I know there is probably no direct cannon to support any hypotheses made, but I have been mulling the question over in my head for some time and cannot come up with a fully satisfactory answer.

The books say that the Resurrection Stone allows one to see and converse with those who have 'passed on'. It therefore implies that it is the soul of the departed that is being communicated with but as we all (hopefully) know, Voldemort split his soul into a total of eight pieces, so what would happen if someone somehow found the Stone in the forest where Harry dropped it and decided to have a little chit-chat with The Dark Lord?

In Harry's out-of-body/in-head experience he saw the small baby-thing and Dumbledore told him that it was Voldemort's mangled soul.

so would our random discoverer see a curled up mangled-soul figure? Would they see eight such creatures? Would they see one whole and complete Voldemort as all the pieces of his soul somehow combine again once all are re-united in the 'afterlife? Or do people have other theories on how the Stone allows conversations with the dead?

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    Your best bet for a canon answer is probably to ask JKR on twitter, as there's (currently) no canon information, and she's been known to answer fan questions from time to time. Jan 13, 2017 at 17:02

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When Voldemort split his could into eight pieces, he was still able to function out of his body, using only one of these pieces. The part of him that we saw in King's Cross is the part that was attached to Harry, so it's safe to assume that all the rest of his soul has 'passed on' as well.

We have no canon answer to this question, everything is speculation, but I don't see a reason why Voldy wouldn't come back as normal. Sure, it would only be 1/8th of his soul, unless he felt remorse in the end, but he would be there. It might look like a mangled-soul creature or not, we really have no idea. But the pieces of his soul would not rearrange into one dude unless he felt remorse as he died.

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    And this is assuming the Resurrection Stone even works as described, something I have yet to get an answer to. A duplication (like a ghost or a painting) seems a lot like the original soul, but isn't.
    – user40790
    Jan 13, 2017 at 17:30
  • @Terriblefan I was about to direct you to your own question.... scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/117769/…
    – Skooba
    Jan 13, 2017 at 20:28
  • @Skooba I'm still not satisfied. I was hoping Rowling would have said something about it.
    – user40790
    Jan 13, 2017 at 21:19
  • @Terriblefan I know right! I was going to say well, here is what we know / can speculate, but realized you should be aware of it already....
    – Skooba
    Jan 13, 2017 at 21:21
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    @Sasuke'sBrother: it is my understanding that the other 7 pieces have been destroyed, not passed on. Hermione said something to that effect, if I remember rightly. Jan 16, 2017 at 20:55

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