Lord Voldemort

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Lord Voldemort

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Like any proper villain, Lord Voldemort (or “He- Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” for the more squeamish) quests for immortality and ultimate power. He does not rob banks or hold hostages. He is hell-bent (literally) on world domination and the destruction of everything decent and honorable. Much like epic mythical villains such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy's Sauron and real-world megalomaniacs such as Hitler, Voldemort embodies evil incarnate. His only problem is that he doesn't have a body, and his attempt to correct this situation is precisely what guides the events of novelist J. K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter series. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Philosopher's Stone in the United Kingdom) in 1997. His origin is clouded and mysterious at first, but Voldemort's sinister history is gradually revealed over the course of the next five books in the series: The Chamber of Secrets (1999), The Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), The Goblet of Fire (2000), The Order of the Phoenix (2003), and The Half-Blood Prince (2005). Born to a witch mother and a Muggle (non-wizard) father, Tom Riddle was beset with an inferiority complex as a child. Voldemort became a very powerful wizard at an early age, but he compensated for his mixed heritage (perhaps in an attempt to hide it) by using his gifts to torture non-wizards. Eventually, Voldemort's primary quest became the domination of both the wizard and the Muggle worlds. He became a Master of the Dark Arts and broke all the wizard codes by using the Three Unforgivable Curses to force other wizards to do his will, to inflict pain, and to murder. Like J.R.R. Tolkien's Sauron, Voldemort also sought immortality. Appropriately, his name means “flight from death” in French. He bound parts of his soul to inanimate object called Horcruxes so that he would be able to defy death and return to life as long as the objects remained intact. At the height of his power, Voldemort initiated a civil war within the wizard community and killed those who refused to join his army. After hearing a prophecy foretelling his downfall and the emergence of a young heroic wizard named Harry Potter, Voldemort decided to kill Potter as an infant. Just prior to the beginning of the first novel in the series, Voldemort killed Harry's parents but failed to kill Harry, who was protected by an older and purer magic. Voldemort cheated death due to the power of his Horcruxes, but the backlash of his attack left him powerless and incorporeal. As Potter grew up an orphan raised in a Muggle household, Voldemort gradually sought to return to power. In each of the books in the series, Potter faces a different manifestation of Voldemort or some evil force the Dark Lord has created to destroy Potter. Reminiscent of snake figures like the serpent from the biblical Garden of Eden, Voldemort has distinctly reptilian characteristics. Voldemort is one of the few wizards who can speak Parselmouth, or snake language. He has snake-like physical features, the ability to tempt others through sly speech, and the penchant to betray those closest to him for his own personal gain. Over the course of the novels, Potter has become aware of many disturbing similarities between Voldemort and himself. He doesn't know yet what his ultimate destiny is, but he knows from prophesy and experience that Voldemort is destined to be his nemesis and that, like any proper hero, Potter is destined to stand in his way. Several years after its creation, the Harry Potter series remains a strong presence not just in children's fiction, but in popular culture in general. Four movies have been released based on the first four books in the series. Creator J. K. Rowling has been quite protective of merchandising rights for the Harry Potter franchise, but Voldemort has appeared occasionally outside the books and the movies. For example, he has manifested himself twice in plastic form as part of Mattel's action figure line.
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This is enough to keep them out of public schools, but not out of the hearts of the millions of young people who love Harry Potter and despise the small-minded Dursleys, who ride with Harry on the train to Hogwarts, cheer for him as he leads his quidditch team to victory, stand alongside him as he challenges the forces of evil, and pray that he survives the violent confrontation with Lord Voldemort that inevitably lies ahead.
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Rowling, han elaborado la llegada del temible Lord Voldemort por mas de cuatro anos.
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When we first met the young wizard-in-training Harry Potter some six years ago, he had spent a decade in the care of his overbearing "muggle" (non-magical) aunt and uncle after surviving the murder of his parents by the evil Voldemort. At the close of the fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Lord Voldemort has returned to full power.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has its moments, like the life-or-death chess game and the spooky encounter with Lord Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest.
Throughout the books, Harry must fend off attacks from an evil arch-villain, Lord Voldemort, who murdered Harry's parents and wants to kill him as well.
Then, on his eleventh birthday, Harry is accepted by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and finally learns that he is a wizard whose parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry's escape as a baby from death at Voldemort's hands has made him a hero in the `Wizardin' world'.
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According to the Verge, a non-profit, high production film based on the villainous Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle) is currently in the works.
The two-part play, which is currently being performed at the Palace Theatre (http://www.ibtimes.com/harry-potter-cursed-child-producers-confirm-broadway-aspirations-address-toronto-2396272) in London , kicks off 18 years after Harry defeated Voldemort. His middle son, Albus Severus, is heading off to Hogwarts.