Voldemort Research Paper

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Smith 1 Wesley Smith Dr. Michalski Serial Killers in Pop Culture 3 December 2009 He Who Must Not Be Named Tom Marvolo Riddle began life as a child born of deception. His mother, Merope, fell madly in love with a muggle man (non magic) named Tom Riddle, and decided to give him a powerful love potion. Shortly following his ingestion of Merope’s love potion Tom became infatuated with Merope and they eloped, and within three months of their marriage Merope became pregnant. At this point Merope decided to stop feeding Tom her love potion, believing that at this point he would either have fallen in love with her on his own or stayed for their unborn child. Unfortunately, neither was the case and Tom quickly left his pregnant wife and unborn child for his parent’s refuge claiming that he was hoodwinked into marrying Merope. Tom Jr. was born on New Year’s Eve and was left to grown up in an orphanage, due to his mother’s untimely death shortly following child birth. One might think this would be enough for any child to bear, but in addition to these facts Tom’s mother Merope came from the family of Gaunt. The Gaunts were once a very powerful and influential family and the last known descendants of Salazaar Slytherin, but were reduced to poverty. The Gaunts had a gift called parseltongue, which meant they could talk to snakes, this was typically a gift only found in dark wizards and witches, and Merope’s father (Marvolo) and her brother (Morfin) also both spent time in the wizarding prison Azkaban, which is similar to Alkatraz in that it was surrounded by water on all sides and escape was boasted as being impossible. It would seem that young Tom was doomed to lead a life of mischief and dark magic from the beginning.
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Smith 2 In the Harry Potter series, Voldemort (the name by which Tom Riddle would later be known) is the main antagonist and was created by J.K. Rowling. Voldemort is the archenemy of Harry Potter, because according to prophesy, only Harry has the ability to defeat him. Voldemort’s plan is to not only conquer the wizarding world, but the muggle world as well. Voldemort caused such great fear everywhere he went, that people are afraid to say his name, and is referred to mostly as “He Who Must Not Be Named,” “You Know Who,” or “Dark Lord,” the latter being used only by his followers. However, as Hermione Granger would tell you, “Fear of the name, only increases fear in the thing itself.” Rowling described Voldemort as being “the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years” (Rehm), also saying that he is a “raging psychopath, devoid of the normal human responses to other people’s suffering” (Jensen). He feels no desire or need for human companionship and is unable to comprehend the idea of love, and believes he is superior to everyone around him to the point that he frequently refers to himself in the third person as “Lord Voldemort.” Voldemort is an extremely powerful, intelligent, and ruthless dark wizard. He is regarded
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