Lord Voldemort: A Character Analysis

September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lessons to be Learned from He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named

1. Dedication.  I mean, it takes a lot of time and effort to be good at what you do.  Even if it is bein’ evil.

Lord Voldemort is the perfect evil character, and I mean perfect.

In today’s pop culture, evil has become more and more humanized.  Sometimes, you can’t figure out if you hate the bad guy, or merely feel sorry for how his past troubles have led him to become the person he is now.  This makes Lord Voldemort the perfect bad guy–he’s a guy you love to hate.  Think about it:  there is no redeeming quality about You-Know-Who.  Not a single one.  He murders without thought.  He literally blasts people out of his way when he walks.  He killed innocents just so he could live.  Basically he’s bloodthirsty, and so powerful he won’t be stopped.  But he wasn’t like this because of a past wrought with turmoil.  He’s not evil because of some neurotic psychosis.  He’s just selfish and will stop at nothing to get his way.  He craves power and wants everyone to be beneath him.

2. Ignore the naysayers.

Face it, it takes guts to overcome adversity.  And you’ll never amount to anything if you keep letting those glass-half-empty types slow you down with their verbal admonitions.  So no matter what they say, you go out and be who you want to be.  Even if it is the most evil warlord in the world.

3.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Lord Voldemort didn’t let death slow him down, and he died like a bazillion times.  He just popped right back up again, more evil than before.    He just kept comin’ back stronger than ever.  If at first you don’t live forever, keep on trying. You might get it.

4.  Always be prepared.

Voldemort knew there might come a time when someone more powerful-or just in the right spot at the right time-might overthrow his reign of terror, so he prepared ahead of time by making seven (yes, seven) horcruxes just so he would always have a way of coming back and living forever.  Take note:  By taking the time to prepare now, you could save yourself a lot of pain and effort later.

5.  In case you do die, make sure you’ll be remembered.

There’s a number of ways you could do this:  win the Pulitzer Prize, become the President, be a heroic soldier, or maybe even a murderous dictator who will stop at nothing until the whole world bows down to you.  Lord Voldemort did it by creating an anagram with his name.  I mean, with a name like Voldemort, who wouldn’t become a household name? And this way, though his bones become dust, his legacy will always linger on.


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