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Tom Riddle and Anakin Skywalker: a parallel

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
I started re-reading my battered copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince for the nth time yesterday. Yes, I am one of those sad 'adults' who reads Harry Potter for pleasure. But I feel that the magic of J K Rowling (pardon the pun!) has been slipping for a while now. She hit top form with Goblet of Fire. With Order of Phoenix she seemed to have fine-tuned the art of waffling. HBP - well, I have to say, was a huge disappointment of mammoth proportions. Agreeably, the subtle nuances of the story hasn't penetrated my think skull yet but I am yet to see the sanity in killing Dumbledore off.

But as I delved deeper and deeper into Pensieve and saw Tom Riddle as he slowly metamorphosed into Lord Voldemort, I couldn't help thinking how similar this was to Anakin Skywalker as he slowly walked down the Sith way of life. They were both young enough when they changed from what they were into the extremely powerful beings they end up being.

Anakin Skywalker
But therein ends the similarity. While Tom Riddle seems to have been bent on turning Dark (was he ever a good wizard?), Anakin didn't start out liking the Dark side. Tom didn't believe in what Dumbledore calls 'the oldest kind of magic' - in fact, he scoffs at it. On the other hand, it is love that makes Anakin Skywalker let in fear and fear is the first step towards the Dark side.

Tom Riddle is the quintessential leader; he doesn't let anyone tell him what to do nor does he let anyone in too close to him. Anakin Skywalker, on the other hand, is easily influenced - first by his master, Obi-wan Kenobi and later by Senator Palpatine. This continues to the very end, until young Luke Skywalker comes in and breaks the link.

So, is Anakin weaker because he let in love, therein fear, which ultimately caused his downfall? Is this not against Dumbledore's tenet that love is the greatest magic of all? When you look at it, Lord Voldemort seems lot more competant and together than Anakin Skywalker, who seems more a mass of confusions, fear and hate.

But who really is the stronger, meaner and ultimately powerful of the two - Lord Voldemort or Darth Vader? You decide!

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Posted by DesiGirl 8:56 pm  

8 Comments:

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    Anonymous said...
    Anakin has a heart, while Voldemort never knew love. Anakin was once a little boy with a dream to help, Voldemort just wanted to hurt and kill his whole life. Both are powerful, but Anakin couln't use his full dark power because of his feelings, Voldemort never had, so Anakin is the better guy and as strong as Voldemort.
    Padme said...
    Voldemort is the more powerful of the two because right up to the dual between him and Harry he is still 100% evil and theres nothing holding him back, because he doesnt know what love is.
    Drew said...
    Darth Vader is the most powerful in that he felt he had betrayed those he loved, when he killed Padme's spirit. Thus his rage against the universe is twice as great as the poor orphan Tom. Only when Vader realized he had a son did he start to look for redemption. If that had not happened then soon he would have thrown off his Master and become the new Emperor. Finding a new aprrentice as angry and hateful as he was and creating a legacy to Kill the last of the Jedi.
    Anonymous said...
    I agree with Drew, yes Voldemort felt no love.... and vader did love at one time but in epiode 3 as sidious lied to him that he had caused padme's death his rage increased greatly crushing everything around him in his fury....Also as stated by Sidious himself as he told master yoda "You will not stop me, Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us".....
    Voldemort on the other hand was just a orphan whos hate for others was great..... i mean his apparent need for the use of horcruxes was kind of a stupid move....... so in my opinion Vader is meaner and ultimately powerful......
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    Pony21 said...
    Darh Vader/Anakin Skywalker. his anger, fear, and love for Padmé pushed him to become very powerful.

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