I know that many of here can be confused with my question because as we all know, and was also well mentioned in the books, that Voldemort never valued love.

But I wonder if why he revenged and killed his father.

One of my possible theory of the impossibility for Tom Riddle to love his mother: Voldemort's real intentions for murdering his father was not to give revenge for his mother, Merope, but intended it as a revenge just for himself and just to give way for his horcrux.

Is this theory correct? Or there's other reasons contributing to the fact that Voldemort never loved anyone?

  • 3
    She died just after giving birth. Tom knew this and assumed she was a muggle, as a witch wouldn't die in childbirth (or so he thought) – user46509 Jan 26 '17 at 13:03
  • 2
    your question seems to indicate he intended to murder his mother. Can you clarify what you're asking – user46509 Jan 26 '17 at 13:07
  • 1
    I'm sorry, I think the question could be clarified. Could you maybe re-state it as 1. This is the currently accepted explanation but 2. Does not explain this aspect and 3. This is my explanation so 4. Does my explanation fit canon? – Broklynite Jan 26 '17 at 13:23
  • 1
    If you read up on SE's voting policies, I think you will find that your comment at the top of your question is misguided and not needed. You can also head to chat or to meta. A bold rant is not going to gain you anything. – Skooba Jan 26 '17 at 13:43
  • 2
    @BookStriker - Please don't edit rants into your questions. Take meta issues to meta. – Valorum Jan 26 '17 at 13:52

No. He never loved anyone.

JK Rowling confirmed this in a Q&A in 2004.

Has Voldemort or Tom Riddle ever cared for or loved anyone?
Now, that’s a cracking question to end with—very good. No, never. If he had, he couldn’t possibly be what he is.
(JK Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Accio Quote).

As for why he killed his father, his motive was pure Muggle-hatred. As a rabid blood purist Voldemort's family was an embarrassment to him. His surname was a constant reminder of his Muggle lineage through the Riddle line. Killing his father and two grandparents was his way of removing that part of his history and identity. He saw their deaths as a pruning of his own family tree.

“You stand, Harry Potter, upon the remains of my late father,” he hissed softly. “A Muggle and a fool...very like your dear mother. But they both had their uses, did they not? Your mother died to defend you as a child...and I killed my father, and see how useful he has proved himself, in death...”
Voldemort laughed again. Up and down he paced, looking all around him as he walked, and the snake continued to circle in the grass.
“You see that house upon the hillside, Potter? My father lived there. My mother, a witch who lived here in this village, fell in love with him. But he abandoned her when she told him what she was...He didn’t like magic, my father...
“He left her and returned to his Muggle parents before I was even born, Potter, and she died giving birth to me, leaving me to be raised in a Muggle orphanage...but I vowed to find him...I revenged myself upon him, that fool who gave me his name...Tom Riddle.
(Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33, The Death Eaters).

Would Voldemort have felt bitter towards his father for abandoning his mother? Quite possibly. But the reason that he killed him was because he wasn't a wizard. Voldemort viewed him as "a Muggle and a fool". By killing his father Voldemort believed that he was revenging himself for being related to a Muggle, not revenging his mother in any way. The premise in the question is correct in this regard.

On the only occasion we hear Voldemort talk about his mother he criticises her for her mortality. This can hardly be described as love.

“My mother can’t have been magic, or she wouldn’t have died,” said Riddle, more to himself than Dumbledore.
(Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13, The Secret Riddle).

  • I thought it was all because of the abandonment his father treated to his mother and him. This sums up all I needed, so it comes to the conclusion that he never intended the murdering of his father for a revenge for his mother, but because of his views for mudbloods. Thanks! – Invoker Jan 26 '17 at 13:49

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.