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Inspired by this question about Hermione Granger's boggart.

What would Voldemort see for a Boggart?

I know it is not in the books, but maybe it is revealed somewhere on Pottermore/interviews?

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    Either Dumbledore or Death in human form – atayenel Aug 15 '17 at 10:15
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    His dead body probably – Aegon Aug 15 '17 at 10:19
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    Just hordes and hordes of muggles queuing up to ask him for directions – ford prefect Aug 15 '17 at 13:12
  • This was also a topic in an answer to the question Why didn't Voldemort come back as a ghost? – unor Aug 15 '17 at 23:11
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His own corpse

This is what JKR said:

ES: MuggleNet “Ask Jo” contest winner Asrial, who’s 22, asks, “If Voldemort saw a boggart, what would it be?”

JKR: Voldemort's fear is death, ignominious death. I mean, he regards death itself as ignominious. He thinks that it's a shameful human weakness, as you know. His worst fear is death, but how would a boggart show that? I'm not too sure. I did think about that because I knew you were going to ask me that.

ES: A corpse?

JKR: That was my conclusion, that he would see himself dead.
-accio quote

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    A Boggart knows how to show their fear to a person: Molly Weasley, for example, sees death of her family members in OotP. – TimSparrow Aug 15 '17 at 10:22
  • I had that idea, that Voldemort was afraid to die most of all. You confirmed my opinion. Thanks! – TimSparrow Aug 15 '17 at 10:22
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    Non-canon, but in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 his boggart is Harry. – ibid Aug 15 '17 at 17:10
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    His own dead body would hardly be convincing. But maybe a mirror in which he sees himself dead or dying. – Jens Schauder Aug 15 '17 at 18:06
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    @JensSchauder Or his own dead body with a shattered time turner on the ground next to it. – wizzwizz4 Aug 16 '17 at 14:10
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One additional idea here would be a representation of the unknown. (Not entirely sure what that would look like) Evidence for this would be the two times that Voldemort has prolonged duels in the books his times of doubt appear to be when it is possible that there is something he does not know.

During Order of the Phoenix when Voldemort duels Dumbledore he is surprised that Dumbledore "does not seek to kill [him]" to which Dumbledore replies "there are much worse things than death" This appears to incense and inspire greater fear in Voldemort.

You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore?” called Voldemort, his scarlet eyes narrowed. “Above such brutality, are you?”
“We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom,” Dumbledore said calmly. “Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit —”
“There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!” snarled Voldemort.
“You are quite wrong,” said Dumbledore, speaking as lightly as though they were discussing the matter over drinks.
“Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness...
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The second case of this is in the final duel with Harry when Harry points out that he "knows things that you don't, Tom Riddle" to which Riddle reacts with "a flicker of doubt".

Without getting too deep, a fear of death is often interpreted as a fear of the unknown. It is possible that simply a shadowy figure moving threateningly towards Tom Riddle, one that he cannot easily defeat, would strike the greatest fear in him.

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    I feel this would be a good answer, if it did not offer an alternate against "word of god". The alternate answer comes from sourcing the author, herself. – Gnemlock Aug 16 '17 at 21:38
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    @Gnemlock that's a fair point. I think this is an elaboration and my interpretation – ford prefect Aug 17 '17 at 13:36

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