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Tom Marvolo Riddle
31 December, 1926 - 2 May, 1998


A young Tom Riddle started his very strange and demented life in an Orphanage in London, England. While what he could do is not fully known, Dumbledore has given testimony to the fact that Tom had no idea what he was doing was magic, but definitely knew whatever it was, it made him special. He used this gift against other children, and the terror he caused started long before he reached adulthood. So unlike Harry Potter's shock at finding out he was a wizard, Tom immediately accepted this new term, and his years of learning at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry began.



Hogwarts and beyond
Slytherin, Head Student, and soon after, Head Boy; Tom even received an award from the school for falsely accusing Rubeus Hagrid as being the culprit of muggleborn murder. It was not until 1992 that we learn that Tom Riddle is in fact the Heir of Salazar Slytherin, and also the controller of a wicked beast known as a Basilisk (MoM classification: XXXXX). While not causing the murder of Myrtle by his own two hands, this is the first homicide directly linked to Riddle's actions, and a sign of the absolute horror to come.

Many years passed when a new Riddle arrived at Hogwarts once more, two purposes lingering in his mind: to request a position as teacher in the school, and to hide a secret item in the only place he could call home. Dumbledore did fall for Riddle's request, looking upon a very different face from the schoolboy he remembered. He even brought up the name Riddle desperately wanted to be called: Lord Voldemort. Tom Riddle left the castle in anger, and even cursed the Defense Against the Dark Arts position he was refused.

"Oh, he definitely wanted the Defense Against the Dark Arts job. The Aftermath of our little meeting proved that. You see, we have not been able to keep a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor for more than a year since I refused the post to Lord Voldemort." ~Professor Albus Dumbledore



Lord Voldemort:
On 31 July, 1980, a child was born, one who would prove to be Tom Riddle's greatest enemy. While his body became no more at his attempted murder of young Harry Potter, we learn much later on that he would not be wiped out so easily. Many pieces of his soul remained inside the scattered and terrifying Horcruxes he kept hidden. It is the way he survives through all the turmoil, and one of his darkest secrets.
Having long since removed his family-given name, Lord Voldemort plagues Harry Potter throughout his years at Hogwarts, always hoping to destroy him. It is not until Harry's sixth year of school, that he finally learns the only way to Voldemort for good- by eliminating his precious Horcruxes and rendering him dead once and for all.



Battle of Hogwarts:
"One of us?" jeered Voldemort, and his whole body was taut and his red eyes stared, a snake that was about to strike. You think it will be you, do you, the boy who has survived by accident, and because Dumbledore was pulling the strings?"

With the Elder Wand finally in his control after having Nagini ruthlessly murder Severus Snape, Voldemort expects to kill The-Boy-Who-Lived once and for all. However, the Elder Wand had a different master, and with the death and final removal of his last Horcrux inside Nagini, he was completely mortal.
Throughout his life, Voldemort laughs in the faces of those who dare to use lesser magic than the dark arts, and time after time ignores the power found in sacrifice for another. It is at the very end Voldemort again underestimates the greatest magic of all: love. And since he could never feel remorse, never ask for forgiveness, Harry was able to defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named by simply blocking his killing curse.
On 2 May, 1998, Tom Marvolo Riddle was defeated. His reign of horror stomped out; no longer able to destroy the countless families of those who dare cross his path. His extended life brought decades of pain to the endless people he tortured or murdered, and his power would be felt for generations to come. However, in his death, one thing is proven: to have friends, and to have love- no other magic is a great that the power of love.


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In this, I feel that Tom Marvolo Riddle died when Lord Voldemort started to come forth. It sounds strange but, he was a mere boy, until this madman over took him. All teachers, aside Dumbledore, adored him, there is no way that Tom Riddle could've been the boy that everyone loved as well as Lord Voldemort who everyone feared.
 

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I wonder how Riddle would have turned out had his mother not been verbally abused and mistreated by her father and brother as well as Tom Sr. actually liking her. If the mother survived, would he have been thirsty for revenge? Would he have made right choices and perhaps became the Minister for Magic?

 

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I think that Tom, needed psychological help too. Maybe he needed to heal from all he went through as a child. Somewhere at Hogwarts he lost his way. I feel sorry for the individual who went the wrong way. He was brilliant but used it in the wrong way. He may have been someone important to the wizarding world.
 

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I feel sorry for him. i can understand how he turned out the way he did. hopefully wherever he ended up in the afterlife he is doing better.
 

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With a name like Tom Riddle you were always going to attract some negative characters around you. Life is very hard, as you know from your early years and personal experiences. Your talent for magic was well beyond that of other wizards, it is a crying shame that you used your ability to further yourself, to torture and murder others rather than sharing your knowledge with other magic users. It is with regret that your life and achievements are tainted by the evils which you perpetuated. You will be remembered as someone who was defeated by Harry Potter ... twice!
 

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Tom Riddle when did you harden your heart and turn your face from love? That is the moment that Dumbledore should have looked for in his Pensieve. Then he could have tried to undo the hurt and pain the young boy felt so very keenly. A boy without family can easily find other distractions as there is no one to tell him right from wrong, or to put him on the right path. Much loved at Hogwarts, he beguiled those he wished to deceive and use. Dumbledore saw through this and the anger that raged through Tom Riddle was unleashed upon the world. A poor unloved boy raging against the injustice and cruelty of an uncaring world. Tom changed into Voldemort and the world became a darker and more dangerous place.

 

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So much wasted talent and beauty, he could have become so much more than Lord Voldemort, if only...and then his life was so sad and tragic. The orphanage at a very grim time, with no parents or friends to care for him. At some time he might have witnessed the nationalsocialists of World War 2 bombing London, how devastating.
 

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I honestly believe that Tom Riddle could have been saved had his mother lived. But without her he reverted to his Marvolo/Morfin like tendency's. In addition to his early loss of any family, being raised in an orphanage and being beholden to a charity fund made him feel so inadequate and desolate, that all he could do is try to achieve some sort of uniqueness. If he was a Muggle he would have had been diagnosed with at least depression, if not some other psychosis.

 

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I wonder if there was anything someone could have done differently to change the path he was going down. Power is great and all but if it corrupts you then you need to slow down and take a vacation. One thing is for certain, he deserved way more hugs as a child.
 

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I believe that it is not Tom’s fault he was evil. It was the non-existence of love so it was partly his parent’s fault. Also I believe that Tom was a great Wizard. He may have done evil things but he was still a great and powerful wizard.
 

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Perhaps, had he grown up in a loving environment with people who truly cared about him, he would have had a better chance to redirect the madness and raging that he saw in his early days. Only a speck of Tom survived in Voldemort.
 

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After a life is over, there are many 'if onlys'. For Tom, I wonder how his life would have been had he been raised in a healthy, loving family. Perhaps he would have gone on to become a Great Wizard, but this time as a force for good rather than evil. I wonder what kind of interventions, if any, could have helped him to become a loving ans supportive member of the wizarding community.



 

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Maybe we should ask Tom RIddle himself for his opinion.
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Perhaps if he had grown up with some love in his life, with at least his mother to guide him he wouldn't have turned out so badly. His mother, however, was so distraught over losing Tom Riddle, the love of her life, that she no longer wanted to live. She wasn't strong enough.
 

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Harry was an orphan too, he lost his parents as a baby and grew up with the Dursleys who constantly bullied him and mistreated him, never had a good meal until he went to Hogwarts. And we can all see what he became. On the other hand we have Tom Riddle, who was also an orphan and grew up in an orphanage. Judging from the reaction of the lady who was running the orphanage when Dumbledore went to pay him his first visit, both children and stuff seemed to fear him so I can't see him being bullied in there. There's no excuse for cruelty, esp animals, children and people who never harmed you in any way.
Tom Riddle, was a sociopath just like Hitler, believed himself above laws and people, never showed any trace of kindness or remorse and had he been a muggle he would spend his life in a hospital. Or prison.
Truth be told I have no liking on him or his followers. What if he had great abilities which he surely had that's undeniable, where did they lead them?
Harry made his choices, so did Voldy. And we all know the rest.
 

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Quote: Tobias Wolff
In this, I feel that Tom Marvolo Riddle died when Lord Voldemort started to come forth. It sounds strange but, he was a mere boy, until this madman over took him. All teachers, aside Dumbledore, adored him, there is no way that Tom Riddle could've been the boy that everyone loved as well as Lord Voldemort who everyone feared.



*A wide grin splits his pale face* you are so very right Mr Wolff, the boy Tom Riddle did indeed fester away until a greater and more powerful entity existed in his place. Madman you say? I say visionary, I hold a vision for this world that the small minds at Hogwarts couldn't begin to comprehend.


Quote: CityReach
I wonder how Riddle would have turned out had his mother not been verbally abused and mistreated by her father and brother as well as Tom Sr. actually liking her. If the mother survived, would he have been thirsty for revenge? Would he have made right choices and perhaps became the Minister for Magic?



The right choices? I'll have you know that no *sneers* love from my weak squib mother or disgusting muggle father would have made me settle for the role of a figurehead like that of the Minister for Magic! I was meant for greater things and the absence of my parents was the absence of a burden that I neither wanted nor needed.


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I forgive him.



Forgive child? By Merlin, what would I need forgiveness for?


Quote: RazorBlade2
I think that Tom, needed psychological help too. Maybe he needed to heal from all he went through as a child. Somewhere at Hogwarts he lost his way. I feel sorry for the individual who went the wrong way. He was brilliant but used it in the wrong way. He may have been someone important to the wizarding world.



I went through nothing as a child that didn't aid in paving my way to greatness, to the realisation of my absolute power. I would never acquiesce to being "someone important to the wizarding world," Lord Voldemort is the wizarding world!


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With a name like Tom Riddle you were always going to attract some negative characters around you. Life is very hard, as you know from your early years and personal experiences. Your talent for magic was well beyond that of other wizards, it is a crying shame that you used your ability to further yourself, to torture and murder others rather than sharing your knowledge with other magic users. It is with regret that your life and achievements are tainted by the evils which you perpetuated. You will be remembered as someone who was defeated by Harry Potter ... twice!



*Laughs a high cruel laugh* those who died deserved to die and those who underwent persuasion techniques were foolish for not doing as was required of them.
People like you who will not ratify the subjugation of the wizarding community are sentencing everybody you love to a life of pain, death and misery.


Quote: GildaGlen
Tom Riddle when did you harden your heart and turn your face from love? That is the moment that Dumbledore should have looked for in his Pensieve. Then he could have tried to undo the hurt and pain the young boy felt so very keenly. A boy without family can easily find other distractions as there is no one to tell him right from wrong, or to put him on the right path. Much loved at Hogwarts, he beguiled those he wished to deceive and use. Dumbledore saw through this and the anger that raged through Tom Riddle was unleashed upon the world. A poor unloved boy raging against the injustice and cruelty of an uncaring world. Tom changed into Voldemort and the world became a darker and more dangerous place.



*Spits* just like that fool Dumbledore spouting your rubbish of love. Pain strengthens people, aids people in their realisation of power. Tom Riddle is a weakness, a blemish that shall be purged to welcome the greatness that will lead to my bountiful and...magnanimous rule.


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So much wasted talent and beauty, he could have become so much more than Lord Voldemort, if only...and then his life was so sad and tragic. The orphanage at a very grim time, with no parents or friends to care for him. At some time he might have witnessed the nationalsocialists of World War 2 bombing London, how devastating.



Wasted talent? I alone have become the most powerful wizard that has ever lived, people fear the sound of my chosen name. Parents, friends *bares his teeth* distractions which divert one's energy into frivolous enterprises. Why waste time on love and beauty when you can be great?
Alas, I was here at Hogwarts during the blitz, but I heard it was glorious, so much death and destruction *grins as his nostrils flair*


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Ms Black, how very fortuitous that at least one knows how to address your Lord and Master *inclines his head*


Quote: Kestrel Winter
I honestly believe that Tom Riddle could have been saved had his mother lived. But without her he reverted to his Marvolo/Morfin like tendency's. In addition to his early loss of any family, being raised in an orphanage and being beholden to a charity fund made him feel so inadequate and desolate, that all he could do is try to achieve some sort of uniqueness. If he was a Muggle he would have had been diagnosed with at least depression, if not some other psychosis.



My waste of human skin squib mother could not even stay alive, and so I lost nothing, I gained my independence, I learnt that I could rely on myself and only myself. Don't insult me with your comparisons to that scourge on the noble blood of Slytherin *hisses* content in their hovel without power or adoration, I would never stoop to emulate such cretins.


Quote: Clare Greengrass
I wonder if there was anything someone could have done differently to change the path he was going down. Power is great and all but if it corrupts you then you need to slow down and take a vacation. One thing is for certain, he deserved way more hugs as a child.



So many people wanting to save me, how utterly pathetic and unwarranted, I need no saving.


Quote: AMBP2006
I believe that it is not Tom’s fault he was evil. It was the non-existence of love so it was partly his parent’s fault. Also I believe that Tom was a great Wizard. He may have done evil things but he was still a great and powerful wizard.



*Inclines his head and grins maniacally*


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Maybe we should ask Tom RIddle himself for his opinion.



This might be the most sage comment of this little *waves his hand* whatever this might be.


Quote: GoldMist
Perhaps if he had grown up with some love in his life, with at least his mother to guide him he wouldn't have turned out so badly. His mother, however, was so distraught over losing Tom Riddle, the love of her life, that she no longer wanted to live. She wasn't strong enough.



*Closes his eyes and breathes deeply through his nose* so much talk about an emotion that merely exposes the weaknesses within a person. Love is for the weak and undeserving of power.


Quote: Keyla
Harry was an orphan too, he lost his parents as a baby and grew up with the Dursleys who constantly bullied him and mistreated him, never had a good meal until he went to Hogwarts. And we can all see what he became. On the other hand we have Tom Riddle, who was also an orphan and grew up in an orphanage. Judging from the reaction of the lady who was running the orphanage when Dumbledore went to pay him his first visit, both children and stuff seemed to fear him so I can't see him being bullied in there. There's no excuse for cruelty, esp animals, children and people who never harmed you in any way.
Tom Riddle, was a sociopath just like Hitler, believed himself above laws and people, never showed any trace of kindness or remorse and had he been a muggle he would spend his life in a hospital. Or prison.
Truth be told I have no liking on him or his followers. What if he had great abilities which he surely had that's undeniable, where did they lead them?
Harry made his choices, so did Voldy. And we all know the rest.



*Laughs coldly* ah Potter, the boy who lived, through no talent of his own, merely an oversight of a much greater man. A boy who no doubt lives on the sympathy of others and looks to others rather than daring to better himself. A muggle she may have been, but that woman sensed my brilliance before any and was rightly scared of the possibilities of how great I could become.
A sociopath hmm? A complex human being who doesn't fit the norms of society, the greatest minds in human history, would all fit into your definition, but I, Lord Voldemort am not one of those great men, I am no mere man. I am Lord Voldemort.

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