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Lord Voldemort
editor: Wednesday Rimar

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  • Born in Little Hangleton (GF1, 33). Voldemort's mother lives just long enough to name him. Tom Marvolo Riddle is raised in a Muggle orphanage (CS13).
  • Begins his first year at Hogwarts School and is sorted into Slytherin. He hears of the Chamber of Secrets and begins to learn all he can about it. He must return to the Muggle orphanage during school breaks. Outwardly he is a model student, but he secretly studies Dark Arts.
Date unknown, but during his time at Hogwarts
  • Tom creates a new name for himself, rearranging the letters of his name to spell, "I AM LORD VOLDEMORT". He uses the name among his most intimate friends at Hogwarts and wanted it, one day, to be a name wizards will fear to speak (CS17).
  • September - Begins fifth year at Hogwarts.
  • Tom opens the Chamber of Secrets and releases the basilisk into the school. Several students are injured and one (Myrtle) is killed.
  • June 13 - He stages the capture of Hagrid and Aragog, making it seem they were responsible for the attacks. He receives a trophy for Special Services to the school. Tom records the "memory" of himself in a diary to lead another to finish the work of ridding the school of "those unworthy to study magic".
  • Summer. Tom murders his grandparents and father in their home in Little Hangleton (GF1).
  • September. Begins his seventh year at Hogwarts. Tom is Prefect, Head Boy, and receives a Medal for Magical Merit.
  • June. Leaves Hogwarts and disappears.
1945 - 1970
  • Tom travels widely and sinks even more deeply into the dark arts in his quest for immortality and power. He undergoes many dangerous magical transformations and consorts with those considered the "worst" of the wizarding world (CS18).
c. 1970
  • Tom Riddle returns, now openly calling himself Lord Voldemort. He is so changed that few recognize him as Tom Marvolo Riddle (CS18).
  • Lord Voldemort begins to gather followers and gain power. The Death Eaters use the Unforgivable Curses and the years of his ascent to power are marked by disappearances, deaths, torture, terror and atrocities in both the wizarding and Muggle worlds. The Death Eaters wear the Dark Mark and send that sign into the air where they have killed.
  • 1979 - Voldemort gains a spy in Peter Pettigrew, who has turned traitor in the ranks of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Sometime in this year (or late in 1979) Voldemort is informed of Sibyll Trelawney's first prediction: that a boy with the potential to vanquish him would be born at the end of July.
  • Voldemort targets the Potters, but they learn of this from a spy in Voldemort's following and go into hiding.
  • October 31. Pettigrew, having been made their Secret Keeper, betrays the Potters. On Pettigrew's information, Voldemort goes to their home; he kills James, then Lily when she tries to protect her son. When he attempts to kill Harry, the spell rebounds and he is "ripped" from his body. He flees far from human society and the Aurors to wait for his Death Eaters to find and restore him.
1981 - 1991
  • The disembodied Voldemort lurks deep in an Albanian forest, concealing himself from the Aurors still searching for him. The need to hide severely hampers Voldemort's efforts to gain the use of an effective body.
  • Professor Quirrell meets Voldemort in the forest and is bent to his will.
  • July 31. Influences Quirrell to try to steal the Sorcerer's Stone from a vault in Gringott's.
  • October 31. Voldemort and Quirrell send a Mountain Troll into Hogwarts to create a diversion while they try, unsuccessfully, to take the Stone.
  • 1992
    • June. Voldemort and Quirrell win past most of the enchantments protecting the Stone, but are foiled at the Mirror of Erised. Harry Potter nearly loses his life in holding Quirrell/Voldemort off the Stone. When Albus Dumbledore arrives, Voldemort flees back to the forest in Albania, leaving Quirrell to die.
    • August. Lucius Malfoy slips Tom's diary into a book purchased for Ginny Weasley (CS4).
    • September. The "memory" of Tom Marvolo Riddle is able to use Ginny to open the Chamber of Secrets.
    • October 31. Mrs. Norris, Filch's cat, is the first victim petrified by the basilisk. Several more students are injured in the following months. Tom learns of Harry Potter and his encounter with Lord Voldemort and wants to discover how Harry survived the curse that should have killed him and instead nearly destroyed Voldemort (CS).
    • June. Tom lures Harry to the Chamber and challenges him but is defeated when Harry destroys both the basilisk and the diary (CS17).
    • Summer, after 6 June. Peter Pettigrew (Scabbers/Wormtail), having been forced out of hiding, finds Voldemort in Albania. Wormtail captures Bertha Jorkins and from her, using a powerful memory charm, Voldemort gains information to form a new plan to return to his body with the assistance of Wormtail and Bartemius Crouch Jr. Voldemort kills Bertha Jorkins (GF).
    • August. Voldemort, Wormtail, and Nagini use the old "Riddle House" in Little Hangleton where they encounter and kill Frank Bryce (GF1).
    • September. Bartemius Crouch Jr., impersonating Professor Mad-Eye Moody, successfully enters Harry Potter in the Triwizard tournament (GF).
    • June 24. Harry and Cedric Diggory, touching the Triwizard Cup together, are both brought to the churchyard at Little Hangleton, where Wormtail kills Cedric with Voldemort's wand, then finishes helping Voldemort to invoke an "old piece of Dark Magic". Restored to his body, Voldemort summons the Death Eaters to him and begins reestablishing his dominance over them. As part of this, Voldemort challenges Harry to a Wizard Duel. His plans are thwarted when their wands, being "brothers", won't work properly against each other. The "shadows" of those Voldemort most recently killed are forced from his wand; they support Harry and assist his escape.
    • Between June 24 and 31 August. Voldemort becomes obsessed with hearing the full details and exact wording of Sibyll Trelawney's first prophecy. He particularly wants to know how to destroy Harry Potter (OP1-10 dreams, OP37).
    • sometime in July (a month or so after his return) Voldemort's envoys to the giants are encountered by Hagrid and Madame Maxime (OP20).
    • December. Voldemort takes possession of a giant snake, and attempts to gain entry to the Department of Mysteries in the snake's body. He is thwarted by Arthur Weasley (OP21).
    • January. The mass breakout of the Death Eaters immured in Azkaban Fortress makes Voldemort the happiest he's been in 14 years (OP24).
    • March. Voldemort learns from Rookwood that only those to whom a prophecy refers can remove the record of that prophecy from its resting place in the Department of Mysteries. He subjects Avery to the Cruciatus Curse for previously giving him bad information on the subject (OP26).
    • June. Voldemort feeds Harry a false vision of Sirius being tortured, and succeeds in luring Harry into the Hall of Prophecy in the Department of Mysteries. Harry retrieves the prophecy sphere, but it is smashed in the ensuing battle between the Death Eaters on one side and the D.A. (reinforced by the Order of the Phoenix) on the other. Voldemort then enters the Ministry of Magic in person and duels with Dumbledore. At the conclusion of the duel, Voldemort takes possession of Harry in an attempt to convince Dumbledore to kill Harry on the chance of destroying Voldemort (OP31 - 36).

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