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!