"The thing Wormtail had been carrying had the shape of a crouched human child, except that Harry had never seen anything less like a child."

So was Voldemort possessing a child? who? why not a snake? if not, why a child? Voldemort transformed into one somehow for some reason?

Also, the child in Kings Cross at the end of book 7, which we later know is the part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry:

It had the form of a small, naked child, curled on the ground, its skin raw and rough, flayed-looking.

Is that child the form that Voldemort's soul takes? Did the child Wormtail was holding represent Voldemort's soul? the 2 descriptions of the child seem to be the same.

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    I took the form of a child once. I did not intend to, I did not like it very much, and I tried to grow out of it as fast as possible. I would image it was similar for Voldemort. Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 14:49
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    From a literature analysis perspective, perhaps the child form represents innocence, and of course the innocence of Voldemort has been tortured and twisted.
    – Aww_Geez
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 17:42

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It's a body Wormtail created for him, through instructions Voldemort imparted.

"However, he was the able-bodied servant I needed, and, poor wizard though he is, Wormtail was able to follow the instructions I gave him, which would return me to a rudimentary, weak body of my own, a body I would be able to inhabit while awaiting the essential ingredients for true rebirth..."

As for the piece of Voldemort we see within Harry's "King's Cross" station, that was a dream for the most part. Dumbledore explains to Harry he was dreaming the whole situation and that he wasn't really there. I'd look at it as the way Harry's mind coped with the information he had been given plus being "killed". All the answers Harry was given in that sequence was information he already knew but never worked out before. Dumbledore was there because he had largely been his mentor and Harry was left for a long time without a real direction because Dumbledore died before getting the chance to explain what was ahead. The appearance of the piece of Volde's soul looks like the rudimentary Wormtail body probably for multiple reasons. Dumbledore tells him he can't help, even though he tries to help everyone, the feeble form is defenseless and needs help. The bigger reason is this is how Harry saw Voldemort before he got his body back, when their minds were accidentally linked, he would subconsciously believe a dying Voldemort looks this way.

Quick edit: Before encountering Quirrell, Voldemort had been inhabiting small creatures such as snakes. He found inhabiting creatures killed them pretty quickly and they had no magical abilities, so he was no better off than just being a bodyless soul.


You're taking the specifics of these forms of Voldemort too literally. In my opinion, the goal of these descriptions is to explain to the reader that what he is a weakened Voldemort, a lesser form of his original self. His child like body forms indicate weakness, insecurity and vulnerability. It shows you that deep down Voldemort is a petty child, weak minded and deeply insecure. This is his "true self" personified, so to speak.

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