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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Something For The Potter-Philes

I'm fully aware that the timeliness of this entry is entirely moot. The whole Harry Potter series is finished, and the details of this little nutmeg of a theory are well past the point of being relevant. Still. Now's as good a time as any left.

Let's rewind a few books to Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. The book begins with an unflattering view on Voldemort. The Dark Lord has been reduced to a sickly, malnourished-looking infant from hell. He needs constant attention, and is for all intents and purposes helpless.

He goes on to return to power. They spend no small amount of time covering the exact means of how he pulls this off. It's a HP book, of course the villain gloats and reviews (in succint detail) his schemes.

Where I've been sketchy, since Goblet of Fire was first published, was how exactly Voldemort went from intangible half-ghost to wretched baby creature in the first place. He floats off in anger and defeat at the end of book one. His diary-bound doppelganger arrives and vanishes in book two, and Voldybritches makes no appearances whatsoever in book three. He's merely the Dread Lord who's about to rendezvous with his servant (Wormtail).

So the riddle (ha ha) is this: how does an incorporeal shade of a being get himself a body? Even a wretched one?

I think I figured it out.

Book Four introduces us to the aide of the Dark Lord, namely Barty Crouch, Junior. It also presents the debut of a snake. Nagini. This behemoth of a python is later revealed to be a Horcrux, an item/living thing infused with a fraction of a wizard's soul to ensure their immortality. And... Nagini is female.

I think Nagini gave birth to the sickly, infantile Voldemort.

In the first book, Voldy/Quirrel regales our hero with how he spent his days in the Albanian woods, capable of little more than inhabiting the minds of animals. It establishes that he can occupy space in their body.

Nagini was capable of laying eggs, being of the feminine persuasion. Already a repository of a piece of Tom Riddle's soul, how far-fetched is it to surmise that she bore him long enough to place him in an egg? Wormtail had various duties as Voldy's nursemaid, including milking Nagini. Who but the offspring of a reptile could benefit from snake milk?

Later on, after he's regained his full stature, Voldemort is hairless, pale, certainly cold-blooded and his nose is nothing more than a pair of flat slits. How much of a stretch is it to describe him as a reptile man? The son of a snake?

Anyway. Musings that have been bubbling on the back burner for a while. Worth typing down, at any rate.

Your thoughts?



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