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It’s one thing to construct a well-argued, plausible fan theory, but it’s a completely different level of self-vindication to have it confirmed by an authority on your chosen topic. How about having a Harry Potter fan theory given the J.K. Rowling seal of approval?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Redditor Obversa, who pointed out that Voldemort’s evil nature was down to his mother’s side, the Gaunts, a family of in-bred wizards. However, it’s also necessary to apportion some of the blame to the Muggle side of the family – the Riddles.

“A lot of people claim that part of Riddle’s personality came from the Gaunts, but honestly, I think that it came from Tom Riddle Sr. and the Riddle (Muggle) side of the family. Tom Riddle Sr. was already a wealthy fat-cat who liked to make fun of poor, “strange” people (the Gaunts) before Merope ever drugged him with a love potion. That wouldn’t have changed after Merope weaned him off the drug. I think Tom Marvolo Riddle inherited his father’s tendencies in not just his looks, but his father’s personality as well, including the arrogance, egotism, elitism, haughtiness, and more.”

It’s an interesting theory, and suggests we mere Muggles have as much to do with Tom’s darkness as the wizards.

Now Obversa feels vindicated by J.K. Rowling herself, pointing to a new article on the official Pottermore website titled ‘The Sad History of Merope Gaunt’. In it, it’s noted that…

“…[Merope Gaunt’s] dying wish that the baby should resemble his father was granted. She couldn’t have known that the second Tom Riddle would go on to inherit his father’s callousness, too. It might be argued that Voldemort grew up devoid of love because his mother died for want of it, and that his father’s love was stolen rather than earned. Perhaps if he’d had any understanding of the difference between genuine love and the kind that you compel, Voldemort might have had a better grasp of its power.”

So what do you think? Did Voldemort take after mummy or daddy?