shall find the facts of Voldemort's life, insofar as the text tells us,
as well as a few telling observations....
is born Tom Marvolo Riddle. We know his Muggle father abandoned his
witch mother before he was born, when he found out that his wife(?) was
a witch. She dies during or right after the birth, and he is left to be
brought up in a Muggle orphanage.
takes Riddle five years to figure out how to command the basilisk in the
Chamber of Secrets, but he finally does, as we know, and he is
the heir of Salazar Slytherin
is a school prefect at Hogwarts and Head Boy. Apparently most
professors were quite taken with him, except for Dumbledore. But
Dumbledore does admit that Riddle was probably one of the most
brilliant students ever to come through the doors of Hogwarts.
is handsome but after leaving Hogwarts, he goes through "magical
transformations." Obviously these change him hugely, the least of
which was, apparently, his appearance.
tells Harry that already at school, Riddles closest friends were calling
him Voldemort. (Voldemort had close friends!?)
mentions that Voldemort's wand (which is "brother" to Harry's)
is made of yew. Yew is a tree with poisonous berries, and its
wood was once used for arrow making. In Norse mythology, the yew tree is
the tree of death.
to Dobby, Voldemort's "reign of terror" lasted eleven years.
know that Voldemort was banished when Harry was but one year old. We
also know that Book 2 takes place in 1992 (through Headless-Nick's 500th
death-day tombstone which states that his death was Oct. 31, 1492).
Therefore Voldemort attacked the Potters in 1981, and his "reign of
terror" began in 1970. He was 16 fifty years before Book 2, which
would have been 1942, so Riddle would have been born in 1926.