I know, I know, predictable, but I love Voldemort. He’s just so…..villain-y!
Even as an 11 year old in the orphanage, Tom’s evil nature showed through. saying to a visiting Dumbledore, “I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt if I want to…” How this didn’t ring alarm bells for Dumbledore then, I do not know. I mean, sociopath much?! I know Riddle was a master manipulator but to only begin to think there was something amiss when he had been at school for a while….wow Dumbledore, just wow. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dumbledore, but that was a major mistake!
Tom was a narcissist from a very early age, expressing dislike of his “common” name and being eager to believe that he was different and special when Dumbledore revealed to him that he was a wizard. When he first attended Hogwarts, he was sorted into his ancestor, Salazar Slytherin’s house. 1943 was the time tranfigurations professor Dumbledore truly began to have doubts about Riddle. He had opened up the Chamber of Secrets and the basilisk injured many students, even killing (Moaning) Myrtle. To prevent the closing down of Hogwarts, Riddle even went so far as to frame Hagrid and his pet Acromantula for the deed and got him expelled. This event led to Riddle creating his very first horcruxe – his diary.
Decade’s after he left Hogwarts, Lord Voldemort (as he was now know, not wanting to share the same name as his muggle father) was the catalyst for the First Wizarding War. He gathered his army of followers (called Death Eaters) and wreaked havoc on the wizarding world. A prophecy was made about one who could bring about the ending of Lord Voldemort and he made it his mission to destroy this person, but it backfired (literally!) and Voldemort inadvertently made the child (Harry Potter) into another one of his seven horcruxes, becoming removed from his physical body in the process. (Remember when he first came back and was just a face on the back of Quirrell’s head?) It was explained by J.K.Rowling that although there was 2 children to whom the prophecy could be referring – Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom -, Voldemort went after Potter as he could identify more with the half blood Harry than the pure blood Neville and so decided that Harry must be of greater risk.
After regaining his strength (and his body) in ‘The Goblet of Fire’ – RIP Cedric*sob*- the Second Wizarding War begins and the Order of The Phoenix (a society created to fight Voldemort during the first war) is reformed. After many confrontations and Harry, Hermione and Ron’s quest to find and destroy his horcruxes, the war comes to a head at the Battle of Hogwarts where he and many of his faithful Death Eaters (including Bellatrix Lestrange) are finally defeated. The last time we see Voldemort is as a mangled soul, trapped in Limbo for all eternity.
I love Voldemort so much because he’s such a bad-ass. Bellatrix is a close second place in my favourite villains but I don’t think even she matches the pure evil of The Dark Lord. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants and tortures and kills people without prejudice. They could be adults, children, muggle born, pure bloods (although he does express some regret at killing the wizard born) or even his own followers. The only thing he seems to show affection towards is his pet snake, Nagini, although this could just be because the snake was one of his horcruxes and held a piece of his fractured soul. He is manipulative, sly, charming, cold and calculating. This, in my opinion, makes him the most dangerous villain in literature.
Some of my favourite Voldemort quotes are included below.
“I’m going to kill you, Harry Potter. I’m going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my power. After tonight if they speak of you, they’ll only speak of how you begged for death. And how I being a merciful Lord… obliged.”
From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“There is no good and evil. There is only power, and those too weak to seek it.” From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Is it love again?…Dumbledore’s favorite solution, love, which he claimed conquered death, though love did not stop him falling from the tower and breaking like and old waxwork?Love, which did not prevent me stamping out your Mudblood mother like a cockroach, Potter-and nobody seems to love you enough to run forward this time and take my curse. So what will stop you dying when I strike?” From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.