Tom Riddle Relationships

Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM By: Miss Aero Bri-Lynn



"You think I was going to use my filthy Muggle father's name forever? I, in whose veins runs the blood of Salazar Slytherin himself, through my mother's side? I, keep the name of a foul, common Muggle, who abandoned me even before I was born, just because he found out his wife was a witch? No, Harry. I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I had become the greatest sorcerer in the world!"
—Tom Riddle to Harry Potter showing that he was angry to his muggle father.

Tom Riddle grew up in a Muggle orphanage, not knowing any members of his family. His mother, Merope Gaunt, died shortly after giving birth, not even attempting to use magic to save herself in order to raise her child out of depression over her husband abandoning her. Riddle’s father also showed indifference towards his son, as he left his wife while she was pregnant. The two met face-to-face in 1943, when Riddle killed his father and paternal grandparents. Riddle was disgusted by his Muggle relatives, and took on the alias Lord Voldemort partly out of a desire to be rid of his “filthy Muggle father’s name”.

Despite his maternal side of his family being direct descendants of the great Salazar Slytherin, Tom showed disappointment when he saw his uncle Morfin lived in a deplorable state, and was not above framing him for murder and stealing his prized heirloom ring. He also showed initial disgust of his mother, who he thought was a Muggle for unable to survive. However, when he discovered the truth, he killed his own father only to avenge himself, and not his mother.

The only member of his bloodline that Voldemort respects is Salazar Slytherin. Throughout his life, he kept referring his ancestor as "noble", proudly showed his connections to the ancient wizard and full-heatedly supported his ideals of blood supremacy. During the near end of the final battle, Voldemort expressed that Hogwarts would no longer need sorting, and Slytherin's emblem, shield and colour would suffice, thus attempting to change the historical school that he loved so much in favour of his idol.


"'It is the only way, Nagini,' he whispered, and he looked round, and there was the great, thick snake, now suspended in mid-air, twisting gracefully within the enchanted, protected space he had made for her, a starry, transparent sphere somewhere between glittering cage and tank."
—Voldemort protecting Nagini during The Battle of Hogwarts

Voldemort had a special relationship with Nagini, a snake that was also his magical familiar and one of his Horcruxes. He had feelings for Nagini that he had not for anyone else; she was the one thing he (arguably) cared about. He made her a horcrux in 1994 after he murdered Bertha Jorkins. Lord Voldemort managed to rise again due to Peter Pettigrew milking Nagini's venom which helped him return to a rudimentary body. He also stopped sending the snake on missions after he realised Harry Potter knew about his horcruxes. Eventually, Nagini was beheaded by Neville Longbottom during the Battle of Hogwarts. Voldemort was furious, and attempted to kill Neville. Nagini was the last destroyed horcrux, and her death led to Voldemort's final defeat.

Albus Dumbledore

Tom Riddle met Albus Dumbledore at the age of 11, when the professor came to invite him to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although initially suspicious of Dumbledore, he was soon awed by his demonstration of magic, which pleased Tom, as it confirmed the suspicions he had long had about being “special”. The boy disturbed Dumbledore, however, when he admitted to being able to hurt people who angered him and to talk to snakes. Even as Tom became a popular student among his peers and professors, Dumbledore remained wary of him. When Riddle (then known as Voldemort) returned to Hogwarts years after graduating to request the Defence Against the Dark Arts position from Dumbledore, who was then Headmaster, Dumbledore turned him down.

Voldemort: "But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your famous pronouncements that love is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore."
Dumbledore: "Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places...,"
Voldemort: "Well, then, what better place to start my fresh researches than here, at Hogwarts? Will you let me return? Will you let me share my knowledge with your students?"
— Voldemort to Albus Dumbledore requesting for the Defence Against the Dark Arts post

Voldemort despised Dumbledore, but he was also the only person he ever feared. In turn, Dumbledore refused to be intimidated by the Dark Lord, referring to him as Voldemort to others and as Tom in conversation, a subtle but steadfast refusal to allow Voldemort to dictate the terms of their relationship and a trait that would later be inherited by Harry Potter. Over the years, he learned about Voldemort’s past, taught Harry Potter about it, and led the efforts against him in the First and Second Wizarding Wars.

In 1996, Dumbledore and Voldemort met face to face in the Ministry of Magic during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Dumbledore addressed Voldemort as “Tom” and said it was foolish of him to come to the Ministry of Magic. Voldemort was angry and started a deadly duel with Dumbledore. During this duel, Voldemort tried hard to murder Dumbledore but was unsuccessful because Dumbledore was equally as powerful and successfully blocked Voldemort’s spells. After this duel, Cornelius Fudge arrived and saw Voldemort escape. This meant that Voldemort’s presence was exposed. Voldemort came up with another plan to kill Dumbledore. This involved using Draco Malfoy to carry out the mission. Dumbledore became aware of this plot and requested to Severus Snape that he would kill him instead of Malfoy. Despite dying in 1997 to Snape, it was through Dumbledore's support that allowed Harry Potter to defeat Voldemort once and for all in 1998.

Harry Potter

"Die, Potter!"
—Voldemort to Harry Potter

Simply put, Harry Potter was Voldemort’s mortal enemy. This was the case ever since Voldemort heard part of a prophecy made about the individual with the power to destroy him; two infants met the criteria, but Voldemort considered Harry more of a threat than Neville Longbottom, possibly because Harry was a half-blood like him. In targeting Harry, Voldemort unwittingly “marked him as his equal”, thus sowing the seeds of his own destruction. On October 31, 1981, Voldemort killed Harry’s parents before striking the infant with the Killing Curse. However, because Harry’s mother willingly sacrificed herself for her son, the curse backfired. Voldemort lost his physical body, and unintentionally transferred some of his powers and abilities to Harry, able to speak and understand Parseltongue for example, while a piece of his soul embedded itself in a scar on Harry’s forehead, inadvertently making the boy a Horcrux.

"There's no good and evil... there's only power, and those who are too weak to seek it."
—Lord Voldemort to Harry Potter, during the Attack in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers

Thus, the scar created a connection between Voldemort and Harry. As the former grew closer to regaining a physical body over the year, Harry’s scar began to burn. Voldemort and Harry were met again in 1992, while Voldemort, with the help of Quirinus Quirrell, attempted to steal the Philosopher's Stone. Voldemort told Harry that he would give him power if Harry joined him and gave him the Philosopher's Stone. However, Harry refused, and held off Quirrell until Dumbledore arrived, forcing Voldemort to flee.

Voldemort also met Harry Potter a year later, when Tom Riddle's memory freed Slytherin's Basilisk and attempted to kill many muggle-born students. Harry killed the Basilisk and stabbed Tom Riddle's Diary with its tooth, destroying one of Voldemort's horcruxes.

With the assistance of Barty Crouch Jr and Peter Pettigrew, Voldemort used Harry’s blood in the ritual to regain a physical body in 1995. He then attempted to murder the teenager, but the similarity of their wands created the rare Priori Incantatem effect, enabling Harry to escape. Voldemort made numerous other attempts on Harry’s life in the next few years, notably using his connection to the boy and Legilimency to plant a false vision of Sirius Black being tortured in his mind in order to lure him to the Department of Mysteries. There, a battle ensued, and Voldemort failed to kill Harry again and to obtain a copy of the prophecy made about the two of them.

Harry: "You're the weak one... and you'll never know love, or friendship. And I feel sorry for you."
Voldemort: "You're a fool, Harry Potter. And you will lose everything."
— Harry Potter and Voldemort in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

In his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry learned about Voldemort’s past from Albus Dumbledore, and was disturbed to notice many similarities between them — they were both half-bloods and orphans with poor childhoods. However, Harry realized that they differed in one very important way — he had the ability to love, while Voldemort did not.

In 1997, the connection between the two grew stronger, and Harry began to see through Voldemort’s senses and into his mind whenever he lost control. He learned that he was a Horcrux, and thus willingly faced Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, not fighting back as Voldemort hit him with a Killing Curse. However, because Voldemort had taken some of Harry’s blood — and thus his mother’s protection — into himself, the curse destroyed the piece of Voldemort’s soul within Harry. Harry survived, and the two faced off one last time. Harry urged Voldemort to feel remorse, to which Voldemort reacted with disdain. He attempted to kill him one last time, but the Elder Wand was loyal to Harry, and thus the Killing Curse backfired on Voldemort. Without his Horcruxes, the curse killed him, once and for all.

Voldemort: "Potter doesn't mean that. Who else are you going to use as a shield today, Potter?"
Harry Potter: "No one. There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. One of us is going to leave for good."
— The final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry at the Battle of Hogwarts

Voldemort and Harry are also related by blood, however distant, due to both of them being descended from the Peverells (Voldemort through the Gaunts and Harry through the Potters). This made the both of them distant cousins.

Bellatrix Lestrange

"The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban, we will wait!"
—Bellatrix Lestrange proclaiming her loyalty to Voldemort during her trial

Bellatrix Lestrange was among Voldemort’s most loyal and trusted Death Eaters, to the point of being entrusted with one of his Horcruxes, which was to be stored in her Gringotts vault, though he did not tell her what it was. She was fanatically loyal to him — for example, after his first defeat in 1981, instead of trying to deny her loyalties like many others had, Bellatrix proudly declared that she was his most loyal servant and that he would return. Bellatrix also became outraged if anyone showed Voldemort disrespect, such as when Harry Potter called him by his name in 1996, and once said that if she had sons, she would be proud to give them up to the Dark Lord’s service. Bellatrix was also in love with and sexually attracted to Voldemort. Although he did not reciprocate, being incapable of love, Voldemort nevertheless considered the Lestranges among his best and most trusted servants. At the conclusion of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Voldemort took the time to rescue Bellatrix and Apparate away with her; the sole Death Eater he decided to help. When Bellatrix was killed by Molly Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort was furious, and would have killed Molly if Harry had not intervened.

Bartemius Crouch Jr.

One of Voldemort's most loyal and trusted servants was Barty Crouch Jr.. Barty Crouch was imprisoned in Azkaban with Bellatrix Lestrange and two other Death Eaters. After that, he escaped with his father, who cast on him the Imperius Curse. Voldemort learned by Bertha Jorkins that there was a free Death Eater who would be glad to serve him once more, so Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew found Barty Crouch. Barty Crouch also helped Voldemort regain a physical body, and attempted to send Harry Potter to Voldemort. Barty captured and imprisoned Alastor Moody, a retired Auror, who was about to accept Dumbledore's offer to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. So, Barty Crouch was disguised as Moody, put Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire and helped him with the task of the Triwizard Tournament. After that, Harry and Cedric Diggory were sent to Little Hangleton Graveyard, where Diggory was killed by Peter Pettigrew, and Voldemort took Harry's blood in order to be reborn. Voldemort also attempted to kill Harry, but failed. After the duel, Harry returned to Hogwarts and Barty Crouch attempted to kill him, saying that he was Lord Voldemort's most loyal servant, the only one who remained loyal at him. However, Harry was saved by Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall, and Barty Crouch was given the Dementor's Kiss.

Severus Snape.

"Perhaps you already know it? You are a clever man, after all, Severus. You have been a good and faithful servant, and I regret what must happen… The Elder Wand cannot serve me properly, Severus, because I am not its true master. The Elder Wand belongs to the wizard who killed its last owner. You killed Albus Dumbledore. While you live, Severus, the Elder Wand cannot truly be mine… It cannot be any other way."
—Voldemort just before ordering Nagini to kill Snape

Severus Snape became a Death Eater in the First Wizarding War. He was extremely loyal to Voldemort until he realised that the Dark Lord planned to murder Lily Evans. Severus then asked him to spare Lily, whom he loved dearly, and turned to Albus Dumbledore as well, becoming a spy in exchange for her protection. From that point on, Snape used Occlumency to prevent the Dark Lord from discovering his true allegiance.

After Peter Pettigrew broke the Fidelius Charm cast by the Potters, Lily died and Voldemort disappeared; however, Snape's loyalty did not waver, and he swore to protect Harry from the Dark Lord, honouring Lily's sacrifice.

When Voldemort was reborn and called his Death Eaters to him, Snape did not appear until two hours later. The Dark Lord was suspicious, and feared that Snape had abandoned his service. On Dumbledore's orders, Severus claimed that his delayed return had secured the Headmaster's continued trust. The Dark Lord questioned Snape extensively, and found all his answers satisfactory; Snape was then welcomed back to the inner circle.

Voldemort's trust in Snape was further cemented when the latter murdered Albus Dumbledore; the Dark Lord did not know that Dumbledore had previously arranged the assassination with Snape. Snape then became the Dark Lord's most trusted advisor and was given the position of Hogwarts Headmaster soon afterwards. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, Snape continued to undermine him as much as possible, following Dumbledore's instructions

When Minerva McGonagall began to coordinate the defences of Hogwarts Castle for the impending battle against Voldemort, Snape fled; his master summoned him to the Shrieking Shack soon afterwards. Snape then saw that the Dark Lord had cast special protection around Nagini, and attempted to leave the Shack to give Harry a message from Dumbledore (Dumbledore had instructed Snape that, once Voldemort seemed to fear for Nagini's life, he was to tell Harry that the boy was Voldemort's seventh Horcrux, and therefore had to die).

Dismissing Snape's concerns, Voldemort noted that, since Albus Dumbledore's murder, Snape had become the true master o

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