25 Iconic Voldemort Quotes (Or He Who Must Not Be Named)

Anusuya Mukherjee
Dec 12, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Jan 28, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Lord Voldemort is the principal antagonist of the 'Harry Potter' series by J. K. Rowling.

Lord Voldemort is a wizard with a dangerous motive, he wants to create a pureblood society. He was also formerly known by another name: Tom Riddle and is known as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named by other characters in the books.

The 'Harry Potter' series would not exist without this Dark Lord, and he looms large over the narrative. After killing Harry's parents, Lord Voldemort sets out to kill Harry and establish his rule over the Wizarding World.

Such is his power and complete dominance that he does not shy away from using "Avada Kedavra", the death spell that can kill instantly and these are the words he utters as he kills. Voldemort is described as pure evil in the world of magic.

He had a lot of evil power and seemed incapable of love. His hatred towards Muggles made him as horrifying as ever until the very end.

Here are some of the most iconic Lord Voldemort quotes, just for you. For more, check out these Dumbledore quotes and [funny 'Harry Potter' quotes].

Lord Voldemort Quotes

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The name Voldemort literally means "flight of death", derived from the French words, 'vol', 'de' and 'mort'. Here's a list of Lord Voldemort (aka Tom Riddle) quotes.

1. "Surely you didn’t think I was going to keep my filthy Muggle father’s name? No. I fashioned myself a new name, a name I knew wizards everywhere would one day fear to speak, when I became the greatest sorcerer in the world!"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'.

2. "My mother died just after I was born, sir. They told me at the orphanage she lived just long enough to name me - Tom after my father, Marvolo after my grandfather."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'.

3. "I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want them to do without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince'.

4. "Voldemort is my past, present, and future."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'.

The Best Voldemort Quotes

Quotes about Voldemort are a dime a dozen and here's a curated list of some of the best and most influential Lord Voldemort quotes. From quotes about how he wants Harry Potter to die, to quotes about the blood of Muggles, there is something for everyone here, so grab your magic wand and get reading!

5. "Harry Potter, the Boy who Lived... come to die. Avada Kedavra!"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2'.

6. "Invite him inside, Wormtail. Where are your manners?"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

7. "There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone'.

8. "Welcome, my friends. Thirteen years it's been, and yet, here you stand before me, as though it were only yesterday. I confess myself... disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

9. "But I was willing to embrace mortal life again, before chasing immortality."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

10. "I’m going to kill you, Harry Potter. I’m going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my power. After tonight if they speak of you, they’ll only speak of how you begged for death. And how I being a merciful Lord… obliged."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

11. "You’re a fool, Harry Potter, and you will lose everything."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix'.

12. "I have seen your heart and it's mine. I have seen your dreams, Ronald Weasley, and I have seen your fears..."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1', 2010.

13. "How is it that you - a skinny boy with no extraordinary magical talent - managed to defeat the greatest wizard of all time? How did you escape with nothing but a scar, while Lord Voldemort's powers were destroyed?"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'.

14. "The Boy who Lived. How lies have fed your legend, Harry! Shall I reveal what really happened that night thirteen years ago? Shall I divulge how I truly lost my powers? [Whispers] Yes, shall I?"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

Morbid Voldemort Quotes

Here's a list of some dark and sinister Lord Voldemort quotes are sure to give you goosebumps. These are some of the best quotes from Voldemort (aka Tom Riddle), they are loved by people far and wide.

15. "I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost... but still, I was alive."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

16. "Don't you turn your back on me, Harry Potter! I want you to look at me when I kill you! I want to see the light leave your eyes!"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

17. "The boy has discovered our secret, Nagini. It makes us vulnerable. We must deploy all our forces now to find him. And you, my friend, must stay close."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2'.

18. "Give me Harry Potter. Do this and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave Hogwarts untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have one hour."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2', 2011.

19. "Harry. Ah, I'd almost forgotten you were here. Standing on the bones of my father. I'd introduce you but word has it you're almost as famous as me these days."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

20. "Every drop of magical blood spilled is a terrible waste."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2'.

21. "Come out, Harry... come out and play, then it will be quick it might even be painless I would not know I have never died."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Order of Phoenix'.

22. "We are joined tonight by Ms. Charity Burbage, who until recently taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her specialty was Muggle Studies. It is Ms. Burbage's belief that Muggles are not so different from us... To her, the mixture of magical and Muggle blood is not an abomination, but something to be encouraged."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows'.

23. "As inspiring as I find your bloodlust, Bellatrix, I must be the one to kill Harry Potter."

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1'.

24. "Pick up your wand, Potter! You've been taught how to duel, I presume. First, we bow to each other... Dumbledore wouldn't want you to forget your manners, would he?"

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

25. "And here we have six missing Death Eaters... three dead in my service. One, too cowardly to return... he will pay. One, who I believe has left me for ever... he will be killed, of course... and one who remains my most faithful servant, and who has already re-entered my service.”

- Voldemort, 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Lord Voldemort quotes then why not take a look at these [short 'Harry Potter' quotes], or Snape quotes for more powerful quotes about good and evil?Main image credit: Dave Smith 1965 / Shutterstock.com

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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