Tom Marvolo Riddle was born December 31st, which makes him a Capricorn (Capricorn is one of the most stable and (mostly) serious of the zodiacal types. These independent, rocklike characters have many sterling qualities. They are normally confident, strong willed and calm. These hardworking, unemotional, shrewd, practical, responsible, persevering, and cautious to the extreme persons, are capable of persisting for as long as is necessary to accomplish a goal they have set for themselves. They are reliable workers in almost any profession they undertake. They are the major finishers of most projects started by the 'pioneering' signs; with firm stick-to-it-ness they quickly become the backbone of any company they work for.) A decedent of Slytherin himself, it is no surprise Voldemort was sorted into the house of Slytherin when he entered Hogwarts in the year 1938. During school holidays he was forced to return to the Muggle orphanage he loathed.

Tom, the heir of Slytherin

It took Riddle five years to learn of everything he could about the Chamber of Secrets his ancestor Salazar Slytherin had built. This chamber was built deep in Hogwarts castle and kept hidden from the other founders. He sealed it so that only his own true heir would be able to unseal the chamber and let loose the monster that resided in it on all know who were, in Slytherin's eyes, unworthy to study magic there. He eventually did discover the entrance to the chamber and the monster that resided in it. This monster was a basilisk, which is known as the king of serpents. Being a Parselmouth, like Salazar, Tom was able to control the Basilisk. He sent the Basilisk into the school. Several students were injured, and one student, by the name of, (Moaning) Myrtle, was killed when her eyes met the murderous stare of the Basilisk's. On June 13th, 1943, Riddle framed Rubeus Hagrid for the girl's murder. Riddle was able to fool the then headmaster, Armando Dippet, into believing Hagrid and his giant spider Aragog were the ones behind the attacks. For this, Tom received a trophy for special services to the school. Tom preserved his sixteen year old self in the pages of a diary, in hopes that one day, he could lead another in his foot steps, finishing Salazar's work, ridding the school of all who were unworthy to study magic. In the future he wished the diary to be placed into another student's hands so he could be revealed as being the one behind the attacks, the heir of Slytherin, since he could not reveal it himself at that time.

Learning of his family heritage

While at Hogwarts, Voldemort was obsessed with his heritage and though he knew since his first year that he was a descendent of Salazar Slytherin, he did not know the complete story until he tracked down and paid a visit to his uncle, Morfin Gaunt, five years later (1943). From this visit he learned that his father was a Muggle and his mother was a descendent of Slytherin. Once obtaining this information, Tom stunned his uncle, took his wand, and went to the Riddle House, where he murdered his grandparents and his father. Then he returned to Gaunt hovel and performed magic that implanted a false memory in Morfin's mind, left the wand by his unconscious body, stole the ring he wore, and left.

The beginning of the quest to power and immortaility

Tom vanished for some years after he murdered his family. During his 'disappearance' Tom sunk very deeply into the Dark Arts in his quest for power and immortality. Once he returned, now openly calling himself Lord Voldemort, (he had the name a few years into his schooling at Hogwarts, but only his closest 'friends' knew him, by it) not many realized this was the same Tom Riddle they once knew.

Voldemort gains followers

In the 1970's Voldemort began gaining followers. These followers called themselves Death Eaters.

A mark, known as the Dark Mark, was burned into the Death Eater's lower left forearms. This mark was a skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. When the mark burned black the Death Eaters were expected to apparate to his, Voldemort's, side. When the Death Eater's kill they send the same mark into the air by using the spell 'Morsmordre'. The mark is made up of emerald stars blazing in a haze of greenish smoke

Many giants joined him, and were responsible for some of the worst mass killings of Muggles. After so many reports of deaths, disappearances and tortures, Bartemius Crouch (who was then the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement) allowed Aurors to use the Unforgivable Cruses against suspects, delegated them to kill rather than capture them, and some suspects were even handed to the dementors without trial.

Albus Dumbledore formed the Order of the Phoenix at this time. These witches and wizards fought against the Death Eaters. The Order was drastically low in number compared to the Death Eaters, and thus the Death Eater's were killing them off, and often even their families with them. At this point mostly everyone avoided saying the Dark Lord's name. If they did, they would call him You-Know-Who, or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Learning of the Prophecy & trying to put a stop to it

In 1979, the Dark Lord learned of a Prophecy. A prophecy he learned only part of, one about him, one that named the person who would defeat him. He knew that this person was to be born at the end of July, to parents who had survived three attempts to kill them. Voldemort knew he must find and kill this threat.

A boy called Harry Potter was born July 31st, 1980 to James and Lily. They were members of the Order and they did indeed escape from the Dark Lord three times. He searched for this boy to kill him, but they were hidden well, only the secret keeper, Peter Pettigrew, knew of their whereabouts. Peter had turned spy for Voldemort however, and on October 31st, 1981, the Dark Lord went to th Potter's home. He killed James, and Lily (who chose to die to save her son) and then attempted to kill the now 10 month old Harry Potter. The curse rebounded, ripping the Lord from his body. He fled at that point, and wouldn't make his presence know again for another 10 years.

In hiding

During these "missing years", Voldemort hid in a forest in Albania, far from any human, for he knew the Aurors who would surly be looking for him. He had worked so hard to conquer death, to become immortal. It is his goal after all, and he did achieve it. He was not killed by the rebounding Avada Kedavra curse, though he should have been. His Horcruxes enabled him to escape from the inevitable death. None were known to survive this curse, except for Harry, but really if it was rebounded Voldemort was the real survivor. He's the one that lived. Still, he was without a body, and he couldn't use a wand, therefore, he couldn't do any magic that could have helped him return to a body. He was still able to possess others however, Snakes, were what he preferred. There he fought so hard to survive, and he waited for his Death Eaters to attempt and find him and perform the magic that would so simply restore him, but many Death Eaters had been imprisoned, or killed, and so many of them denied they were involved with him, or that they had been forced, by whatever means, to serve him.

The Sorcerer's Stone

Quirrel wandered into the forest the Dark Lord had been hiding himself in for 10 years. Voldemort easily bent the the young, gullible professor to his will. Once home, they devised a plan to create Voldemort a new body using the Sorcerer's Sone to make the Elixir of Like. Which will also make the drinker immortal if they continue drinking it that is. Quirrell managed to break into Vault seven hundred and thirteen at Gringott's Bank, where the stone was being kept. However, he found it was empty. The vault had been emptied by Hagrid earlier that day, as per Dumbledore's instructions. Voldemort now decided it was essential that he share Quirrell's body, and so he did. For that time until the end of the school year Voldemort hide himself behind Quirrell's turban, which he had grown accustom to wearing only that year, saying that it warded of vampires. Quirrell and Voldemort then attempted to obtain the stone, which was now kept at Hogwarts, in a very safe location mind you. Quirrel drank the silvery blood of the unicorns he killed in the Forbidden Forrest to help give Voldemort strength. It has been said that drinking the blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.. Hagrid was eventfully fooled by Quirrell and Voldemort into giving up how to get past the three headed dog guarding the stone, Fluffy.

Once they had this information they got past him and were then faced with three enchantments that were also protecting the stone. They were successful at their attempts, and once past all of these obstacles they found themselves in a room where the Mirror of Erised was, the mirror that was holding the stone. Harry, Hermione, and Ron believed Snape was out to steal the Stone so they too faced the three headed dog, the three challenges. They were also successful, and Harry went in to the room, not to find Snape as was what he expected, but Professor Quirrell, the most unlikely of all. The stone, as I said, was hidden in the mirror. Out of those three, only Harry was able to obtain it, for he did not wish to use it on himself. Quirrell was unable to take the stone from Harry, because touching the boy caused Quirrel to burn. It caused him to burn because Voldemort could not touch the boy, because of the protection Harry's mother had left him. The protection that lingered in his veins, the same protection that had caused the Avada Kedavra curse to backfire on Voldemort when he attempted to kill Harry many years before. Harry was able to 'fight off' the professor long enough for Dumbldore to come. Once he had arrived, Voldemort left Quirrel's body, and fled from the castle to the forest in Albania once more.

The Chamber of Secrets

Weaker than ever, Voldemort waited in the forest without hope that any of his faithful Death Eaters would come looking for him. While he waited in what seemed to be vain, the diary that he had preserved his sixteen year-old self in, the one he had also had made into one of his Horcruxes, was still in Lucius Malfoy's hands, a Death Eater who had been one of the first to return to the 'other side' when Voldemort had his downfall. At this time raids were being conducted, and Lucuis wanted very much to get rid of this item, as it was very dark, having belonged to the Dark Lord himself. So while at Flourish and Blotts, Lucius took the opportunity to get rid of the diary by planting it into a book that had been purchased for Ginny Weasley. Doing this would allow him to get rid of the the dark item and discredit Arthur at the same time. As I said, this diary was also a Horcrux, and thus contained part of Voldemort's soul. Lucius didn't know that however, and so he handled the diary with not as near as much caution and care as he should have. This was the plan for the diary, but Lucius was supposed to wait until Voldemort told him to, but that never happened as Voldemort vanished shortly after giving Lucius the diary. Still, this angered the Dark Lord obviously. He was not pleased that Lucius got rid of the diary for his own benefit.

Ginny wrote in this diary, she opened her heart to it, and Tom Riddle became stronger and stronger, feeding on her deepest fears and darkest secrets. She told him of Harry Potter and his victory of Lord Voldemort. Soon he had become more powerful than Ginny, and was able to use her without her knowing, to open up the Chamber of Secrets, set the Basilisk loose in the school, kill the roosters (their crows are fatal to a Basilisk) and more. Ginny had grown frightened of the diary and tried to dispose of it in an deserted girl's bathroom. It was then conveniently found by Harry. Eventually Tom had grown so strong that he was able to leave the diary. He used Ginny as a pawn to draw Harry to the Chamber. Tom wanted to larn how Harry had survived. Tom later revealed himself as being Lord Voldemort. While in school he had taken his full name, Tom Marvolo Riddle and made an anagram out of it, I am Lord Voldemort, which he revealed to only his closest friends. Harry told Tom what he knew about the day he had survived the killing curse. Voldemort was pleased, there was nothing special about Harry after all. Eventually Tom set the Basilisk on Harry, but by means of Fawkes (Dumbledore's phoenix) Harry was brought the sorting hat, that contained the sword of Godric Gryffindor.The phoenix blinded the basilisk, and Harry killed it with the sword. When he killed the basilisk he had been wounded by one of the serpent's fangs that had sunk deeply into one of his arms, and splintered. Harry was saved from the basilisk's poisonous venom by Fawke's tears of healing powers. Harry then used the broken fang to destroy the diary by immersing it into the diary. The venom burned a hole into the diary, destroying the memory of Tom Marvolo Riddle and one of his Horcruxes.

The long awaited rebirth

During the Summer of 1994 ( the year before Harry's fourth year) Peter Pettigrew, having no where else to go, followed rumors he had hear from other rats and traveled deep into Albania searching for his master, and found him. Wormtail had stopped at a Inn, and was seen by Bertha Jorkins, who was a witch from the Ministry. This could have been disastrous, for Peter was long thought to be dead, but things have a way of favoring the Dark Lord you see, and instead of hurting him, Bertha helped him more than he could even imagine. Peter convinced her to accompany him on a midnight stroll. He then overpowered Jorkins and brought her to Voldemort, who was able to break the very powerful memory charm that Barty Crouch Sr. had put on her. Breaking th charm enabled him to learn everything he needed to know to be able to devise a plan to regain his body and avenge himself on Harry Potter. He learned that the Triwizard Tournament was to be held at Hogwarts that year and also that there was a loyal servant that would be only too willing to serve his master, this Death Eater was named Barty Crouch Jr. He, like Pettigrew, was thought to be dead, but that wasn't the case, and his loyalty to the Dark Lord was as strong as ever. The means he used to break Bertha's memory charm on her were powerful, once he extracted all the useful information from her, her mind and body were damaged beyond repair. He could not possess her, so he killed her.

Using this information, Voldemort went and found Barty Crouch Jr. and put his father, Barty Sr. under the Imperius curse. Barty's mother had convinced his father to rescue him from Azkaban after he had been convicted of being a Death Eater who had been involved with torturing the Longbottoms, as a last wish. She knew she would be dying soon, so by means of Polyjuice Potion Barty and his mother took the form of the other and he was "free" He remained under the control of his father for many years to come, but eventually he began fighting the Imperius curse. Winky, the Crouchs' house elf convinced Barty Crouch sr. to take Barty Crouch Jr. to the Quidditch World cup since he had loved Quidditch and because he needed fresh air. Winky also threw his mother into the mix by saying how his mother would not have wanted to save her son from prison only to give him a life of imprisonment. There, he managed to steal Harry's wand and was angry and wanted to punish the disloyal Death Eaters. Though unable to do what he wished he did manage to fire the Dark Mark into the sky. He was put back under the control of his father. Winky had been dismissed for she had failed Crouch Sr. That was a pretty big mistake for it was now only Crouch Jr. and Sr. in the house alone, and Sr. was not aware of just how strong Barty was getting. The Dark Lord then came for him. There had been one other who knew of Barty Jr., and that was Bertha Jorkins. She found out and when trying to confront Crouch Sr. about it he put a memory charm on her that was too powerful and caused her memory to be damaged permanently. Bertha ended up being used and that was how Lord Voldemort found out Barty Crouch Jr. was alive.

He came for Barty, and put his father, Barty Sr. under the Imperius curse. Wormtail and Barty had prepared Polyjuice potion, and journeyed to Alastor Moody's house. There they forced him into a compartment of his own magical trunk, took some of his hair and added it to the potion. Barty drank it, and became Moody's double. He took Moody's wooden leg and magical eye. He later set off for Hogwarts. Moody was kept alive under the Imperius Curse, so Crouch Jr. Could question him, find out about his past, learn his habits, and because he also needed his hair to make the Polyjuice potion. Barty as Moody entered Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire under the name of a fourth school so Harry would definitely be chosen to compete. And throughout the whole year he guided, but not obviously, Harry so he would win the tournament. When the final task came around Moody turned the cup into a portkey which led to the graveyard where Voldemort and Wormtail were waiting.

This plan was a success. Once there, Voldemort had Wormtail prepare a potion, that consisted of the bone of his father (unknowingly take), the flesh of a servant (willing given), and the blood of an enemy (forcibly taken). This potion gave Voldemort a body of his own once again. Since Voldemort used Harry's blood, he was now able to touch Harry, for the protection Harry's mother had left him was now coursing in Voldemort's veins as well. He summoned the Death Eaters by the Dark Mark. He told them of what had happened since those thirteen years they had last met, and his disappointment in them. Voldemort wanted to duel Harry, to prove to the Death Eaters, to Harry, and to himself who really was the stronger. At the same time Voldemort shouted Avada Kedavra, Harry shouted, Expelliarmus and a strange thing occurred, the two wands connected by a golden thread of light. Past victims then shot out of Voldemort's wand, by means of Priori Incantatem. This will happen if the Harry's wand and Voldemort's wand are used against each other. This is because Harry Potter's wand is considered the brother wand of Lord Voldemort's wand because Albus Dumbledore's Phoenix, Fawkes gave two feathers. One that resides in Harry's wand and one that resides in Voldemort's wand. The victims to come out of the wand were Cedric, Frank Bryce, Bertha Jorkins, James Potter, and Lily Potter. Unheard by Voldemort, they encouraged Harry to keep holding on. He was told that once the connection was broken they would linger only for a few moments, but would give him time to dash for the portkey. Harry broke the connection and the shadowy figures of Voldemort's victims began closing in on him, shielding him from Harry. The figure of Cedric had asked Harry to take his body back, so Harry grabbed on to him and accioed the cup to him, and returned back to Hogwarts.

Fight for the Prophecy

Voldemort's attention was now on focused on obtaining the copy of the Prophecy that was stored in the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry of Magic. Harry dreamed of the entrance because it was heavily on Voldemort's mind, and Harry was able to sort of "spy" into Voldemort's thoughts because of a connection between the scar on his forehead and the curse that had caused it when he had tried to kill him. Voldemort planned the escape of ten high-security Death Eater prisoners, to help him. One of them, Rockwood, informed Voldemort that the prophecies located in the Hall of Prophecy were protected magically so only the persons the prophecy referred to could safely take them. It was not safe for Voldemort to do it himself, so he had to think of a way to trick Harry into coming and taking it for him. Voldemort had been aware of the connection between him and Harry for several months now, and using this knowledge, he began feeding Harry false visions of the Department of Mysteries, through his dreams. Voldemort's plan worked, and following a false vision, Harry went to the Hall of Prophecy. The record of the Prophecy was destroyed during the battle at the Department of Mysteries. Having previously denied the return of Voldemort, the Minister was now forced to admit its truth publically.

More on the earlier years

At the Orphanage:

On searches into Voldemort's past by Dumbledore and Harry, we learn much about the earlier years of the Dark Lord. Riddle as a boy, was very much like how he is now, only significantly less revealing and much calmer. Tom, as we know, was born in a Muggle Orphanage. Merope lived long enough to wish her son looked like her husband, and to name him Tom Marvolo. Tom after her husband, and Marvolo after her father. It was said by Mrs. Cole to Dumbeldore (who had come to talk with Tom about becoming a student at Hogwarts) that Tom was odd as a baby, he hardly ever cried, and when he was older he was odd also. Funny things happened, and Tom seemed to be the one to blame but it was very hard to catch him at it. One boy, by the name of Billy Strubb had gotten into an argument with Tom, and the next day Billy's rabbit had hung itself from the rafters. Then on one the Orphanage's annual trips to the seaside Tom along with Amy Benson, and Dennis Bishop went into a cave with Riddle, and they were never quite right after that. No one was able to get what happened out of them, only that they went into that cave with Tom.

Tom was very demanding as a child, and also very disbelieving. He was convinced Dumbledore was a doctor who was sent to have a look at him, and to take him to the asylum for being 'mad'. Dumbledore denied those allegations but Riddle didn't believe him at first and demanded he tell the truth. When he found out he was a wizard and that what he was doing, was magic, he seemed excited but not all that surprised, really. Dumbeldore asked what he could do, and Riddle told him how he could make things move without touching them, make animals do what he wanted without having to train them, and make bad things happen to people who annoyed him. After that he said he knew he was different, knew he was special, knew there was something. He questioned whether Dumbledore was a Wizard as well, he said yes, and Tom demanded he prove it. After Dumbeldore showed him some wand magic Riddle wanted to know where he could get one.

It was during this meeting we learn Voldemort liked collecting trophies. He had stolen various items from others. Among them, there was a yo-yo, a silver thimble, and a tarnished mouth organ. Dumbledore told him he would give them back to the ones he had taken them from with an apology. Tom didn't seem particularly embarrassed at being caught. There was a fund at Hogwarts for students who needed assistance in buying school supplies, Dumbledore assured Riddle of that. Riddled interrupted Dumbledore in mid-sentence when he heard the mentioning of spell books. He asked where to get them, Dumbleore told him Diagon Alley. Dumbeldore had it in his mind to assist Riddle but Tom said he didn't need him, so after getting detailed directions to Diagon Alley, a listed of equipment, and a ticket for the Hogwarts Express, Tom no longer needed Dumbledore. He was very independent and very down to business, even as a child. He didn't dilly dally around, he takes what he wants/needs and when he's gotten whatever that may entail he's finished with the person and no longer has any use for them. Dumbledore told him to ask for Tom the barman at the Leaky Caudron, and that it was easy enough to remember since it was his name. Riddle twitched at this, and after Dumbeldore questioned him about not liking the name Tom, he responded with There are a lot of Toms It was now even more obvious that he didn't want to be common, he wanted to be different. It was also here we learned that Tom believed his father was a wizard, and that mother couldn't have a witch or she would not have died. Before Dumbledore left Tom confessed one last thing, one thing he had been saving, his ability to talk to snakes. He asked if that was normal for a wizard. Being just a wizard isn't different enough for Tom, he has to be completely different, in everything he does. He has been this way his whole life.

Searching for his family:

He searched in vain for any mention of the name Tom Riddle senior, but after much research, he was forced to accept that his father was not a Wizard. Dumbledore believed this is when he dropped his old name forever, obviously being very ashamed of it, more so now that he knew it was from a Muggle. Lord Voldemort then began investigating into his mother's family. He researched until he discovered the existence of Slytherin's surviving line. And so during the summer of his sixteenth year, Voldemort left the orphanage in search of his Gaunt relatives. Once there he met Morfin, he asked for Marvolo but Marvolo had died years ago and Morfin told him that. Morfin mentioned he thought Voldemort was 'that muggle' and that he 'looked right like him' 'what Muggle that lives in the big house over the way' The muggle being his father. I believe hearing those things, hearing that he looked so much like his Muggle father, really triggered something in Voldemort, really angered him, for not long afterwards Riddle stunned Morfin. After that Riddle took Morfin's wand and murdered his father and his grandparents. He then returned to the Guant hovel, implanted to false memory of committing the murders on Morfin, laid his wand beside him, and stole the ancient ring that he wore.

Learning of Horcruxes:

Here we learned Tom Riddle was in the Slugclub. Tom questioned Slughorn if it was true professor Merrythought was retiring (the then Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher) Which is hinting his interest in the position. Slughorn was confident Voldemort would become the Minister of Magic, and he did describe Voldemort rather well. (Ability to know things he shouldn't, careful flattery of those who matter). Tom smiled at this, while the others in the group laughed. Though he was not the oldest in the group, the others seemed to look at him as a leader. Tom commented how he didn't know if politics suited him, said he didn't have the right kind of background as one example. Seeing the hour was late, Slughorn dismissed the boys. All of them but Voldemort left. It was at this time Voldemort asked Slughorn about Horcruxes. He said he had come across the term while reading but didn't fully understand it. Slughorn said that it wasn't very likely he was going to find details about them at Hogwarts, as it was very dark stuff. Voldemort was very careful with what he said next. He said it well, his hesitancy, casual tone, careful flattery, none of it was overdone. Slughorn was obviously uncomfortable with the topic of conversation but he chose to explain what a Horcrux was more to Tom, just to give him an overview. As the conversation progressed Voldemort could no longer hide his longing to know how to go about creating Horcruxes. He asked Slughorn how one would split their soul. He was told that it is done by murder, told that murder rips the soul apart. The person intending to create the Horcrux would then use the damage to his advantage, and encase the torn portion, and Voldemort interrupted him, he wanted to know how that was done. Slughorn was getting more and more uncomfortable. He told Voldemort there was a spell, but he didn't know it. Slughorn was becoming more or less defensive, his worrying had caused it. Voldemort then asked about splitting the soul more than once, he asked about doing it seven times, as seven was the most powerfully magical number. Slughorn was upset by this, and reassured this was all academic, and Voldemort said it was. Still, Slughorn told him to keep it quiet, as Horcruxes were banned subject at Hogwarts.


Voldemort had asked Professor Dippet about getting the Defense against the Dark Arts job. He was told that eighteen was too young but he was invited to reapply in a few years if he was still interested. After being 'rejected' for the position, Voldemort went off to work at Borgin and Burkes, a shop in Nocturn Alley. Voldemort was no mere assistant at the shop. He was polite, handsome, clever and was soon given jobs where he was sent to persuade people to part with their treasures, and Voldemort was unusually gifted at doing this. This particular memory showed Voldemort attempting to persuade a very old and a very rich witch named Hepzibah Smith. Looking more handsome than ever, Voldemort entered the room where Hepizabah was eagerly awaiting him. It was obvious he had been there many times before. He greeted her with a kiss on her hand, and a bunch of roses that he had made appear out of nowhere. She was expecting them, as she already had an empty vase all ready on a little table nearest to her. After some small talk and Voldemort attempting to persuade Miss Smith to sell her goblin-made armor, Hepzibah decided she wanted to show Voldemort her finest treasure, something she knew Mr. Burke would never let her rest if he knew she had it, and something she was sure Tom would appreciate for its history and not how many galleons he could get for it. It was a a golden cup with two finely wrought handles. Upon seeing this cup Voldemort's expression went greedy and Harry thought he saw a red gleam in his eyes. Voldemort then noticed a badger on it, and it turns out this cup was Helga Hufflepuff's herself, and Hepzibah Smith was distantly related to her. She then showed him another item, one Burke already knew she had, for she had bought it from him. Shw told Voldemort that she thought he would like it even more. This one was a heavy gold locket. Without invitation, he reached out his hand and held it up to the light. There as a ornate, serpentine, S engraved in it. Voldemort recognized it as being Slytherin's mark. Smith had told him the story of how she had gotten to own the locket. It was apparent that this locket was Voldemort's mothers. Hearing Hepizabah's words, Voldemort's knuckles turned white as they clenched the locket's chain tightly, and once again, unmistakably this time, Voldemort's eyes flashed scarlett. Hepizabah died two days after her and Voldemort's meeting. Like Morfin, Hokey (Smith's house elf) confessed to the crime she hadn't committed. Voldemort then abandoned his post at Borgin and Burkes and wasn't seen again for a very long time.

Defense against the Dark Arts:

Ten years after Hepzibah's murder, Voldemort had made an appointment to meet with Dumbledore. Once there, Voldemort said to Dumbledore that him being chosen as Headmaster (as he was now) was a worthy choice. Dumbledore called him by the name of 'Tom' and Voldemort said "they do not call me 'Tom' anymore" and Dumbledore said, that to him, he would always be Tom Riddle. Though Voldemort's face remained expressionless, Harry could sense that the atmosphere in the room had changed subtly. By reufing to use the name Voldemort had chosen for himself, was refusal to allow Voldemort to dictate the terms of the meeting. Voldemort attempted to flatter Dumbledore, and not seem to be too intrusive when asking him about why he had stayed at the school so long, why he didn't move on to bigger and better things, he had been offered the position of Minister of Magic several times, but refused each time. Voldemort was there to ask for the teaching position he had inquired about many years before. Voldemort said how he had done and seen much since he left Hogwarts, and that he could show and tell the students things they could gain from no other wizard. Dumbledore said he did know that Voldemort had done much since leaving, and that rumors of what he was doing had reached them, and that he should be sorry to believe half of them.

"Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies." was his reply. Dumbledore then questioned him on his usage of the word 'greatness', asking him if that was what he would call what he had been doing. With that Voldemort's eyes appeared to burn red again. He explained how he had experimented, how he had pushed the boundaries of magic further, perhaps, than they had ever been pushed. Dumbledore corrected him saying he had pushed the boundaries and experimented with some kinds of magic while with others he was woefully ignorant. Voldemort smiled at this, and obviouslly disagreeing with Dumbeldore he let it be known. He told him that nothing he had seen in the wolrd has supported Dumbledore's 'famous pronouncements' that love was more powerful than his kind of magic. And with that Dumbeldore suggested that he may have been looking in the wrong places. Then, once more, Voldemort inquired about the teaching position. Dumbeldore asked him what would become of the that he commanded, the ones that called themselves Death Eaters. Dumbledore had known the name 'Death Eaters' and it seemed that Voldemort hadn't expected him to. With this, Voldemort's eyes flashed red once again, and his slitlike nostrils flared. Voldemort called them his 'friends' and Dumbledore was glad to hear that he had considered them friends for he thought them up to be more like servants. Voldemort said he was mistaken. Dumbeldore knew that there were several of them waiting for Voldemort's return at the Hog's Head, Death eaters by the names of Nott, Rosier, Mulciber, and Dolohov awaiting his return. With this, Voldemort remarked how Dumbledore was as omniscient as ever, but Dumbledore assured him he was merely friendly with the local barman (I assume he is referring to his brother, Aberforth)

Voldemort argued that he wanted the job very much, and Dumbledore arguing that he wanted to come back, but he didn't want to teach anymore than he did when he requested the job last time. He questioned Voldemort's true intentions but Voldemort did not budge. Dumbledore made his final decision, Voldemort wasn't getting the job, and after that he left. Dumbeldore knows Voldemort wanted the Defense against the Dark Arts job once again because after that meeting Hogwarts had never been able to keep a Defense Against the Dark Arts teach longer for a year since he had refused Voldemort the position, which leads the reader to believe that Voldemort cursed the position.

The Plan:

During Harry's sixth year Voldemort was not seen (in present form), but he had devised a plan to kill Dumbledore. As a believed punishment to Lucius, Voldemort said that Draco was to do it. This plan had Draco's mother, Narcissa very upset, and in desperation to save her son, and against Bellatrix's warnings, she went to the only person she believed could help him, Severus Snape. She along with her sister made their way to Spinner's End where Snape lived. Bellatrix made it known she didn't trust Snape, and even after Snape's explanations she still didn't. Though she is unswervingly loyal to her master, she believes that the Dark Lord is mistaken in trusting Snape. There Narcissa talked of a plan, a plan Snape said he knew about. He said he had been one of the few the Dark Lord had told it to. (Whether that is true or not is not known, but I am doubting it was). He had mentioned that he thought the Dark Lord intended him to kill Dumbledore in the end, but he wished for Draco to attempt it first, so that in the unlikely event Draco were to succeed, Snape could remain as a spy at Hogwarts for a little longer. Hearing Snape knew the plan relieved Narcissa considerably, as she now assumed she could talk about it.

Eventually Snape and Narcissa made a Unbreakable Vow and he swore that if Draco seemed likely to fail he would carry out the deed for him. So for the whole year Draco came up with (half-hearted) ways to kill Dumbeldore, as he was growing desperate. He had been trying to repair a broken vanishing cabinet all year, Because based off prior knowledge of them, he concluded that if he could fix the broken one that resided in Hogwarts, then that one and the one Borgin and Burkes could be used to travel in and out of the school, as they seemed to create a sort of passage between them. He was correct and eventually a group of Death Eaters entered the school. Draco didn't seem able to kill him but he did have it in his mind that he had to, as he told Dumbledore that Voldemort would kill him and his family if he was not successful. Snape ended up killing Dumbledore, and him, Draco and the other present Death Eaters ran off and disapparated once they reached the outskirts of Hogwarts.

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