The major antagonist of the Harry Potter series of books by JK Rowling, a powerful evil wizard who seeks to cheat death and rule the world

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What happens to the main part of your soul after making a Horcrux?

So when you die like Voldemort did with horcruxes on earth, where does the main part of your soul go that was in your body? Does it just float around like a ghost, or exist in that state of Limbo ...
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What did Snape claim his source was about Harry's departure date?

At the beginning of the Deathly Hallows, during a meeting with the Death Eaters, Snape let Voldemort know about the date planned for Harry's departure from the Dursley's. “So?” “My Lord, the ...
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Was it Harry's blood in Voldemort's body alone that allowed him to come back after dying in the forest, or the enchantment that it contained

In Deathly Hollows, Dumbledore says: He took your blood and rebuilt his living body with it! Your blood in his veins, Harry, Lily’s protection inside both of you! He tethered you to life while he ...
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In what way did Voldemort have a “snakelike” nose? [duplicate]

In my answer to an earlier question about what happened to Voldemort's nose, I briefly floated the notion that the movies and the books diverge somewhat in their representation of Voldemort's nose. It ...
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Did Voldemort's cave automatically spawn Inferi?

On the back of this question, did Voldemort's cave turn anyone who entered the lake into an Inferius? We know that Voldemort filled the lake with Inferi when he put the Horcrux there originally. He ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use mind control over Harry after Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix, we see that Voldemort uses Harry's mind to trick him and after that torture him, so he is aware of the connection between them. But why didn't he use it after ...
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Would Voldemort (or Thicknesse) have bothered with Obliviating Muggles?

As is evident from this answer, the Ministry was used to Obliviating Muggles that witnessed magic as a matter of course. Obliviators even had their own "headquarters" as part of the Department of ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter die from the basilisk venom in COS? [duplicate]

In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry gets bitten by the basilisk. Also, we know Harry IS a horcrux. Basilisk venom one of few things that can destroy horcruxes. So why didn't Harry go to the white place ...
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If Death Eaters could come to the Ministry of Magic discreetly, why couldn't Voldemort?

In Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort wants to access the prophecy. It can only be taken from its shelf by Harry or Voldemort. The reason he uses a "complicated plan" (using the connection between his ...
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Why couldn't Voldemort view the prophecy without Harry's help?

Voldemort filled Harry's mind with visions of Sirius dying in the Department of Mysteries, to lure Harry there. This was because the prophecies were enchanted so that only the people referred to ...
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Why did the Order bother to guard the Prophecy?

(And please, nobody say "Cause Dumbedore asked them to") We know one of the tasks of the Order after its re-creation was to keep safe a weapon Voldemort was after. “What’s he after apart from ...
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Why can you not name He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? [duplicate]

I know that there is some magic cast on his name later in the series, but has it always been like this? What's the origin of this title?
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Why did Mr. Ollivander call Voldemort “The Dark Lord” in Deathly Hallows?

He used to use the rather classic "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named": "After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things -- terrible, yes, but great." (The Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5, Diagon ...
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Where was the locket between its Horcrux's creation and Kreacher's first visit to the cave?

According to this question's answers, which seems to be accepted (and which seems acceptable to me!), Slytherin's locket was made a Horcrux around 1945-1946. Besides, I found that Regulus died in ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore act more decisively in response to Trelawney's second prophecy?

Professor Trelawney's second prophecy turns out in some ways to be almost as significant as her first. Crucially, it gives Harry and everyone connected with him a key heads-up notice period where they ...
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How did Voldemort intend to question the person who got to the locket?

When discovering the locket's basin, Harry thinks the potion will kill whoever drinks it, but Dumbledore thinks otherwise: "I can only conclude that this potion is supposed to be drunk." ...
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Why would Professor Slughorn eat food provided by young Tom Riddle?

When Harry is looking into the Pensieve, he sees a modified memory of Horace Slughorn. Tom Riddle was visiting Slughorn and provided some snacks for him. (IIRC, it was candied pineapple, which was one ...
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Would Voldemort have been recognisable to the average wizard?

Voldemort has quite a unique look and the wizarding world knew to fear him - much like Harry, everyone knew his name. However, he worked quite stealthily almost until the end of the last book. ...
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Why didn't Voldemort turn the Basilisk into a Horcrux? [closed]

Ok, Voldemort (Tom Marvolo Riddle) created 7 Horcrux's including his pet snake Nagini... Well why didn't he just turn the Basilisk into a Horcrux instead or also?
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Did Voldemort ever find out how Regulus Black died?

As far as I can tell, there seems to be no mention of the how or why of Regulus Black's disappearance by Voldemort or any of the Death Eaters. It should have raised some eyebrows when one of his most ...
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What are all the names, nicknames, epithets, titles, and pronouns used to refer to Voldemort?

Voldemort is referred to by many titles. From Tom Riddle to The Dark Lord to The Second Voice and many in between. What are all the names, nicknames, epithets, titles, and pronouns used to refer to ...
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Why isn't Quirrell considered a horcrux? [duplicate]

Since a part of Voldemort is within Quirrell, doesn't that make him a horcrux by definition as well?
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Voldemort and the Natural Death [duplicate]

If Voldemort had survived his final duel with Harry Potter and decided to reform and live on in peace, would it be possible for him to live for eternity? Or rather, in universe, if Voldemort decided ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore wear Marvolo Gaunt's Ring [duplicate]

So I was wondering and going back to Harry Potter recently and i was trying to figure out why did Dumbledore wear Marvolo Gaunt's Ring. The ring that Dumbledore had expertly deduced was an Horcrux was ...
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If Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry Potter is bloody, why didn't Dumbledore neutralised the jinx? [duplicate]

If there is a jinx on the occupation or not is heavily debated. I would like to know: why did Dumbledore not do something about it; he had a lot of trouble with finding masters for his school. He is ...
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How did Voldemort find the Gaunts?

The only information Tom Marvolo Riddle has about his parents are in his name. In HP 6 Dumbledore shows Harry how Voldemort found the house of the Gaunts before learning about his father, who might ...
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Would Voldemort's Horcruxes protect him from being petrified?

In Chamber of Secrets, the basilisk released from the chamber ends up petrifying a number of people at Hogwarts. It should be noted that the petrification was treatable, which seems to imply that it ...
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Would a Basilisk kill a freshly “killed” Voldemort?

A basilisk kills on contact with vision, but when Voldemort dies, he enters an apparition-like state (bodyless, but not completely detached from the world). Would staring at a basilisk in this state ...
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Why doesn't Voldemort have a nose? [duplicate]

Is there a particular reason why Voldemort has two slits for a nose in the movie version? Did he lose his actual nose by some way or another?
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Did Voldemort ever have sex?

A comment on another question compared Voldemort and sex, which made me think of Sigmund Freud and JKR. We know that V. never loved anybody, but that says nothing about his sexual experience. Were ...
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Why do young witches & wizards know Voldemort's name?

There is a taboo against speaking 'Voldemort' at the beginning of Book One (not the Taboo placed by the Ministry in Book Seven). Every student Harry meets gasps at Harry's audacity in saying ...
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Why wouldn't Hermione (and other muggle borns) say Voldemort's name?

Multiple times in the early series Hermione and other muggle-borns refer to Voldemort as you-know-who. Why would they be scared of saying the name? They didn't grow up with the fear, and Voldemort ...
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Origin of nickname “Voldy”

What is the origin of using the term "voldy" to refer to Voldemort? Where was the first usage of it found? Did anyone use it in canon? What is the origin of the "Voldy" nickname? To be clear, I'm ...
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How would Snape have justified helping Harry in book 1 to Voldemort? [duplicate]

Although the reader is initially meant to believe otherwise, Snape essentially helps Harry and directly fights Voldemort's return in book 1 by opposing Quirrel's actions. How could he justify this to ...
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What was Voldemort's ultimate ambition in HPMOR?

The ultimate fan-fiction Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky covers the story of Harry Potter-Evans-Verres, who is raised by Petunia Evans-Verres and her professor husband ...
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What good did Snape do anyone by infiltrating the Death Eaters?

OK, first of all, my Harry Potter knowledge is a bit rusty so I may be forgetting something. In The Half-Blood Prince Dumbledore made Snape kill him (I know he was going to die anyway) so he ...
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Why was Voldemort's face white? [duplicate]

In the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when Harry was looking in the Pensieve he saw a lot of things but one of them was of voldemort killing Lily. His face was white. Why was it white if he didn't lose his ...
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Why didn't they see that Voldemort wasn't dead? [duplicate]

Why did the most people think that Voldemort was dead even when there was clear evidence that he was still alive? In the 6th part we learn from Prof. Slughorn that when Lilly died, her magical ...
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Does Voldemort observe any religion?

Does he? I have never really thought about this, but a section in this answer got me thinking: I am confident that students of other faiths would not be obliged to take part in or even attend the ...
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Did each Horcrux represent a part of Voldemort?

Voldemort, knowingly, created 6 horcruxes. Of these, each seemed to resemble some part of the body. The Diary seems to have a brain of its own. It is the only non-living Horcrux that seems to be ...
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Does Voldemort believe that he is the only one who knows about the Room of Requirement

In HP7, Harry, Hermione, and Ron manage to steal the Hufflepuff cup from Gringotts. On hearing this, Voldemort's in a rage and once he cools down, he starts thinking about visiting and making sure the ...
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How did Voldemort know which Death Eaters were missing?

In Chapter 33 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort apparently knows which Death Eaters usually stood where. Voldemort moved on, and stopped, staring at the space — large enough for ...
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In Deathly Hallows, why didn't the Death Eaters (and Voldemort) go immediately to the Burrow after trying to get Harry at Privet Drive?

I have wondered this awhile. In the Seven Harrys chapter, it seems that after being foiled at Privet Drive, the Death Eaters and Voldemort would have immediately thought of -- and then gone to -- the ...
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What does Voldemort become after this event in the 4th book?

Afterall, Tom Riddle was just a wizard/human. Since he has horcruxes to keep him alive even if the new body gets killed, does it take a special way of killing him after destroying the horcruxes? ...
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Could Harry's child inherit part of Voldemort's powers?

If Harry Potter had a child while he was a Horcrux, would this child have some of Voldemort's powers? (For instance, would it be a parseltongue?)
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Was Snape better than Voldemort at Legilimency? [duplicate]

I have wondered this because of Snape being a double agent and the power of the Dark Lord to read minds using Legilimency. Was Snape able to resist this or was he able to temper it so that he only ...
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How good was Lord Voldemort at Divination?

I wanted to know that through this question of mine. However, my perception of the quote was wrong there. Anyways, are there any canon sources which can explain/infer how good was the Dark Lord in ...
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How good was Voldemort at reading minds?

From Ch - 1 of GoF, Voldemort is quoted as: "You have no wife", said the cold voice, very quietly. "Nobody knows you are here. You told nobody that you were coming. Do not lie to Lord ...
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Why did Voldemort need a house-elf?

(I’m currently travelling with no access to the books, so bear with my paraphrasing from memory.) During Deathly Hallows, we see through Kreacher’s retelling how – Voldemort told his Death Eaters ...
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Why did the DADA teachers before Harry came accept the position?

By the time Harry came to Hogwarts, the curse on the DADA position had been there for a while, and these people had for some reason accepted the job (During the books, they accept the job for these ...