the form of the Weasley family pet rat Scabbers and only rejoined him when he was flushed out by [[Sirius Black]] who he framed for his own crimes. [[Walden Macnair]] claimed to have been under the Imperius Curse to avoid Azkaban and did not attempt to find Voldemort after his first downfall. [[Yaxley]] managed to avoid Azkaban and did not attempt to find Voldemort after his downfall, believing him finished.
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On the other hand the [[Lestrange Family]] remained loyal to Voldemort, with [[Rabastan Lestrange]], brother [[Rodolphus Lestrange]] and sister-in-law to the former/wife to the later [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)]] going to Azkaban instead of publicly forsaking him. The [[Mulciber family]] served him faithfully with both the [[Mulciber (Riddle-era)|Sr.]] and the [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Jr.]] Mulciber fighting for him and the younger even going to Azkaban for him. The [[Rosier family]] served him faithfully, with [[Rosier]] being among his first Death Eaters and [[Evan Rosier]] dying for him during the first Death Eater war.
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Other individuals who served him faithfully were [[Antonin Dolohov]], [[Augustus Rookwood]], [[Travers]] and [[Wilkes]]. The first three went to Azkaban for him while the last was killed by Aurors during the first Death Eater war.
   
Those called [[Death Eaters]] were a group of [[Dark Wizard|Dark wizards and witches]] that followed Voldemort, fighting as the upper echelon of his army during both the [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s. However, Voldemort did not take kindly to failure or disloyalty from his servants, and he made sure those who had believed him dead and did not try to find him following his disappearance paid the price upon his return. When he summoned his Death Eaters to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], after he regained his body, he tortured and questioned them before forgiving and allowing them back into his service.
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Both [[Regulus Black II]] and [[Severus Snape]] defected after becoming disillusioned with the Death Eater lifestyle. The later also defected to protect [[Lily Evans]] whose husband [[James Potter I]] and son [[Harry Potter]] were targeted by Lord Voldemort for death.
[[File:Death_eaters_worldcup.jpg|thumb|Death Eaters causing terror.]]
 
   
Some of Lord Voldemort&apos;s first Death Eaters were [[Avery (Riddle-era)|Avery Sr.]], [[Lestrange]], [[Mulciber (Riddle-era)|Mulciber Sr.]], [[Nott]], [[Rosier|Rosier Sr.]] and [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov]]. Others were [[Walden Macnair]], [[Augustus Rookwood]], [[Selwyn]], [[Yaxley]], [[Travers]], [[Thorfinn Rowle]], [[Alecto and Amycus Carrow]], [[Gibbon]], [[Crabbe]], [[Goyle]], [[Jugson]], [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery Jr.]], [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber Jr.]], [[Igor Karkaroff]], [[Evan Rosier]] and [[Wilkes]]. Some of them, such as [[Crabbe]], [[Goyle]] and [[Walden Macnair|Macnair]] managed to defect after Voldemort&apos;s first defeat. Others were imprisoned, such as Dolohov and Rookwood, or killed by Aurors, such as Evan Rosier and Wilkes. After Voldemort&apos;s first defeat, Karkaroff betrayed many of his former comrades to the Ministry in return for his freedom from [[Azkaban]], and went on to become Headmaster of [[Durmstrang Institute]]. Though he was still a [[pure-blood]] supremacist and did not accept [[Muggle-born]]s into his school, Karkaroff fled following Voldemort&apos;s return and was consequently killed by [[Death Eaters]] in [[1996]].
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[[Gibbon]], [[Jugson]], [[Selwyn]], and [[Thorfinn Rowle]] were also amongst those who served Lord Voldemort. Whether they forsake him or not is unknown.
   
Despite many of the Death Eaters claiming to be close to Voldemort, and Voldemort often referring to them as his "friends" and his "true family", the Dark Lord saw them as little more than dispensable servants. The few Death Eaters in whom Voldemort appeared to place any amount of genuine trust were [[Severus Snape]], [[Lucius Malfoy]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], though as time passes, he lost trust in them due to constant failure or wavering trust.
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[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] also was a Death Eater but due to many factors, it is hard to determine whether he originally served Voldemort out of loyalty, by being deceived or blackmailed.
[[File:Riddle questions Slughorn.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Tom Riddle asks [[Horace Slughorn]] about [[Horcrux]]es.]]
 
   
 
===Horace Slughorn===
 
===Horace Slughorn===
 
{{Quote|You've no idea how he was like... Even then...|Horace Slughorn talking about Tom Riddle.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
{{Quote|You've no idea how he was like... Even then...|Horace Slughorn talking about Tom Riddle.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
   
[[Horace Slughorn|Professor Horace Slughorn]] was the [[Potions (class)|Potions]] [[Potions master|master]] during Tom Riddle&apos;s years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Tom Riddle was a member of the [[Slug Club]], a "collection" of Slughorn&apos;s favourite students, including students who were well connected, as well as those who proved to be talented and appeared to have potential for great success. At some point during Tom Riddle&apos;s time at Hogwarts, he asked Slughorn about [[Horcrux]]es. Slughorn initially balked, but under the influence of Riddle&apos;s charm, convinced himself that Tom was asking for "purely academic" reasons and told him what tearing one&apos;s soul would basically entail. Most significantly, Tom asked if it was possible to make more than one horcrux; while the question shocked and horrified Slughorn, he didn&apos;t deny that it was possible. With the information he received from Slughorn, Tom Riddle affirmed his decision to create six [[Horcrux]]es; ultimately, this would tear his soul into a total of seven separate pieces -- seven being the "most powerfully magical number"-- and allow him to effectively achieve some degree of immortality. Ashamed of having so badly misjudged Tom Riddle, and for the part he played in providing Riddle with such destructive information, Slughorn modified his own memory.
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[[File:Horace_Slughorn_(HBP_promo)_1-1.jpg|thumb|155px|[[Horace Slughorn]], Tom's Head of House and favorite Professor]]
   
In [[1996]], Slughorn left retirement and returned to Hogwarts to replace [[Severus Snape]] as Potions master. [[Albus Dumbledore]] gave [[Harry Potter]] the task being "collected" by Slughorn and retrieving the original version of the memory. Harry managed to get the memory from Slughorn in 1997, with the help of [[Felix Felicis]], copious amounts of [[mead]], and Slughorn&apos;s fondness for Harry&apos;s mother, who had been another of Slughorn&apos;s favourites. The memory confirmed suspicions Dumbledore had about the steps Lord Voldemort had taken to become immortal, which proved to be of vital importance in Voldemort&apos;s ultimate defeat.
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[[Horace Slughorn|Professor Horace Slughorn]] was the [[Potions (class)|Potions]] [[Potions master|master]] during Tom Riddle's years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Tom Riddle was a member of the [[Slug Club]], a "collection" of Slughorn's favourite students, including students who were well connected, and those who proved to be talented and appeared to have potential for great success. At some point during Tom Riddle's time at Hogwarts, he asked Slughorn about [[Horcrux]]es. Slughorn initially balked, but under the influence of Riddle's charm, convinced himself that Tom was asking for "purely academic" reasons and told him what tearing one's soul would basically entail. Most significantly, Tom asked if it was possible to make more than one horcrux; while the question shocked and horrified Slughorn, he didn't deny that it was possible. With the information he received from Slughorn, Tom Riddle affirmed his decision to create six [[Horcrux]]es; ultimately, this would tear his soul into a total of seven separate pieces—seven being the "most powerfully magical number"—and allow him to effectively achieve some degree of immortality. Ashamed of having so badly misjudged Tom Riddle, and for the part he played in providing Riddle with such destructive information, Slughorn modified his own memory.
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In [[1996]], Slughorn left retirement and returned to Hogwarts to replace [[Severus Snape]] as Potions master. [[Albus Dumbledore]] gave [[Harry Potter]] the task being "collected" by Slughorn and retrieving the original version of the memory. Harry managed to get the memory from Slughorn in 1997, with the help of [[Felix Felicis]], copious amounts of [[mead]], and Slughorn's fondness for Harry's mother, who had been another of Slughorn's favourites. The memory confirmed suspicions Dumbledore had about the steps Voldemort had taken to become immortal, which proved to be of vital importance in Voldemort's ultimate defeat.
   
 
During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Slughorn, who initially appeared to flee the school, brought reinforcements from [[Hogsmeade]] to join the fight against the [[Death Eaters]], and later duelled directly against Voldemort with [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]].
 
During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Slughorn, who initially appeared to flee the school, brought reinforcements from [[Hogsmeade]] to join the fight against the [[Death Eaters]], and later duelled directly against Voldemort with [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]].
   
 
===Ginny Weasley===
 
===Ginny Weasley===
[[File:Ginny and diary.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] writes to Tom Riddle through [[Tom Riddle's Diary|his diary]].]]
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[[File:Ginny x.jpg|thumb|left|142px|Ginny in her first year with Tom Riddle's diary, which she frequently wrote in]]
 
{{Quote|...I was patient. I wrote back. I was sympathetic, I was kind. Ginny simply loved me... No one's ever understood me like you, Tom... I'm so glad I've got this diary to confide in... It's like a friend I can carry around in my pocket... If I say it myself, Harry, I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed.|Tom Riddle to [[Harry Potter]] on his manipulation of Ginny.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|...I was patient. I wrote back. I was sympathetic, I was kind. Ginny simply loved me... No one's ever understood me like you, Tom... I'm so glad I've got this diary to confide in... It's like a friend I can carry around in my pocket... If I say it myself, Harry, I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed.|Tom Riddle to [[Harry Potter]] on his manipulation of Ginny.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
Although Voldemort had lost his physical body, he managed to approach [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], a first year [[Gryffindor]] girl and the younger sister of [[Ron Weasley]], through one of his [[Horcrux]]es: [[Tom Riddle's Diary|his diary]]. Tom Riddle&apos;s [[soul]] communicated with Ginny through his diary, sympathizing with her problems and giving her advice, which made her emotionally vulnerable to Riddle&apos;s influence. Eventually, Riddle was able to possess Ginny, use her to open the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and free [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Salazar Slytherin&apos;s Basilisk]] to petrify several [[Muggle-born]] students (including [[Hermione Granger]]). When Ginny figured out what she had been doing, despite having no memory of what happened during the times she was possessed, she attempted to flush the diary down a toilet; however, as the diary was a Horcrux, it remained undamaged and later ended up in the hands of [[Harry Potter]].
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Although Voldemort had lost his physical body, he managed to approach [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], a first year [[Gryffindor]] girl and the younger sister of [[Ron Weasley]], through one of his [[Horcrux]]es: [[Tom Riddle's Diary|his diary]]. Tom Riddle's [[soul]] communicated with Ginny through his diary, sympathizing with her problems and giving her advice, which made her emotionally vulnerable to Riddle's influence. Eventually, Riddle was able to possess Ginny, use her to open the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and free [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]] to petrify several [[Muggle-born]] students (including [[Hermione Granger]]). When Ginny figured out what she had been doing, despite having no memory of what happened during the times she was possessed, she attempted to flush the diary down a toilet; however, as the diary was a [[Horcrux]], it remained undamaged and later ended up in the hands of [[Harry Potter]].
   
Ginny, worried the Diary would reveal to Harry things she&apos;d written about [[Love|her feelings for him]], stole the diary back. Riddle possessed Ginny one last time and had her enter the Chamber of Secrets, with every intention of killing her and using her life to restore his own. Harry, however, as a [[Parselmouth]], was able to enter the Chamber, rescue Ginny, and slay the Basilisk with the [[Sword of Gryffindor]]. He then used one of the Basilisk&apos;s [[Basilisk venom|fangs]] to stab the Diary, effectively making it the first of Voldemort&apos;s Horcruxes to be destroyed.
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Despite being outwardly sympathetic and understanding, Riddle actually felt great contempt for Ginny, viewing her as "silly" and describing her as "stupid little Ginny". He considered her "boring" at first, but thought that her diary entries became "far more interesting" after he started possessing her as he apparently found her confusion amusing. Ginny&apos;s retrieval of the diary angered Riddle as he had hoped to learn more about Harry.
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Ginny, worried the Diary would reveal to Harry things she'd written about [[Love|her feelings for him]], stole the diary back. Riddle possessed Ginny one last time and had her enter the Chamber of Secrets, with every intention of killing her and using her life to restore his own. Harry, however, as a [[Parselmouth]], was able to enter the Chamber, rescue Ginny, and slay the Basilisk with the [[Sword of Gryffindor]]. He then used one of the Basilisk's [[Basilisk venom|fangs]] to stab the Diary, effectively making it the first of Voldemort's Horcruxes to be destroyed.
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Despite being outwardly sympathetic and understanding, Riddle actually felt great contempt for Ginny, viewing her as "silly" and describing her as "stupid little Ginny". He considered her "boring" at first, but thought that her diary entries became "far more interesting" after he started possessing her as he apparently found her confusion amusing. Ginny's retrieval of the diary angered Riddle as he had hoped to learn more about Harry Potter.
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[[File:Harry&Ginny4.gif|frame|left|Ginny awake explaining to Harry what happened]]
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When Voldemort's lieutenant [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]] was [[Molly Weasley's curse|killed]] by Ginny's mother [[Molly Weasley]] in retaliation for nearly killing her (Ginny), Voldemort nearly turned his wand on Molly. However, this gave Harry the incentive to reveal his being still-alive. Ginny and her surviving relatives all saw Harry [[Voldemort's Last Stand|defeat]] Voldemort shortly thereafter. Unknown to Voldemort, that Ginny and Harry were in love and that after his death, Ginny would marry Voldemort's mortal enemy, Harry.
   
 
===Rubeus Hagrid===
 
===Rubeus Hagrid===
[[File:Rubeus Hagrid OOTP.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Rubeus Hagrid]].]]
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[[File:Rubeus_hagrid.PNG|thumb|125px|[[Rubeus Hagrid]], his determined enemy]][[Rubeus Hagrid]]
 
{{Quote|Monsters don’t make good pets, Hagrid.|Riddle before he turned Hagrid in|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|Monsters don’t make good pets, Hagrid.|Riddle before he turned Hagrid in|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
[[Rubeus Hagrid]] and Tom Riddle were both students at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[1940s]]. In 1943, Riddle opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]], unleashing a [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] on the school&apos;s [[Muggle-born]] students. Most of the students who were attacked ended up [[petrified]], but when the Basilisk finally succeeded in killing [[Myrtle|one of them]], Hogwarts became in danger of closing-- a consequence Riddle hadn&apos;t foreseen, which would mean him having to return indefinitely to [[Wool's Orphanage|Wool&apos;s Orphanage]]. Upon realising the school might not have to close if the perpetrator were caught, Riddle stopped attacking students with the Basilisk, closed the Chamber of Secrets, and framed Hagrid, who was known for his love of dangerous [[creature]]s and at the time was raising a young [[Acromantula]], for the crime. As a result, Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, and the school was allowed to remain open. Believing in Hagrid&apos;s innocence, however, Professor [[Albus Dumbledore]] convinced Headmaster [[Armando Dippet]] to allow Hagrid to stay on at Hogwarts as [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|Gamekeeper]]. Tom Riddle never felt remorse for framing Hagrid and ruining his life.
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[[Rubeus Hagrid]] and Tom Riddle were both students at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[1940s]], with Hagrid being three years his junior. In 1943, Riddle opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]], unleashing a [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] on the school's [[Muggle-born]] students. Most of the students who were attacked ended up [[petrified]], but when the Basilisk finally succeeded in killing [[Myrtle|one of them]], Hogwarts became in danger of closing—a consequence Riddle hadn't foreseen, which would mean him having to return indefinitely to [[Wool's Orphanage]]. Upon realising the school might not have to close if the perpetrator were caught, Riddle stopped attacking students with the Basilisk, closed the Chamber of Secrets, and framed Hagrid, who was known for his love of dangerous [[creature]]s and at the time was raising [[Aragog]], a young [[Acromantula]], for the crime. Hagrid managed to protect Aragog and even threw Riddle to the ground when he tried to curse him, making Hagrid the only person to challenge Riddle while he was a student. Despite this, Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, and the school was allowed to remain open. Believing in Hagrid's innocence, however, Professor [[Albus Dumbledore]] convinced Headmaster [[Armando Dippet]] to allow Hagrid to stay on at Hogwarts as [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|Gamekeeper]]. Tom Riddle never felt remorse for framing Hagrid and ruining his life.
As Riddle went on to become Lord Voldemort, Hagrid joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought against Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]] in the [[First Wizarding War]]. In [[1981]], Hagrid was devastated when Voldemort murdered his friends [[James and Lily Potter]], but shared in the relief of the rest of the [[Wizarding world]] when Voldemort lost his powers and disappeared after failing to kill young [[Harry Potter]]. Although many believed that Voldemort was dead, Hagrid, agreeing with Dumbledore, believed that he would one day return to power. Along with the vast majority of the Wizarding community, Hagrid refused to say Lord Voldemort&apos;s name, generally referring to him as "You-know-who." Since [[Voldemort]] had a certain respect for Hogwart&apos;s professors, it is not known if that included Hagrid, who taught [[Care of Magical Creatures]]. This is unlikely considering Hagrid&apos;s half-giant status.
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As Riddle went on to become Voldemort, Hagrid joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought against Lord Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]] in the [[First Wizarding War]]. In [[1981]], Hagrid was devastated when Voldemort murdered his friends [[James and Lily Potter]], but shared in the relief of the rest of the [[Wizarding world]] when Voldemort lost his powers and disappeared after failing to kill young [[Harry Potter]]. Although many believed that Voldemort was dead, Hagrid, agreeing with Dumbledore, believed that he would one day return to power. Along with the vast majority of the Wizarding community, Hagrid refused to say Voldemort's name, generally referring to him as "You-know-who" although he once reluctantly said Voldemort's name when explaining his background to Harry. Since Voldemort had a certain respect for Hogwart's professors, it is not known if that included Hagrid, who taught [[Care of Magical Creatures]]. This is unlikely considering Hagrid's half-giant status.
   
[[File:Tom Riddle accused Rubeus Hagrid (Concept Artwork for HP2 movie 01).JPG|thumb|left|150px|Tom Riddle framed up Hagrid and his pet Aragog.]]
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[[File:Tom Riddle accused Rubeus Hagrid (Concept Artwork for HP2 movie 01).JPG|thumb|left|150px|Tom Riddle frames Hagrid]]
 
In [[1995]], after his resurrection, Voldemort dispatched his Death Eaters to convince the [[giant]]s to join their side, while Dumbledore had sent Hagrid and [[Olympe Maxime]] to do the same. While Hagrid and Maxime were on good terms with the Gurg, [[Karkus]], the Death Eaters supported the giant [[Golgomath]] in an uprising that resulted in Golgomath beheading Karkus and taking over the giant colony. The giants then attacked Hagrid and Maxime, who were forced to retreat.
 
In [[1995]], after his resurrection, Voldemort dispatched his Death Eaters to convince the [[giant]]s to join their side, while Dumbledore had sent Hagrid and [[Olympe Maxime]] to do the same. While Hagrid and Maxime were on good terms with the Gurg, [[Karkus]], the Death Eaters supported the giant [[Golgomath]] in an uprising that resulted in Golgomath beheading Karkus and taking over the giant colony. The giants then attacked Hagrid and Maxime, who were forced to retreat.
   
In [[1998]], Hagrid fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and was captured by the Death Eaters. After Harry sacrificed himself to be killed, Voldemort ordered a grieving Hagrid to carry his friend’s “dead” body in his arms, where it would be clearly visible to Harry&apos;s supporters. When Harry finally defeated the Dark Lord, Hagrid was amongst the first few who were able to congratulate him on his triumph.
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In [[1998]], Hagrid fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and was captured by the Death Eaters. After Harry sacrificed himself to be killed, Voldemort ordered a grieving Hagrid to carry his friend’s “dead” body in his arms, where it would be clearly visible to Harry's supporters. When Harry finally defeated the Dark Lord, Hagrid was amongst the first few who were able to congratulate him on his triumph.
   
 
===Quirinus Quirrell===
 
===Quirinus Quirrell===
 
{{Quote|You see what I've become? See what I must do to survive? Live off another; a mere parasite.|Voldemort talking to Harry Potter through Quirrell.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
 
{{Quote|You see what I've become? See what I must do to survive? Live off another; a mere parasite.|Voldemort talking to Harry Potter through Quirrell.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
[[File:VoldemortQuirell.JPG|thumb|right|310px|Lord Voldemort at the back of [[Quirinus Quirrell]]'s head.]]
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[[File:VoldemortQuirell.png|thumb|right|250px|Lord Voldemort at the back of [[Quirinus Quirrell]]'s head]]
[[Quirinus Quirrell]] encountered Lord Voldemort&apos;s disembodied soul fragment in the [[Albania|Black Forest of Albania]], during his world travels. With promises of wealth, power and possibly immortality, Voldemort convinced Quirrell to become his faithful servant, and even to share his body.
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[[Quirinus Quirrell]] encountered Lord Voldemort's disembodied soul fragment in the [[Albania|Black Forest of Albania]], during his world travels. With promises of wealth, power and possibly immortality, Voldemort convinced Quirrell to become his faithful servant, and even to share his body. Quirrell followed orders with a tint of fear, and at times tried, feebly and futilely, to resist the possession.
   
On Voldemort&apos;s orders, Quirrell returned to [[London]] in [[1991]] and [[1991 Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank|broke into]] [[Vault 713]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] to procure the [[Philosopher's Stone|Philosopher&apos;s Stone]], only to find that it had been emptied earlier that day and the Stone transferred to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] by [[Rubeus Hagrid]].
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On Voldemort's orders, Quirrell returned to [[London]] in [[1991]] and [[1991 Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank|broke into]] [[Vault 713]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] to procure the [[Philosopher's Stone]], only to find that it had been emptied earlier that day and the Stone transferred to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] by [[Rubeus Hagrid]].
   
 
Quirrell took the position of [[Professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at Hogwarts, with the aim of tracking down the Stone. When he and Voldemort realized [[Harry Potter]] was starting at Hogwarts that same year, Quirrell attempted to kill Harry, but was prevented from doing so first by [[Severus Snape]], then, unwittingly, by [[Hermione Granger]].
 
Quirrell took the position of [[Professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at Hogwarts, with the aim of tracking down the Stone. When he and Voldemort realized [[Harry Potter]] was starting at Hogwarts that same year, Quirrell attempted to kill Harry, but was prevented from doing so first by [[Severus Snape]], then, unwittingly, by [[Hermione Granger]].
   
Quirrell once again turned his attention to finding the Philosopher&apos;s Stone, and overcame several enchanted obstacles to travel through the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers|Philosopher&apos;s Stone Chambers]]. Harry followed Quirrell through the Chambers, believing he was actually following Severus Snape, and eventually found Quirrell attempting to retrieve the Stone from the [[Mirror of Erised]] in the final chamber. Voldemort ordered Quirrell to use Harry to get the stone, and when the Stone appeared in Harry&apos;s pocket, Harry attempted to conceal the fact by lying about what he saw in the Mirror. Voldemort, seeing through Harry&apos;s lies, offered Harry power and glory, and even the possibility of seeing his parents again, in exchange for joining him and handing over the stone. Upon Harry&apos;s refusal, Voldemort ordered Quirrell to take the Stone by force, but found that Quirrell was unable to touch the boy without enduring excruciating pain as a result of the protection afforded to Harry by his mother&apos;s loving [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]]. To escape the pain, Voldemort separated his soul from Quirrell&apos;s body and fled, leaving Quirrell to die.
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Quirrell once again turned his attention to finding the Philosopher's Stone, and overcame several enchanted obstacles to travel through the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]. Harry followed Quirrell through the Chambers, believing he was actually following Severus Snape, and eventually found Quirrell attempting to retrieve the Stone from the [[Mirror of Erised]] in the final chamber. Voldemort ordered Quirrell to use Harry to get the stone, and when the Stone appeared in Harry's pocket, Harry attempted to conceal the fact by lying about what he saw in the Mirror. Voldemort, seeing through Harry's lie, offered Harry power and glory, and even the possibility of seeing his parents again, in exchange for joining him and handing over the stone. Upon Harry's refusal, Voldemort ordered Quirrell to take the Stone by force, but found that Quirrell was unable to touch the boy without enduring excruciating pain as a result of the protection afforded to Harry by his mother's loving [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]]. To escape the pain, Voldemort separated his soul from Quirrell's body and fled, leaving Quirrell to die; Dumbledore noted that this was an act of Voldemort's mercilessness on his subordinates as much as towards his enemies.
   
===Wool&apos;s Orphanage residents===
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===Wool's Orphanage residents===
[[File:Desk15pu1.jpg|thumb|250px|left|[[Mrs. Cole]] with [[Albus Dumbledore]].]]
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[[File:Desk15pu1.jpg|thumb|250px|left|[[Mrs. Cole]] with [[Albus Dumbledore]]]]
{{Quote|...I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me... I can make them hurt, if I want to...|Eleven-year old Tom Riddle to [[Albus Dumbledore]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
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{{Quote|I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to.|Eleven-year old Tom Riddle to [[Albus Dumbledore]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
   
 
Tom Riddle grew up at the [[Muggle]] [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]] where his [[Merope Gaunt|mother]] brought him shortly before her death in [[1920s|1926]].
 
Tom Riddle grew up at the [[Muggle]] [[Wool's Orphanage|orphanage]] where his [[Merope Gaunt|mother]] brought him shortly before her death in [[1920s|1926]].
   
Tom&apos;s relationship with the other residents of the orphanage was strained, to say the least. Some of the orphanage&apos;s staff, such as Mrs. Cole, believed that his mother had originated from a circus due to his middle name. When [[Albus Dumbledore]], then professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], arrived at the orphanage to invite Tom to attend Hogwarts, Tom initially believed that [[Mrs. Cole]], the orphanage&apos;s matron, had called Dumbledore to take him to an asylum. Dumbledore discovered that Tom had been bullying the other children, namely [[Amy Benson]] and [[Dennis Bishop]], and that he had a habit of keeping trophies to signify the terror he was able to cause. He knew he was different from the other children; he was intelligent and far more powerful than his peers, and had no issue with punishing those who did not do as he told them. When Dumbledore assured him that he wasn&apos;t from an asylum, and that Tom was, in fact, a [[Wizards|wizard]], Riddle was unusually quick to believe him, having always considered himself "special."
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Tom's relationship with the other residents of the orphanage was strained, to say the least. Some of the orphanage's staff, such as Mrs. Cole, believed that his mother had originated from a circus due to his middle name. When [[Albus Dumbledore]], then professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], arrived at the orphanage to invite Tom to attend Hogwarts, Tom initially believed that [[Mrs. Cole]], the orphanage's matron, had called Dumbledore to take him to an asylum. Dumbledore discovered that Tom had been bullying the other children, namely [[Amy Benson]] and [[Dennis Bishop]], and that he had a habit of keeping trophies to signify the terror he was able to cause. He knew he was different from the other children; he was intelligent and far more powerful than his peers, and had no issue with punishing those who did not do as he told them. When Dumbledore assured him that he wasn't from an asylum, and that Tom was, in fact, a [[Wizards|wizard]], Riddle was unusually quick to believe him, having always considered himself "special."
   
 
Riddle hated the orphanage, which was a reminder of the poor and common start to his life; ultimately, he thought of Hogwarts as his first real home.
 
Riddle hated the orphanage, which was a reminder of the poor and common start to his life; ultimately, he thought of Hogwarts as his first real home.
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{{Quote|You naughty boy, you shouldn't have! You do spoil this old lady, Tom.|Hepzibah Smith, in response to Riddle bringing her flowers on the day she showed him [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|The Locket of Slytherin]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|The Cup of Hufflepuff]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|You naughty boy, you shouldn't have! You do spoil this old lady, Tom.|Hepzibah Smith, in response to Riddle bringing her flowers on the day she showed him [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|The Locket of Slytherin]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|The Cup of Hufflepuff]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Tom Riddle first met [[Hepzibah Smith]] when he worked at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. As a polite, handsome, and clever young man with a great capacity to charm and a powerful gift of persuasion, he became friendly with Hepzibah, flattering her and making her feel pretty. He convinced her to show him two of her greatest treasures - [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Salazar Slytherin&apos;s Locket]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Helga Hufflepuff&apos;s Cup]] - which he planned to steal and turn into [[Horcrux]]es. He killed Hepzibah two days later by mixing a lethal and little-known poison into her cocoa, and took the two artefacts. He was never suspected in her murder, as he framed Smith&apos;s house-elf, [[Hokey]], by modifying the elf&apos;s memory. Prior to her death, Hepzibah realised too late of Tom&apos;s greed for the treasures, which led her affections to falter somewhat.
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Tom Riddle first met [[Hepzibah Smith]] when he worked at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. As a polite, handsome, and clever young man with a great capacity to charm and a powerful gift of persuasion, he became friendly with Hepzibah, flattering her and making her feel pretty. He convinced her to show him two of her greatest treasures—[[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]]—which he planned to steal and turn into [[Horcrux]]es. He killed Hepzibah two days later by mixing a lethal and little-known poison into her cocoa, and took the two artefacts. He was never suspected in her murder, as he framed Smith's house-elf, [[Hokey]], by modifying the elf's memory. Prior to her death, Hepzibah realised too late of Tom's greed for the treasures, which led her affections to falter somewhat.
   
 
===Order of the Phoenix===
 
===Order of the Phoenix===
[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|right|300px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]]]]
 
The [[Order of the Phoenix]] was a secret organisation founded and led by [[Albus Dumbledore]] to oppose Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]].
 
The [[Order of the Phoenix]] was a secret organisation founded and led by [[Albus Dumbledore]] to oppose Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]].
   
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[[James and Lily Potter]] were members of the Order who became prime targets for Voldemort during the [[First Wizarding War]], after Voldemort heard of a prophecy foretelling of a child destined to destroy him. This fit the description of their young son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. On [[31 October]], [[1981]], Voldemort found the Potters after the [[Fidelius Charm]] they had cast was broken by [[Peter Pettigrew]]. Voldemort killed James first and ordered Lily to stand aside, so he could kill Harry. When Lily refused to stand aside, Voldemort killed her as well, making her murder a [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]] that caused the Killing Curse Voldemort aimed at Harry to backfire; Voldemort lost his body and fled to [[Albania]].
 
[[James and Lily Potter]] were members of the Order who became prime targets for Voldemort during the [[First Wizarding War]], after Voldemort heard of a prophecy foretelling of a child destined to destroy him. This fit the description of their young son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. On [[31 October]], [[1981]], Voldemort found the Potters after the [[Fidelius Charm]] they had cast was broken by [[Peter Pettigrew]]. Voldemort killed James first and ordered Lily to stand aside, so he could kill Harry. When Lily refused to stand aside, Voldemort killed her as well, making her murder a [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]] that caused the Killing Curse Voldemort aimed at Harry to backfire; Voldemort lost his body and fled to [[Albania]].
   
Shortly after Voldemort lost his powers in 1981, the [[Longbottom family]] suffered at the hands of [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], her husband [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]], her brother-in-law [[Rabastan Lestrange|Rabastan]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who tortured [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], new parents to [[Neville Longbottom]], to the point of insanity. They became permanent residents of [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|St Mungo&apos;s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], and Neville was left to be raised by his grandmother, [[Augusta Longbottom]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]], Neville openly defied Voldemort and was tortured. However, he survived, and destroyed Voldemort’s last remaining [[Horcrux]] when he beheaded [[Nagini]] using the [[Sword of Gryffindor]].
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Shortly after Voldemort lost his powers in 1981, the [[Longbottom family]] suffered at the hands of [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], her husband [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]], her brother-in-law [[Rabastan Lestrange|Rabastan]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who tortured [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], new parents to [[Neville Longbottom]], to the point of insanity. They became permanent residents of [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], and Neville was left to be raised by his grandmother, [[Augusta Longbottom]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]], Neville openly defied Voldemort and was tortured. However, he survived, and destroyed Voldemort’s last remaining [[Horcrux]] when he beheaded [[Nagini]] using the [[Sword of Gryffindor]].
   
[[Alastor Moody|Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody]] was a highly skilled [[Auror]] and active member of the Order who fought against Voldemort during the [[First Wizarding War]]. After Voldemort’s first downfall in 1981, Moody was responsible for rounding up a number of Death Eaters, such as [[Igor Karkaroff]], and killing several others, like [[Evan Rosier]]. In [[1994]], Voldemort ordered [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]] to kidnap Moody and imprison him in his own [[Alastor Moody's trunk|trunk]]. For the next nine months, Crouch used Moody&apos;s hair to brew the [[Polyjuice Potion]] that would allow him to take Moody&apos;s place as temporary professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. In [[1995]], Crouch used his position at Hogwarts to make sure [[Harry Potter]] was transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], where [[Peter Pettigrew]] used Harry&apos;s blood in a [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to be restored to his body. When Voldemort failed to kill Harry in the graveyard and Harry returned to Hogwarts, Barty Crouch Jr. attempted to murder him personally. Dumbledore, [[Minerva McGonagall]], and [[Severus Snape]] rescued Harry, after which Crouch was exposed, and Moody was freed. After Dumbledore’s death in [[1997]], Moody took charge of the Order of the Phoenix, until he was murdered by Voldemort during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].
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[[Alastor Moody|Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody]] was a highly skilled [[Auror]] and active member of the Order who fought against Voldemort during the [[First Wizarding War]]. After Voldemort’s first downfall in 1981, Moody was responsible for rounding up a number of Death Eaters, such as [[Igor Karkaroff]], and killing several others, like [[Evan Rosier]]. In [[1994]], Voldemort ordered [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]] to kidnap Moody and imprison him in his own [[Alastor Moody's trunk|trunk]]. For the next nine months, Crouch used Moody's hair to brew the [[Polyjuice Potion]] that would allow him to take Moody's place as temporary professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. In [[1995]], Crouch used his position at Hogwarts to make sure [[Harry Potter]] was transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], where [[Peter Pettigrew]] used Harry's blood in a [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] that allowed Voldemort to be restored to his body. When Voldemort failed to kill Harry in the graveyard and Harry returned to Hogwarts, Barty Crouch Jr. attempted to murder him personally. Dumbledore, [[Minerva McGonagall]], and [[Severus Snape]] rescued Harry, after which Crouch was exposed, and Moody was freed. After Dumbledore’s death in [[1997]], Moody took charge of the Order of the Phoenix, until he was murdered by Voldemort during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].
   
 
Nearly all of the [[Weasley family]] was active within the Order of the Phoenix. They fought against Voldemort during both the First and Second Wizarding wars. They lost family members such as [[Fabian and Gideon Prewett]], who were brothers of [[Molly Weasley]], and [[Fred Weasley]], who was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts. Voldemort had previously tried to manipulate [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] in [[1992]], in an attempt to return to physical form, through one of his [[Tom Riddle's Diary|Horcruxes]]. Voldemort was furious when Molly defeated Bellatrix, and would have killed her, had Harry not intervened. Most of the Weasley family watched the final duel between Voldemort and Harry, and were witnesses to Voldemort’s death.
 
Nearly all of the [[Weasley family]] was active within the Order of the Phoenix. They fought against Voldemort during both the First and Second Wizarding wars. They lost family members such as [[Fabian and Gideon Prewett]], who were brothers of [[Molly Weasley]], and [[Fred Weasley]], who was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts. Voldemort had previously tried to manipulate [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] in [[1992]], in an attempt to return to physical form, through one of his [[Tom Riddle's Diary|Horcruxes]]. Voldemort was furious when Molly defeated Bellatrix, and would have killed her, had Harry not intervened. Most of the Weasley family watched the final duel between Voldemort and Harry, and were witnesses to Voldemort’s death.
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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===Lord Voldemort===
 
===Lord Voldemort===
*Although [[J. K. Rowling]] has never quite explained the origins of the name "Voldemort", there are some possible theories. "Mors", or "mortum" is the Latin word for death (which has evolved in many Romance languages as "''muerte''" or "''morte''", and the English word "murder" indeed has its origins in the same root word as "mors"). Therefore, while not necessarily true, the possible meaning of the word "Voldemort" may be either "representative of death" or "ambassador of death". Another possible etymology is the Proto-Germanic word "''evol''" (also "yfel", "yfol", "yvol, or "eyvfold", also, the English word "evil" has its roots there), which means "bad" or "evil", though the word "evol" in fact is not a Proto-Germanic word, with the word meaning "bad, evil" having been "ubilaz" instead.<ref>http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=evil&searchmode=none</ref> The Arabic word "''demuhrt''" which means "wizard" or more specifically "dark wizard" could also be an inspiration. Another etymology is the Old Russian word "vuldimortdek", which simply means "dark wizard". Yet, the most accurate etymology of Voldemort would be the French sentence "Vol de mort" which literally means "Flight of death" (accurate considering the murder waves he commited and as his unique power). It is quite plausible that is the real etymology of his name as J.K. Rowling herself speaks French and had taught it once. The Catalan expression "vol de mort", also means "flight of death" or, since "Vol" may also be from the Latin root "volere" (will or desire), may mean "death wish".
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*Although [[J. K. Rowling]] has never quite explained the origins of the name "Voldemort", there are some possible theories. "Mors", or "mortum" is the Latin word for death (which has evolved in many Romance languages as "''muerte''" or "''morte''", and the English word "murder" indeed has its origins in the same root word as "mors"). Therefore, while not necessarily true, the possible meaning of the word "Voldemort" may be either "representative of death" or "ambassador of death". Another possible etymology is the Proto-Germanic word "''evol''" (also "yfel", "yfol", "yvol, or "eyvfold", also, the English word "evil" has its roots there), which means "bad" or "evil", though the word "evol" in fact is not a Proto-Germanic word, with the word meaning "bad, evil" having been "ubilaz" instead.<ref>http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=evil&searchmode=none</ref> The Arabic word "''demuhrt''" which means "wizard" or more specifically "dark wizard" could also be an inspiration. Another etymology is the Old Russian word "vuldimortdek", which simply means "dark wizard". Yet, the most accurate etymology of Voldemort would be the French sentence "Vol de mort" which literally means "Flight of death" (accurate considering the murder waves he committed and [[Unsupported_flight|his invention of a spell to achieve unsupported flight]]). It is quite plausible that is the real etymology of his name as J.K. Rowling herself speaks French and had taught it once. The Catalan expression "vol de mort", also means "flight of death" or, since "Vol" may also be from the Latin root "volere" (will or desire), may mean "death wish".
* J. K. Rowling has said in an interview that the T in Voldemort is silent<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-orangecounty-takahama.html Enchanted with Potter Literature: Fans line up for hours to get their books signed]</ref>. This may be to the fact that the French word '''mort,''' meaning death, has a silent T. The silent T was maintained in the earlier editions of the audio book releases of the novels, but was discontinued in those releases following the release of the films, in which the T was used out loud.
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* J. K. Rowling has said in an interview that the T in Voldemort is silent.<ref name="ReferenceA">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-orangecounty-takahama.html Enchanted with Potter Literature: Fans line up for hours to get their books signed]</ref> This may be to the fact that the French word '''mort,''' meaning death, has a silent T. The silent T was maintained in the earlier editions of the audio book releases of the novels, but was discontinued in those releases following the release of the films, in which the T was used out loud.
   
 
===Tom Marvolo Riddle===
 
===Tom Marvolo Riddle===
 
*'''Tom''' is [[Wikipedia:Diminutive|diminutive]] of the name "Thomas" which means ''legend'' or (less appropriately for Voldemort) "kind and generous". It is used as a formal male given name and common surname. It also means "twin".<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_(name)</ref> This choice can be explained by the fact that, to gain immortality, Tom Riddle divided, twinned in a way, his soul into different pieces so as to survive.
 
*'''Tom''' is [[Wikipedia:Diminutive|diminutive]] of the name "Thomas" which means ''legend'' or (less appropriately for Voldemort) "kind and generous". It is used as a formal male given name and common surname. It also means "twin".<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_(name)</ref> This choice can be explained by the fact that, to gain immortality, Tom Riddle divided, twinned in a way, his soul into different pieces so as to survive.
*'''Marvolo''' implies "marvelous," but also contains the Latin root "volo" meaning "I wish, want, will, ordain, suppose, maintain that, be willing, to mean, signify, or denote." "Volo" also means "to fly, speed, or move rapidly." Tom Riddle can be seen as a character who wants to achieve greatness very quickly. It could also derive from Shakespeare&apos;s Twelfth Night character Malvolio. He is a Puritan who could not have fun and sought to stop the other servants from enjoying themselves. He is "sick with self love" and dreams of getting power. He thinks he is better than the others because he believes he is "pure." He is constantly the subject of practical jokes. The quote "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them" comes from here. At the end of the play, he swears revenge on the lot of them.
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*'''Marvolo''' implies "marvelous," but also contains the Latin root "volo" meaning "I wish, want, will, ordain, suppose, maintain that, be willing, to mean, signify, or denote." "Volo" also means "to fly, speed, or move rapidly." Tom Riddle can be seen as a character who wants to achieve greatness very quickly. It could also derive from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night character Malvolio. He is a Puritan who could not have fun and sought to stop the other servants from enjoying themselves. He is "sick with self love" and dreams of getting power. He thinks he is better than the others because he believes he is "pure." He is constantly the subject of practical jokes. The quote "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them" comes from here. At the end of the play, he swears revenge on the lot of them.
* A '''riddle''' is "a form of word puzzle designed to test someone&apos;s ingenuity in arriving at its solution." Riddles were used as a way to both puzzle the audience and teach them to understand poetic language.
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* A '''riddle''' is "a form of word puzzle designed to test someone's ingenuity in arriving at its solution." Riddles were used as a way to both puzzle the audience and teach them to understand poetic language.
   
 
Tom Riddle can be seen as a person who is insecure deep-down and seeks to compensate, by abusing others, to feel better about his own unhappiness. He is narcissistic and megolomanical. He highly believes in wizarding "purity". He wishes to become a legend in wizarding history exceeding all others. Kindness and generosity are traits he is highly lacking in. Tom Riddle has "twined" his soul so as to survive through immortality. He is mysterious and enigmatic, often puzzling others.
 
Tom Riddle can be seen as a person who is insecure deep-down and seeks to compensate, by abusing others, to feel better about his own unhappiness. He is narcissistic and megolomanical. He highly believes in wizarding "purity". He wishes to become a legend in wizarding history exceeding all others. Kindness and generosity are traits he is highly lacking in. Tom Riddle has "twined" his soul so as to survive through immortality. He is mysterious and enigmatic, often puzzling others.
   
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==Behind the scenes==
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[[File:Voldemort LEGO.png|thumb|170px|Voldemort as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] mini-figure]]
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*Tom's full name is also an anagram for "Immortal Odd Lover", indicating his obsession for immortality and inability to love others.
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*Although Harry Potter only realises he's one of Voldemort's Horcruxes in the final book, Dumbledore tells him that Voldemort put a bit of himself in Harry in the end of the second book.
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[[File:Tom Riddle LEGO.jpg|thumb|left|170px|Tom Riddle as a LEGO mini-figure]]
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*When Lord Voldemort returned to power, he is portrayed by British actor [[Ralph Fiennes]] in the films; who has starred in a variety of Hollywood Blockbusters, including the recent [[wikipedia: James Bond|James Bond]] film [[wikipedia: Skyfall|Skyfall]].
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*In the films Voldemort is played by Ralph Fiennes, who was born in 1962. Given Voldemort's real age, and the strenuous duties of the role, it is obvious why Voldemort is cast younger (he is said to be in his seventies at the time of his death). Fiennes' casting, however, makes the screen Voldemort younger than three of the four Marauders (Sirius, James and Pettigrew), Snape, McGonagall, Molly and Arthur Weasley and Hagrid, characters who are younger than him in the books.
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*He is voiced by [[Akira Ishida]] in the [[Japanese]] dub of the second video game.
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[[File:RichardBremmerVoldemortMakeUp.jpg|thumb|200px|Richard Bremmer (right) going through makeup for the scene where Voldemort's face is revealed]]
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*[[Richard Bremmer]] portrayed Voldemort in the flashback scene portraying the murder of Lily and James Potter in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''. His face (gone through prosthetic makeup and altered with visual effects) was also used for the scene in which Voldemort's face is finally revealed, though [[Ian Hart]] voiced it instead of Bremmer. Archive footage of Richard Bremmer appears in the final film during The Prince's Tale scene, although upon close-up on his face, he is played by Ralph Fiennes.
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*In the film adaptation, Voldemort disintegrates when he is defeated, while in the novel, he just falls to the ground.
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*When Voldemort is seen drinking the [[Unicorn blood]], he is portrayed by [[Theo Kypri]].<ref>http://www.starwarsautographcollecting.com/Autographs/HarryPotter/TheoKypri.htm</ref>
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*When Voldemort is seen on the back of Quirrell's head near the end of the film, [[Ian Hart]], who plays Quirrell, also does Voldemort's voice.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]],'' Voldemort is portrayed by [[Christian Coulson]]. In the movie ''Half-Blood Prince'', Tom is portrayed by [[Frank Dillane]] as 16 years old and also [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]] as 11 years old Tom Riddle. The latter is Ralph Fiennes' nephew.
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*Also in Chamber of Secrets, Riddle's last words in the film were ''"Stop! NO!!!"'': The same last words used by Rune Haako (from Star Wars) before he was killed by Darth Vader.
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* When possessing [[Harry Potter]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Order of the Phoenix]]'', Voldemort was briefly portrayed by [[Daniel Radcliffe]].
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*In the ''[[Harry Potter books|Harry Potter]]'' [[Harry Potter films|films]], the handle of Voldemort's wand appears to be made of bone.
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*In the city of Edinburgh, UK, near the Elephant Café where Rowling is said to have written some of ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', there is a famous cemetery named Greyfriar's Kirkyard. One of the headstones for those buried outside the walls of the graveyard (due to being suicides or enemies of the church) bears the name Tom Riddle. Rowling has stated that she often walked in the Kirkyard, so this may be a possible origin of the name.
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*In French, Vol de Mort literally means "flight from death" (but grammatically means "flight of dead"), which reflects his obsession with immortality.
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*In the LEGO Harry Potter series, Voldemort is the only one who actually HAS a nose, though in the movies and books, his nose is described to be flat.
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*In {{COS}}, Voldemort said that his father abandoned his mother when he found out that she was a witch, when he really left after Merope stopped giving him [[Love Potion]]s. Of course, this may have been how ''he'' saw the events, an attempt to twist them to justify his hatred of Muggles or simply his best guess as he might not have realised Merope used the potion. It could be possible that if not before, then possibly after Merope stopped giving her husband the potion, that her being a witch was stated and proven. Based on the words he speaks to Harry in the Little Hangelton graveyard, he indicates his father was anti-magic "he didn't like magic, my father", which could have been revealed during a possible conversation between father and son when the young Voldemort confronted his muggle father and grandparents.
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*In 2001, [[Christian Coulson]] was cast as Tom Riddle in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', even though he exceeded the age group [[Chris Columbus]] had set for auditions. When Coulson later expressed interest in returning for ''Half-Blood Prince'', [[David Yates]] felt Coulson was "too old" to play the role again. [[Frank Dillane]] was eventually cast in Coulson's place. Archive footage of Coulson as Tom Riddle was used in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Tom Riddle was played by [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]] at age eleven and [[Frank Dillane]] at age sixteen. [[Michael Berendt]] was also cast to portray Tom at age eighteen, but his scenes were cut from the final version of the film.<ref name="Michael Berendt's website">[http://www.michaelberendt.com/cv.htm Michael Berendt's website].</ref>
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*When Warner Brothers was casting the role for the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', rumours circulated that both Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich were considered. Both rumours were proven to be false.
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*In the Danish version of the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[Albus Dumbledore]] calls Voldemort Tom instead of Romeo, which is his Danish name. The voice actor, [[Nis Bank-Mikkelsen]], made a mistake.
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[[File:Voldemort_destroys_the_Shield_from_Hogwarts_-_Deathly_Hallows_Part_2.jpg|thumb|left|Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort on set]]
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*In the first film, Voldemort's eyes are shown to be red, as it is stated in the books. However, in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and subsequent film adaptations, Voldemort has light blue eyes, so that they would "show more emotion" than if they were red. Also, young Riddle has dark eyes (as described in the books) in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'' but light blue eyes in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Half-Blood Prince]]''. Interestingly, Harry's eyes were also changed from their much-emphasised colour in the books to Daniel Radcliffe's natural light blue.
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*While "Voldemort" was originally pronounced without the "t",<ref name="ReferenceA" /> the letter ''is'' pronounced in the film versions.
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**Although J.K. Rowling states that Voldemort is pronounced without the "t" in the books, the first character to say the name in the series is Hagrid, whose dialogue is often spelled phonetically (e.g. ''"go boil '''yer''' heads, both of '''yeh'''"''),<ref name="PS4">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Chapter 4]]''</ref> and the "t" is printed when he says it as well.
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*Voldemort's character draws certain parallels to Adolf Hitler: Hitler claimed that the "Aryan" (blond haired, blue eyed Germans) race was the superior of all races and wanted to purify the human race of "non-Aryan" races even though he himself was neither a native German citizen nor representative of the "ideal Aryan" or "Nordic" as presented in the National Socialist world view. Voldemort preached a philosophy of pure-blood superiority despite the fact that he was a half-blood.
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*J. K. Rowling explained that Voldemort went after Harry instead of Neville because he identified with the half-blood boy and therefore decided he must be the greater risk.<ref name="ReferenceB">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0304-wbd.htm JK Rowling's World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004]</ref>
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*Riddle was sixteen when he opened the Chamber of Secrets fifty years before the events of {{COS}}, making him sixty-six in that book/film. Doing the maths, in {{DH}}, during his final duel with Harry, he is seventy-one, which is the reverse of seventeen, Harry's age at the time (another possible representation of them being the antithesis of each other). Though his original body "died" at the age of fifty-four when he tried to murder Harry Potter as an infant. Presumably, his resurrection in {{GOF}} gave him a new fifty-four year old body. His soul, however, tortured and distorted it finally became, would be seventy-one. Otherwise, if he was totally newborn, he would have been three years old when he was finally defeated.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', he's shown with a forked, snake-like tongue, but in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', his tongue is normal.
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*Voldemort is described in the books as having cat-like slits for eyes, although he does not have them in the film, except briefly when he emerges from the cauldron in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''.
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*[[J. K. Rowling]] has said that it is of important symbolic significance that Voldemort, incapable of love himself, was conceived in an act of coercion, rather than genuine [[love]].<ref>[http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript 30 July, 2007 Bloomsbury webchat]</ref>
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*[[J. K. Rowling]] revealed that after his death, Voldemort had to exist in the [[Limbo]] Harry talked to Dumbledore's spirit in, as the crouched human childlike form, and was therefore unable to return as a ghost.
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*In the film adaptations, despite characters still calling him "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named", "You-Know-Who", or (in the case of Death Eaters) "The Dark Lord", more characters call him by his name than in the book. Hermione first says the name in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', as opposed to ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] both say the name in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] (the first time that they conversed with him)'', and in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Arthur Weasley]] says the name, despite telling Harry not to say it in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''. It could be argued (in the film story) that Mr. Weasley had become less afraid of Voldemort (while still regarding him as a major threat), enough to speak his name.
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*In the filmed version of [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'']], when showing Harry the memory of when he first met Voldemort, the memory vials are labelled "'''Thomas Marvolo Riddle'''".
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*J.K. Rowling said that had [[Ginny Weasley]] died and Tom Riddle escaped the diary, Voldemort would have become stronger.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/themes/weasleys.htm]</ref>
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[[File:Untitled147.jpg|thumb|175px|Voldemort casts his final spell]]
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*J.K. Rowling has described Voldemort as the most evil dark wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years,<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1299-wamu-rehm.htm J.K. Rowling on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU Radio Washington, D.C., October 20, 1999]</ref> a self-hating bully,<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0700-cbbc-mzimba.htm "JK Rowling talks about Book Four," cBBC Newsround, July 8, 2000]</ref> a raging psychopath devoid of empathy,<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0900-ew-jensen.htm Jensen, Jeff. "'Fire' Storm," Entertainment Weekly, September 7, 2000]</ref> a power-hungry racist,<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-time-staff.htm Time Magazine staff. "Essay: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling; A Good Scare," Time Magazine, October, 30, 2000]</ref> someone who prefers for his henchmen to do his dirty work for him,<ref name="ReferenceB" /> and that if psychologists were to get Voldemort in a room, pin him down, and take his wand away, he would be classified as a psychopath.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2006/0801-radiocityreading1.html An Evening with Harry, Carrie and Garp: Readings and questions #1, August 1, 2006]</ref>
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*Voldemort is officially played by a total of seven actors: [[Ralph Fiennes]], [[Ian Hart]], [[Richard Bremmer]], [[Christian Coulson]], [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]], [[Frank Dillane]] and [[Michael Berendt]],<ref name="Michael Berendt's website" /> although his scenes were cut. This makes him the character to be played by the most actors in the [[Harry Potter films|Harry Potter film series]].
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*A detailed replica of a Voldemort doll is sold at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]].
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*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', before Voldemort is revived, he is in a baby carriage sucking on a pacifier. Also, for the ritual, Harry's glasses are taken instead of his blood.
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[[File:Deathvol.jpg|thumb|225px|Voldemort's Death—never used in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'']]
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*In the novel of ''Deathly Hallows'', Harry and Voldemort duel in the Great Hall. In the film of ''Deathly Hallows'', Voldemort and Harry battle in the [[Grand Staircase]] and the [[catwalks by the Quad battlements]], before Harry grabs Voldemort and they fall from a ledge. They Apparate together around the castle before landing at the [[Entrance Courtyard]], where they finish their duel.[[File:20110827-js-hpdhp2-voldemorts-death.gif|frame|left|Voldemort disintegrating into ashes in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'']]
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*In the book, Voldemort's final words are "''Avada Kedavra!''" In the film, his Killing Curses during the final battle are nonverbal, and the last thing he says is "''I killed Snape!''", when Harry was confronting him about the Elder Wand. However, the game re-adds his last line from the book.
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*In the book, it only says that Voldemort's curse rebounded on him and that the Elder Wand flew from his hand to Harry's. In the film, Voldemort dies when his Killing Curse begins filling in the fissures of the Elder Wand, and when his arms begins to turn black, causing him to disintegrate into ashes when he dies. It was, however, intended to be similar to the original book, and was also included in late stages of development, although it was changed to the depiction in the final version after the events of Osama bin Laden's death.
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*Tom Riddle is also the only named Slytherin Head Boy.
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*A 100-foot tall representation of Voldemort was included as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, during a presentation celebrating English children's literature. He was presented as leading fellow villains the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Catcher Child Catcher], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Hearts_(Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland) Queen of Hearts], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruella_de_Vil Cruella de Vil] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Hook Captain Hook], before being defeated by an army of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_(character) Mary Poppins].
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*Oddly enough, despite his obsession with immortality and use of horcruxes to achieve it, Voldemort died having lived an average human lifespan of 71 years old.
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*In the books, Voldemort's voice is frequently described as being cold and high, but Fiennes uses an occasionally deep voice, particularly when Voldemort is yelling or casting curses.
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*Voldemort had been rejected twice when applying for the job as teacher of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. However, Voldemort shared the body of [[Quirinus Quirrell]], who was from that time a teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts, for a year.
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*Ralph Fiennes' favourite line in the series is "I can touch you now" from ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire''.<ref>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3FP-nmkFL0&feature=relmfu</ref>
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*Voldemort has several similarities with Emperor Palpatine(Darth Sidious.) They were both very manipulative and exploited others to build themselves to power. Both of them also deformed themselves through their use of dark power. They were also both betrayed by servants because of love (Darth Vader, Severus Snape.) Both of them also took steps to ensure their own immortality( Horcruxes, clones.), but failed. Both of them are also racist as well, viewing other species as inferior to them. They also managed to overthrow their opponets and rule for a time(The Ministry of Magic, The Galactic Republic.), before being overthrown. (Although, Palpatine's reign lasted much longer than Voldemorts." Also, They were both killed during a decisive battle that changed the tide for their cause.( The Battle of Hogwarts, The Battle of Endor.)
 
===Translations of the name===
 
===Translations of the name===
 
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|Belarusian
 
|Belarusian
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ ВАЛЬДОР РЭДЛ<br />(ТОМ VAL&apos;DOR REDL)
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ ВАЛЬДОР РЭДЛ<br />(ТОМ VAL'DOR REDL)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ЛОРД ВАЛЬДЭМОРТ<br />(LORD VAL&apos;DEMORT)
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ЛОРД ВАЛЬДЭМОРТ<br />(LORD VAL'DEMORT)
 
|''Lord Voldemort''
 
|''Lord Voldemort''
 
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|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
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|Chinese
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | Simple:汤姆·马沃罗·里德尔;
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traditional: 湯姆·馬德鲁·瑞鬥
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | 佛地魔
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|''我就是伏地魔'' (translate from English)
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|The Chinese word "魔" means demon in English.
 
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|Czech
 
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JEG ER VOLDEMORT
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JEG ER VOLDEMORT
 
|''I am Voldemort''
 
|''I am Voldemort''
|The G. is short for Gåde, i.e. "Riddle."
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|The G. is short for Gåde, i.e. "Riddle".
 
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MIJN NAAM IS VOLDEMORT
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MIJN NAAM IS VOLDEMORT
 
|''My name is Voldemort''
 
|''My name is Voldemort''
|"Vilijn" (Voldemort&apos;s last name) and the Dutch word "vilein" are equally pronounced, while the word "Vilein" means "evil" or "mean". It resembles the English word "villain."
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|"Vilijn" (Voldemort's last name) and the Dutch word "vilein" are equally pronounced, while the word "Vilein" means "evil" or "mean". It resembles the English word "villain".
 
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|Esperanto
 
|Esperanto
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MINA, LORD VOLDEMORT
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MINA, LORD VOLDEMORT
 
|''I, Lord Voldemort''
 
|''I, Lord Voldemort''
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|Faroese
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM EVILDO REGER
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ER ERI VOLDEMORT
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|''I am Voldemort''
 
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM VORLOST RIDDLE
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM VORLOST RIDDLE
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | IST LORD VOLDEMORT
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | IST LORD VOLDEMORT
|''[It] is Lord Voldemort''
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|''[He] is Lord Voldemort''
 
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|Greek
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΆΝΤΩΝ ΜΌΡΒΟΛ ΧΈΡΤ<br />(ÁNTO̱N MÓRVOL CHÉRT)
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΑΝΤΟΝ ΜΟΡΒΟΛ ΧΕΡΤ<br />(ÁNTO̱N MÓRVOL CHÉRT)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΆΡΧΩΝ ΒΌΛΝΤΕΜΟΡΤ<br />(ÁRCHO̱N VÓLNTEMORT)
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΑΡΧΩΝ ΒΟΛΝΤΕΜΟΡΤ<br />(ÁRCHO̱N VÓLNTEMORT)
 
|''Lord Voldemort''
 
|''Lord Voldemort''
 
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|"NT" in Greek is equivalent to "D"
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|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
|Inscribed in a slightly archaic style, with the emphasis on I.
 
|Inscribed in a slightly archaic style, with the emphasis on I.
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MUSVOX RUDDLE
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | SUM DUX VOLDEMORT
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|Romanian
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOMAS DORLENT CRUPLUD
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOMAS DORLENT CRUPLUD
| style=&apos;white-space:nowrap;" | EU SUNT LORDUL CAP-DE-MORT
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | EU SUNT LORDUL CAP-DE-MORT
 
|''I am Lord Cap-de-Mort''
 
|''I am Lord Cap-de-Mort''
|Death&apos;s head
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|Spanish
 
|Spanish
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM SORVOLO RYDDLE
|style="white-space:nowrap;" | SOY LORD VOLDEMORT
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | SOY LORD VOLDEMORT
 
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
 
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| style="white-space:nowrap;" | Я ЛОРД ВОЛДЕМОРТ<br />(YA LORD VOLDEMORT)
 
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | Я ЛОРД ВОЛДЕМОРТ<br />(YA LORD VOLDEMORT)
 
|''I (am) Lord Voldemort''
 
|''I (am) Lord Voldemort''
|The ''-volod'' part of the name may be connected to the name "Volodimir", where "volod" equates to "ruler."
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|The ''-volod'' part of the name may be connected to the name "Volodimir", where "volod" equates to "ruler".
 
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==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:Voldemort LEGO.png|thumb|Voldemort as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] mini-figure.]]
 
[[File:Tom_Riddle_LEGO.jpg|thumb|175px|Tom Riddle as a LEGO mini-figure.]]
 
*Tom's full name is also an anagram for "Immortal Odd Lover", indicating his obsession for immortality.
 
*Although Harry Potter only realises he's one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in the final book, Dumbledore tells him that Voldemort put a bit of himself in Harry in the end of the second book.
 
*When Lord Voldemort returned to power, he is portrayed by British actor [[Ralph Fiennes]] in the films; who has starred in a variety of Hollywood Blockbusters, including the recent [[wikipedia: James Bond|James Bond]] film [[wikipedia: Skyfall|Skyfall]].
 
*He is voiced by [[Akira Ishida]] in the [[Japanese]] dub of the second video game.
 
*In the flashback scene portraying the murder of Lily and James Potter in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Voldemort is played by [[Richard Bremmer]]. Archive footage of Richard Bremmer appears in the final film during The Prince's Tale scene, although upon close-up on his face, he is played by Ralph Fiennes.
 
*In the film adaptation, Lord Voldemort disintegrates when he is defeated, while in the novel, he just falls to the ground.
 
*When Voldemort is seen drinking the [[Unicorn blood]], he is portrayed by [[Theo Kypri]]. <ref>http://www.starwarsautographcollecting.com/Autographs/HarryPotter/TheoKypri.htm</ref>
 
*When Voldemort is seen on the back of Quirrell's head near the end of the film, [[Ian Hart]], who plays Quirrell, also does Voldemort's voice.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]],'' Voldemort is portrayed by [[Christian Coulson]]. In the movie ''Half-Blood Prince'', Tom is portrayed by [[Frank Dillane]] as 16 years old and also [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]] as 11 years old Tom Riddle.
 
* When possessing [[Harry Potter]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Order of the Phoenix]]'', Voldemort was briefly portrayed by [[Daniel Radcliffe]].
 
*In the ''[[Harry Potter books|Harry Potter]]'' [[Harry Potter films|films]], the handle of Voldemort's wand appears to be made of bone.
 
*In the city of Edinburgh, UK, near the Elephant Café where Rowling is said to have written some of ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', there is a famous cemetery named Greyfriar's Kirkyard. One of the headstones for those buried outside the walls of the graveyard (due to being suicides or enemies of the church) bears the name Tom Riddle. Rowling has stated that she often walked in the Kirkyard, so this may be a possible origin of the name.
 
*In French, Vol de Mort literally means "flight from death" (but grammatically means "flight of dead"), which reflects his obsession with immortality.
 
*In the LEGO Harry Potter series, Voldemort is the only one who actually HAS a nose, though in the movies and books, his nose is described to be flat.
 
*In {{COS}}, Voldemort said that his father abandoned his mother when he found out that she was a witch, when he really left after Merope stopped giving him [[Love Potion]]s. Of course, this may have been how ''he'' saw the events, an attempt to twist them to justify his hatred of Muggles or simply his best guess as he might not have realised Merope used the potion. It could be possible that if not before, then possibly after Merope stopped giving her husband the potion, that her being a witch was stated and proven. Based on the words he speaks to Harry in the Little Hangelton graveyard, he indicates his father was anti-magic "he didn't like magic, my father", which could have been revealed during a possible conversation between father and son when the young Voldemort confronted his muggle father and grandparents.
 
*In 2001, [[Christian Coulson]] was cast as Tom Riddle in ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', even though he exceeded the age group [[Chris Columbus]] had set for auditions. When Coulson later expressed interest in returning for ''Half-Blood Prince'', [[David Yates]] felt Coulson was "too old" to play the role again. [[Frank Dillane]] was eventually cast in Coulson's place. Archive footage of Coulson as Tom Riddle was used in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Tom Riddle was played by [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]] at age eleven and [[Frank Dillane]] at age sixteen. [[Michael Berendt]] was also cast to portray Tom at age eighteen, but his scenes were cut from the final version of the film<ref>[http://www.michaelberendt.com/cv.htm Michael Berendt's website].</ref>.
 
*When Warner Brothers was casting the role for the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', rumours circulated that both Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich were considered. Both rumours were proven to be false. 
 
*In the Danish version of the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[Albus Dumbledore]] calls Voldemort Tom instead of Romeo, which is his Danish name. The voice actor, [[Nis Bank-Mikkelsen]], made a mistake.
 
*[[File:Voldemort_destroys_the_Shield_from_Hogwarts_-_Deathly_Hallows_Part_2.jpg|thumb|Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort on set]] In the first film, Voldemort's eyes are shown to be red, as it is stated in the books. However, in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and subsequent film adaptations, Voldemort has light blue eyes, so that they would "show more emotion" than if they were red. Also, young Riddle has dark eyes (as described in the books) in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'' but light blue eyes in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Half-Blood Prince]]''. Interestingly, Harry's eyes were also changed from their much-emphasised colour in the books to Daniel Radcliffe's natural light blue.
 
*While "Voldemort" was originally pronounced without the "t"<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-orangecounty-takahama.html Enchanted with Potter Literature: Fans line up for hours to get their books signed]</ref>, the letter ''is'' pronounced in the film versions.
 
**Although J.K. Rowling states that Voldemort is pronounced without the "t" in the books, the first character to say the name in the series is Hagrid, whose dialogue is often spelled phonetically (e.g. ''"go boil '''yer''' heads, both of '''yeh'''"'')<ref name="PS4">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Chapter 4]]''</ref>, and the "t" is printed when he says it as well.
 
*Lord Voldemort's character draws certain parallels to Adolf Hitler: Hitler claimed that the "Aryan" (blond haired, blue eyed Germans) race was the superior of all races and wanted to purify the human race of "non-Aryan" races even though he himself was neither a native German citizen nor representative of the "ideal Aryan" or "Nordic" as presented in the National Socialist world view. Voldemort preached a philosophy of pure-blood superiority despite the fact that he was a half-blood.
 
*J. K. Rowling explained that Voldemort went after Harry instead of Neville because he identified with the half-blood boy and therefore decided he must be the greater risk.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0304-wbd.htm JK Rowling's World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004]</ref>
 
*Riddle was sixteen when he opened the Chamber of Secrets fifty years before the events of {{COS}}, making him sixty-six in that book/film. Doing the maths, in {{DH}}, during his final duel with Harry, he is seventy-one, which is the reverse of seventeen, Harry's age at the time (another possible representation of them being the antithesis of each other). Though his original body "died" at the age of fifty-four when he tried to murder Harry Potter as an infant. Presumably, his resurrection in {{GOF}} gave him a new fifty-four year old body. His soul, however, tortured and distorted it finally became, would be seventy-one. Otherwise, if he was totally newborn, he would have been three years old when he was finally defeated.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', he's shown with a forked, snake-like tongue, but in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', his tongue is normal.
 
*Voldemort is described in the books as having cat-like slits for eyes, although he does not have them in the film, except briefly when he emerges from the cauldron in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''.
 
*It is said by Rowling in her [http://www.jkrowling.com website] that he cannot love because he was conceived under the effects of a Love Potion.
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] revealed that after his death, Voldemort had to exist in the [[Limbo]] Harry talked to Dumbledore's spirit in, as the crouched human child-like form, and was therefore unable to return as a ghost.
 
*In the film adaptations, despite characters still calling him "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named", "You-Know-Who", or (in the case of Death Eaters) "The Dark Lord", more characters call him by his name than in the book. Hermione first says the name in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', as opposed to ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] both say the name in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] (the first time that they conversed with him)'', and in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Arthur Weasley]] says the name, despite telling Harry not to say it in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''. It could be argued (in the film story) that Mr. Weasley had become less afraid of Voldemort (while still regarding him as a major threat), enough to speak his name.
 
*In the filmed version of [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'']], when showing Harry the memory of when he first met Voldemort, the memory vials are labelled "'''Thomas Marvolo Riddle'''".
 
*J.K. Rowling said that had [[Ginny Weasley]] died and Tom Riddle escaped the diary, Voldemort would have become stronger<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/themes/weasleys.htm]</ref>.
 
[[File:Untitled147.jpg|thumb|171px|Voldemort casts his final spell]]
 
*J.K. Rowling has described Voldemort as the most evil dark wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1299-wamu-rehm.htm J.K. Rowling on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU Radio Washington, D.C., October 20, 1999]</ref>, a self-hating bully<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0700-cbbc-mzimba.htm "JK Rowling talks about Book Four," cBBC Newsround, July 8, 2000]</ref>, a raging psychopath devoid of empathy<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0900-ew-jensen.htm Jensen, Jeff. "'Fire' Storm," Entertainment Weekly, September 7, 2000]</ref>, a power-hungry racist<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-time-staff.htm Time Magazine staff. "Essay: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling; A Good Scare," Time Magazine, October, 30, 2000]</ref>, someone who prefers for his henchmen to do his dirty work for him<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0304-wbd.htm JK Rowling's World Book Day Chat, March 4, 2004]</ref>, and that if psychologists were to get Voldemort in a room, pin him down, and take his wand away, he would be classified as a psychopath<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2006/0801-radiocityreading1.html An Evening with Harry, Carrie and Garp: Readings and questions #1, August 1, 2006]</ref>.
 
*Voldemort is officially played by a total of seven actors: [[Ralph Fiennes]], [[Ian Hart]], [[Richard Bremmer]], [[Christian Coulson]], [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]], [[Frank Dillane]] and [[Michael Berendt]],<ref>[http://www.michaelberendt.com/cv.htm Michael Berendt's website].</ref> although his scenes were cut. This makes him the character to be played by the most actors in the [[Harry Potter films|Harry Potter film series]].
 
*A detailed replica of a Voldemort doll is sold at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]].
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', before Voldemort is revived, he is in a baby carriage sucking on a pacifier. Also, for the ritual, Harry's glasses are taken instead of his blood.
 
*[[File:Deathvol.jpg|thumb|225px|Voldemort's Death - never used in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]].]] In the novel of ''Deathly Hallows'', Harry and Voldemort duel in the Great Hall. In the film of ''Deathly Hallows'', Voldemort and Harry battle in the [[Grand Staircase]] and the [[catwalks by the Quad battlements]], before Harry grabs Voldemort and they fall from a ledge. They Apparate together around the castle before landing at the [[Entrance Courtyard]], where they finish their duel.[[File:20110827-js-hpdhp2-voldemorts-death.gif|frame|Voldemort disintegrates into ashes in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.]]
 
*In the book, Voldemort's final words are "''Avada Kedavra!''" In the film, his Killing Curses during the final battle are nonverbal, and the last thing he says is "''I killed Snape!''", when Harry was confronting him about the Elder Wand.
 
*In the book, it only says that Voldemort's curse rebounded on him and that the Elder Wand flew from his hand to Harry's. In the film, Voldemort dies when his Killing Curse begins filling in the fissures of the Elder Wand, and when his arms begins to turn black, causing him to disintegrate into ashes when he dies. It was, however, intended to be similar to the original book, and was also included in late stages of development, although it was changed to the depiction in the final version after the events of Osama bin Laden's death.
 
*Tom Riddle is also the only named Slytherin Head Boy.
 
*Voldemort also bears multiple similarities to [[starwars:Palpatine|Emperor Palpatine]] from the ''Star Wars'' series. Both are master manipulators and able to convince anyone to do anything either by charisma or fear; both seek to attain immortality, and manage to attain some form of it, as both are killed once, but their spirits linger on and they are eventually reborn in new bodies (albeit in different ways; Voldemort is essentially returned to his old body, but stronger, while Palpatine uses Sith battle meditation to transfer his spirit to a clone body, albeit it is also implied that Palpatine grew stronger in the process.). In addition, Voldemort and Palpatine's first deaths also involved one of the protagonist's parents sacrifices out of love (Voldemort was killed due to Lily Potter sacrificing herself to spare Harry, which resulted in a powerful barrier shielding Harry and thus having Voldemort's spell rebounding, and Palpatine likewise was killed by his Sith Apprentice, Darth Vader, real name Anakin Skywalker, the father of Luke Skywalker, in an attempt to save his son, who was at that time being tortured by Palpatine, with Vader likewise being redeemed). Their appearances also change drastically as they grow more evil; both of them are ruthless hypocritical dictators, persecuting people for something, yet doing that very same thing and, furthermore, showing no remorse. Also, they are racists who despise Muggles and aliens respectively.
 
**Also, in the book ''[[starwars:Darth Plagueis (novel)|Darth Plagueis]]'', we are introduced to a sixteen-year-old Palpatine. We learn that he dropped his given name, due to hatred of his father [[starwars:Cosinga Palpatine|Cosinga]]. Later, he murders his father, mother, and siblings. Shortly after he changes his name to Darth Sidious. Similarly, Tom Riddle dropped his given name, not wanting to be named after the Muggle father he hated. And later, he also murders his father and paternal grandparents. During this time, he had changed his name to Lord Voldemort.
 
*Ralph Fiennes' favourite line in the series is "I can touch you now" from ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire''.<ref>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3FP-nmkFL0&feature=relmfu</ref>
 
*A 100-foot tall representation of Lord Voldemort was included as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, during a presentation celebrating English children's literature. He was presented as leading fellow villains the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Catcher Child Catcher], the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Hearts_(Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland) Queen of Hearts], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruella_de_Vil Cruella de Vil] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Hook Captain Hook], before being defeated by an army of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_(character) Mary Poppins].
 
*Oddly enough, despite his obsession with immortality and use of horcruxes to achieve it, Voldemort died having lived an average human lifespan of 71 years old.
 
*In the books, Voldemort's voice is frequently described as being cold and high, but Fiennes uses an occasionally deep voice, particularly when Voldemort is yelling or casting curses. 
 
*Voldemort had been rejected twice when applying for the job as teacher of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. However, Voldemort shared the body of [[Quirinus Quirrell]], who was from that time a teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts, for a year.
 
   
 
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Tomdh
Tom Marvolo Riddle
Biographical information
Born

31 December, 1926
Wool's Orphanage, London, England[1]

Died

2 May, 1998 (aged 71)
Great Hall, Hogwarts Castle, Scotland

Blood status

Half-blood

Marital status

Single

Also known as
  • Lord Voldemort (self-proclaimed title and chosen name)[2]
  • You-Know-Who (used by those who are too afraid or if it is too dangerous to refer to him by his chosen name)[3]
  • He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (used along the same line as "You-Know-Who")[3]
  • The Dark Lord[4]
  • Your Lordship (used by Wormtail)[5]
  • Lord Thingy (by Cornelius Fudge in his address revealing Voldemort's return to power)[6]
  • Chief Death Eater (used by Lee Jordan) [7]
  • Heir of Slytherin[8]
  • Voldy (by Peeves in his victory song, after the Battle of Hogwarts)
  • He Who Could Not Be Named (by Rita Skeeter)[9]
Title(s)
Signature

Tom Riddle sig

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Bald (formerly black)

Eye colour

Red (formerly dark)

Skin colour

White (formerly pale)

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Boggart

His own corpse

Wand
Patronus

None

Affiliation
Occupation
House

Slytherin

Loyalty
Voldemort: "You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?"
Dumbledore: "We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit."
Voldemort: "There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!"
Dumbledore: "You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness."
— Voldemort to Dumbledore before their duel[src]

Tom Marvolo Riddle (31 December, 1926[10]2 May, 1998), later known as Lord Voldemort, was a half-blood wizard and considered to be one of the most powerful Dark Wizards of all time. The son of wealthy Muggle Tom Riddle Senior and witch Merope Gaunt, he was orphaned and raised in a Muggle orphanage, which remained his permanent residence through his 1938-1945 attendance at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was a member of Slytherin house. 

His accomplishments included the opening of Salazar Slytherin's Chamber of Secrets and the use of its monster to attack Muggle-born students; several months' service as a purchasing agent for the Dark artefacts shop Borgin and Burkes; and the attainment of immortality between the years of 1944 and 1998, a process begun upon the creation of his first Horcrux at the age of 16. Abandoning his 'Muggle' name, he became the self-proclaimed Lord Voldemort, commanded a veritable army of wizards and Dark creatures, committed numerous murders personally and through his followers, on one occasion nearly succeeded and on a later occasion did succeed in taking over the Ministry of Magic by installing a puppet Minister. Splitting his soul into a total of eight pieces, Lord Voldemort created seven Horcruxes, one unintentionally and without his knowledge. 

Voldemort was ripped from his body in 1981, and though unable to die, was not able to regain a permanent and physical body until 1995, thus spending the intervening 14 years 'a shell', 'less than the meanest ghost', but alive. He was finally killed by his own backfiring curse, after the Order of the Phoenix, led by Albus Dumbledore and then Harry Potter after his death, succeeded in destroying all of his Horcruxes. 

Tom Riddle's mutilated soul was then trapped in limbo for eternity, unable to move on or return as a ghost.[11]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"I remember she said to me 'I hope he looks like his papa', and I won't lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty—and then she told me he was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father—yes, I know, funny name, isn't it? We wondered whether she came from a circus—and she said the boy's surname was to be Riddle. And she died soon after that without another word."
Mrs. Cole tells Albus Dumbledore about Merope Gaunt's last words[src]
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Salazar Slytherin, Voldemort's maternal ancestor.

Tom Marvolo Riddle was born on 31 December, New Year's Eve, 1926 at Wool's Orphanage in London. His pure-blood mother, Merope Gaunt, a direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin, died shortly after his birth. Soon before her death, she named the child after his father, Tom Riddle Sr., and Marvolo Gaunt, her father. Tom Riddle Sr. was a wealthy Muggle living in the village of Little Hangleton who was tricked into a relationship with Merope through probable use of a Love Potion or Imperius Curse.[12] After some time, it is speculated by Dumbledore that Merope discontinued her use of love potions on Tom, in the hopes that he had really fallen in love with her, or would at least stay for their child's sake. To Merope's great sorrow, he abandoned her and their unborn child.[13]

ChildhoodEdit

"I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt if I want to...I can speak to snakes too. They find me, they whisper to me. "
—Eleven-year-old Tom Riddle to Albus Dumbledore[src]
Tom Riddle (11 years old)

Tom Riddle at 11 years of age

Tom Riddle grew up in a dingy orphanage, completely unaware of his wizarding heritage. Since the Muggle orphanage staff did not know anything about his mother, they did not know about his magical background. Instead, they believed that Merope was a circus worker, as Mrs. Cole told Albus Dumbledore shortly before his first meeting with Tom. It is unknown whether or not the orphanage staff relayed this to Tom before his first encounter with Dumbledore. Despite his ignorance of his mother's true background, Tom did have some grasp on his abilities beyond that of normal magical children of his same age, however, and an unusually high degree of control over them. Tom could move objects with his mind and cause them to travel floating wherever he wished, manipulate animals and creatures as he wished, speak Parseltongue, and use his power to inflict harm on other orphans. After getting into a fight with fellow orphan Billy Stubbs, he used his powers to hang the boy's rabbit from the rafters. On one occasion, he took two orphans, Dennis Bishop and Amy Benson, into a cave, where he performed an act so horrifying that the two orphans were traumatised into silence. Young Tom Riddle also stole from other orphans and hid their things in his cupboard like trophies. Albus Dumbledore later stopped him from this hobby.

Discovery of being a wizardEdit

Harry Potter: "Did you know, sir? Then?..."
Albus Dumbledore: "Did I know that I had just met the most dangerous Dark wizard of all-time? No."
— Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter after seeing the memory of Dumbledore meeting Tom Riddle in the orphanage for the first time in the Pensieve.[src]
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11-year-old Tom Riddle at the orphanage

When Tom was eleven, Albus Dumbledore, a professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, talked to Mrs. Cole first, who informed him of how unusual Tom was, sharing tales of his extraordinary influence over the other children. When Dumbledore was at last introduced to the boy, Tom at first believed him to be a doctor or psychiatrist of some sort, come to take him to an asylum. He was convinced after Dumbledore demonstrated his power by using a Flame-Freezing Charm on Tom's cupboard, and when he revealed that Hogwarts was a school for people with magic, which Tom realised his abilities were.

At a very early age, it is clear that Tom displayed a desire to be different and set apart from others (as it is hinted when he mentions his dislike of his own name, because it is such a common name).
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Dumbledore proving to Tom that he is a wizard

He was not surprised at all upon being informed by Dumbledore that he was a wizard—he was, in fact, eager to believe that he had special gifts that no one else had. Tom also showed an eminent fear of death, considering it a human weakness. He claimed that his mother could not have been a witch, because if she was magical, then she would have been able to avoid dying.

Tom's abuse of his wizarding powers alarmed Albus. He resolved to keep a close eye on him, "something I should have done in any case, seeing as he was alone and friendless." Dumbledore also warned Tom that at Hogwarts he would be introduced to the laws that controlled the usage of magic in the wizarding world, and that law-breakers were punished with severity not by Hogwarts but the Ministry of Magic. Riddle's demeanour changed after Dumbledore reprimanded him; he became more guarded and shielded his reactions. Dumbledore provided Riddle with enough information to find Diagon Alley and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. Riddle bought some second-hand robes and spell books for himself, along with his wand-thirteen and a half inches; yew; phoenix feather core—at Ollivander's. His wand was owned by someone before. Garrick Ollivander later said that the wand was very powerful; Voldemort was very pleased with it until the wand failed him during his confrontation with Harry Potter in the Little Hangleton graveyard, many years later. Riddle also mentioned that he was a Parselmouth, which surprised Dumbledore.

Hogwarts yearsEdit

"When I first met young Mr. Riddle, he was a quiet albeit brilliant boy, committed to becoming a first rate wizard. Not unlike others I've known. Not unlike yourself. If the monster existed it was buried deep within."
Horace Slughorn to Harry Potter about his first experience/s with Tom Riddle.[src]

Tom was educated at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1938 to 1945, and was Sorted into Slytherin House, a nod to his ancestor Salazar Slytherin himself. During summer breaks, he was forced to return to the Muggle orphanage, which he despised and dreaded more than any other place on earth.

Tom described the way he was seen as "poor, but brilliant, parent-less, but so brave, a school prefect, a model student."[14] The sole exception to this was Albus Dumbledore, who was, at that time, professor of Transfiguration. Dumbledore remained suspicious about Tom's true nature; Tom, in turn, despised and feared Dumbledore.[13] Riddle had gathered himself a gang of Slytherin thugs, a motley composition of "the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty," most of which would become the first Death Eaters. Riddle claimed they were his friends, and would make it appear so in public, but in truth, he cared very little for them, using them as servants. He manipulated them to do his darker deeds in discreet manners, which led to nasty incidents that were never connected to them.

Opening the Chamber of SecretsEdit

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The statue of Salazar Slytherin and the hiding-place of Slytherin's basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets.

Tom became obsessed with his heritage and began researching it with an insatiable hunger. He learned of his Slytherin ancestry, discovered the existence of the Chamber of Secrets under Hogwarts, during his fifth year, and tamed the basilisk which dwelt within. As the Heir of Slytherin through his mother's family, Tom was able to open the Chamber Slytherin had left behind in order to "purge the school of all those who are unworthy to study magic"—in Tom and Slytherins' eyes, Muggle-borns.[14]

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A 16-year-old Riddle during the 1943 opening of the Chamber of Secrets

The basilisk injured many at Hogwarts in 1943. The last victim was a student named Myrtle, who was killed in the girls' bathroom when she saw the basilisk's yellow eyes. Hogwarts was to be closed, but Tom did not want to return to the orphanage. During that year, he even made a special request that Headmaster Dippet would allow him to stay at school over the summer break. To keep the school from shutting down, he framed fellow student Rubeus Hagrid and his pet Acromantula, Aragog. Tom convinced then-Headmaster Armando Dippet that Aragog was the monster that had terrorised the school. Hagrid was expelled, although he stayed as gamekeeper, and Tom received an engraved trophy for Special Services to the School.[14]

Slytherin's basilisk

The Basilisk

Dumbledore, distrusting Riddle, kept a close watch on him after that. Because it was no longer safe to open the Chamber of Secrets, Tom created a diary to preserve a part of his soul, the very first of seven Horcruxes hoping it would one day lead someone to finish Salazar Slytherin's "noble work."

While researching his heritage, Riddle focused solely on who his father was, thinking him to be the magical parent, as he felt his mother could not have been a witch if she had died. He searched for his father's name in the school trophy room, in the records of Hogwarts prefects and in records of wizarding history, but found nothing to suggest his father had even attended Hogwarts. He was eventually forced to accept that his father was the Muggle parent, and that his mother was the magical one. It was around this time that Tom Marvolo Riddle gave himself the alias "Lord Voldemort," to spare himself of the reminder of his "filthy Muggle father."[15]

Murder of the RiddlesEdit

Morfin Gaunt: "I thought you was that Muggle, you look mighty like that Muggle."
Tom Riddle: "What Muggle?"
Morfin Gaunt: "That Muggle what my sister took a fancy to, that Muggle what lives in the big house over the way, you look right like him. Riddle. But he’s older now, in 'e? He's older'n you, now I think on it... he come back, see. "
Tom Riddle: "Riddle came back?"
Morfin Gaunt: "Ar, he left her, and serves her right, marrying filth! Robbed us, mind, before she ran off! Where's the locket, eh, where's Slytherin's locket? Dishonoured us, she did, that little slut! And who're you, coming here and asking questions about all that? It's over, innit... It's over..."
— Riddle as he confronts his uncle Morfin Gaunt.[src]
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Tom Riddle meeting his uncle Morfin

Using his middle name, Marvolo, which was taken from his maternal grandfather, Riddle discovered his mother's heritage and the Gaunt's bloodline connection with Salazar Slytherin. In the summer of 1943, Tom went to Little Hangleton to learn about his mother's family. While there, he met his uncle Morfin Gaunt, who thought that this stranger looked "mighty like that Muggle," Merope's husband, Tom Riddle Sr. Morfin told Tom the story of his Muggle father, which infuriated Tom to the point of seeking revenge. Tom went to the Riddle House and murdered his father, grandfather, and grandmother with the Killing Curse.

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Riddle splitting his soul for the first time

He covered up his crimes by altering Morfin's memory, causing him to believe that he was the killer. When the Ministry of Magic investigated the crime, Morfin—who had previously served three years in Azkaban for using magic in front of and against Muggles — freely admitted to it and was sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. Tom took the family signet ring from Morfin and wore it like a trophy at Hogwarts.[13]

Learning about HorcruxesEdit

Slughorn: "Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. But, of course, existence in such a form... few would want it, Tom, very few. Death would be preferable."
Tom Riddle: "How do you split your soul?"
Slughorn: "Well, you must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature."
Tom Riddle: "But how do you do it?"
Slughorn: "By an act of evil—the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damage to his advantage: he would encase the torn portion—"
— Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle discussing Horcruxes[src]
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Tom asking Slughorn about Horcruxes

During his sixth year, Tom questioned Professor Slughorn, who was taken in by Tom's charisma, about the possibility of creating more than one Horcrux, something Slughorn felt deeply ashamed of in later years; at his mid-teen years, Riddle already sought to make himself immortal.

During Tom's seventh year at