May 31st, 2006
|04:35 am - A Potterverse musing -- What is Voldemort's real agenda?|
This Potterverse essay started off as a comment I made to innerslytherin, the writer of a Snupin fic I've been enjoying reading in the lupin_snape community. I thought I'd expand it a bit and see what thoughts, if any, people have on the subject.
What is Voldemort's real agenda?
I've seen the whole Dumbledore versus Voldemort as more of an internal power struggle within the Wizarding World and less of a real ideological one, since the whole anti-Muggleborn agenda came in well after Voldemort started his rise to power. He aspired to Dumbledore's position as King of the Wizarding World's Hill well before he was able to mount a credible challenge to Dumbledore.
It may even be something of a red herring for him -- simply a means to an end, that end being gathering more followers to his banner. He may simply have found it an expedient flag to fly, one that made it easier for him to recruit followers by using the pre-existing anti-Muggleborn bias of the purebloods and any wannabe half-blood arrivistes who aspired to join the Wizarding World's almost-exclusively-pureblood upper class.
This anti-Muggleborn bias is one that I believe may be founded in the belief that Muggleborns weren't assimilating into wizarding culture and were instead diluting its ancient traditions with their new-fangled Muggle attitudes and ideas. (Witness Hermione and S.P.E.W., for example . . . ) The anti-Muggleborn fanatics may see this issue as a struggle for the heart and soul of wizarding culture.
The analogy I'd like to draw here is the anti-Western-culture bias of certain parts of the Muslim world, where things considered normal in the West are denounced as being "un-Islamic" and serve as recruitment fodder for Islamic fundamentalists, including those with terrorist tendencies. The Death Eaters are Voldemort's own personal terror squad, bent on creating mayhem and sowing discord, but with a political agenda. Their agenda is to sap Dumbledore's public support, much as the Madrid terrorists' train bombing was a factor in Spain's elections and subsequent withdrawal from the situation in Iraq once the newly-elected Spanish government was in place.
Voldemort's real agenda may simply be to usurp Dumbledore's place as primus inter pares in the Wizarding World.
It certainly seems to be more in line with Rowling's portrayal of him as a megalomaniac. In psychiatric terms, Voldemort suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, apparently co-morbid with schizoid and/or antisocial personality disorder. (Compare his behavior, description and personal history in canon with the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for each of these personality disorders if you don't believe me.)
Some of the hallmarks of narcissistic personality disorder are a sense of entitlement and of being "special" and inherently superior. Since Voldemort is the Heir of Slytherin, he feels entitled to lead the Wizarding World.
Unfortunately for him, Albus Dumbledore is the de facto ruler of it, a situation that grates on the former Tom Riddle. This is something he cannot allow to continue and so Voldemort seeks power, by whatever means he can find, to usurp Dumbledore and become the new leader of the Wizarding World.
The fact that Muggles and Muggleborns are eliminated along the way is merely the icing on the cake, not the cake itself, since he never cared for them in the first place anyway. Voldemort seeks power for personal reasons, not ideological ones -- anti-Muggleborn ideology is simply a means to an end for him, albeit a means he exploits ruthlessly in furtherance of his personal goals. It is important to also not forget either that he had almost achieved those goals before he made his capital error of going after the Potter family, something which I am sure spurs him on to try once more to achieve his ultimate goal -- dominion over the Wizarding World, his rightful domain.
Current Mood: pensive
Current Music: "Dueling the Basilisk" -- Harry Potter & the CoS soundtrack
As long as a single Horcrux (fragment of soul) exists separate from his body, he remains immortal. The body may be destroyed again and again but can be "recreated", as we saw in GOF with a little help from his friends.
Yes, a single Horcrux can make Voldemort immortal, but I think he will try to set himself free from the risk to have to wait for his friends to gain his body back. Last time he discovered that he had far fewer friends than he believed to have.
This is why, according to the text anyway, every horcrux and the soul it contains must be destroyed before LV is again "mortal", as the message in the locket states, so he can be killed, or vanquished or whatever.
Despite Dumbledore's strenuous efforts, I don't think that 'vanquish' must be read as 'kill' here. Or anywhere.
His essence, memories, force, and will remained tied to this earth only because of his soul being bound. Does that make sense? It felt obvious to me as soon as we learned how he kept from being killed.
Yes. I think this kills all the theories about every Horcrux holding a different part of Voldemort's soul. Vapourmort was still Tom Riddle, with all his memories and charming personality. (I like him, personally ^_^)
As far as the number of pieces, well, that was just overkill. There was no need for a septumpatre soul, Voldy just likes his symbology.
Voldemort is a very traditional Wizard. I could say that he has a Muggle's superstitions. He thinks that Seven is a Perfect Number. He tried to kill Harry at Halloween, and I have the idea that he resurrected at St. John's Eve. And personally I'm not sure that he made six Horcruxes. He may have made seven. What counts is not the number of soul pieces, after all, is the strengtt that the Perfect Number can give to his anti-death devices.
And the rest will have to wait till I "package" it in essay form!
I'm a little wary of theories about Horcrux!Harry, but now I'm waiting eagerly!
yes; I'm a HUGE fan of the notion that simply destroying the Horcruxes fulfills Harry's part in the prophecy and Harry won't be doing the killing. Note the passive voice; Voldemort will "be killed," but I would argue NOT by Harry!
definitely on his superstitions; he seems to be ruled by silly notions of symbols and significance. This limits him, his strategies, and his creativity, while at the same time giving his enemies one of the only dependable means by which to predict his manouvres and actions.