Harry Potter Challenge: Day 26

If you’re interested in participating in the Harry Potter Challenge, read this post here! Each day I will be posting a question for that day for the next 30 days. When I reach day 31, I will release all 30 questions in a single post with links to all of my answers. Follow along each day with your own post or feel free to wait until the entire challenge has been released and take it on whenever you like! Be sure to link back to the master post at the end or link back to each post for each day.

Day 26 – Do you think Voldemort is evil due to his nature or his traumatic childhood?


Ah, nature versus nurture. I could probably go into more depth on this, but I had really only planned on doing a paragraph or two per question so I will do my best to sum up my thoughts concisely. I believe that nature and nurture both play a part in Tom Riddle’s descent into evil, but if his childhood were to have been happy I am inclined to believe that Voldemort may not have been as evil as he turned out to be. We have seen those who rise from trauma and tragedies, and we have seen those who let them be consumed by them. Two people who have the same upbringing can turn out totally different.

However, Tom Riddle had the cards stacked against him early on in life. He was conceived under a love potion, and a loveless union. Had his mother lived to care for him, would be just as evil? Mrs. Cole at the orphanage said he was a “funny baby” who seldom cried which leads me to believe there already wasn’t something quite right, and it was a bit of foreshadowing of what was to come. Between the need to be special and a family history that was rife with an obsession with their bloodline, I don’t think Tom stood much of a chance against the world. At the very least, Tom may have been a sociopath rather than Lord Voldemort.

Do you think Voldemort is evil due to his nature or his traumatic childhood? Let me know in the comments below OR take on the challenge yourself and link back to this post so I can see your answer!

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4 thoughts on “Harry Potter Challenge: Day 26

  1. I think if Voldemort had a happy childhood, I think he could still turn out the same. When he went to Hogwarts, he still would have been sorted into Slytherin and I think he would have still been prejudiced towards non-magical folk.

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  2. He and Harry Potter were kind of raised in similar fashion in a very unloved environment.
    Tom was put away in a Home and Harry was raised by people who hated him and shoved him away.
    Harry never shown that evil.
    Tom became obsessed with power, and the idea of immortality though that has no ground in his traumatic childhood. That is a desire he had. To split his mind that much as he did he would already have to be evil. The making of these things would have probably made him evil enough that Nurture would not matter. Tom to me seems the type that is so disconnected from the world and into himself (as like when he was a baby he never tried) he would have probably used any excuse.

    If he was a Weasley for example I think he would see the injustice between their income of that and the ministers.. probably even get envious of Muggles.. who do so much more Mundane things and still have a better living. He had this pride in his abilities..in his superiority had he been placed in a loving home any good results he got would have still been met with love.. reinforcing his pride and ego as well.. which would lead to him thinking muggles are lesser all the same. He lacks the empathy.
    For Voldemort to not have turned evil I think he would have had to be placed in a welcoming home that discouraged ambition…like how Master Roshi beat Goku in Dragon Ball in the world tournament to teach him humility.
    However I do not see the Wizarding world work like that. It is very competitive and rewards excellence trough and trough. House Points, teachers pets, tournaments for pride. It is a system where ambition is always and at all costs rewarded. Everyone encouraged Tom in his journey until it was too late. So I think Voldemort is inherently evil that could have been nurtured away.. but in the magical world of Harry Potter he always would have became this person. No matter where he came form.

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