V for Voldemort

The man with slit eyes and a snaky mind.. The man who was not a whole man.. The man who was the reason for his own tragic death.. The man who shaped his life because he reacted to the hell that he went through as a kid..


Pic source: Harry Potter Wikia.com

Β Well, I’m pretty sure you all know about Lord Voldemort’s personality from the point of view of a psychologist. If you don’t, let me present it in a very cold, precise Snape-ish way : Schizophrenic, antisocial, INTJ personality with an inferiority complex. Out of these amazing titles, I can hold to my credit the second one. πŸ˜›
Jokes apart, if you wanna read the complete analysis, I suggest you check out the link at the end of my blog post. For now, stay on with me. I’m doing a classic comparison between the hero and the villain of the HP series.

Voldemort’s past as an orphan was not exactly a rosy one. Neither was Harry’s. Voldemort felt lonely at the orphanage and took to terrorizing kids. Harry felt lonely at Privet Drive and started passing sarcastic comments on Dudley to satisfy himself. Voldemort had this weird kleptomaniac obsession for all trophy-like things. Harry had an obsession for all the wonderful play games that Dudley got and he never did. Voldemort, when he received the letter, was perfectly calm about the fact that he was a wizard. To the extent that (I feel) he had an inkling about having superpowers. Harry, on the other hand, doubted the fact that what Hagrid said was true. Voldemort, when he entered Hogwarts, entered Slytherin. Harry was given a chance to be a Slytherin, but he refused it. Voldemort had a few dedicated friends. Harry had Ron and Hermione by his side always. Voldemort adored the Dark Arts. Harry adored the Defense Against the Dark Arts. Both of them by the age of 16, had seen death. One was the initiator, and the other the spectator. Voldemort had his army of Death Eaters. Harry had Dumbledore’s Army. And in the end, the best similarity – they both killed each other! (only a Potterhead will know how this can be possible πŸ˜› )

Kinda weird, right? Both the hero and the villain had similar experiences in life. And here, I feel, I should introduce you to Jo Rowling’s genius. This whole life story of Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter can be explained through one of her own musings in HP –
β€œIt is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ Albus Dumbledore


Both Harry and Voldemort had two choices throughout their life. As kids, they had two options: Try and find a way to be happy/ make others lives miserable. As adults: Put the past behind them. Start afresh storing the happy memories of the past to create corporeal Patronuses / Store those sad memories and replay them and use them to fuel those Avada Kedavra curses. Even before Harry did the deed, he gave Tom Riddle Marvolo some time to feel bad about the hell he wrecked on the world.

And that’s what JKR was aiming to drive home: We have our own sets of sufferings: we deal with them as and when they come. But the manner of dealing with them is identical for us all. All of us have those two options. The fact that we choose different options is the main parameter that sets us apart. Some of us choose to ignore the negativity and embrace the positivity with a new zest for life. Some of us wallow in self-pity and wish to harm the world the way the world harmed us. The right to exercise any of the two options lies with us. The changes that happen to our personality as and when we exercise this right makes us who we are. Makes us different individuals. Makes us people with different mindsets, different ways of thinking and different ideologies. And that’s the thing that defines good and evil. Our choices. Yes, our choices define good and evil. Kinda highly philosophical and Fabulusly random, but yes. Our choices define what is good and evil.Β 

Actually, the meaning of the above line is: When we choose to do something, we judge whether it is good for us or evil for us. The world, looking at our actions, judges us as good people/evil people. Got it?Β 

Anyways, I hope you liked this Lord Voldy post. Have a great saturday chugging down some Firewhisky, I’m gonna be waiting for 28th April (FYJC results declaration day 😐 )

~Potterhead-and-Ravenclaw


P.S. Read more about Lord Voldemort’s Personality here.
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15 Comments Add yours

  1. It seems Voldemort had a lot more in common with Harry than I had realized. The key difference like you said was the choices they made. Great post, although I think you left out one key aspect of Voldemort's character: his fear of death, the same fear that triggered his fixation with immortality. Harry on the other hand was more than willing to die, to protect the people that he loved. πŸ™‚

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  2. Spot on! How did i miss that one out? Glad you commented about it!
    That, in Dumbledore's opinion, would have been the crowning point of differentiation! πŸ™‚
    SO, I finally found a Potterhead in my league.. What say? πŸ˜€

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  3. Prasanna Rao says:

    Of course there were lots of similarities in Voldemort and Harry but as Dumbledore said it's the choice we make that shows us who we truly are. Apart from that, I think Harry had a set of loyal friends who stood by him till the last, unlike Voldemort's army of death-eaters who were by him because they were scared of him and abandoned him in the end. Loved the comparison πŸ™‚

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  4. Awwww, shucks, you're making me blush. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    To be in your league, I'd need to have read the entire series at least 9 times. I tried commenting on your guest blog the other day by the way, but it seemed my comment was swallowed up by the great comment-eating monster that usually hangs out around WordPress blogs. πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh! Never mind, comment on my blog post which shared the link to that blog post! I don't mind! πŸ™‚

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  6. Hmm! Another great point! Harry loved his friends till death do us apart.. Whereas Voldemort was willing to sacrifice his Death Eaters at the altar of Death!
    Glad you liked the comparison! πŸ™‚

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  7. Excellent post on Voldy. What a great nickname; it rhymes with moldy! Attitude is everything and that sucker did not have a good one. Not that Harry was perfect. Somewhere along the way he must have made a few bad choices, just to keep his character human. I just can't remember any off the top of my head.

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  9. Hehe.. Moldy Voldy was a nickname that my sister had created during her Potterhead days!
    Yes, Harry made a mistake of trusting his part-dreams-part-visions and rushing to the aid of he-thought-he-was-injured-Sirius. If he hadn't done that, Sirius would have lived to see Harry marry Ginny! *weep

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  10. They even had similar wands! Well, wands than came from the same creature.

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  11. Oh no! I missed so many similarities!
    Thanks for pointing out the wand one!
    My wand salutes you! πŸ˜€

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  12. Roslyn Core says:

    Love your summing up of Coldermort- spot on in my opinion πŸ™‚

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  13. Thanks so much! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  14. Jo says:

    I hadn't realized the similarities either. I saw the movies but am not a dedicated follower.

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  15. Cool! Why don't you check out all my blog posts for the #AtoZChallenge? Maybe that will motivate you to take up the Harry Potter series!
    Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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