I find that I rather enjoy the idea of Tom Riddle engaging in really vulgar talk with his friends. Just using profanity and garishly laughing about how pathetic the first years look pining after them.
Honestly, the completely non-canonical idea of Tom Riddle actually being invested in something other than self-gratification is really tempting. I know that he’s sociopathic and actually emotionally incapable of having feelings that are rooted in affection, but that’s what makes the idea so tempting? I honestly would just love a fucking downright vulgar young tom riddle.
Once there was a young man, who like you, sat in this very hall, walked
this castle’s corridors, slept under its roofs. He seemed to all the
world a student like any other. His name: Tom Riddle. Today, of course, he’s known all over the world by another name.