It's common knowledge that Voldemort was incapable of love, but that doesn't mean that this iconic Harry Potter villain didn't prefer some characters to others. In fact, he did have a hierarchy that shifted based on the successes and failures of his followers. Of course, there were certain characters that Lord Voldemort truly despised. Some of them may be quite obvious to fans, while others may surprise you. Even then, Tom Riddle had a certain hierarchy which he used to control them.
It should be noted that Voldemort's admiration for others could never compete with his admiration for himself. The man was truly a monster. Additionally, the respect he had for others usually had to do with their devotion to him, as well as having a shared perspective. For instance, Voldemort notoriously hated Muggles and Muggle-borns alike. Therefore, he generally appreciated those who shared similar bigoted beliefs. Those who didn't, he couldn't stand. There were no "ifs", "and's", or "buts" about it.
Even when Voldemort, AKA Tom Riddle, felt somewhat close to others, it was never healthy. He never felt authentic platonic or romantic love for them. After all, he had done so many awful things throughout his life that contributed to his sociopathic behavior, and ultimately, to the physical and metaphorical splitting of his soul. This history shaped him to become the Machiavellian villain that we all love to hate. Regardless, it's still fascinating to delve into Voldemort's personal relationships.
Here are 10 Characters Voldemort Was Close With (And 10 He Couldn't Stand).
20 Close With: Barty Crouch Jr.
Barty Crouch Jr. was always dedicated to his Dark Lord. He was even sent to Azkaban due to his unwavering loyalty. In his eyes, Voldemort was like a father to him. If it wasn't for the sympathy of his real father, Crouch wouldn't have been snuck out and placed him under the Imperius Curse. Of course, this led to Voldemort sending Wormtail to retrieve him from his captors.
Barty Crouch was then chosen to fix the Triwizard Tournament so that Harry would be sent to Voldemort without Dumbledore knowing. Voldemort wouldn't have picked just anyone to complete such a task. A lot of it had to do with how powerful Crouch was as a wizard. This was something that Voldemort admired. It was clearly one of the reasons why he kept Crouch so close.
19 Couldn't Stand: Lucius Malfoy
"Slippery" is the word Voldemort used to describe Lucius Malfoy. During the First Wizarding War, Lucius was Voldemort's right-hand. Although he concealed his identity, he was a very active foot-soldier for Voldemort. He also used his immense wealth and influence to aid the Dark Lord whenever he could. But he didn't stay loyal to Voldemort after his downfall. He told the Ministry that he was placed under the Imperius Curse and then became an upstanding, yet bigoted citizen.
Voldemort did give Lucius another chance, but the wealthy wizard completely lost favor after he failed to obtain the prophecy. The Dark Lord merely kept him around to use his remaining assets. Voldemort also took joy in using Lucius' son to taunt him. In short, Lucius was not well-liked by Voldemort.
18 Close With: Bellatrix
Bellatrix Lestrange was Voldemort's most loyal Death Eater. There's no doubt that Bellatrix had an obsessive and utterly unhealthy interest in him. She went to any and all extents to make him happy. This was something that Voldemort deeply appreciated. It allowed him to trust her with important objects such as one of his Horcruxes.
Bellatrix was also one of the few Death Eaters who remained loyal to him at the end of the First Wizarding War. Most abandoned their positions, hid, or claimed they followed Voldemort due to the Imperius Curse. But Bellatrix happily pled guilty and was sent to Azkaban. When Voldemort came to power again, he freed her and kept her close until her demise. He clearly was close to her since they also had a child together in secret.
17 Couldn't Stand: Dumbledore
Tom Riddle had a slightly complicated relationship with Albus Dumbledore. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Riddle was impressed with Dumbledore's magical abilities. He was, after all, his mentor in a lot of ways.
Dumbledore was one of the only people who remained wary of Riddle, despite his charm and charisma. Because Dumbledore didn't trust him, Riddle's animosity for the wizard grew. Dumbledore's understanding of Riddle became more accurate and this frightened him. In later years, Dumbledore refused to give Riddle the Defense Against The Dark Arts teaching position at Hogwarts. This sealed the deal for Riddle, who was well on his way to becoming the Dark Lord Voldemort. Once the Wizarding War began, the two were on opposite sides and became the greatest of enemies.
16 Close With: Antonin Dolohov
Similarly to Bellatrix Lestrange, Antonin Dolohov remained loyal to Voldemort after his initial downfall. He was one of Voldemort's longest followers. Dolohov never wavered from his duties toVoldemort and was extremely effective. He was responsible for ending a couple members of the Order of the Phoenix as well as several Muggles. Voldemort was inspired by the fact that this Death Eater didn't seem to have regrets over the awful things he'd done. The pair weren't buddies, but Voldemort respected him as much as he could.
Even though Dolohov failed a couple of times in the later part of his life, Voldemort still freed him from Azkaban twice. Clearly, Voldemort thought that Dolohov was an important ally to have.
15 Couldn't Stand: Wormtail
Unlike Death Eaters such as Bellatrix or Dolohov, Wormtail didn't necessarily share Voldemort's ideology. He also didn't love to follow Voldemort's orders. Wormtail only did what he did out of fear. At best, Wormtail was an opportunist. He wanted to stay alive at all costs, even if it meant doing things he didn't agree with. These were qualities that Voldemort loathed. He wanted complete dedication out of a sickeningly unhealthy admiration or obsession. This is why Voldemort couldn't stand Wormtail and treated him poorly.
However, Wormtail proved very useful to Lord Voldemort. Although he initially lost favor with Voldemort after the incident with baby Harry, Wormtail was the one who found the remainder of Voldemort and nursed him back to health. If Wormtail hadn't done that, Voldemort would have taken him out.
14 Close With: Snape
Voldemort admired intelligence, and Snape was one of the best-read wizards around. He advised Voldemort on many matters and became one of his most trusted allies. Snape was also extremely loyal to Voldemort-- up until Lily Evan's life was at risk. This changed Snape's entire outlook and caused him to become a spy for Dumbledore. Of course, Voldemort had no idea and was convinced that Snape continued to serve him. Additionally, Snape's Occlumency prevented Voldemort from invading his mind and discovering his true allegiances.
Bellatrix was the only Death Eater who never trusted Snape. If she had the ability to influence Voldemort, he wouldn't have kept Snape so close. Even if she voiced her opinion, it likely wouldn't have mattered. Snape was the one who took out Dumbledore, and that was everything to Voldemort.
13 Couldn't Stand: Draco Malfoy
Draco showed too many similarities to his father, which caused Voldemort to dislike him. In an effort to both punish Lucius for his failures and attempt to force Draco into his ranks, Voldemort made Draco do many awful things. This included harming Death Eaters who failed or betrayed him and giving him an important mission. That mission, of course, was the attempt on Dumbledore's life. If Draco failed that mission, Voldemort planned on offing him. Ultimately, Draco's mother and Severus Snape were the ones to keep Draco from meeting his end.
Voldemort kept Draco around as he was useful to him to an extent. He never actually succeeded at any of Voldemort's tasks but he was a good pawn. Voldemort probably sensed that Draco's heart was never truly in any of it.
12 Close With: Nagini
Dumbledore remarked on how strange Voldemort's connection to his pet snake Nagini was. Even for a Parselmouth, Lord Voldemort has a very unique relationship with this snake. He even imprinted part of his soul onto her, making her one of his Horcruxes. Perhaps his closeness with her had something to do with the fact that Nagini was actually far more than met the eye, as revealed in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Additionally, Nagini obeyed all of Voldemort's orders.
Nagini's milk was also what kept Lord Voldemort alive after his encounter with baby Harry Potter. Although he barely clung to life before the events of Goblet of Fire, he wouldn't have made it at all without her.
11 Couldn't Stand: Ginny Weasley
Many forget that Voldemort and Ginny had a special relationship. In The Chamber of Secrets, the memory of Tom Riddle manipulated Ginny to open the ancient magical chamber below the school and release the Basilisk that rested within. He was able to do this via the Horcrux diary that Lucius Malfoy slipt into Ginny's cauldron. Through both charm and magic, he made Ginny responsible for the attacks. However, she was later found innocent.
Even though he was able to get Ginny to do what he wanted, he showed great contempt for her. He found her exceptionally boring and silly. Riddle was also amused by her confusion, stupidity, and naivety.
10 Close With: Quirrell
Professor Quirinus Quirrell was the first to find Voldemort's disembodied soul fragment in a forest in Albania. Although he wasn't a Voldemort follower during the First Wizarding War, he was enthralled by the Dark Lord's magical abilities. When the two met, they both thought that they could use one another.
Voldemort convinced Quirrell to share his body and become his faithful servant. In return, Quirrell thought he would receive money, fame, glory, and some of his master's incredible magical talents. Of course, Voldemort had little intention of giving Quirrell anything but did appreciate how loyal he was. After all, if it wasn't for Quirrell, Voldemort would have had a more difficult time staying alive. In order to share Quirrell's body, they were very close, indeed.
9 Couldn't Stand: Hagrid
Tom Riddle and Rubeus Hagrid went to Hogwarts together in the 1940s. Although Riddle was three years older than Hagrid, he held a great contempt for him. When Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets and ordered the Basilisk to attack various Muggle-born students, he framed Hagrid's Acromantula, Aragog. He knew that Hagrid had an affinity for magical creatures and was raising them, so he was a good fall guy Riddle.
As a result, Headmaster Dippet had Hagrid expelled from the school. Dumbledore argued for keeping Hagrid on as Groundskeeper. Riddle, however, had nothing but dislike for Hagrid, especially once Hagrid joined the Order of the Phoenix. Additionally, he wasn't the least bit remorseful for what he had done to an innocent man.
8 Close With: Narcissa Malfoy
Although Lucius Malfoy fell from Voldemort's good graces, Voldemort always had an appreciation for Narcissa. This is because Narcissa never had an opportunity to disappoint him. It was easier for her as she wasn't an official Death Eater like her husband or her sister, Bellatrix. Narcissa also wasn't "slippery" like her husband. She never attempted to present herself as greater than she was.
Narcissa had the same bigoted ideology as the Dark Lord and was very accommodating of him. After Voldemort's revival, she hosted him at Malfoy Manor and made him feel very comfortable. However, Voldemort misjudged Narcissa as he took her at her word when she helped Harry fake his demise at the end of The Deathly Hallows.
7 Couldn't Stand: Molly Weasley
Voldemort's dislike for "Blood traitors" was nearly as strong as his disdain for Muggle-borns and Muggles. The Weasley family were one of the worst offenders, associating with those who mixed magical and non-magical genetics. This was even more of an abomination in Voldemort's mind due to the fact that the Weasleys were part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight; a long lineage of pure-blood families. In his mind, families like the Weasley had a duty to uphold what he considered to be good magical values.
Of all the Weasleys, Molly was his least favorite. However, his dislike for her was fueled by one moment during the Battle of Hogwarts. In the book, Voldemort witnessed Molly take out Bellatrix, the mother of his secret daughter and his best lieutenant. Voldemort attempted to destroy Molly, but Harry intervened.
6 Couldn't Stand: Morfin Gaunt
Tom Riddle was less than pleased when he met his uncle Morfin Gaunt. Morfin basically everything Riddle disliked in a wizard, though at least he was a pure-blood. After being released from his orphanage and taken to Hogwarts, Riddle was obsessed with learning about his lineage. He wanted to make sure that he came from the best of the best. His reputation was at stake.
Although the Gaunts weren't Muggles like his father, they were less-than-impressive wizards. In fact, Riddle believed that Gaunt squandered his magical gifts. The Gaunt family also had birth defects from intermarrying, which repulsed Riddle. Riddle disliked Gaunt so much that he altered his memory and framed Gaunt for the crimes that he committed.
5 Close With: Horace Slughorn
Tom Riddle was one of Horace Slughorn's model students when he first taught at Hogwarts. Slughorn believed Riddle was an exceptional young wizard and wanted to "collect" him. Riddle had an easy time manipulating Slughorn while part of his Slug Club.
Slughorn was even the key to Riddle's discovery of the Horcruxes. Usually, Riddle would have been more skeptical about inquiring about dark magic with his professors, but he knew that he and Slughorn had a special relationship. Once Riddle became Lord Voldemort, he attempted to recruit Slughorn to his side. However, Slughorn felt ashamed that he had misjudged Riddle and constantly evaded him and the Death Eaters. Although they grew apart due to conflict ideologies, the pair were once very close.
4 Close With: Headmaster Dippet
Before Albus Dumbledore, Armando Dippet was the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Tom Riddle went to school there, he had a strong relationship with his Headmaster. Dippet completely bought into Riddle's false image. He thought that Riddle was exceptionally bright and talented. Dippet even would have made special arrangements for Riddle to stay at Hogwarts over summer holidays if the Chamber of Secrets wasn't opened. Little did he know, Riddle was actually the one who opened it.
Unlike Dumbledore, Dippet was easily manipulated by Riddle's charm and charisma. Even when Riddle framed Hagrid, Dippet stood by his model student. He awarded Tom the Special Award for Services to the School. For these reasons, Riddle was close to him.
3 Couldn't Stand: Tom Riddle Sr.
When Tom Riddle went to Hogwarts, he became obsessed with his family's history. He discovered that his mother, Merope Gaunt, was distantly related to the world-famous Salazar Slytherin. The Head of Slytherin was utterly against relations between Magical and Non-Magical people. Riddle shared this ideology and followed it unflinchingly.
Riddle's perspective was upended when he found out that his father, Tom Riddle Senior was a Muggle. This caused Riddle to develop a hatred for his father. From his perspective, the truth of his father's identity would have held him back from becoming the greatest wizard of all time. Riddle traveled to his hometown and took out his Muggle father, grandfather, and grandmother. He then framed his mother's brother in order to gain some sort of sick revenge on the Gaunt family.
2 Close With: The Carrows
There were a few members of the Death Eaters that Voldemort valued above others. Of course, Bellatrix and Snape were easily his favorites, but the Carrow siblings were up there as well. There are many instances that prove that Voldemort appreciated Amycus and Alecto Carrow. First and foremost, he selected them to accompany Draco on his mission to take out Dumbledore in The Half-Blood Prince. Essentially, they were there to oversee the events and aide Draco if he failed.
Voldemort also handpicked Amycus and Alecto to assist Snape at Hogwarts once Snape became Headmaster. He trusted the Carrows to teach his revisionist history as well as a bigoted approach to Muggle studies. The Carrows were both ruthless and powerful members of his ranks. Both of which were qualities he appreciated.
1 Couldn't Stand: Harry
At first, the reason Voldemort hated Harry was because of the prophecy. It foretold of a boy who was destined to defeat him. Although Neville fit the criteria as well, Harry eventually fulfilled it. After Voldemort's attempt on Harry's life failed, his animosity grew. After all, a mere infant was responsible for weakening the greatest dark wizard of all time.
As Harry grew up, and Voldemort regained his powers, he continued to beat him. This added to Voldemort's animosity as it caused others to question his powers. Harry was the ultimate antagonist for Voldemort as he nullified all of his greatest strengths. He also exposed all of his weaknesses. For these reasons and more, Harry Potter was easily the person Voldemort couldn't stand the most.
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