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If diary Tom Riddle had succeeded, would there have been two Voldemorts?

As teenager Tom Riddle is speaking to Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets, both he and Harry are refering to the real Voldemort in the third person. If Tom Riddle had succeeded in sucking all the ...
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Why would Dumbledore encourage people to call Voldemort Voldemort instead of Tom Riddle?

Here is a quote from the first Harry Potter book, it's a conversation between Dumbledore and McGonagall. "My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All ...
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Why could Quirrell tolerate Harry's touch at the beginning of Philosopher's Stone?

In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry meets Professor Quirrell in The Leaky Cauldron for the first time, and the two shake hands with no problem: A pale young man made ...
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Why Was It 'Essential' That Voldemort Kill Harry Potter?

‘So the boy ... the boy must die?’ asked Snape, quite calmly. ‘And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.’ Deathly Hallows - page 551 - UK Hardcover - chapter 33, The Prince's ...
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Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most. Some people who know more than others, might ...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

When Ron meets Harry on the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, they have this conversation: “What House are your brothers in?” asked Harry. “Gryffindor,” said Ron. Gloom ...
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Since Voldemort knew that Dumbledore did not kill Grindelwald, why did he think that killing Snape was necessary for him to wield the Elder Wand?

We know that Voldemort knew that Grindelwald was not killed by Dumbledore, as he himself killed Grindelwald. We also know that Voldemort knew that Dumbledore was the last person to wield the Elder ...
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Why did Voldemort assume that no-one knew about Room of Hidden Things?

Voldemort hid one of his Horcruxes inside Hogwarts. It seemed to be relying on security through obscurity as far as protecting it. But as we know, it ended up not being so secure because it wasn't so ...
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Why exactly do the Death Eaters serve Lord Voldemort?

The impression that I got from the Harry Potter films was that if Lord Voldemort was successful, most of the world was going to suffer greatly. Basically everyone would serve Voldemort as slaves or ...
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Why didn't Voldemort suspect Snape as a double agent during Philosopher's Stone?

I read something online that got me thinking about this. Why didn't Voldemort suspect Snape had defected from the Death Eaters and was now working for Dumbledore during the events of *Philosopher's ...
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What really happened to Voldemort's nose?

The nose of Tom Riddle (as a student) was fine, as I have seen in the movies. But, Voldemort's nose doesn't look like a normal human nose. What really happened?
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Could Harry ruin the Regeneration potion by willingly giving blood?

Can Harry Potter ruin the Regeneration potion (the one of Flesh-Blood-Bone from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) by simply willing to share the blood? B-blood of the enemy... forcibly taken... ...
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Why didn't Snape just kill Voldemort to buy more time while the latter was recuperating as a Horcrux?

When Snape was in the company of Voldemort, why did he not just use Avada Kedavra on him? Voldemort's body would again be destroyed, and he'd become a soul again, and we know that in this form, ...
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Why did Voldemort kill Lily Potter instead of stunning her?

Voldemort offered Lily Potter mercy at Snape's request, demanding that she get out of the way so he could kill Harry. When she refused, why didn't he simply stun her or put her in a full body-bind or ...
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Why didn't Voldemort know what Grindelwald looked like?

Can anybody explain to me why Voldemort didn't know what Grindelwald looked like? It's not like there were ages between them – both Grindelwald and Dumbledore were still alive in the era of Voldemort,...
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Where did the Wizarding World think Harry was?

After the death of Lord Voldemort, Harry was taken to the Dursleys and became known as "The Boy Who Lived". We know that the Wizarding World found out pretty quickly that Voldemort was dead and ...
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Why didn't Tom Riddle kill Harry Potter in Chamber of Secrets?

In the Chamber of Secrets, Tom used Harry's wand to cast Flagrante to spell out ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle’ and unscramble it to ‘I am Lord Voldemort’. If he was able to cast any spell with Harry's wand, why ...
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Why didn't Voldemort show up on the Marauders Map?

The Weasley twins obtained the Marauders Map some time in their first year at Hogwarts and gave it to Harry in his third year. This means that they canonically had it throughout Harry's first year ...
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What does Voldemort mean when he asks Wormtail to 'milk' Nagini?

“Where is Nagini?” said the cold voice. “I I don’t know, my Lord,” said the first voice nervously. “She set out to explore the house, I think. . . .” “You will milk her before we retire, Wormtail,” ...
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How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?

It's no secret that Horace Slughorn gave Voldemort information on making horcruxes, and a major thrust in the sixth book is Harry and Dumbledore trying to find out what Slughorn told him. With that ...
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What good did Snape do anyone by infiltrating the Death Eaters?

OK, first of all, my Harry Potter knowledge is a bit rusty so I may be forgetting something. In The Half-Blood Prince Dumbledore made Snape kill him (I know he was going to die anyway) so he could ...
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Was Voldemort a Better Wizard Than Dumbledore?

Pursuant to Why Could Young Tom Riddle Do Wandless Magic, I have a somewhat related question. The majority of Harry Potter readers automatically assume that Dumbledore must be a better wizard than ...
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Did the Death Eaters Know Voldemort Was a Half-Blood?

Canon seems to conflict a bit on whether Voldemort's Death Eaters knew that Voldemort was a half-blood. In Half-Blood Prince, Tom Riddle refers negatively to his parentage and it reads as if his ...
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Does Voldemort know about the Invisibility Cloak?

Voldemort is keen to get his hands on the Elder Wand over the course of HP and the Deathly Hallows, but never seems to show any interest in either of the other Hallows. I can't see him caring about ...
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Why does Voldemort always attack at the end of a year?

Something that I find interesting about Voldemort is how predictable he is! In all of the books apart from book 6, he attacks at the end of the school year! Why do all of his attacks happen around ...
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What exactly is worse than death?

Voldemort: "You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?" Dumbledore: "We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life ...
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Why didn't Voldemort perform Priori Incantatem on Dumbledore's wand to see if he had discovered or destroyed any of his Horcruxes, after Gringotts?

What if, what if, the boy knew about the others? Could he know, had he already acted, had he traced more of them? Was Dumbledore at the root of this? Dumbledore, who had always suspected him; ...
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Etymology of the name, "Voldemort."

What is the etymology of the name Voldemort? He's the main antagonist character from the Harry Potter books.
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Why didn't Voldemort collect the Horcruxes after he was resurrected?

If Voldemort knew Harry and Dumbledore were searching for all the Horcruxes and then destroying them, or if he knew somehow when a Horcrux got destroyed, why then didn't he just collect all of the ...
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Did Voldemort Have a Dark Mark?

Voldemort bestowed the Dark Mark on only those in his inner circle. [Fenrir Greyback] might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort’s inner circle were ...
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How did the curse on the DADA job work?

The facts: The job was cursed. Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position? Oh, he definitely wanted the Defence Against the Dark ...
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What order were Lord Voldemort's horcruxes made in?

In what order and when were Voldemort's Horcruxes made? I found a list with destruction dates. But not creation date.
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Why don't Death Eaters always use Avada Kedavra?

When the Death Eaters attacked Hogwarts, why did the Death Eaters not just use Avada Kedavra and kill everyone?
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What is Voldemort's Boggart?

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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Why did Voldemort want Florean Fortescue captured and subsequently killed?

Florean Fortescue was said to be captured and subsequently killed by Death Eaters during the Second Wizarding War (the capture happened in 1996, as mentioned in Half-Blood Prince). A few windows ...
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What would Voldemort have done had he won?

This might sound like speculation, but can it be reliably predicted from canon what Voldemort would have done after he won, were he successful in defeating Harry and the Order? Would he just rule ...
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When did Voldemort find out that Harry was hunting Horcruxes?

Simple question that I can't seem to find a definitive answer for online (and I can't remember from the books): At what point did Voldemort realise that Harry was hunting Horcruxes?
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What caused Voldemort to become so Evil, or is his villainy 'inherent'?

This article about an unrelated movie deploys a piece of terminology I have never encountered: 'Voldemortian'. Unlike most modern film violence, there's nothing exploitative, no sense of boundary-...
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Would Voldemort have succeeded if he simply ignored the prophecy?

It seems that the only reason Voldemort needed to kill Harry Potter was the prophecy. Harry himself didn't possess any special powers and was only spared from death thanks to the sacrifice of his ...
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Why did Ron suddenly redevelop a fear of saying Voldemort's name in The Deathly Hallows?

I have been re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and there is a point which I don't understand about Ron's character. He has been very reluctant to use Voldemort's name till Half-blood ...
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Why can Voldemort not just use an elf to apparate Harry out of his house?

Could Voldemort have used an elf to Side-along Apparate Harry with him, and take Harry to Voldemort? Since any elf could apparate directly in and out of Harry's house, as seen in Chamber of Secrets.
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Why would Voldemort spare Lily?

In one of Harry's dementor-induced flashbacks, he presumably hears his mother protesting against Voldemort: Harry was falling again through thick white fog, and his mother’s voice was louder than ...
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Why did Voldemort give Harry the choice to sacrifice himself for everyone if Voldemort already had witnessed how useful that protection would be?

It's a widely accepted theory that Harry's sacrifice for everyone fighting with him gave them a protection against Voldemort. Why would Voldemort create such a situation like that, keeping in mind ...
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Why didn't Snape work out Voldemort had Horcruxes?

Snape is repeatedly referred to as a highly intelligent wizard, most skilled in the Dark Arts. We don't know for sure, but it seems probable he would know about Horcruxes, at least in theory. He ...
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Would seeing a Basilisk in a memory cause death?

I am currently rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I was wondering if looking at a basilisk in a memory would cause death? If, eg., Harry had seen the basilisk in Tom Riddle memory, ...
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Did Voldemort know that his Muggle father was actually a victim?

The reason Voldemort hated his Muggle father was because his father left his mother to die when she was pregnant. But, later, Dumbledore discovered that Voldemort's father was actually a victim. ...
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How old is Voldemort, and how old are his ideals?

At James's era, people were already wanting to join Voldemort, and Sirius's parents were also inclined towards him. Is Voldemort like Harry's grandfather's generation? Or is the idea of purebloods ...
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How was Molly Weasley powerful enough to Kill Bellatrix Lestrange?

I know the question of which spell was used has been asked (without really an answer) before. This is not a question of which spell or the series of spells cast. My question is how did Molly have the ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use the Ministry to rise to power and instead chose to become a criminal?

There are often parallels between Hitler and Voldemort, but one thing that is missing is that Hitler came to power "the official way" - via elections. Why didn't Voldemort do the same? Here’s a ...
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Why would Voldemort put a boat in the Horcrux cave lake if he can fly?

From the novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Immediately a thick coppery green chain appeared out of thin air, extending from the depths of the water into Dumbledore’s clenched hand. ...
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