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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 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 returned to a body, he said the Dementors ‘will join’ him and the Death Eaters, indicating they hadn’t already joined them before. “The Dementors will join ...


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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 split their soul into 7 parts. This is something that goes beyond what any previous wizard is supposed to have gone, as Dumbledore comments in Half-Blood Prince (I ...


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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 Stone/Marvolo Gaunt's ring some time in between the end of The Order of the Phoenix and the beginning of The Half-Blood Prince. Remember that Harry saw Dumbledore'...


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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 battle to rule over the wizarding world. “Accidents!’ screamed Voldemort, but still he did not strike, and the watching crowd was frozen as if petrified, and ...


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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 to be below him to be worth giving any attention. As Dumbledore said to Harry In Deathly Hallows (Thanks @Rand al'Thor♦) "And his knowledge remained ...


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If we trust Dumbledore, Riddle had already killed his father long before he made the ring into a Horcrux. Dumbledore deduces that the ring was turned into a Horcrux only after Voldemort had decided that he no longer wanted to wear it. Since he was wearing it when he asked Slughorn about Horcruxes then he must have killed his father and captured the ring ...


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He doesn't? There is no evidence that Voldemort was specifically targeting half-bloods. While he certainly considered pure-bloods to be of a higher standard, he didn't even hide his half-bloodedness from the Death Eaters - he is telling the story of his parents to Harry as the Death Eaters arrive (so they can hear him as he's talking to Harry). Voldemort ...


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It may not be the Dark Lord’s unique curse. Though the Dark Lord does invent spells, there’s nothing that says that specific curse is unique to him. He also uses more well-known Dark magic that other wizards can cast as well, like the Unforgivable Curses, which predate him by centuries. “19 The Cruciatus, Imperius, and Avada Kedavra curses were first ...


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No, the Horcruxes didn’t affect his magical power, just his soul. Creating Horcruxes splits the soul, but has no effect on magical power. Dumbledore explains that, though the Dark Lord’s soul is damaged beyond repair, his brain and magical power remain intact. “Without his Horcruxes, Voldemort will be a mortal man with a maimed and diminished soul. Never ...


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The Dark Lord didn’t hate half-bloods. There were no targeted killings of half-bloods when the Dark Lord gained control. When the Dark Lord took power, he didn’t have half-bloods killed - he had Mudbloods, wizards born into Muggle families, locked up and sometimes killed. Those who could prove they had one close wizarding relative were spared. “...


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An alternate take on Mithrandir's answer: He doesn't. Voldemort wants power. Well, that and eternal life. Leading a group of Purebloods with large bank vaults (and large libraries of magical tomes!) on an Blood Purity crusade seems to give him that, and gives him an excuse to vent against the Muggles he blames for abandoning him and his mother. (He ...


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He likely didn’t know a house-elf could. The Dark Lord didn’t seem to be very knowledgeable about house-elves’ magic. He didn’t realize that Kreacher would be able to Apparate out of the cave where he kept his Horcrux, and Hermione suspects that’s because he wouldn’t think house-elves would have magic he didn’t. “But … you couldn’t Apparate in and out of ...


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He is blood purist. I am not completely sure about Mithrandir's opinion, that Voldemort didn't hate half-bloods, but it seems likely that he did hate them less than Muggle-borns. I didn't evidence of his own opinion but at least his closest death eater Bellatrix made her opinion very clear (we can assume, that she got most of her opinions from Voldemort): ...


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Most likely, Tom had studied a lot. It’s very likely Tom studied a lot while he was at Hogwarts. He was described as being thirsty for knowledge, which implies that not only was he naturally talented, he also worked at gaining more knowledge. “As an unusually talented and very good-looking orphan, he naturally drew attention and sympathy from the staff ...


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The Dark Lord likely didn’t know about the other two Hallows. Dumbledore explains to Harry when they meet in King’s Cross that he doesn’t think the Dark Lord knew about the Hallows, because he turned the ring containing the Resurrection Stone into a Horcrux without ever having recognized what the Stone actually was. “And Voldemort never knew about the ...


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Adding to Bellatrix's answer, it would almost defeat the whole fearing the Dark Lord thing if he is so keen to evacuate when the odds tilt a little off his favour. People will get hope to stand against him, and any other plan Voldemort hatches afterwards is guaranteed to be met by even more resistance. Moreover he has lost too many of his good Death Eaters....


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They may not have seen the creature that attacked them clearly. The students who were attacked might not necessarily have a clear description of the creature that did it. Although Myrtle was attacked by the basilisk, she only remembered its yellow eyes - she didn’t remember what the creature that killed her looked like. “So I unlocked the door, to tell ...


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He knew his ancestry before making Horcruxes. The Dark Lord knew his ancestry before he made his first Horcrux. He began his search by looking for his father in wizarding records, but was unable to find any evidence of him in them. “It seems that he searched in vain for some trace of Tom Riddle Senior on the shields in the trophy room, on the lists of ...


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Horcruxes all have a degree of autonomy. All Horcruxes have the ability to possess others who get emotionally close to them. Though the diary was the only soul fragment that we see gain a somewhat physical form, all Horcruxes have that ability, so it’s possible that the others could have taken a physical form if given that same opportunity. “Hang on,’ ...


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Wormtail mightn’t have told him right away. Though Wormtail was a spy for the Dark Lord passing him information for a year before the Potters died, he didn’t necessarily tell the Dark Lord where the Potters were immediately after becoming his spy. As Sirius said, Wormtail never did anything without knowing how it benefited him first. He might’ve wanted to ...


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The Dark Lord said a few more months wait made no difference. When Wormtail asked the Dark Lord why he wouldn’t use another of his foes’ blood, the Dark Lord said he’d waited thirteen years, so a few more months wouldn’t make any difference. “I have my reasons for using the boy, as I have already explained to you, and I will use no other. I have waited ...


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Distraction and revenge against Bellatrix Moments earlier, Voldemort's killing curse had failed to work properly against Harry, again. It knocked Voldemort to the ground, in full view of many of Voldemort's supporters, and Bellatrix had the nerve to repeatedly suggest that Voldemort was so weakened and injured that he was in need of help. Voldemort had to ...


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No - Karkaroff had to be found to be killed. The Dark Lord couldn’t use the Dark Mark to kill Death Eaters - when he wanted to kill Karkaroff for deserting, they had to actually track down where he was hiding to kill him. “And they’ve found Igor Karkaroff’s body in a shack up north. The Dark Mark had been set over it – well, frankly, I’m surprised he ...


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Grindelwald wouldn’t be known at that age. Grindelwald’s rise to power was years after that photograph was taken, so the recognizable version of Grindelwald would be several years older than he is in the picture the Dark Lord had. Dumbledore defeated him in a duel in 1945, and Dumbledore was said to have delayed confronting him for five years of turmoil and ...


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Harry himself thinks about this in Chapter 22 when he realizes that Voldemort is after the Elder Wand: Voldemort had been raised in a Muggle orphanage. Nobody could have told him The Tales of Beedle the Bard when he was a child, any more than Harry had heard them. Hardly any wizards believed in the Deathly Hallows. Was it likely that Voldemort knew about ...


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Dementors did join the battle at Hogwarts. The Dementors did take part in the fight at Hogwarts. They swarm in a big wave towards Hogwarts when the fight was going on. They didn’t just guard Hogwarts and flee before the battle. “Shapes moved out in the darkness, swirling figures of concentrated blackness, moving in a great wave towards the castle, their ...


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He became active once he had Quirrell. The Dark Lord only became active again once Quirrell crossed his path, giving him the opportunity he needed to return. “Then … four years ago … the means for my return seemed assured. A wizard – young, foolish and gullible – wandered across my path in the forest I had made my home. Oh, he seemed the very chance I ...


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He looked like he did when he was ‘reborn’. Though the Dark Lord isn’t explicitly described on the night he kills the Potters his appearance is unusual enough to scare a Muggle child, and further, from Harry’s nightmares of that night that it was the same as when he was returned to a body. “Nice costume, Mister!’ He saw the small boy’s smile falter ...


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He likely meant he ‘claims’ them instead. The Dark Lord calling the Death Eaters his “true family” was likely just to contrast the group of powerful wizards who pledged loyalty to him with his Muggle father who he disowned. Though he didn’t love any of the Death Eaters or think of them as friends, he was willing to claim them as his, as opposed to his ...


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