In a world of witchcraft and wizardry we find one the greatest villains of all time. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named....
Before known as Lord Voldemort, You-Know-Who was known as Tom Marvolo Riddle. He was born as a half muggle, to a witch mother who gave a love potion to his muggle father. Once the potion lifted, his father abandoned the two, and his mother died giving birth; resulting in Tom being raised by a muggle orphanage. These series of events instilled a sincere hatred of muggles until he went to Hogwarts. Here he became a Prefect and Head Boy for House Slytherin.
Once shedding his birth name and becoming Lord Voldemort, he easily grew into the most powerful dark wizard of all time; being able to control people, memories, his ability to possess people and talk to snakes to name a few. His followers (Death Eaters), grew as he got more and more powerful.
A prophecy emerges claiming that a boy born at the end of July in 1980 would have the power to defeat You-Know-Who. Voldemort goes after the family, killing both parents, but his killing curse on infant Harry is rejected, and thus destroying his body. This is where the series begins.
DEFINING MOMENTS & TRAITS
The recurring theme in Voldemort's reign is his desire for immortality. He goes into great lengths throughout his life and the series to obtain this.
In the Sorcerer's Stone, it is revealed that Voldemort is using Professor Quirrell to get to the magical stone hidden away in Hogwarts. With the stone, Voldemort could create an elixir of life and if ingested, he could become immortal and return to his body.
This does not happen however, and Voldemort resorts to other actions already in place to maintain his immortality and return to power.
In Half Blood Prince it is revealed that Lord Voldemort created a series of Horcruxes. A Horcrux is one of the darkest magics a wizard can do. They are created by conducting a supreme act of evil, commiting murder. This act combined with a spell will put a piece of his soul into an object. Voldemort managed to make seven horcruxes, one of which was unintentional.
Each of these objects must be destroyed in order to rid the world of his soul; and when finally killed in the Deathly Hallows, he’s truly defeated.
Second Rise to Power
There were a lot of people within the Wizarding world that believed that they had rid of Voldemort after his downfall to infant Harry Potter. However, this was not the case.
Because of the horcruxes, Voldemort’s most loyal followers were able to reunite him with his body. Harry witnesses this happen in the Goblet of Fire after he’s transported into the graveyard. His claims were denied by the ministry and anyone who believed Harry and Dumbledore were shunned.
It isn’t until the end of the Order of the Phoenix that the Ministry believes Voldemort has returned. After an all night battle between the Death Eaters and members of the Order in the Department of Mysteries, the Minister of Magic sees Lord Voldemort with his own eyes and accepts this as reality.
However it’s too late. Within this year of denial from the Ministry, Voldemort was able to take actions to infiltrate the Ministry, wreak havoc on muggles, and recruit more death eaters.
Lord Voldemort is a complex villain that can best be understood by reading the entire series. A lot of his motives and actions connect and ultimately lead to his downfall. However, just to get in the mind and to better understand Voldemort as a being, then Half Blood Prince is the way to go.
written by Kristie Kaminski @ EVRD
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