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Poem: "The Girl He Brought Home"
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fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aww...

Yeah, little Tom would've had a much healthier development as a member of the Monster House family.

Uh... I think I'll disagree with you on that point. I've read the Harry Potter books so many times, I have so much trivia about it memorized... remember, Tom Riddle was a very quiet baby. I don't remember all the words exactly, but basically Tom Riddle was born evil. Maybe he wouldn't have been *as* evil raised by his mother in the monster house neighborhood, but I think he would have been evil anyway. I prefer to imagine a Merope who never met Tom Riddle Senior.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aww...

Well, you're entitled to your interpretation.

I think that Voldemort was a combination of nature and nurture -- he had a dark potential, but then so did Harry, and frankly Wizarding Britain was insanely lucky that Harry didn't tell them to sod the hell off after what they did to him. Tom became Voldemort when he decided to hit back, and went too far with it. That's the seduction of the dark side, after all.

I see a lot of parallels between Tom Riddle and Anakin Skywalker, Voldemort and Darth Vader.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aww...

Further, Voldemort's birth was dependent on so many factors turning out a certain way that you change any one of them and the odds of him being born drop. I could go into details about the more minor ones, but rescuing Merope from her father and brother while she was still a toddler, especially if she's taken away from Little Hangleton, basically make the odds of her meeting and falling in love with Voldemort's father vanishingly small.

Okay, you have an excellent point about Harry. It did always seem a little peculiar to me that he turned out to be such a good kid. I'm currently reading a comic series with a character named Courtney Crumrin, and personally she's got a more realistic response to - in her case - neglect than Harry ought to have had to the abuse he suffered.

Heh, that would make an interesting fanfic: Harry Potter either ignores Voldemort or joins him.

For some reason, I'm reminded of a crossover fanfic (unfinished) that someone wrote and posted to the net, wherein Petunia doesn't take Harry, and instead Harry ends up with relatives in America. A family with the surname Addams... :-D

I see a lot of parallels between Tom Riddle and Anakin Skywalker, Voldemort and Darth Vader.

I'm not seeing it. Anakin started out a good kid and went evil. Voldemort, according to the stories the person running the orphanage told Dumbledore, was evil from the start. I suppose it's possible he could have turned out okay, in the right circumstances, but I don't think it's very probable.

Tom became Voldemort when he decided to hit back

Riddle became Voldemort because other human beings were playthings at best to him, obstacles at worst. Whoever he couldn't manipulate, he disposed of. He was a predator, a serial killer with magic and a desire for power. I think the best that could have been hoped for concerning Riddle was for him to become someone like the elder Malfoy. Granted, not all psychopaths become serial killers; it takes special circumstances to turn a psychopath into a serial killer. But I think the seriously fucked-up genetics of his Gaunt relatives (a whole line of criminally insane males, that lot) was more than enough to ensure that Tom Marvolo Riddle was never going to be good. Less evil than he was, perhaps, but I think he had a nitrogen snowball's chance on Venus of being good.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

PS

Forgot to mention, Voldemort's father was under the influence of a love spell when Voldy was sired, which also bade ill. Tom Riddle Senior never loved Merope. And she was so desperate to be loved that she didn't care if she had to get it using magic. Then, later, for some reason she released Voldy's father from the enchantment, and he quite understandably bolted home.
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