Lord VoldemortFictional Villain
Best known as: Arch-villain of the Harry Potter books
Lord Voldemort is the Darth Vader of the Harry Potter series of books, an arch-villain who is out to destroy the young wizard Harry. According to the history within the books, Voldemort is a half-blood wizard and former Hogwarts student gone bad; he surrounds himself with Death Eaters, nasty wizards who do his bidding, and attempts to gain ultimate power in the classic villain fashion. Voldemort kills Harry Potter's parents while attempting to kill the infant Harry, believing that the child was the one who would grow up to destroy him as told in a prophecy. Harry Potter's struggles with Voldemort are the foundation for all the books by J.K. Rowling.
Extra credit: Voldemort was played by Ralph Fiennes in the Harry Potter feature films. Actor Daniel Radcliffe played Harry... Voldemort's real name, according to the books, is Tom Marvolo Riddle -- an anagram of "I am Lord Voldemort."
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