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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2003, 07:45 pm
oratoriopiano:

First a little background: our beloved community member little_sun posted a really great entry in harry_potter the other day. :-) She asked about whose perspective, other than Harry Potter's, we would like to see in the books. She had a good point; although Harry isn't technically the narrator of the series, we see everything that goes on through his eyes. So...someone commented that we should get Voldemort's point of view, which really, really got me thinking. Here's what I wrote in response:

Yes, there are so many things I want to know about Tom Riddle. Part of it's my geekiness showing through (I am studying to be a criminal psychiatrist), but I am fascinated with the criminal mind--including Voldemort's. I'd like to know about his childhood (it has already been inferred that it wasn't a happy one for several reasons) and what might have caused him to become uber-dark. For instance, if his father hadn't abandoned him, might he have taken a better view towards muggles, instead of crusading against them in every way possible? Or was the guy just destined to be a sociopath, no matter what?

I thought that Dumbledore's approach to the duel at the end of OotP was very interesting...much like a psychiatrist trying to rationalize with a patient who suddenly whips out a gun and points it at someone. The way in which he handled himself was just exquisite. The biggest thing---what really made me smile and think "Go Albus, you rock", was how he kept calling him Tom. He was acknowledging not the villian that he created of himself, but the still-vulnerable teenager Dumbledore knew at Hogwarts. I'm willing to bet this really messed with his mind; no one had called him Tom since he left Hogwarts. This was Dumbledore's way of rationalizing with him, reminding him of who he once was...perhaps even of who he still could be? I'm an optimist. I like to try to see the good in people, whoever they may be; and I think to a certain extent, Dumbledore is like that, as well. I don't fully believe that Tom Riddle is-and-always-was inherently evil. If Dumbledore keeps playing the psychiatrist card with Tom's best interests at heart, who knows that will happen? :-) Personally, I think it would be the most awesome endings ever if Tom gradually has an awakening and leaves the dark side, himself---kind of like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", only on a trancendentally higher level. :-D

Please feel free to either yell at me or agree with me, in whole or in part...let me know what you think!

Thu, Oct. 2nd, 2003 03:38 am (UTC)
little_sun

Lup! Your studies must be interesting... but a bit depressive ... hm?

Do you think Mrs. Rowling would turn Tom Riddle into a good boy? .. I mean, the books are for children, aren´t they?... But... well, the 4th and 5th is for elder children... so who knows...

If Voldemort would reform him... magic community would hardly take him back... after murders, years of fear... I don´t believe they would be able to forgive him... so ... this way might be much more harder for Voldemort than to stay a bad guy...

Can not wait for your response!

Thu, Oct. 2nd, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
oratoriopiano

That's a good point...most people would never be able to forgive Voldemort, no matter how much he changed. I don't really expect them to, for that matter. I don't know what would happen. You're definitely right in saying that it would be much harder for Voldemort/Tom Riddle to live outside of the dark world he worked to make ever-so-darker. I can see Voldemort drastically changing at the end, and then feeling so grieved for everything that he had done that he does some huge thing in repentance---personally rounds up all his followers for Azkaban, or something?---and then kills himself.

...not great, but I can definitely see it working as an ending. It would make things right in the wizarding world, leaving the reader with a good, happy feeling, but it wouldn't necessarily be everyone "living happily ever after." That would be too easy of an ending, and I don't think I would feel very satisfied if Harry and Tom suddenly became best friends and everything returned to how it was before Voldemort came into power. Too many dark things have happened.

Hm.

Fri, Oct. 10th, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
little_sun

You wrote “....I can see Voldemort drastically changing at the end.“...
What do you think will be or could be the cause of it? Adults usualy don´t change their thinking or behaving or feeling without any reason... Something would have to move (influence, change) him strongly. I am not sure I am able to explain it... just... Why he would change at the end?
... he finds something about his past? or finds some relatives? or? ... I really can´t find some STRONG and convincing reason for his changing. Can you?