Voldemort's Rise to Power
War raged in the wizarding world until 1945, when Albus Dumbledore is credited with finally bringing an end to Grindelwald's atrocities. In the shadows, though, a new threat was growing; Tom Marvolo Riddle joined Hogwarts. Delighted to discover he was a wizard, Riddle became convinced that he was destined for power when he learned he was the Heir of Slytherin.
Riddle disappeared from wizarding society after graduating from Hogwarts, and began to call himself "Lord Voldemort." Voldemort's rise to power in the 1970s is one of the bleakest periods in the entire Harry Potter timeline, with Dumbledore's Order of the Phoenix desperately attempting to hold the ascendant evil at bay. It wasn't until 1980 that there would be a flicker of hope, with a prophecy that the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord would soon be born.
- 1938: Albus Dumbledore recruited the young orphan Tom Riddle for Hogwarts. Dumbledore was immediately disturbed by the cruel boy he met, but had no idea how important he would be to the future of the Harry Potter timeline.
- 1943: Tom Riddle successfully opened the Chamber of Secrets, proving himself the Heir of Slytherin. The Basilisk within launched a spate of attacks on Muggle-borns. When Riddle learned the school may have to close, though, he relented. The dark wizard framed fellow student Rubeus Hagrid for his crimes, and closed the Chamber once again. Riddle successfully traced his family history, and visited the Riddles in Little Hangleton. He murdered his Muggle father and grandparents, and framed his uncle Morfin for the crime. This was perhaps the first time Riddle killed anyone directly.
- 1944: Riddle became interested in Horcruxes, and hit upon the idea of splitting his soul seven times.
- 1945: Albus Dumbledore defeated the dark wizard Grindelwald in a legendary battle. The true circumstances are shrouded in mystery, but will likely be revealed by the end of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Around the same time, Tom Riddle left Hogwarts, and began seeking artifacts to enchant as Horcruxes. He then disappeared from wizarding society for a decade, traveling extensively in order to learn dark magic. When he returned, Riddle had begun to call himself "Lord Voldemort," and gather followers as his Death Eaters.
- 1970: Voldemort and his Death Eaters declared open war on the Ministry of Magic, launching a spate of anti-Muggle attacks. With the Ministry infiltrated by the Death Eaters, Dumbledore formed (or reactivated?) his Order of the Phoenix to oppose Voldemort.
- 1971: James Potter, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and Sirius Black attended Hogwarts. They soon created the Marauders Map, and, in their second year, James, Peter and Sirius became unregistered Animagi in order to support their werewolf friend, Remus.
- 1979: Shortly after graduating from Hogwarts, James Potter married Lily Evans. Although the couple were publicly associated with Dumbledore, they went into hiding in 1979, when Lily became pregnant. Sometime later, Regulus Black, one of Voldemort's Death-Eaters, learned of the Horcruxes. Disillusioned with the Dark Lord, he stole one Horcrux and attempted to destroy it. Although this event initially went unrecorded by history, it was probably the first time Voldemort had ever been vulnerable at all. Black died in the attempt.
- 1980: Peter Pettigrew betrayed the Order of the Phoenix, and the war entered its most desperate phase as he identified Order of the Phoenix members to Voldemort. Sybil Trelawney prophesied that the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord would soon be born; Voldemort learned of the prophecy, and targeted the Potter family. Ironically, this caused a heartbroken Severus Snape - who had always loved Lily Evans - to betray the Death Eaters.
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- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018