Lord Voldemort's Biggest Downfall Was His Diva-Like Attention Lust

Lord Voldemort's Biggest Downfall Was His Diva-Like Attention Lust
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Everything was wrong with Tom Riddle Jr., from his paranoia to his murderous outbursts. But his attention lust was his ultimate flaw that caused his downfall.


  • Lord Voldemort’s attention dependence led to his failure every single time.
  • Instead of secretly completing his quests, he always wanted to put up a show, allowing others to screw his plans over.
  • Even when creating his Horcruxes, Voldemort decided to make them flashy and easy to identify instead of lowkey.

Perhaps the only positive thing anyone could say about Lord Voldemort is that he was just flawed and ignorant enough to cause his own downfall time and time again. Tom Riddle Jr. consisted of defects for the most part and tried to make up for them with his scary Dark Lord persona which, luckily, suffered from the same drawbacks.

But among the countless flaws of Riddle Jr., there was one that cost him everything: Voldemort was a massive attention seeker thanks to his unjustified narcissism.

How Did Voldemort’s Diva Inclinations Doom Him?

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Realistically, almost every time Riddle Jr. failed, it was thanks to his diva-like attention lust. On each separate occasion, he was perfectly set up for success but just couldn’t do without making a show out of his plan, dooming it immediately.

The night when Voldemort killed the Potters, he put up a show for himself and Lily Potter, indulging in his boundless power over her. The Dark Lord never cared for his subordinates, and he didn’t give Lily the choice to step aside for Snape; he wanted to make a point of playing with her and her son’s lives. This became his demise then.

In Harry’s second year, he dealt with the young Tom Riddle who suffered from hubris no less. The Horcrux Tom had the perfect chance to take Ginny Weasley’s life and enjoy his new life in the flesh — but he just had to put up a show, proclaiming the Chamber of Secrets opened and all that. Of course, this was what failed him.

After the resurrection ritual at the cemetery, Lord Voldemort, once again, felt like a diva. He had Harry Potter tied up and powerless, and what did he do? He called his minions, untied Harry, gave him his wand, and demanded a duel. Sure enough, it gave Harry an opportunity to escape, which he did, to Riddle Jr.’s outrage.

The Battle of the Ministry and the Battle of Hogwarts fall into the same category, too. But Riddle’s diva inclinations screwed him over in more ways than these cases.

Voldemort’s Attention Dependency Was His Demise All Along

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Looking at Voldemort’s downfall story, it becomes clear that his desperate desire to put up a show has been his curse all along, ever since his adolescence when he spent countless hours making up the perfect spooky anagram for his name.

Terrified of death, Tom Riddle Jr. went to mind-boggling lengths to ensure his own survival and learned how to create Horcruxes. But even then, he couldn’t do it right: his diva-like passion for theatrics as instead of creating properly concealed Horcruxes, he opted for using the world’s most famous magical artifacts!

Not only did he use the most recognizable and iconic artifacts for what was supposed to be his forever-hidden secret Plan B, but he also didn’t care to hide them well enough. What was that utterly theatrical nonsense with the Slytherin’s Locket? A cave with a blood-magic curse, an army of Inferni, a special enchanted cup…

As you can see, Voldemort was the biggest diva of Magical Britain, and it was his bane. That was only fair since when you put up a show every time you need to do something secretive and important, you’re just asking for being caught or interrupted.