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Why did Voldemort want Florean Fortescue captured and subsequently killed?

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 ...
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Why did Voldemort kill Lily Potter instead of stunning her?

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 ...
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Why did Voldemort kill Lily Potter instead of stunning her?

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 ...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

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 ...
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Why didn't Snape just kill Voldemort to buy more time while the latter was recuperating as a Horcrux?

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 ...
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Why didn't Voldemort know what Grindelwald looked like?

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;...
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When did Voldemort find out that Harry was hunting Horcruxes?

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?&...
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What is Voldemort's Boggart?

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. ...
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Why didn't Voldemort show up on the Marauders Map?

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 ...
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Why does Voldemort always attack at the end of a year?

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 ...
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How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?

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 ...
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Is Voldemort a liar?

From Chapter 33 of HP7, "The Flaw in the Plan": Voldemort and company, with Hagrid carrying supposedly-dead Harry, approach Hogwarts in full victory mode. After the defenders come out of the castle ...
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Why would Dementors torture a Death Eater if they are loyal to Voldemort?

The Dementors joined the Dark Lord after. When a Dementor sucked the soul out of Barty Crouch Jr., that was before the Dementors joined the Dark Lord. They only joined him after his return. When he ...
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Why would Voldemort put a boat in the Horcrux cave lake if he can fly?

Because a boat was not obvious. Why put the Horcrux on an island if any competent witch or wizard could just fly over on a broom? There must, therefore, be a curse on flying within the cavern, as A ...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

I don't think we can exclude the possibility that Ron - and more-or-less everyone, actually - simply assumed that he was in Slytherin. It obviously has a reputation for generating villains. Recall ...
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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 never actually happened before Harry. Though it is mentioned that a sacrificial protection magic is known to exist, Harry is the only one to ever actually have it cast upon him (until he casts it ...
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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?

We don't know that the Dark Lord didn't use Priori Incantatem on the Elder Wand. It would be a very logical course of action for the Dark Lord to use Priori Incantatem on the Elder Wand sometime after ...
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Did Voldemort kill his father before finding out about Horcruxes?

The information Voldemort is asking Slughorn is not help for how to create a Horcrux, but for an idea of what would happen if a wizard created multiple of them, or more specifically if the wizard ...
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Is there any evidence that Voldemort was a nationalist?

Voldemort's nationalism does not necessitate a connection to the UK. The term nation is often used as a shorthand for nation state. However, in itself it does not necessarily imply a shared ...
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What really happened to Voldemort's nose?

It was degraded by Dark Magic. Slytherincess is quite right to mention the meeting between Voldemort and Dumbledore as a midpoint between the youthful Riddle and the You-Know-Who that subsequently ...
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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Voldemort never knew Dumbledore found his Horcrux The last time Voldemort saw Dumbledore was when he dueled him in the Ministry of Magic, at the end of Book 5. Dumbledore acquired the Resurrection ...
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How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?

Mithrandir's answer already provides one relevant quote, but I'd say it lacks interpretation. What helped Tom Riddle was not so much what Slughorn said, but the two things he did not say: Something ...
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Why always Albania?

Ravenclaw, the Dark Lord, and Quirrell had connected reasons. Though it’s true that four people choose to go to Albania, it’s not a coincidence for three of them. Helena Ravenclaw, the Dark Lord, and ...
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Why can Voldemort not just use an elf to apparate Harry out of his house?

That is something Voldemort could do, but probably something he would not do. As Dumbledore mentioned in Half-Blood Prince, there are some things (power of love for instance), that Voldemort considers ...
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Tom Riddle in the Tri-Wizard tournament

It is not possible at all that Voldemort would have taken part in that tournament as it was not held for over 200 years (since 1792 to be exact). I have no english version of the books on hand, but on ...
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Was it Tom Riddle's diary that Ginny left at The Burrow?

It's very likely to be Riddle's diary. Ginny herself says that she came across Riddle's diary when unpacking the books which they'd bought in Flourish and Blotts. "Why didn't you show the diary to ...
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Why did Umbridge collaborate with Voldemort?

The new direction for the Ministry fit with Umbridge’s ideology. Umbridge had always sucked up to the Minister of Magic, even when that was Fudge and the Ministry was entirely separate from the Dark ...
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How old is Voldemort, and how old are his ideals?

Voldemort's Age According to his Pottermore profile1, Tom Marvolo Riddle was born on 31 December, 1926. This means he would have been nearing his 55th birthday on the night he failed to kill Harry, ...
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Does Voldemort have other options?

The Dark Lord wouldn’t have fled because he saw no reason to. After Harry survived the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest, the Dark Lord was still confident that he could defeat Harry and win the ...
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