Harry Potter Series
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in London, at Wool’s Orphanage, after his Muggle father abandoned his pregnant witch mother, who died shortly after childbirth. The young Tom Riddle (his given name) was always strange, and seemed to bully other kids at the orphanage despite there never being any real evidence of his actions. When Albus Dumbledore came to tell the 11-year-old that his unique abilities were due to his being a wizard, Tom was not surprised to find out that he was special, and consented to attend Hogwarts for his magical education.

Living… as a shell of the bright, handsome young wizard he once was. Tom’s brilliance and quiet charisma charmed all the teachers at Hogwarts during his school years, and many predicted he would one day become Minister for Magic. However, he soon fell under the spell of the Dark Arts and, upon graduating, left the school to reemerge years later under the guise of Lord Voldemort, the most powerful Dark wizard of all time.

Profession… leader of the Death Eaters, his band of loyal followers dedicated to eradicating those of lesser blood status. Ever since the young Voldemort found out that the father who abandoned him had been a Muggle, the Dark Lord has loathed his status as a half-blood and sought to make Pureblood wizards the leaders of both the magical and non-magical worlds.

Interests… murder, the Dark Arts, and immortality. Voldemort’s main ambition is to master death; he will stop at nothing to become immortal. While at Hogwarts, he discovered one of the most evil forms of Dark magic, Horcruxes – magical objects that conceal a part of one’s soul outside the body – and wasted no time in splitting his soul into not just two, but seven, fragments. This process was not without cost, permanently damaging his soul, but nonetheless allowing him to remain alive if his physical body was damaged. He also began seeking the Deathly Hallows of legend, believing that if he had the Elder Wand – the most powerful wand in the world – in addition to his Horcruxes, he would be unbeatable.

Relationship Status… none.It’s an open secret that Voldemort lacks the ability to love and empathize (perhaps because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion). Thus, he’s never had any sort of friendship, let alone a romantic relationship. Dumbledore often posited that the closest he came to love was his companionship with his giant snake, Nagini. 

Challenge… thwarting Harry Potter, who is the only thing standing between Voldemort and eternal life. After a prophecy revealed that a young boy would be born who would be able to defeat Voldemort, the Dark wizard has thought of nothing else but getting rid of the child standing in his way. After Voldemort  tried but failed to kill the infant Potter, he unknowingly “marked him as his equal,” thus sealing his fate and assuring that Harry Potter would grow up to be the biggest danger to him.

Personality… ruthless, cold, and powerful. Voldemort is evil incarnate, and has no other motive than to keep himself alive, no matter the cost to his soul. He has killed countless people, and is unable to show any remorse for his actions. The only thing he fears is death, and he has made it his mission to ensure that he can never be killed. Though a brilliant and powerful leader, his evil ways make his talents a dangerous waste, as he coerces other like-minded wizards to help him terrorize the wizarding and Muggle worlds.


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