why only Tom Riddle??

kausarqadir

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i was just thinking...... heir of salazar slytherin.
why only Tom Riddle, Y not somebody else???
there could be thousand of people from slytherin house, volunteering for that post.
 
Good question kausarqadir.

But there is a bit of complication here. Is he the heir of slytherin or the desendant of slytherin? Both are simialar and I think I have heard both but it could make a huge differance.

So did Tom Riddle become the hier, meaning he inherited it because of his willingness to, his comtempt for Muggles, his interest in the dark arts, or was he a disendant? Was he born with this use?

Both?

Here are some basic facts about Voldemort.

1. He came from a Muggle background and dispised it.

2. He sought Slytherin and the Chamber of Secrets.

3. He believed in many of the ways of Slytherin.

It could go either way.
 

Boing

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I have always interpreted Heir of Slytherin to mean actual heir, as in, flesh and blood, so to speak. That he is descended from Slytherin, and is the last in the line of Slytherins - most likely through his witch mother we would have to assume.

Perhaps his quest for immortality partially stems from his desire not to let the Slytherin blood die out.
 
Not to let Slytherin blood die out? Then why not breed? Get married, have kids, that's the normal way to have blood not die out.

No, I think there is something more in Voldemort's quest for immortality. I think he wants to live forever, so he may never die. He wants to cheat death.
 

Boing

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I agree with you, Meredith, and was just speculating on another reason he might have had in addition. It is quite clear from the books that Voldemort is bent on his own immortality. I think that the "circumstances" surrounding his birth that JKR has mentioned might give us more insight into his quest - it has also been put forth that he had a link with Grindelwald and when he saw that great wizard fall, he became worried for his own life. He knew that he could become a great wizard, but wanted more - he wanted to insure that he would be around forever and not face the same fate as Grindelwald.
 
Good point, bringing Grindlewald into this. I am sure that had a lot to do with Voldemort.

Do you think he ever actually knew Grindlewald? Perhaps they were brothers---oooh OH! Then he is the last remaining heir/desendant, because Geindlewald was killed??? I like my theory...
 

Boing

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Well, in another thread it was pointed out that Grindelwald was defeated in 1945 - the same year the Chamber of Secrets was last opened . . . it seems like a big coincidence to use the same year.

As for them being brothers, well, that is quite interesting. JKR has said Voldemort has no living relatives, so that could make sense. So perhaps Grindelwald went looking for his brother/nephew/other relative that he had heard was placed in a Muggle orphanage. Found him, then told him of the Chamber of Secrets and told him it might be up to him to open it someday. He could have filled his impressionable mind with all sorts of propaganda at such a young age. Then, Dumbledore kills his mentor, and Voldemort is crushed, shattered, vows to avenge the death of Grindelwald and carry on the teachings of Slytherin.
 

Nagini

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kausarqadir said:
i was just thinking...... heir of salazar slytherin.
why only Tom Riddle, Y not somebody else???
there could be thousand of people from slytherin house, volunteering for that post.

Well I don't think its a job you can volunteer for as such, although I am sure a few Slytherins would have liked to have been the heir of Slytherin.

For whatever reason, Voldemort truly believes that he is the last direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin himself. I really like the ideas you have all mentioned about Grindlewald being a possible relative to Voldemort and that could be how he knew. Hermione said that Salazar Slytherin lived a thousand years ago or thousands of years ago and I wonder how difficult it is to trace your descendants in the wizarding world? Do most pure blood families like the Blacks have a family tapestry on their wall?

I also wonder where the line of Slytherin came from, his fathers side or his mothers side. Voldemort killed his father and his grandparents and I wondered if he was so he could be the last descendant?
 

kausarqadir

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Nagini said:
I also wonder where the line of Slytherin came from, his fathers side or his mothers side. Voldemort killed his father and his grandparents and I wondered if he was so he could be the last descendant?

Gini you are forgetting something.... he has a muggle father. :)
but yes i like your theory about Grindlewald.

Meredith said:
So did Tom Riddle become the hier, meaning he inherited it because of his willingness to,

and yes i agree with you Meredith for this one. but dont you think, many of the people from slytherin (or take Draco for example) would love to be one and do anything for that.
 

Alz

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I think given all the heavy snake references - his ability to open the chamber created by Salazar and well a few other bits as w have passed through the book - he really is the last decendant of Salazar.
His Mum was a witch - she married a muggle - so it is more that possible that is where the family link is.
I dont think this is a nomination exercise - there is flesh and blood basis to the claim from Tom Riddle he really is the last decendant of Salazar.
This would suggest he has no relatives left - and JKR said he has no family - so yah - that is the ballard of Tom Riddle/Voldemort
 

Nagini

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kausarqadir said:
Gini you are forgetting something.... he has a muggle father. :)
but yes i like your theory about Grindlewald.

I hadn't forgotten, I just think it needs to be considered too. There are too many muggle borns at Hogwarts and too much emphasis being placed upon being a pure blood etc. What I mean is, its possible that Riddles father and even one of his parents came from or were related to wizards - the same way that Harry is related to the Dursleys. It might explain why Riddles father freaked out when he found out his wife/gf was a witch.
 

Alz

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Although the heir should be pureblood just to carry on the tradtion - the fact Tom mum looks to be the final blood relative means that Tom got the job by virtue of no-one else of purer blood existed.
While I am sure Salazar isnt overjoyed that the last decendant is a half blood with no family to carry on the blood lines - well what can he do :D
 

kausarqadir

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Blaise said:
While I am sure Salazar isnt overjoyed that the last decendant is a half blood with no family to carry on the blood lines - well what can he do :D

hahaha, must be regretting to put the theory of only PUREBLOODS in school.... :D
and leaving his friends and school.
also, have to work out to make and keep the chamber of secrets.
by the way, what do you think, y making chamber of secrets? has he thought of it being used by his heir?
 

Alz

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Salazar created that place as a self proclaimed shrine to his own ignorance - when he was unable to get the other founders to see his point of view he subversively created a place where a worship to his misguided views can be realised.
He knew that whoever was deciding from him would always find their roots in this place - and I am sure there is a great deal more to the Chamber than what we saw in CoS - which is why it was never sealed or destroyed post CoS - it was just opened and we saw that it was there.
Salazar placed elements in there we will see later on I am sure - things that any descendant of his could make full use of.
 

Lovegood54

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i believe heir of slytherin has a sort of double meaning:

1) Literal Heir of Slytherin being the flesh and blood descendant with the gift of Parseltongue and the want to kill the muggle-borns and blood-traitors in Hogwarts (since there are half-bloods in Slytherin house, which makes me believe that slytherin didnt care if u were pure-blood or half-blood, so long as you were not a muggle-born and had a contempt for muggle-borns and muggles)

2) the Parseltongue Heir: since the chamber of secrets needs to be opened by a wizard who can speak parseltongue, i would assume that ANY wizard who can speak parselmouth could open the chamber (after all, harry was able to open the chamber, and he has no relation to slytherin)
 
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