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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

7
votes
1answer
193 views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
219 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
187 views

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." ...
-1
votes
1answer
632 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
380 views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
183 views

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?
22
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
134 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

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?
-2
votes
1answer
107 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
104 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
161 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
53 views

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?
7
votes
2answers
344 views

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 ...
22
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
-4
votes
2answers
187 views

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 ...
33
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
358 views

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 ...
45
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
268 views

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 ...
-2
votes
1answer
184 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
382 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
260 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
31
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
243 views

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? ...
6
votes
1answer
229 views

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?)
-2
votes
1answer
407 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
298 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
662 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
147 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
190 views

Why did Voldemort brand Death Eaters with the Dark Mark?

It's just so stupid. If anyone in his inner circle gets caught, they can immediately be discovered to be a Death Eater and sentenced, no other evidence needed. Is there any reasonable explanation ...
11
votes
3answers
463 views

Did Voldemort choose to kill Harry on Halloween intentionally?

Did he intentionally choose Halloween as a significant date that "worked" with what he was about to do, or just that happened to be the day that he was able to go to Godric's Hollow, or the day when ...
11
votes
1answer
295 views

When/Why Did Love Escape Voldemort?

We know that Voldemort does not love. He does not understand it, nor (generally) the magic that it possesses. He knows nothing of the sort. [...] "you possess in such quantities and which ...
3
votes
0answers
70 views

Why didn't Voldemort curse the headmaster's position (if he was able to curse the DADA teacher position)? [duplicate]

If Voldemort was able to curse the DADA teaching position, why didn't he (or wasn't able to) curse the headmaster position? that could have helped him get Dumbledore out of his way for applying for ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

Could Voldemort have actually been the True Master of the Elder Wand for a little bit?

I understand why Draco was the mast of the Elder Wand, not Snape, and then how Harry was the master, not Voldemort. But did't Voldemort kill Harry? Does that count? He was dead for a little bit, ...
3
votes
1answer
332 views

Why couldn't Harry delay Voldemort attacking to destroy the Horcuruxes?

For 14 years Voldemort was less than a ghost and trying to constantly make his return, but for around 11 he was completely incapacitated. "I was less than a spirit, less than the meanest ...
3
votes
2answers
302 views

Was Dumbledore being modest when he said He could not beat Voldemort? [duplicate]

Dumbledore once said: 'I knew that Voldemort's knowledge of magic is perhaps more extensive than any wizard alive. I knew that even my most complex and powerful protective spells and charms were ...
45
votes
5answers
8k views

Does Voldemort know about the Invisibility Cloak?

Voldemort is keen to get his hands on the Elder Wand over the course of HP and the Deathly Hallows, but never seems to show any interest in either of the other Hallows. I can't see him caring about ...
1
vote
1answer
273 views

Why did Voldemort not use a Horcrux to return?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Voldemort is trying to return using the Sorcerers Stone. In The Chamber of Secrets, he does use a Horcrux, but the idea seems more about eliminating mud ...
12
votes
2answers
4k views

Why didn't Voldemort kill Harry at King's Cross?

Why didn't Voldemort, with his Death Eaters, attack Harry at the train station in Order of the Phoenix or in Half-Blood Prince? He could have easily outsmarted the wizards and witches there with the ...
15
votes
3answers
721 views

Why didn't Voldemort murder the Dursleys?

Voldemort couldn't kill Harry as long as he called the Dursleys home. Why didn't he just murder the Dursleys? This would prevent Harry from being able to live there.
3
votes
3answers
284 views

How did Voldemort become so much more powerful when he came back the second time?

After Voldemort's disappearance, some wizards secretly stayed allied to him (as seen in Goblet of Fire when they immediately come to him after he returns in the graveyard). There were very few, ...
0
votes
2answers
409 views

Why didn't Voldemort use Avada Kedavra on Dumbledore during their duel at the Ministry of Magic?

If avada kedavra is unblockable (except when an object comes in between the victim and the castor), why didn't Voldemort use it against Dumbledore during their battle at the Ministry in book 5? Was he ...