Dumbledore was wrong in his theory of why Tom was Evil.
For one, Merope had not the skill,
knowledge or money in order to buy or brew a black market potion such as are
all ‘love’ potions. More than likely it would have been a more basic compelling
charm, mixed with booze or the sort that eventually failed as her magic began
to fuel her unborn child’s, causing him to come to his senses and leave her
disgusted and ashamed, he comes crawling back to his petty bigoted and
holier-than-thou parents. Thus he is the by product of a possibly drunken
night, and his mother’s conditions in the last part of her pregnancy were not
very good at the time, but an otherwise possibly healthy marriage. In fact if
there had been any discrepancies about ‘substance use’ over the pregnancy it
would have been more likely to have been alcohol, and that doesn’t make
psychopaths, but a form of downs Syndrome, something I really don’t think Tom
Jr. has, despite whatever head canons are floating around about Tumblr. We’ll
get around to the way Hogwarts is run later.
Now, Merope goes and has her baby
in an orphanage, WW1 has just about started now right? So suddenly Tom, a boy
with good looks and special talents that would normally cause jealousy even in
a prosperous setting is now thrust into a poverty stricken area where children
are hardly loved and people have little to give to strangers willingly, let
alone take on another child when they are on the low themselves. Children are starting
to be sent out of Britain,
and no one needs another mouth to feed. Also your talents could, and most
likely are seen as ‘devil work’ and there may be additional abuse from adults,
causing the seeds of mistrust to be sewn into a child. So we have a perfect
breading ground for criminal and cruelty, plus extra magical ammunition. I am
NOT saying all children were like this in such a situation. I am saying that it
was more than likely to happen.
Now then Dumbledore comes to invite
Tom Jr. to Hogwarts. He listens to a alcoholic overworked muggle woman who has
absolutely no understanding of magic or apparent love for any of her wards. She
spouts that Tom is a strange child and talks of him fearfully as any muggle
would. Cornered animals are the most dangerous. Humans are animals. Hurt
cornered humans are very dangerous, and now add magic. Yeah, so she talks
fearfully of him. He then talks to the boy. The boy is rightfully fearful that
he is going to be put into the Looney bin for his magic. Because only Looney
people can hear what he hears and ‘do’ what he does. Seeing that his
‘delusions’ now have merit, the little boy now crows that he is great, is
powerful, something every little boy wanted in the time, let alone one that was
cast aside for ‘betters’. Then he admits that he can make people hurt if he
wants them to. I can give many reasons why I would want to hurt others. No it’s
not nice, but if I’m being bullied, I would want them to be hurt just as I was.
There is no room for kindness in this sort of childhood, only survival. Things
are scarce. Maybe they . Then, instead of getting some counseling for the boy,
or actual comfort, or really even talking through the process of what happens,
consequences and a reassurance that Tom would be with people who were separated
from Muggles just as he was, Albus Dumbledore then makes the decision that this
little eleven year old boy is evil to the core. This is fucked up.
Then as any
orphan dreams to never be forgotten Tom Riddle, who has no boundaries, decides
being immortal would be the best rout to fame and always being remembered.
Then, as he IS 15 years old, future dark lord or not, creates a Horcrux. This
splits him in half. I don’t think the Horcruxs just split your soul. There has
to be some sort of other repercussions of splitting your soul. Like he
fractured his mind and left a large chunk of what makes him human behind.
Perhaps it was his empathy or something. Any ways, as he, with a fractured mind
remember, couldn’t see the difference because of perception loss or something,
decides there are no punishments on his side and chose to make more. Perhaps he
had already made two by the time he talked to Horace Slughorn in his seventh
year about seven of them, and started to think about magically powerful numbers.
Thus as he makes more and more he loses his mind, making him think illogically,
and instead of working with the system to make the changes he wanted, he
decides Guerrilla Warfare that cuts down on his members as much as the
opposition, and loses him support. So basically he has half a soul after the
diary, a fourth after the ring, then the Diadem when he first applied at
Hogwarts makes that a eighth, then a sixteenth of a soul by the locket and 1/32
for the cup. Nigini gets 1/64 and then harry and what is Voldemort now each has
a whopping 1/128th of a TMR soul. Not much for sanity there is that?