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. 😛
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 😛 )
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 –
“It 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.
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?
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 😐 )
P.S. Read more about Lord Voldemort’s Personality here.