Real Fans Will Recognize Every Tom Riddle Moment From The Harry Potter Books (2022)

    He-who-must-not-be-named? Okay, Tom.

    by William BarriosBuzzFeed Contributor

    Voldemort gets all the glory, but what about the boy behind the infamous wizard?

    You-Know-Who. The Dark Lord. We love a villain with a good identity crisis. There's a decent amount of Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter movies, but we all know who the real fans are. To really get to know this brooding little psychopath, let's crack open everyone's favorite childhood book series and get to know Tom Marvolo Riddle.

    1. Tom Riddle's diary (Chamber of Secrets)

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    Tom Riddle's name first appears in Chamber of Secrets. After Moaning Myrtle complains about someone throwing a book through the top of her head, Harry finds a diary labeled "T.M. Riddle." Ron recognizes the name from his time spent polishing medals, and Harry feels like Riddle is "a friend he’d had when he was very small, and had half-forgotten." After learning little else about T.M. Riddle other than the fact that he won several awards, Harry finally decides to write in the diary. While sitting on his four-poster, the ink Harry puts on the page disappears, and Tom Riddle writes back.

    2. Harry learns the truth about Hagrid and Aragog (Chamber of Secrets)

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    After getting pulled into Tom Riddle's diary to witness past events, Harry begins to learn more about the mysterious boy and the Chamber of Secrets. This is our first real introduction to Voldemort as more than just the big bad villain. The very first thing Harry learns is that Tom Riddle is an orphan, desperate to stay at Hogwarts over the summer rather than return home. We also discover Riddle had a muggle father and a witch mother.

    Of course, the main plot of Chamber of Secretsdeals with the Chamber itself. Harry follows Riddle as he confronts a young Hagrid and accuses him of unleashing his "monster" on the school. At this point in the Harry Potter timeline, Riddle has already killed his father and grandparents, possibly created his first Horcrux, and had the conversation with Professor Slughorn that we'll cover in #10. But J.K. Rowling decided that our first impression of Riddle should be as an orphan like Harry, and potentially a hero.

    3. When Harry met Tom in the Chamber of Secrets (Chamber of Secrets)

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    If anyone was fooled by Tom Riddle's "heroics" in the diary scene, they were proven wrong by the end of Chamber of Secrets. But really, who could believe Hagrid would be the bad guy of any story? In the Chamber, Harry learns a neat new anagram spell and also that he's been pen pals with a homicidal maniac. Tom Riddle may or may not have already created his first Horcrux at this point, but we won't learn that until Half-Blood Prince. This makes Tom Riddle's diary the first Horcrux both we and Harry encounter, and of course the first he destroys. There's also a snake.

    4. The tale of Tom Riddle Sr. and Merope Gaunt (Half-Blood Prince)

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    Tom Riddle isn't mentioned at all in Prisoner of Azkaban. In Goblet of Fire, the Riddle house, Tom Riddle Sr.'s grave, and even Voldemort make an appearance, but not Tom. In Order of the Pheonix, the only time Tom Riddle gets brought up is when Harry is being moody and reminding himself that he does all the hard work. The sixth book in the Harry Pottersaga isn't called the Half-Blood Princejust because it's a badass name. It does some major lifting when it comes to the life and times of Tom Riddle. This is all to say that the next seven Riddle moments are all from Half-Blood Prince, so strap in.

    The House of Gaunt was an ugly little place where the last living heirs of Salazar Slytherin lived. Marvolo, Merope, and Morfin Gaunt were not exactly the Brady Bunch, but Merope did have one pleasure. She would watch a handsome young man named Tom Riddle (Sr.) ride by the window. After her brother Morfin hit Riddle with a hives jinx, the Ministry of Magic got involved. A fight broke out, after which Marvolo and Morgin were taken to Azkaban. Free at last, Merope tricked Riddle into marrying her. Dumbledore believes she used a love potion, and I tend to agree with the man. About a year later, little Tommy Jr. was born.

    5. The cave (Half-Blood Prince)

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    The cave is featured much more prominently when Harry and Dumbledore travel there to retrieve Salazar Slytherin's locket. But I want to talk about one of the earliest Tom Riddle moments we ever get a glimpse at. This is a story that Mrs. Cole tells Dumbledore just before he meets Tom Riddle for the first time at the orphanage. Tom Riddle takes two other kids — Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop — into a cave while on a field trip. Tom and the other kids were likely around 10 years old.

    Whatever happened inside the cave, Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop "were never quite right after." It's a small story, but to me it's one of the most chilling. Why? Because we never learn what happened to the children in the cave. With Tom telling Dumbledore things like, "I can make them hurt if I want to," Rowling lets our imagination do the work. What would an extremely powerful and unstable 10-year-old wizard do in a sea cave with two kids he didn't like? According to Tom Riddle, they were just exploring.

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    6. Albus Dumbledore meets Tom Riddle (Half-Blood Prince)

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    Once Mrs. Cole gives Dumbledore the delightful tale about the sea cave, she introduces him to Tom Riddle. Dumbledore tells Riddle about Hogwarts, and proves that he's a wizard by setting Tom's wardrobe on fire. The very thing Tom Riddle responds positively to is Dumbledore's wand, which is an obsession that doesn't change much throughout Tom's life. After admitting to have stolen other kids' possessions, Dumbledore warns Riddle that he'll be held to a higher standard at Hogwarts. Just before he leaves, Tom mentions that he can speak to snakes. Dumbledore hesitates for a moment, then casually comments that the power is not unheard of. As far as life-changing moments in Tom Riddle's life go, this one is possibly the most crucial.

    7. Tom's first few years at Hogwarts (Half-Blood Prince)

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    The ultimate "it's not a phase" kid, Tom Riddle starts at Hogwarts. He learns to control his anger, turning it into cruel manipulation and a thirst for knowledge. The friends he makes at school become some of the first Death Eaters later on, and I want to say he was in house...Slytherin? Despite all the evil vibes, Riddle played the part of a prefect and a model student expertly. Of course, it didn't hurt that he was a brilliant wizard. But his fascination with the Dark Arts only grew, and he learned about the Chamber of Secrets his very first year.

    8. Tom murders his father and grandparents, creating his first Horcrux (Half-Blood Prince)

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    Four years after starting at Hogwarts, Riddle tracks down the Gaunt shack and meets his uncle Morfin. Disgusted by his own family and the fact that his father abandoned him, Tom goes to the Riddle house and murders his father and grandparents. He also steals Marvolo Gaunt's ring from Morfin, using the murders to create a Horcrux. Now, whether Tom Riddle's diary or Marvolo Gaunt's ring is Riddle's very first Horcrux is still up for debate. Dumbledore seems to refer to the diary as Riddle's first Horcrux, but the murder of his family takes place before Riddle kills Moaning Myrtle (the act that turns the diary into a Horcrux).

    Whichever came first, Riddle steals the ring and kills his family before he asks Professor Slughorn about Horcruxes. So it's unclear just how much Riddle knew about them when he first split his soul. After framing Morfin Gaunt for the murders, Riddle returns to Hogwarts and proudly wears Gaunt's ring.

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    9. Asking Professor Slughorn about Horcruxes (Half-Blood Prince)

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    “Sir, I wondered what you know about … about Horcruxes?” It's unclear just how much Riddle knew about Horcruxes when he talked to Professor Slughorn (considering he could've been wearing one on his finger at the time). However, he certainly didn't know that splitting your soul into seven pieces was the best way to go about it. Thanks, Slughorn.

    Riddle is becoming used to getting away with murder, but he's still acting like the perfect student. Harry even takes notice of it: "...the hesitancy, the casual tone, the careful flattery, none of it overdone." Roughly a year after this talk with Slughorn, Riddle finally manages to open the Chamber of Secrets and frames Hagrid. Two years after that, he graduates Hogwarts and applies to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. However, the headmaster at the time, Armando Dippet, denies Riddle the position.

    10. The murder of Hepzibah Smith (Half-Blood Prince)

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    After graduating from Hogwarts and being turned down for a teaching gig by Headmaster Dippet, Tom Riddle started working at Borgin and Burkes. Well, he popped off to Albania to snag a third Horcrux first, but then he made good friends with Hepzibah Smith. And wouldn't you know it, Hepzibah just so happened to be a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Riddle murdered Hepzibah Smith, stealing Salazar Slytherin's locket and Hufflepuff's cup from her and creating two more Horcruxes.

    11. Riddle reapplies at Hogwarts (Half-Blood Prince)

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    "Whoa, look like shit."

    —Dumbledore, probably

    After Headmaster Dippet denied Riddle the job of Defense Against the Dark Arts, he suggested that Tom reapply later. Dumbledore did not like this, and he still didn't like it when Riddle came back over 20 years later. Though, this is the last scene where we can really call him Tom Riddle. By now, he demands to be called Voldemort, and he is hardly recognizable as the brilliant yet troubled boy Dumbledore met years ago.

    Asking for the same job, Dumbledore doubts that Riddle seriously believes he has a shot at the job. Of course, we realize later that Riddle simply wanted to hide Ravenclaw's diadem in the Room of Requirement. And, of course, he couldn't leave without casting what might be the most specific, petty, and downright hilarious curse in the entire book series: no professor can last more than one year in the Defense Against the Dark Arts position. Let it go, man.

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    12. The final battle (The Deathly Hallows)

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    Okay, I know I said that after he reappears at Hogwarts, Tom Riddle fully transforms into Voldemort. But the name "Voldemort" was always about power. Riddle hated his father's name and wanted a title that would strike fear into peoples' hearts. A name so imposing, people would be afraid to use it. The Horcruxes, the army, the need for purity, it was all to bury the identity of Tom Riddle Jr. After Harry destroys all the Horcruxes, Voldemort is stripped of his power. He isn't as scary, and he isn't as strong. So it's only fitting that Rowling has Harry call him by his real name in their last duel.

    "I know things you don't know, Tom Riddle," Harry says. And when he dies, it's not the Dark Lord or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named who falls. "Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality, his body feeble and shrunken, the white hands empty, the snakelike face vacant and unknowing."


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    How is Tom Riddle described in the books? ›

    Tom Riddle was a half-blood wizard born to a muggle man and female witch. While younger, he had black hair, dark eyes, tall and considered handsome. After regaining his body in the fourth book, he had pale skin, skull-like face, slits for nostrils, red eyes and a skeletal body with unusually long fingers.

    What does Tom Riddle say to Harry? ›

    Tom Marvolo Riddle : Voldemort is my past, present, and future. Harry : You. You're the Heir of Slytherin. You're Voldemort.

    How old was Tom Riddle in the Half-Blood Prince? ›

    He is known for his roles as Nick Clark on Fear the Walking Dead (2015–2018) and 16-year-old Tom Riddle in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

    Is there a real Tom Riddle? ›

    Just like Lord Voldemort's muggle father in the Harry Potter universe, Thomas Riddle was a muggle. Well, no surprise there, right? The real-life Thomas Riddle lived in Edinburgh, Scotland when he died on November 24th of 1806 at the age of 72-years-old.

    Why is Tom Riddle a half-blood? ›

    Tom Riddle has a witch mother and a Muggle father, making him a half-blood wizard. But as Lord Voldemort, his ideology is centered around the superiority of “pure-blood” wizards, and his desire to rid the world of Muggle-born wizards and half-bloods like himself.

    Is Tom Riddle asexual? ›

    Even more so because he had lost so much of humanity in his transformations, he had only the basic human need for survival: food. By the time he was Lord Voldemort (despite what I said earlier about the graveyard scene), Tom Riddle had become fully and completely asexual.

    How did Tom Riddle meet Nagini? ›

    There's been speculation that he may have found her while in exile in Albania between the years 1981 and 1994, where he assumed a phantom-like form and possessed many animals, but only snakes could bear him inhabiting their body. This could have something to do with his propensity to speak Parseltongue.

    Why did Tom Riddle call himself Voldemort? ›

    Voldemort's given name was Tom Marvolo Riddle. In the second book he explains that the appellation "Lord Voldemort" is derived from an anagram of his name: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE → I AM LORD VOLDEMORT. This is also a play on words, as his name, Tom Marvolo Riddle, is also itself a riddle.

    Is Tom Riddle the heir to Slytherin? ›

    In the Chamber itself, we see a large statue of a wizard, which Harry presumes is Salazar Slytherin. We also meet Tom Riddle, who is, as it turns out, the heir of Slytherin. Present only in spirit, he has all the same been controlling Ginny, and having her act as Slytherin's heir.

    How did Voldemort survive without a body? ›

    Once Voldemort was defeated after failing to eliminate Harry Potter as an infant, he no longer had a body to return to. However, he was still alive - mostly. As fans know, he had created Horcruxes, which held parts of his soul on Earth so that he couldn't truly perish.

    How old is Bellatrix? ›

    Bellatrix is a massive star with about 7.7 times the mass and 5.8 times the radius of the Sun. It has an estimated age of approximately 25 million years—old enough for a star of this mass to consume the hydrogen at its core and begin to evolve away from the main sequence into a giant star.

    Why did Tom Riddle have a grave? ›

    Summary. Tom Riddle Sr. was buried in Little Hangleton graveyard after he was murdered by his son - Lord Voldemort. His bones were later exhumed and used in Lord Voldemort's resurrection.

    Where is Voldemort's grave? ›

    Greyfriars Kirkyard is a particular place of interest for Potter fans as while 'the real Tom Riddle's grave' is perhaps the most well known, it has been suggested that other graves in the cemetery could have inspired names for other characters such as William McGonagall, a Scottish poet and weaver who died on 29 ...

    Is Voldemort a real name? ›

    In the second book, Rowling reveals that I am Lord Voldemort is an anagram of the character's birth name, Tom Marvolo Riddle. According to the author, Voldemort's name is an invented word. The name Voldemort is derived from the French vol de mort which means "flight of death" or "theft of death".

    How long did Snape live? ›

    Severus Snape
    Born9 January 1960
    Died2 May 1998
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    How old is Dumbledore when dies? ›

    Rowling said in an interview that Dumbledore was about 150 years old. However, on her website, she states that Dumbledore was born in 1881, making him either 115 or 116 at the time of his death.

    How old is Professor Dumbledore when he dies? ›

    While she originally said in an interview that Dumbledore was around 150 years old when he died, we know from Pottermore that he was actually around 115 years old when Snape fired the killing curse at him on top of Hogwarts' astronomy tower.

    Was Voldemort a sociopath or psychopath? ›

    On Lord Voldemort as a psychopath or sociopath

    “There are psychologists who would argue there's really no difference, and in fact, if you consult the diagnostic manual, it would really lump them under one category, antisocial personality disorder.

    Is Lord Voldemort pure-blood? ›

    It is perhaps interesting that Voldemort himself is not a pureblood; while his mother, Merope Gaunt, was a member of one of the oldest Wizarding familes in existence, his hated father was a Muggle. In spite of this, he is still considered the heir of Salazar Slytherin.

    Is Tom Riddle a psychopath? ›

    From that, we learned that Tom exhibited psychopathic, antisocial, and (malignant) narcissistic traits in early childhood. It is worth exploring these tidbits about Tom Riddle and how they contributed to him becoming Lord Voldemort (not to be confused with “going Full Voldemort”).

    How did Nagini become a snake? ›

    It's later revealed that Nagini was never an ordinary magical snake from start, as she was once in fact, a human (possibly a Witch) who became a snake as she is now as result of a blood curse and trapped in that form for the rest of her life.

    When did Bellatrix and Voldemort have a child? ›

    Delphi was conceived from a liaison between Voldemort and Bellatrix. She was born at Malfoy Manor, shortly before the 1998 Battle of Hogwarts. As Bellatrix and Voldemort were both killed in the Battle and Bellatrix's husband Rodolphus was imprisoned at Azkaban, Delphi was raised by Euphemia Rowle, a Death Eater.

    Why did Voldemort sleep with Bellatrix? ›

    Why did Voldemort have sex with Bellatrix? Because he didn't and that book is stupid. Long story short Voldemort would only have sex to procreate since he didn't enjoy that sort of thing. The only reason he would procreate is to have an heir since he didn't want kids for sentimental reasons.

    Why is Nagini loyal to Voldemort? ›

    Nagini is loyal to Voldemort because he can speak with snakes. As a Maledictus, there probably isn't much time after the events in The Crimes of Grindelwald before Nagini falls to her blood curse, becoming a snake forever.

    Can Voldemort possess Nagini? ›

    As a Parselmouth, (i.e. able to talk to snakes) Voldemort could communicate with her, and the pair often sent each other messages, even suggesting a telepathic connection at times. Lord Voldemort could also possess Nagini, like he did on the night where Arthur Weasley was attacked in Order of the Phoenix.

    Did Harry set Nagini free? ›

    There was a rumour that Nagini was the snake that Harry had released from the zoo in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This was proven false, as Nagini was venomous while the Snake at the Zoo was a boa constrictor, which is not.

    Who says Voldemort's name first? ›

    Harry's introduction to the artist formerly known as Tom Riddle came from Hagrid, but with most of the wizarding world refusing to discuss the self-styled Lord Voldemort, it was Dumbledore who first named him for us.

    How did Voldemort become dark lord? ›

    Splitting his own spirit into a total of eight fragments, Tom created an unprecedented seven Horcruxes, one unintentionally and without his knowledge — Harry Potter. Abandoning his 'Muggle' name, he became the self-proclaimed Lord Voldemort, which was an anagram of his birth name.

    What does Voldemort mean in French? ›

    The name 'Voldemort' translates to 'flight of death' in French, meaning that the 't' at the end is technically silent. This preferred pronunciation was confirmed by J.K. Rowling. #

    Who is the true heir of Gryffindor? ›

    It has long been theorized that Harry is the heir to Salazar Slytherin and/or Godric Gryffindor.

    Did Harry lose his scar? ›

    The lightning bolt scar that was so vibrant in the first films has almost completely disappeared. The scar is no longer dark, and instead has faded almost to his usual skintone. Scars do fade with time, but J.K Rowling wrote in the book that: "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."

    Who can speak Parseltongue? ›

    The ability to speak Parseltongue is usually inborn; a wizard is born being able to speak Parseltongue, and those who are not born with the ability cannot normally learn the language (although, according to the author, Dumbledore may have learned to understand it, and in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron learnt ...

    Why couldnt Voldemort touch Harry? ›

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    When Harry faces Voldemort-as-Quirrell, Quirrell is unable to touch him because of the enchantment that lives in Harry's blood. His mother died to save him, and it has left its mark.

    What if Voldemort got the stone? ›

    If Voldemort had the Stone, he would be strong enough to create a body of his own and he would be immortal. Quirrell had already tried and failed to take it from Gringotts for him before term began. This attempt was noticed, and the Philosopher's Stone was transported to Hogwarts for safekeeping.

    How much of Voldemort's soul was left? ›

    This goes on and on the amount of soul remaining in Voldemort halving each time he makes a horcrux until he had only 1/128 or 0.78125% left in his body.

    What is Bellatrix scared of? ›

    During a Defence Against the Dark Arts class at Hogwarts, a boggart reveals her greatest fear to be a vision of the cloth-wrapped baby sinking into the depths.

    Who is Bellatrix in love with? ›

    She married Rodolphus Lestrange after leaving Hogwarts "because it was expected of her" to marry a pure-blood. However, Rowling stated in an interview that Bellatrix truly loved Voldemort.

    Who did Bellatrix have a child with? ›

    Yep, that happened: Bellatrix and Voldemort had sex sometime around Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince, and their wild night in bed led to a child named Delphi Diggory/Riddle/Lestrange. According to Delphi herself, she was born sometime before the Battle of Hogwarts.

    What mental illness does Tom Riddle have? ›

    It is astonishingly evident that Voldemort has an antisocial personality disorder. The next personality disorder in cluster B is Borderline Personality Disorder. According to healthline, “people with borderline personality disorder often have unstable personal relationships.

    How did Tom Riddle become a monster? ›

    Tom Riddle becomes so disfigured primarily because of his Horcruxes. Before his enterprising Dark Arts work, nobody had ever made more than one Horcrux.

    Was Tom Riddle a squib? ›

    Tom Riddle is descended from House Gaunt through his mother, Merope Gaunt, the squib daughter of Marvolo Gaunt, the last Lord Gaunt. House Gaunt was an Ancient and Noble House that came to England sometime in the 5th or 6th century, along with 16 other notable Roman wizarding families of the time.

    Is Dumbledore buried near Hogwarts? ›

    Harry Potter Location: Dumbledore's Grave

    The loch and surrounding environs were used for shots of Hogwarts grounds. Eilean na Moine Island in the loch was used as Dumbledore's grave; it was filmed, then digitally placed in Loch Arkaig. Loch Eilt is a freshwater loch in Lochaber in the West Highlands.

    Can you visit Dumbledore's grave? ›

    It's very easy to visit if you're using Fort William as a base in Scotland. It is also conveniently located near Glenfinnan Viaduct which is another popular Harry Potter filming location. The location of Dumbledore's Grave island is Eilean Na Moine which sits in a corner of Loch Eilt in the Scottish Highlands.

    Where did they bury Snape? ›

    He was most likely buried with the numerous victims of the battle of Hogwarts in the outskirts of Hogwarts ground next to Hogsmeade village.

    Who Must Not Be Named? ›

    Lord Voldemort, formerly known as Tom Marvolo Riddle, the sworn enemy of Harry Potter, the incarnate of evil, the most powerful dark wizard of all times is also referred as 'the one who shall not be named'.

    How old is Snape? ›

    According to the author, Severus Snape's birthday is 9 January 1960 and he died on 2 May 1998 at 38.

    How did Voldemort attach to Quirrell? ›

    While Quirrell did not lose his soul, he became completely subjugated by Voldemort, who caused a frightful mutation of Quirrell's body: now Voldemort looked out of the back of Quirrell's head and directed his movements, even forcing him to attempt murder.

    What was so special about Tom Riddle? ›

    Tom Marvolo Riddle (December 31, 1926 – May 2, 1998), later known as Lord Voldemort, was a half-blood wizard and considered to be the most powerful Dark Wizard of all time. He was the son of wealthy Muggle Tom Riddle Sr., and witch Merope Gaunt, who died shortly after childbirth.

    What is Tom Riddle an anagram of? ›

    So, in Italian, Tom Riddle is Tom Orvoloson Riddle (an anagram of “Son Io Lord Voldemort“), in Spanish he is Tom Sorvolo Ryddle (anagram of “Soy Lord Voldemort“), and in Icelandic, he is Trevor Delgome (anagram of “Eg er Voldemort”).

    What is Tom Riddle full name? ›

    After all, it was by mixing his wizarding and Muggle names that he created his new moniker: 'Tom Marvolo Riddle', becoming 'I am Lord Voldemort'.

    Who is the most powerful wizard in the wizarding world? ›

    Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort ever feared and the only one who could have defeated him in a duel. Albus Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard in the Harry Potter.

    How did Tom Riddle split his soul? ›

    The diary. Lord Voldemort's first Horcrux was created when he was still at Hogwarts, known then as Tom Riddle. After murdering a schoolgirl called Myrtle, with the help of the ancient monster that dwelled within the castle, the Basilisk, his soul was split for the first time.

    How did Tom Riddle get Nagini? ›

    There's been speculation that he may have found her while in exile in Albania between the years 1981 and 1994, where he assumed a phantom-like form and possessed many animals, but only snakes could bear him inhabiting their body. This could have something to do with his propensity to speak Parseltongue.

    Why does Tom Riddle call himself Voldemort? ›

    Voldemort's given name was Tom Marvolo Riddle. In the second book he explains that the appellation "Lord Voldemort" is derived from an anagram of his name: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE → I AM LORD VOLDEMORT. This is also a play on words, as his name, Tom Marvolo Riddle, is also itself a riddle.

    Is Tom Riddle a narcissist? ›

    It may be that the source of Tom Riddle''s malignant narcissism is in his early childhood — a lonely childhood in which he was unloved, having been abandoned by the parents who gave him life.

    Who is Grindelwald to Tom Riddle? ›

    Gellert Grindelwald (1883-1998) was considered to be one of the most powerful Dark Wizards of all time, second only to Tom Marvolo Riddle, who later became known as Lord Voldemort.

    Is Voldemort a Mudblood? ›

    Is Voldemort a Mudblood? No, Voldemort was not a Mudblood. Like Harry, he too was 'Half-Blooded. ' He was born to Tom Riddle Sr., a Muggle man who lived in a mansion in Little Hangleton Village, and to Merope Gaunt, who was a descendant of the popular wizard Salazar Slytherin.

    What is Voldemort called in French? ›

    In France, Voldemort's real name is “Tom Elvis Jedusor”. That's the only way the person working on the translation could get to “Je suis Voldemort”. So not only does Harry's arch nemesis share a name with the king of rock and roll in France, but he's also lost his lordship, which has to sting.

    What does Voldemort mean in Latin? ›

    Harry Potter Etymology | Tom Marvolo Riddle (Voldemort) TOM: The name “Tom” means “twin.” MARVOLO: Implies “marvelous,” but also contains the Latin root “volo” meaning “I wish, want, will, ordain, suppose, maintain that, be willing, to mean, signify, or denote.” “Volo” also means “to fly, speed, or move rapidly."


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