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If Tom Riddle would have successfully come back, and Ginny died, would Voldemort in Albania see himself as a threat? Would the Tom Riddle part want to finish off the "ugly and weak" part of himself? Or would he try to merge with the other part of his soul? There are other questions like this, but what I'm asking is if the two parts of the soul would compete for power or see the other as a threat or weakness? The main part of Voldemort was weak at this point, and the Tom Riddle part would be at full strength. What do you guys think?

I'm not asking if there would be two Voldemort's. So I don't think this is a duplicate.

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    This might get closed for being too opinion based, but I believe diary Riddle would have wanted to somehow merge with Albania Riddle. Diary Riddle only had Voldemort's memories up to the point the diary was created. There's a lot of advantage in gaining the rest of the real Voldemort's life experience. Who's on his side, any new spells, the locations and safe guards of the other horcruxes, etc. – Alarion Mar 1 '18 at 16:20
  • It is marked as a duplicate. But I did not ask if there would be to Voldemort's, I asked if Voldemort would see his diary self as a threat. Or vice versa – Flitoangel Mar 11 '18 at 19:39
  • @Flitoangel - The question of their (potential) rivalry is explicitly addressed in the top answer on the dupe. – Valorum Mar 11 '18 at 19:44
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It could go either way.
Obviously, I don't have canon sources as this is a speculative answer, but here goes.

Diary Tom Riddle has certain advantages. He is young, and healthy. Depending on the fight with Harry, He may or may not have Harry's wand, quite similar to his own original wand.

Old weakened Voldemort has a different set of advantages over young Riddle. He has Experience. Voldemort was active as a powerful wizard for quite a while. He has steeped his mind in cunning for decades. I suspect that he has become even more ruthless since the creation of the other Horcruxes. He is also used to paying the Long Game. He makes plans that take years to come together.

So we have the classic Youth vs. Cunning matchup here.

Old Voldemort is going to try subtlety in an effort to move young Tom around for an alliance at first. He is going to know young Tom is to betray him in an effort to take all of the power, followers, and such for himself. Old Voldy will lay in preparations for this. Old Voldy will also be quite willing to kill Tom quickly if he feels he is getting to strong. Voldy will want the alliance for one reason: to take young Tom's body over. How exactly, I don't know. I am pretty sure older Voldemort will lie in wait until he's sure he has the method figured out and supplies and whatnot near to hand before he even reveals himself to young Tom. Then we will say Hi, maneuver Tom in to just the right position, and then strike like the serpent he is.

But don't discount young Tom either. Even though he is the 16 year old Voldemort, he is still Voldemort. He will expect treachery, especially since he will be trying to set something up himself. His moves won't be as smooth, but Tom is strong. Even if he gets out-maneuvered, it's possible he could simply power through the traps.

If young Tom survives, he will be at a disadvantage that increases over time. He won't just have Old Voldy after him, he's going to get the Ministry down his back. Dumbledore will take steps, and Fudge might not be so squeamish about going after a low rent Voldemort. His position won't be nearly as weakened by the admission that Voldemort came back through a Horcrux and it's a 16 year old Voldemort as well. Fudge may just say he's after Tom Riddle, not Voldemort at all.

Old Voldemort will still have most of his network of Death Eaters, though some will shift to young Tom. Voldemort knows where all the bodies are buried. Voldemort will have more shadows, since Fudge will still deny his existence.

So, up to confrontation and first betrayal, they might be evenly matched. After that, Young Tom is on borrowed time.

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