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Dumbledore encouraged people to call him Voldemort, rather than You-Know-Who, because there was a lot of fear not just of Voldemort, but merely saying his name. If Dumbledore can remove that then when Voldemort returned - as Dumbledore suspected he would - there would hopefully be a lot more people willing to stand against him. “Sir?” said Harry. “I’ve ...


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Quirrell was not yet possessed by Voldemort at the time when he shook Harry's hand in the Leaky Cauldron. Quirrell spent the 1991-1992 school year – Harry’s first at Hogwarts – working on an attempt to steal the Philosopher’s Stone, and thus bring Voldemort back to life. His first attempt to steal it, from Gringotts, was thwarted when Hagrid took it from ...


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From The Half Blood Prince:(emphasis mine) “I think you next wanted to know,” he pressed on, a little more loudly, for Bellatrix showed every sign of interrupting, “why I stood between the Dark Lord and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That is easily answered. He did not know whether he could trust me. He thought, like you, that I had turned from faithful ...


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It's a left-over bit from a dropped plot point. The following quote from Rowling I found at the Harry Potter wiki, originally from Pottermore: Florean is a descendant of Dexter, and I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows, which is why I established an acquaintance fairly early ...


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Well we know essentially why, because we see the murder from Voldemort's own eyes. 'Not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry!' 'Stand aside, you silly girl ... stand aside, now ...' 'Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead -' 'This is my last warning -' 'Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... have mercy ... Not Harry! Not Harry! ...


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In the first book there is a discussion between McGonagall and Dumbledore while they are waiting for Hagrid. Dumbledore uses the name "Voldemort" and McGonagall cringes: "My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All this 'You-Know-Who' nonsense - for eleven years I have been trying to persuade people to call him ...


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There are a couple of reasons: So he didn't have to deal with her. If he got past her without killing her and then killed her son, her life would be ruined--and she would probably go into the revenge business, which could be a nuisance for him. Because he's Voldemort. He's evil. That's just what he does. To make a Horcrux. Killing her can only be good ...


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The Dark Lord himself might have said he was in Slytherin. When the Dark Lord was at the height of his power, though he might not have wanted to talk much about his father or Muggle heritage, he was proud to be the descendant of Salazar Slytherin. He had been even as Tom Riddle, and though he wanted to be rid of his father’s name, he was quite proud of his ...


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Well you are of course right to suggest in your question that robbing Voldemort of his mortal body isn't a bad plan; he could not be a general, he could not set about acquiring the Elder Wand, he could not lay his plans. But it would not kill him, it would just leave him bodiless once more. But this time, this time his Death Eaters will not believe him gone,...


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I think that the premise went like this: Ginny has been writing on the diary for quite a while. Turns out she's been writing, all the time, about how the famous Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord - as a baby. If the baby Harry destroyed Voldemort, knowing this, would Tom Riddle dare try again, without first figuring out how exactly did it happen? He's not ...


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Snakes are "milked" by expressing the teeth against a rubberised (or flat) surface and then massaging the venom glands in order to collect the snake's venom. In the real world, this would then be used to produce anti-venom. In the wizarding world, Voldemort uses Nagini's venom to create his rudimentary body potion Later we learn the use to which the venom ...


86

Grindelwald stole the wand before he started his reign of terror. From the books: Gregorovitch burst into the room at the end of the passage and his lantern illuminated what looked like a workshop; wood shavings and gold gleamed in the swinging pool of light, and there on the window ledge sat perched, like a giant bird, a young man with golden hair. ...


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The truth: that he was living with Muggles. We only get brief snippets of what people thought he might have been up to, when he’s just on the cusp of re-entering the magical world. Once he’s at Hogwarts, the shock factor of his mere presence wears off a little. There are a few things that were definitely well-known before he came to Hogwarts: He was ...


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As was discussed previously on SFF, Harry's blood protection initiated by his mother's sacrifice seems to ONLY work against Voldemort, not against other people. In other words, Harry, if killed by someone other than Voldemort, would die 100%, despite Voldemort having taken his blood into the new body. Therefore, it's quite possible that the "essential" ...


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He was invaluable as a spy. As a double (triple, quadruple) agent, Snape served two purposes: As an Order agent in Voldemort's ranks, he could pass information about Voldemort's plans to Dumbledore and the Order. Since Voldemort believed him to be a spy for him in the Order's ranks, he could pass false information about the Order's plans to Voldemort. ...


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After Harry & friends raided the Lestrange's Gringotts vault and took Hufflepuffs cup. When Voldemort found out, he killed all that delivered the message in Gringotts. What did you say to me?" His voice was high and cold, but fury and fear burned inside him. The one thing that he had dreaded, but it could not be true, he could not see how... The ...


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Voldemort's name would have shown up as "Quirinus Quirrell" because he was in Quirrell's body and not his own. He was sharing a body with Quirrell. He was not in his own body - therefore he wouldn't show up as "Tom Riddle" but instead as "Quirinus Quirrell". And Fred and George wouldn't suspect a thing. "He is with me wherever I go," said Quirrell ...


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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 ...


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Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone Professor Quirrell is captured by Voldemort while on holiday. The first time he can attempt to take the Stone is when it is placed in Hogwarts at the start of the year. It takes him a year to work out how to get past the obstacles. Chamber of Secrets Malfoy places the Horcrux on Ginny during the summer holidays in Diagon ...


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I go back and forth on whether the purpose of the diary Horcrux was to reincarnate Tom Riddle (and note the difference between reincarnate -- to give another body to; to incarnate anew -- and to protect a person, Voldemort, from death). The purpose of a Horcrux is not to create a new individual, but to protect its creator from death. That said, the diary ...


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Snape answers this, and many other questions regarding his DE activities, at the beginning of HBP, when Bellatrix accuses him of disloyalty. "Do you really think that the Dark Lord has not asked me each and every one of those questions? And do you really think that, had I not been able to give satisfactory answers, I would be sitting here talking to ...


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There's no direct canon support, but the circumstantial evidence says "yes". Much of this kind of old and powerful magic seems to be strongly affected by intentions. The most clear cut example of course being Lily's protection magic that was triggered by her choosing to die to protect Harry and Voldemort giving her a choice. Another example is Harry ...


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“And Voldemort never knew about the Hallows?” “I do not think so, because he did not recognize the Resurrection Stone he turned into a Horcrux. But even if he had known about them, Harry, I doubt that he would have been interested in any except the first. He would not think that he needed the Cloak, and as for the stone, whom would he want to bring ...


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Ron wondered this too, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "This is the one that gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux. Secrets of the Darkest Art - it's a horrible book, really awful, full of evil magic. I wonder when Dumbledore removed it from the library... If he didn't do it until he became headmaster, I bet Voldemort got all the ...


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Here are some examples of fates that are “worse than death” in the HP universe: Splitting one’s soul, or horcruxes. As we learn more about the horcruxes, we realise how much they destroy your soul, and the price you pay. Harry learns this particularly vividly in his visions of King’s Cross station: He recoiled. He had spotted the thing that was making ...


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Dolores Umbridge was definitely not a good person. However, as Sirius points out, "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters". Remember that he also says that he doesn't believe Umbridge to be a Death Eater, but that she's evil enough (or something like that). I think there are two strong reasons to believe that: Umbridge was proud to do ...


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He didn’t leave the diary at Hogwarts. He left the diary with Lucius Malfoy for safekeeping, thinking that he would later pass the diary to another Hogwarts student, and open the Chamber of Secrets by proxy. Quoting Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix: “There could be no doubt that Riddle really wanted that diary read, wanted the piece of his soul to ...


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He only figured it out when Harry, Hermione, and Ron broke into Gringott's Bank. He then traveled to the location of the ring, and then the locket to see if they had been taken. By that time Harry and the others had fortified themselves in Hogwarts, in their quest to find the other suspected Horcrux (the diadem). While it is apparent in the movies that ...


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Because Snape asked him nicely. After Snape overheard the part of the prophecy he did, he told Voldemort about it. Voldemort determined it referred to Lily's child, and Snape asked him to spare her. Then he went the extra step and told Dumbledore in an effort to save her. Per Snape's memories in Book the Seventh: 'Well, Severus? What message does Lord ...


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