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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Why did Voldemort blow his cover and choose to go to the Ministry? [duplicate]

Voldemort clearly had a good thing going for him when Fudge was in denial about his return. This allowed him free reign to move, manipulate and organise without Ministry interference. In his pursuit ...
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Harry Potter- Muggle Borns may be honorable? [closed]

So I was thinking about blood purity the other day and came up with an interesting idea. I think there is a flaw in pure blood supremacy. So the common thing is as we know that muggleborns are ...
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Why didn't Voldemort begin searching for the Elder Wand much earlier on?

After experiencing Priori Incantatem in the graveyard during Goblet of Fire (and not coming off the best for it) Voldemort must have clocked that a) Harry and he had some sort of wand connection and ...
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How exactly did Voldemort change his appearance? [duplicate]

So Tom Riddle was described as sort of "handsome" and stuff in the second book. Then he went someplace and completely changed his appearance, and became snakelike and stuff. I believe he is in the ...
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Was Voldemort an idiot?

Why did Voldemort wait all those years to kill Harry Potter? It would have been a lot easier for him to kill him when he was still a toddler. The reason why I am asking this I read only the first ...
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Did Tom Riddle and Voldemort have the same wand?

This question caused me to think of another question. The books/movies establish that Voldemort (as well as Harry) has a wand with the incredibly rare Phoenix feather as the core. Voldemort's wand ...
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Is Tom Marvolo Riddle the only heir of Slytherin?

Is there any canon-based information on whether Tom Marvolo Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort) is the only wizard in history (after Salazar Slytherin, before Tom Marvolo Riddle) who opened the Chamber of ...
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Why did the name 'Riddle' ring a bell to Harry?

When Ron and Harry find the diary, a name is written on it : "T. M. Riddle". If I'm not mistaken, the quote below is the first time we hear about the name Riddle: Harry saw at once that it was a ...
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Did JKR make some kind of an inside joke about Moaning Myrtle's death?

When the trio wonders about the reason that Riddle got a special award, Ron has a hypothesis: “I wouldn’t mind knowing how Riddle got an award for special services to Hogwarts either.” “Could’...
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Did Tom Riddle's Diary contain half of Voldemort's soul, or a smaller fraction? [duplicate]

We know that Horcruxes are made with a fragment of the creator's soul. We know that each subsequent time Voldemort made a Horcrux, he further damaged his soul. We also know that Tom Riddle's Diary ...
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How does the diary prove Voldemort is the Heir of Slytherin?

Harry: "The diary wasn't that special." Dumbledore: "The diary, as you have said yourself, was proof that he was the Heir of Slytherin; I am sure that Voldemort considered it of stupendous ...
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Is Voldemort a liar?

From a comment in another question: One should never assume that any given statement by Voldemort is truthful. Indeed, because he deliberately spews lies and distortions all the time, one should be ...
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Division on the soul splitting [duplicate]

I don't think there will be a canonical answer for this question. I'm just wondering if this is how it works. It's said that when you kill someone, you split your soul. I believe that means you split ...
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Why didn't Voldemort break the defensive charm at the Tonks?

We see in Harry potter and the Deathly hallows, that Harry and Hagrid, once inside the protective charms set by the Order, were safe from Voldemort. But soon after, at the Wedding, we see that Death ...
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Did Voldemort die or stay in limbo after the final battle?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while Harry is in Kings Cross he sees something like a small child, which is the fragment of Voldemort's soul that was attached to him. He recoiled. He had ...
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Did the fake Mad-Eye Moody ever use the Foe-Glass to learn Snape's true allegiance?

This is a follow-up to my earlier question. That was about telling Voldemort about the Foe-Glass device, this one is about using the Foe Glass while at Hogwarts. Barty Crouch Jr., while impersonating ...
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Why didn't the fake Mad-Eye Moody ever tell Voldemort about the Foe-Glass?

Barty Crouch Jr., while impersonating Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, had Moody's Foe-Glass in his office during Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts. Near the end of the book, Harry Potter and the Goblet ...
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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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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 ...