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|name=Tom Marvolo Riddle
|born=[[31 December]], [[1920s|1926]]<br />[[Wool's Orphanage]], [[London]]
|died=[[2 May]], [[1998]] (aged 71)<br />[[Great Hall]], [[Hogwarts Castle]]
|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>
*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>
*Your Lordship (used by Wormtail)<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 1 (''The Riddle House'')</ref>
*My Lord
*Lord Voldything (used by Vernon Dursley)<ref>Referred to in conversation by [[ Uncle Vernon]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 2 (''A Peck of Owls'')</ref>
*Lord Thing (used by Vernon Dursley)<ref>Referred to as this by Uncle Vernon in conversion in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 3 (''The Dursleys Departing'').</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>
*My Master (by [[Quirinus Quirrell]].)
*Voldy (by Peeves) <ref>Called by Peeves following the Battle of Hogwarts.</ref>
*[[Head Boy]]
*[[Dark Wizard|Dark Lord]]
|signature=[[File:Tom Riddle sig.png|150px]]
|hair=Bald (formerly black)
|eyes=Red (formerly dark)
|skin=White (formerly pale)
|family=*[[Salazar Slytherin]] (ancestor) †
*[[Cadmus Peverell]] (ancestor) †
*[[Corvinus Gaunt]] (antecedent) †
*[[Tom Riddle Sr.]] (father) †
*[[Merope Gaunt]] (mother) †
*[[Thomas Riddle]] (paternal grandfather) †
*[[Mary Riddle]] (paternal grandmother) †
*[[Marvolo Gaunt]] (maternal grandfather) †
*[[Morfin Gaunt]] (maternal uncle) †
*[[Harry Potter]] (distant relative)
|boggart=His own corpse
|wand=*[[Tom Riddle's wand|13½", Yew, phoenix feather core]]
*[[Lucius Malfoy's wand|18", Elm, dragon heartstring]] (temporary)
*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral tail hair core]]
|job=*Assistant at [[Borgin and Burkes]] (formerly)
|*Killing Muggle-born bitches and haters. (Present)
*[[Death Eaters]]
*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
*[[British Ministry of Magic]]
*[[Slug Club]]
*[[Borgin and Burkes]]
{{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}}
'''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. 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.
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]].
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.
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">[ J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat,, 30 July, 2007]</ref>
===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}}
[[File:Tom Riddle (11 years old).jpg|left|thumb|160px|Tom Riddle at eleven years of age.]]
Tom Marvolo Riddle, was born on 31 December, New Years Eve, [[1920s|1926]] at [[Wool's Orphanage|Wool&apos;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>[]</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&apos;s sake. To Merope&apos;s great sorrow, he abandoned her and their unborn child.<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
{{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}}
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.
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.
====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}}
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.
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.
===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)}}
Tom was educated at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1930s|1938]] to [[1940s|1945]], and was 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.
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 />
[[File:TomRiddle.jpg|thumb|left|270px|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."
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&apos;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."
====Little Hangleton and making of Horcruxes====
{{Main|Murder of the Riddle family}}
[[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]].
[[File:First time.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Riddle splits his soul for the first time.]]
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 />
[[File:RiddleandSlughorn.jpeg|thumb|left|254px|Tom asks Slughorn about Horcruxes.]]
{{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]].
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>
===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}}
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]].]]
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 />
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 />
===First Wizarding War===
====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}}
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.
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."''
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====
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 />
{{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 />
[[File:VoldemortGodricsHollow.jpeg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort in Godric's Hollow.]]
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.
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/>
[[File:Babyharry.jpg|thumb|Voldemort tries to kill Harry.]]
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>
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>
===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}}
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 />
====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}}
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 />
The same year that Voldemort set to the task of stealing the Philosopher's Stone, [[Harry Potter]] began his first year at Hogwarts.
[[File:Voldemort Spirit.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Voldemort's mangled soul.]]
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 />
====Re-opening the Chamber of Secrets====
{{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.]]
Lord Voldemort returned to the Albanian forest, weaker than ever. He had to wait yet again for someone to help him.
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 />
[[File:Christian54.jpg|thumb|left|300px|Tom Riddle summons the [[Basilisk]] .]]
{{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.]]
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===
{{Dialogue a-b-c|Wormtail|, 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)}}
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.]]
[[File:Smallvoldemort.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort before being revived.]]
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 />
[[File:Voldemortreborn.jpg|thumb|Lord Voldemort restored to full form.]]
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.]]
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}}
[[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]].
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.
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 />
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===
{{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 />
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 />
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 />
[[File:Voldemad.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Lord Voldemort during the Battle at the [[Department of Mysteries]].]]
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 />
{{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)}}
[[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 />
[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|right|Voldemort possesses Harry.]]
===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}}
[[File:MillenniumBridgeCollapse.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The open war: the [[Millennium Bridge]] is brought down by [[Death Eaters]].]]
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 />
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 />
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====
[[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]].]]
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 />
===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}}
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 />
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===
[[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}}
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 />
[[File:Voldemortstealselderwand.jpeg|thumb|Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from a dead Dumbledore.]]
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 />
[[File:Dheldervold.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Lord Voldemort tests 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 />
===Battle of Hogwarts===
{{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 />
[[File:TheDarkArmy.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Voldemort and his army begin the [[Battle of Hogwarts|siege of Hogwarts Castle]].]]
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]], [[giant]]s, [[dementor]]s and [[acromantula]]e, 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====
{{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 sixth 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&apos;s blood three years prior to gain himself a new body, the blood passed Harry&apos;s [[Lily Evans|mother]]&apos;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 />
Unsure of what had just happened, Voldemort ordered [[Narcissa Malfoy]] to examine Harry&apos;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"====
{{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.]]
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 />
====Final duel====
{{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}}
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 />
[[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 />
{{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}}
[[File:Voldemort_is_overpowered.jpg|thumb|left|270px|Voldemort is overpowered by Harry Potter.]]
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.]]
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==
[[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}}
Earlier in life, Tom Marvolo Riddle was tall, 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&apos;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]].]]
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&apos;s legs.
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. 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&apos;s eyes are blue with round pupils.
==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." In fact, after his first defeat, many (namely Hagrid, Dumbledore, and Neville&apos;s grandmother) thought (and feared) that he&apos;s yet to be truly vanquished and would one day return on the grounds that there&apos;s no 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.
[[File:VoldemortmurdersLily.JPG|thumb|left|260px|Voldemort murdering [[Lily Evans]] with his signature spell, 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 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="">{{Cite web |url= |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.
{{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}}
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&apos;t be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union.<ref name="AfterBook7">{{Cite web|url=|title="'J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript"|accessdate=2007-08-15}}</ref>
[[File:Teenagetomriddle.jpg|thumb|223px|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 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 Hogwarts except Albus Dumbledore and surround himself with a group of "friends" which would eventually become his Death Eaters.
[[File:Voldemort-2.jpg|thumb|left|257px|Voldemort interrogating [[Gregorovitch]] before murdering him.]]
Voldemort&apos;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="" /> 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" />
Lord Voldemort tended to undergo extreme obsessions, such as immortality, the attempts on Harry Potter&apos;s life, pure-blood supremacy, and the search for the Elder Wand. Dumbledore said to Harry in the Limbo King&apos;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&apos;s very existence threatened).
{{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}}
Despite his narcissistic nature, Voldemort could acknowledge his mistakes, though Harry said that he didn&apos;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&apos;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.
[[File:Voldemortwallpaper.jpg|thumb|258px|Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War.]]
Deep under his terrifying demeanour, Voldemort was capable of fear whenever he didn&apos;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&apos;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&apos;s power was augmented because he was wielding the Elder Wand (though Voldemort didn&apos;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&apos;s Pensieve, even Harry couldn&apos;t help but admire Voldemort&apos;s lack of fear.
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&apos;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&apos;s with Professor Slughorn he promised not to tell anyone about the subject (though this was mainly for Voldemort&apos;s own safety) and gave Hogwarts a chance to turn Harry Potter over to him and leave Hogwarts untouched.
[[File:Death_Eaters_entered_the_Hogwarts_Castle.JPG|thumb|left|280px|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 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&apos;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&apos;s plead for Lily Evan&apos;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.
[[File:Voldefire.jpg|thumb|264px|Voldemort, an exceptionally powerful wizard.]]
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|Salazar Slytherin&apos;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.
Voldemort&apos;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 Mininistry 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"]] .
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.
[[File:Mylord.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort.]]
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.
==Magical abilities and skills==
[[File:Voldeglass.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Voldemort demonstrates his power in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].]]
{{Quote|...the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time...|Albus Dumbledore on Lord Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
*'''[[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&apos;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 />
*'''[[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|Marvolo Gaunt&apos;s Ring]] to protect it after it had been made it into a [[Horcrux]].
[[File:Voldemort's wand.jpg|thumb|right|[[Tom Riddle's wand|Voldemort's wand]].]]
*'''[[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&apos;s full power, and they were all protected by Harry&apos;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]]&apos;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.
*'''[[Charms]]''': When Voldemort arrived at Hogwarts to steal Dumbledore&apos;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 have 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 an 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)}}
*'''[[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&apos; 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 />
*'''[[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 />
*'''[[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 />
*'''[[Horcrux]]es''': Voldemort is the only wizard explicitly mentioned as having created more than one Horcrux. These Horcruxes were Salazar Slytherin&apos;s locket, Helga Hufflepuff&apos;s cup, Nagini, the Gaunt ring, Riddle Diary, Ravenclaw&apos;s diadem, and Harry Potter himself.<ref name=HBP />
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Voldemort transfigured Dumbledore&apos;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.
*'''[[Spell creation]]''': The spell Morsmordre, which summons the [[Dark Mark]] in the sky, was one of Voldemort&apos;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 />
*'''[[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.
*'''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.
[[File:Voldy_expelliarmus_hp.JPG|thumb|Voldemort throwing back Harry's Expelliarmus.]]
*'''[[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.
*'''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.
*'''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&apos;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&apos;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.
[[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}}
Voldemort was born Tom Marvolo Riddle, a name he hated due to the fact that it was 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.
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.
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&apos;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]].
Voldemort is actually formed from a collection of Latin or French Roots. Vol = Flight, De = From, Mort = Death, meaning Flight from Death, a name quite suitable for this particular wizard.
[[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}}
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.
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.
{{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&apos;d placed inside her; in fact Dumbledore thought that it was ''because ''of his feelings for the snake 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&apos;s Hollow]], though Voldemort generally did not react well to failure. Nagini obeyed her master&apos;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&apos;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&apos;s ultimate defeat.
===Albus Dumbledore===
[[File:Tom-Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|left|300px|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)}}
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.
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}}
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]].
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]].
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.
===Harry Potter===
[[File:Priori_Incantatem.jpg|thumb|252px|Voldemort and Harry's wands create 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}}
[[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)}}
[[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.
{{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.
[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|260px|Voldemort possessing Harry]]
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.]]
{{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.
===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}}
[[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.
[[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. Us
===Bartemius Crouch Jr.===
{{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.]]
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.
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]].
===Severus Snape===
[[File:Dhsnape.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[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}}
[[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
===Peter Pettigrew===
[[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}}
[[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.
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.
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.
===The Malfoy family===
[[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}}
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.
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]].
{{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.
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.
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===
{{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.]]
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.
[[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]].
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.
[[File:Riddle questions Slughorn.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Tom Riddle asks [[Horace Slughorn]] about [[Horcrux]]es.]]
===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)}}
[[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.
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.
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===
[[File:Ginny and diary.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] writes to Tom Riddle through [[Tom Riddle's Diary|his diary]].]]
{{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]].
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.
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.
===Rubeus Hagrid===
[[File:Rubeus Hagrid OOTP.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Rubeus Hagrid]].]]
{{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.
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.
[[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.]]
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.
===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)}}
[[File:VoldemortQuirell.JPG|thumb|right|310px|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.
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]].
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.
===Wool&apos;s Orphanage residents===
[[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)}}
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."
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.
===Hepzibah Smith===
{{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.
===Order of the Phoenix===
[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|right|300px|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]].
Though it was unknown to Voldemort till shortly before his defeat, [[Severus Snape]] was a member of the Order who had defected from the Death Eaters and worked for Dumbledore as a spy shortly after Voldemort began hunting [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]].
[[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]].
[[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]].
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.
[[Dorcas Meadowes]], [[Caradoc Dearborn]], the [[Bones family]], the [[McKinnon family]], [[Benjy Fenwick]] and [[Emmeline Vance]] were all Order members killed either by Voldemort or by his [[Death Eaters]] during the [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s.
===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></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".
* J. K. Rowling has said in an interview that the T in Voldemort is silent<ref>[ 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''' 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></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.
* 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.
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.
===Translations of the name===
{| class="wikitable centre" width="100%"
! Language
! Real Name
! Anagram
! Translation
! Notes
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | I AM LORD VOLDEMORT
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM NARIVOLOZ RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | LORD VOLDEMORT NAIZ
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ МЕРСВОЛУКО РИДДЪЛ<br />(TOM MERSVOLUKO RIDDŬL)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТУК СЪМ И ЛОРД ВОЛДЕМОР<br />(TUK SŬM I LORD VOLDEMOR)
|''And here I am also Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ ВАЛЬДОР РЭДЛ<br />(ТОМ VAL&apos;DOR REDL)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ЛОРД ВАЛЬДЭМОРТ<br />(LORD VAL&apos;DEMORT)
|''Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOD MORVOSC RODLEL
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | SÓC LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM ROJVOL RADDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JÁ LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I, Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ROMEO G DETLEV JR
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JEG ER VOLDEMORT
|''I am Voldemort''
|The G. is short for Gåde, i.e. "Riddle."
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MARTEN ASMODOM VILIJN
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MIJN NAAM 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."
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM VLADES MISTERO
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MI ESTAS VOLDEMORT
|''I am Voldemort''
|"Mistero" translates as "mystery". (This name is non-canonical, since the books have not been translated to Esperanto.)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLON RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MINA, LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I, Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM LOMEN VALEDRO
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MA OLEN VOLDEMORT
|''I am Voldemort''
|"Ma" is an archaic form of "Minä," which means "I" or "me". Also, "Valedro" begins with "vale" which equals to "lie" or "riddle".
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM ELVIS JEDUSOR
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JE SUIS VOLDEMORT
| ''I am Voldemort''
|"Voldemort" actually translates to "Flight of Death"; "Jedusor" is pronounced the same way as "Jeu du sort" (lit. ''stroke of fate'').
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM VORLOST RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | IST LORD VOLDEMORT
|''[It] is Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΆΝΤΩΝ ΜΌΡΒΟΛ ΧΈΡΤ<br />(ÁNTO̱N MÓRVOL CHÉRT)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ΆΡΧΩΝ ΒΌΛΝΤΕΜΟΡΤ<br />(ÁRCHO̱N VÓLNTEMORT)
|''Lord Voldemort''
|"NT" in Greek is equivalent to "D"
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | טום ואנדרולו רידל<br />(TOM VANDROLO RIDDLE)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | אני לורד וולדמורט<br />(ANI LORD VOLDEMORT)
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM ROWLE DENEM
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | NEVEM VOLDEMORT
|''My name is Voldemort''
|The W is split to form two Vs in order to make the anagram work.
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TREVOR DELGOME
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | EG ER VOLDEMORT
|''I am Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM ORVOLOSON RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | SON IO LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
|Inscribed in a slightly archaic style, with the emphasis on I.
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOMAS MALVORAS RIDLIS
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | AŠ ESU LORDAS VOLDEMORTAS
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM DREDOLO VENSTER
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | VOLDEMORT DEN STORE
|''Voldemort the Great''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | JESTEM LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
|Polish book used original anagram.
|Portuguese (Brazilian)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM SERVOLO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | EIS LORD VOLDEMORT
|''Behold Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOMAS DORLENT CRUPLUD
| style=&apos;white-space:nowrap;" | EU SUNT LORDUL CAP-DE-MORT
|''I am Lord Cap-de-Mort''
|Death&apos;s head
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ НАРВОЛО РЕДДЛ<br />(TOM NARVOLO REDDL)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ЛОРД ВОЛАН-ДЕ-МОРТ<br />(LORD VOLAN-DE-MORT)
|''Lord Volan-de-Mort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MERVOLODOMOS RIDL
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TO SMO MI LORD VOLDEMOR
|''Here we are, Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLOSO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | A SOM I LORD VOLDEMORT
|''And I am also Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MARK NEELSTIN
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | MRLAKENSTEIN
|In this case, the name has been changed to look like ''Frankenstein'', and ''Mrlak'' would be an allusion to [[death]].
|style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM SORVOLO RYDDLE
|style="white-space:nowrap;" | SOY LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I am Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM GUS MERVOLO DOLDER
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | EGO SUM LORD VOLDEMORT
|''I am Lord Voldemort''; in Latin "ego sum" = "I am," and "Dolder" is drawn from a somewhat archaic name for "someone hidden."
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLDO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ADIM LORD VOLDEMORT
|''My name (is) Lord Voldemort''
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | AKULAH LORD VOLDEMORT
|I am Lord Voldemort
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | ТОМ ЯРВОЛОД РЕДЛ<br />(TOM YARVOLOD REDL)
| style="white-space:nowrap;" | Я ЛОРД ВОЛДЕМОРТ<br />(YA LORD VOLDEMORT)
|''I (am) Lord Voldemort''
|The ''-volod'' part of the name may be connected to the name "Volodimir", where "volod" equates to "ruler."
==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&apos;s full name is also an anagram for "Immortal Odd Lover", indicating his obsession for immortality.
*When Lord Voldemort returned to power, he is portrayed by British actor [[Ralph Fiennes]] in the films.
*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&apos;s Stone]]'', Voldemort is played by [[Richard Bremmer]]. Archive footage of Richard Bremmer appears in the final film during The Prince&apos;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></ref>
*When Voldemort is seen on the back of Quirrell&apos;s head near the end of the film, [[Ian Hart]], who plays Quirrell, also does Voldemort&apos;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 possesing [[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&apos;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&apos;s Stone'', there is a famous cemetery named Greyfriar&apos;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 uses to Harry in the Little Hangelton graveyard, he indicates his father was anti-magic "he didn&apos;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&apos;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>[ 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. The Malkovich rumour is a bit curious, since, as an [[United States of America|American]], he wouldn&apos;t have been able to audition to begin with.
*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&apos;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&apos;s eyes were also changed from their much-emphasised colour in the books to Daniel Radcliffe&apos;s natural light blue.
*While "Voldemort" is canonically pronounced without the "t"<ref>[ 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&apos;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>[ 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&apos;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&apos;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 [ 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&apos;s spirit in, as the crouched human child-like form, and 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&apos;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 when they were conversing 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>[]</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>[ J.K. Rowling on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU Radio Washington, D.C., October 20, 1999]</ref>, a self-hating bully<ref>[ "JK Rowling talks about Book Four," cBBC Newsround, July 8, 2000]</ref>, a raging psychopath devoid of empathy<ref>[ Jensen, Jeff. "'Fire' Storm," Entertainment Weekly, September 7, 2000]</ref>, a power-hungry racist<ref>[ 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>[ 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>[ 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>[ 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&apos;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&apos;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&apos;s curse rebounded on him and that the Elder Wand flew from his hand to Harry&apos;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&apos;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&apos;s first deaths also involved one of the protagonist&apos;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&apos;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&apos; favourite line in the series is "I can touch you now" from ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire''.<ref></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&apos;s literature. He was presented as leading fellow villains the [ Child Catcher], the [ Queen of Hearts], [ Cruella de Vil] and [ Captain Hook], before being defeated by an army of [ Mary Poppins].
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==Notes and references==
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|predecessor = [[Albus Dumbledore]]
|position = Owner of the [[Elder Wand]]<br>and [[Draco Malfoy]]|years = [[1997]] - [[May 2]], [[1998]]
|successor = [[Harry Potter]]}}{{End box}}{{Start box}}
{{Succession box
|position=Owner of [[Tom Riddle's Diary]]
|successor=[[Lucius Malfoy]]
{{Succession box
|predecessor=[[Morfin Gaunt]]
|years=[[1940s|1943]]-c. [[1996]]
|position=Owner of the [[Resurrection Stone]]
|successor=[[Albus Dumbledore]]
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|predecessor=[[Rufus Scrimgeour]]
|position=[[Minister for Magic]] (de facto)<br />
[[Pius Thicknesse]] (de jure)
|years=[[1997–1998 school year|1997-1998]]
|successor=[[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]
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|predecessor=Unknown, eventually [[Albus Dumbledore]]
|position=[[Head Boy]]
|successor=Unknown, eventually [[James Potter I|James Potter]]
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[[fr:Tom Jedusor]]
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[[fi:Tom Lomen Valedro]]
[[nl:Marten Vilijn]]
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