Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details About Voldemort’s Body

While he was born Tom Riddle, the most powerful Dark Wizard in the history of magic is better known by the name of Lord Voldemort, although he was so feared that he was mostly known as He Who Must Not Be Named.

Trained at Hogwarts under the watchful eye of Albus Dumbledore, he learned much about the Dark Arts and soon set off on his own to built his own army of followers.

Soon, he amassing more and more power until he became a threat to not only the wizarding world but to all of mankind - wizards and Muggles alike.

However, as his powers grew, his body took on a fascinating transformation, both in appearance and power, making Voldemort one of the most horrifically recognizable villains in modern pop culture history.

While hardcore fans were introduced to him in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series, the rest of the world met him through the movie adaptations, with Ralph Fiennes portraying the Dark Wizard.

By the time the movies and books began, Voldemort was already the darkest evil in the world and soon rose back to power to try to finish his conquest of the Wizarding World, with his sights set on taking down Harry Potter.

However, there are many things about the villain and his body that even the biggest Harry Potter fans don't know.

With that said, here are the 20 Crazy Details About Voldemort’s Body.

20 he had SUNKEN EYES because of his connection to THE DARK ARTS

When Tom Riddle began to dabble in the Dark Arts, his appearance started to change over time. The good looks that defined him soon faded.

It all started with his eyes. Though they were at first dark and striking, they soon became sunken and always had the appearance of being blood-shot.

This was due to his dealing with the Dark Arts and the fact that he had started to experiment with Black Magic - something that changed him psychologically and physically.

While Riddle had fooled most of his teachers, though, Dumbledore never fully trusted him and soon realized that the boy was dealing with the Dark Arts.

When Riddle applied to be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts, Dumbledore rejected the request and Riddle finally left, changing his name to Voldemort and starting his plans for domination.


If anyone ever wondered why Voldemort hated Muggles as much as he does, it is because he is actually half-Muggle himself and hates that side of his lineage.

He was born to a Muggle named Tom Riddle and the witch named Merope Gaunt, who used a love potion to ensnare the wealthy Riddle.

However, when she decided to test their love by no longer using the potion, Riddle refused to remain with her and left while she was pregnant with their only child.

After the baby was born - and named after his father - Merope passed away and young Tom Riddle was sent to orphanages.

By the time he ended up at Hogwarts, he had developed an intense hatred of Muggles based on the betrayal by his own father.

This helped form the evil darkness that created Voldemort.

18 he didn't NEED A WAND to use magic

As the Harry Potter movies show, wizards need a wand that is specifically built for them in order to cast their spells.

When a wand breaks, as has happened on numerous occasions throughout the movies and books, the wizard or witch is deemed powerless against most attacks.

However, the interesting thing about Voldemort is that he never needed a wand to cast spells, even as a boy.

Before he even knew that he was a wizard, Tom Riddle had figured out that he had special abilities. He could move things with his mind and he could speak to and occasionally control animals.

He used his powers to hurt other children at the orphanage who picked on him. He did all of this just with the power of his mind.

He was extremely powerful without a wand, and was even able to torture two children so badly that no one knows exactly what it was that Riddle did to the kids, as they refused to talk afterwards.

17 he could POSSESS OTHERS

Once Voldemort was defeated after failing to eliminate Harry Potter as an infant, he no longer had a body to return to.

However, he was still alive.Voldemort's years of experimenting with the Dark Arts had created Horcruxes, which dispersed parts of his soul on Earth so that he couldn't truly perish.

When he eliminated James and Lily Potter, part of his soul went into the surviving infant - Harry.

Outside of that, Voldemort remained in existence in a ghostly form. While he could not return in his own body, he was able to possess living creatures and did so with animals on occasion - although he could create little magic as an animal.

It wasn't until Voldemort found and possessed Professor Quirinus Quirrell that he found his way back to the Wizarding World and started to regain power.


The fact that Tom Riddle went from being an attractive and confident young man and to becoming Lord Voldemort - a grotesque and terrifying being that presided using fear - shows a huge transformation.

He ended up with a very unique and horrifying appearance and it was reportedly was due to him experimenting with unknown Dark Arts spells, many of which left his body scarred and damaged.

He ended up tall but skeletally thin. His face was pale white and his eyes were large and red. His nose became as flat as a snake's, and he developed slits for his nostrils.

His hands also transformed. He now had  long, spider-like fingers with sharp blue fingernails.

His appearance looked very similar to a snake's, and he became demonic and evil at his core.


As shown throughout the Harry Potter series, wizards can't fly without support. Most use brooms, which is the classic way for magic users to fly through the sky.

However, there are other magical objects that allow wizards and witches to fly. For example, Hagrid has his flying motorbike and Harry and Ron used a flying car on one occasion.

When the broom breaks or is destroyed, the wizard or witch will usually fall, as they have nothing to keep them suspended in the air.

Unlike other wizards, Voldemort can actually fly without the use of any support.

He trained himself to fly just by using magic and thus he doesn't need the help of a broom.

He also taught this skill to a number of Death Eaters, which is how they were able to swoop in for attacks without using anything to support themselves.


Crazy things about Voldemort’s body

Voldemort has two major magical powers that help him control other people. These are Occlumency and Legilimency.

Occlumency is the ability to shield ones own mind, while Legilimency refers to the ability to penetrate the minds of others.

By the time Voldemort was an adult, he was arguably the most powerful Legilimens in the entire Wizarding World.

Snape said that Voldemort could not only read minds, but that he could also control them. This means that, if he wished to, he could unhinge the minds of others.

He did this to Harry Potter in the movies when he placed realistic visions in Harry's mind to try to lure him to find his prophecy.

Very few people are strong enough in Occlumency to shield their minds from Voldemort - Snape is one of the only wizards who is able to do this.


In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, two of Voldemort's followers worked together to help him regain his body. These were the wizard Peter Pettigrew and the snake Nagini.

Pettigrew mixed up a potion for Voldemort using unicorn blood and the venom of Nagini. With this potion, they were able to create a new body for Lord Voldemort to finally return to.

However, this body was not what Voldemort needed to return to his fearful leadership form. Instead, it was that of a scaly, hairless baby.

He was still cunning and smart and knew what needed to be gathered to bring his body back to its full form - a bone from his father, the flesh from one of his servants, and the blood from an enemy.

Pettigrew took the blood from Harry Potter for this.

12 His mind was extremely sharp

Riddle Young Tom

While attending Hogwarts, Tom Riddle used his striking appearance to win over many of his teachers, as he was very convincing in his manipulations.

He became one of the top students at the school, and was named both a Prefect and the Head Boy during his time there.

He used his leadership skills and charisma to win over followers, both in school and later as the Dark Lord.

When asked about Tom Riddle, Dumbledore said that he was likely the most brilliant student to ever pass through the doors of Hogwarts, and was possibly only surpassed by Dumbledore himself.

When Riddle left the school and became Voldemort, he proved that to be a fact when he was able to mastermind two of the most devastating wars in Britain's Wizarding World.

11 he was the MOST POWERFUL DARK WIZARD in the world

Voldemort and his Death Eaters from Harry Potter

Before Voldemort, the two greatest wizards in the Harry Potter universe were easily Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.

As a matter of fact, the greatest wizarding battle in history was reportedly one between the good Dumbledore and the dark Grindelwald.

When Voldemort rose to power, he soon surpassed even the power of Grindelwald - who was spending the rest of his life in prison after his capture.

Voldemort has mastered countless Dark Arts spells and is strong enough when casting them to overpower even the most powerful wizards.

For example, he's even able to control Bartemius Crouch Senior for almost half a year.

He also cursed all of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers at Hogwarts after he was rejected the job, which involved a spell so powerful that not even Dumbledore could lift it.

10 he was a MASTER DUELIST

While Tom Riddle could use magic without a wand, he was able to gain even more power when he did chose to use his wand.

Once he mastered the wand itself, he gained another advantage in battle.

Voldemort became possibly one of the most skillful duelists in the entire Wizarding World, proving his mastery of the wand time and time again against the best wizards and witches in the world.

Voldemort was able to win duels against Horace Slughorn, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Minerva McGonagall - all three of these wizards and witches are considered master duelists.

Voldemort also overpowered Alastor Moody and Amelia Bones in fights.

The reason why Voldemort was able to defeat so many wizards and witches was that he was unpredictable and aggressive, which allowed him to change fighting styles without warning.

He also used the Dark Arts, which created an unfair advantage.

9 His Own Spell Destroyed him

Geraldine Somerville as Lily Potter Death Scene

When Voldemort learned from Snape that there was a prophesy that would vanquish the Dark Lord, he immediately sought to find out more.

Knowing that a child would be born that could beat him, he set out to eliminate the child - not knowing if it was the half-blooded Harry or the full-blooded Neville, who were both born on the same day.

He went after Harry due to the fact that he and the child had something in common: they were both half-bloods.

When Voldemort showed up and attacked, he took out both James Potter and Lily Potter - the latter of which caused Snape to turn into a double agent out of guilt.

However, Lily cast a protective spell on Harry and therefore Voldemort's Avada Kedavra spell backfired.

This obliterated the Dark Lord on the spot.

8 he lived on UNICORN BLOOD

Blade Runner Unicorn Scene

When Voldemort possessed Professor Quirinus Quirrell, he ordered the professor to drink the blood of unicorns.

These unicorns were found in the Forbidden Forest and there was a specific reason for this demand.

Unicorns possessed healing abilities - and since Voldemort was rendered almost powerless after his Avada Kedavra spell backfired, he needed to heal in order to start regaining his strength.

This was also needed to help keep Quirrell from expiring the longer Voldemort possessed him.

Even after Voldemort returned to full strength in his own body, he was still forced to drink unicorn blood in order to remain alive and strong.

To do so, he was able to create a specific potion using unicorn blood and venom from the snake Nagini.


When Lily Potter cast the protective spell on Harry when he was an infant, the Avada Kedavra spell that backfired had another effect.

Voldemort learned that he could not touch Harry without feeling intense pain.

This was proven in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Professor Quirrell - who was still possessed by Voldemort - battled Harry for the Philosopher's Stone. When Quirrel tried to touch Harry, he felt immeasurable pain.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort found a way around this. He was able to lead Harry, and along with him Cedric Diggory, to a graveyard where he immediately eliminated Cedric and then turned to Harry.

With the information that he gained from Bertha Jorkins, he made a potion and was able to finally recreate his body using Harry's blood.

This also eliminated Lily's protections, as Voldemort could finally touch Harry without feeling pain.


After Voldemort regained his body in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and used the blood of Harry Potter to create a potion that finally allowed him to physically attack the Boy Who Lived, the two had a duel.

While Voldemort was a master duelist who had defeated some of the best wizards and witches in the world, he was unable to beat Harry Potter.

This was because there was another protection set up to save Harry's life.

Voldemort's wand was unable to overpower Harry's wand, which came as quite the surprise to Voldemort.

This was due to the fact that the two wands had the same core - that of Fawkes' phoenix feathers - which meant that neither Voldemort nor Harry could use their wands to hurt the other.

This helped Harry survive, as the shades of his mom, dad, and Voldemort's other victims showed up to help him escape from Voldemort.

5 he could speak PARSELTONGUE

Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter shared a special skill: they are both able to speak and understand Parseltongue.

Harry used this early on when he spoke to a boa constrictor and helped it escape the zoo.

Voldemort used it for more nefarious purposes, though he mostly used it to communicate with his snake servant Nagini.

This power allows wizards and witches to speak to and influence serpents.

Almost all Parselmouths are descendants of Salazar Slytherin, and there are only very rare exceptions - with Harry Potter as the most obvious example, as he gained the ability when Voldemort attacked him when he was a baby - part of Voldemort became a part of Harry.

Speaking Parseltongue is the sign of a dark wizard or witch - although Dumbledore has mentioned that there are a few good individuals who can speak it as well.


Harry Potter vs Voldemort

While Voldemort could invade the minds of others, implant memories, and control them, he was unable to do so with Harry Potter after a few first attempts.

It actually worked at first when he began to control Harry, but the Boy Who Lived was protected by his parents and the spell that Lily cast on him.

This is because Harry possessed the one thing that Voldemort could never understand: love.

Since Voldemort was born to a mother who used a love spell on his father, he ended up incapable of understanding and feeling any sort of love. If his mother had lived, he might have found redemption.

However, because she passed away, Voldemort never had the ability to comprehend love, instead he was repulsed at the thought of it.

As long as Harry remembered the love of his family and friends, though, Voldemort could not control Harry due to the pain that love caused him when he sensed it.


Crazy things about Voldemort’s body

Another magical skill that Voldemort possesses is Transfiguration, which is a type of magic that is used to alter the appearance of a body or an object.

This is something that can be done to almost any object.

It is a very difficult spell to cast but one that Voldemort has mastered.

For a wizard to successfully cast this spell, they have to be pretty powerful.

Voldemort proved that he could not only master Transfiguration, but he could also use it for long periods of time.

In Hary Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort used the spell to transform the snake Nagini into Bathilda Bagshot in order to eliminate Harry if he ever tried to pay her a visit, and he kept Nagini in this form for a long time.

He was also able to turn Dumbledore's fire-rope into a snake and gave Peter Pettigrew a silver forearm to replace the one he lost.


Horcrux Tom Riddle

When it comes to Lord Voldemort, most people got to know him after his first defeat, when his body was basically destroyed.

However, as is shown in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he was not always the noseless and frightening Dark Wizard we recognize today.

As a matter of fact, before changing his name to Voldemort, Tom Riddle was an attractive young man.

J.K. Rowling described him in her books as tall and handsome with pale skin, dark eyes, and jet-black hair. Rowling explained that he looked like his father and had no trace of the Gaunt family in his appearance.

This, of course, all changed when Tom Riddle began to experiment with Dark Magic, which gave him immense power but took a toll on his physical appearance.

1 his SOUL was stuck in limbo after he perished

At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort thought that he had the perfect weapon to finally defeat Harry and win the war with the Elder Wand.

However, he was unable to win because Harry had captured the wand originally from Draco Malfoy, and was therefore the rightful master of it, causing the spell to reflect back and destroy the Dark Lord once and for all.

Unlike the first time that Voldemort fell, though, there were no Horcruxes left containing bits of his soul to keep him alive.

When a wizard passes on, they enter Limbo, which is where Harry found Dumbledore at the end of the movie.

At this point, they were also able to locate the now fallen Voldemort - and the form that his body took in the afterlife was that of a flayed infant, with nothing of his soul remaining to come back as a ghost or move on to the next plane.


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