2022 marks not only the twentieth anniversary of The Chamber Of Secrets movie but the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Philosopher’s Stone novel, which introduced fans to the Wizarding World and many of its great characters, including its big bad, Voldemort. Over the saga, Voldemort proves himself one of the best villains in pop culture, doing so in various ways, such as iconic quotes.
He has a slew of memorable lines throughout the Harry Potter movies, and Potterheads on Ranker have ranked what they believe to be his very best. While Voldemort was the Dark Lord, he always had some of the best and creepiest lines throughout the long-running series.
The Kill Is His
“Do Nothing! He’s Mine To Finish! He’s Mine!”
Voldemort’s obsession with killing Harry Potter is a hallmark of the Potter saga, and his character can pretty much be summed up by his lust for power and his need to murder the chosen one.
Not wanting anything to go wrong and also wanting the honor and vengeance that came with being the one to kill Harry, Voldemort demands his Death Eaters stay back during his graveyard battle with the young Gryffindor. It is one of many memorable and powerfully delivered lines in Ralph Fiennes’ debut as the dark wizard.
The Kill Is, Again, His, Not Bellatrix’s
“As Inspiring As I Find Your Bloodlust, Bellatrix, I Must Be The One To Kill Harry Potter.”
Bellatrix Lestrange shows a seriously sick hunger for murder and for causing pain, and she was always more than happy to volunteer her services in killing Potter. Again, Voldemort makes it abundantly clear that it can only be him to do so.
This comes during Voldemort’s meeting at Malfoy Manor, and what perhaps makes it more memorable is that seconds before, he snaps at Wormtail for their ‘guest’ making noise. He switches moods instantly and intimidatingly and gives yet another harrowing proclamation of what is not only his intention but his obsession.
A New Name
“I Fashioned Myself A New Name, A Name I Knew Wizards Everywhere Would One Day Fear To Speak When I Had Become The Greatest Sorcerer In The World.”
Arguably one of the biggest mistakes of the Potter films is not delving enough into Tom Riddle’s past involving the Gaunts, etc. But, Riddle did have a good outing and memorable quotes in The Chamber Of Secretswith this being deemed the best of them by Ranker.
This whole monologue encapsulates Riddle’s hatred for his muggle connections as well as his ambition to become the most powerful wizard ever. The fact it is such a good summation of many facets of Voldemort’s character and so well delivered – as well as a great twist for less in-the-know fans – helps make it one of his most popular quotes.
The Feeling Of Death Alludes Him
“Come Out, Harry, Come Out And Play, Then It Will Be Quick, It Might Even Be Painless, I Would Not Know, I Have Never Died.”
Another huge part of Voldemort’s character is his fear of / his desperation to avoid death, which he does through Horcruxes which kept him ‘alive’ for so long, which he points out to Harry in The Order Of The Phoenix.
This is one of Voldemort’s eeriest sequences in the Potter films as he looks to murder Harry. The way he tells Harry his death will be quick before creepily bragging that he has not experienced it is so cold and void of any humanity, which is what Voldemort is.
The Death Eaters Disappoint Him
“Welcome, My Friends. Thirteen Years It’s Been, And Yet, Here You Stand Before Me, As though It Were Only Yesterday. I Confess Myself … Disappointed. Not One Of You Tried To Find Me.”
Voldemort’s reintroduction to not only Harry and audiences but to the Death Eaters in The Goblet of Fire is haunting. Any bravery from the Death Eaters momentarily disappears as he lambasts them for not looking for him all those years.
This quote is not only great for its delivery and creepiness but for how it immediately establishes the dynamic power between Voldemort and his followers. They fear him, they quiver at his feet, and he does not have any deep care for them. They are just his pawns, his soldiers, and how dare they not kill themselves looking for him in his absence.
He Can Now Touch Harry
“… I Could Not Touch Him, It Was Old Magic, Something I Should Have Forseen. But, No Matter, No Matter, Things Have Changed. I Can … Touch Him … Now! Astounding What A Few Drops Of Blood Will Do, Eh, Harry? “
Ralph Fiennes’ performance as Voldemort has been the subject of much discourse over the years, but in that graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire, he is chilling, especially when watching as a young fan.
His physical portrayal is near grotesque, with this moment as he touches Harry on the head showcasing just that. While this is a great quote, many other Voldemort quotes arguably deserve more recognition since the physical moment itself is perhaps better than the quote.
“They Never Learn. Pity.”
During and before the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort gives the students of Hogwarts and those fighting on its side the opportunity to stand down and give up Harry. He is foolish and out of touch if he, in any way, believes they would do so.
This “pity” is not out of a place of humanity but rather out of selfishness, as he knows he will have to kill a plethora of pureblood wizards to get to Harry, wizards he could use for his own needs following the war. Another well-delivered quote with a sick deeper meaning.
The Boy Who Lived …
“Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived, Come To Die. Avada Kedavra!”
Voldemort is not someone who evokes much emotion other than fear and a deep feeling of dislike from audiences, but this line at the tail end of the Battle of Hogwarts prompts tears, knowing what is to happen.
Even though Harry comes back to life, his death in the Forbidden Forest is intensely emotional. Voldemort’s lack of care and lack of humanity in this quote shows once again how evil he is. On top of that, though, this is one of Voldemort’s most quoted lines, found all over the internet in various memes and interpretations that have only helped its legacy as one of his best.
Power Is All There Is
“There Is No Good And Evil. There Is Only Power And Those Too Weak To Seek It.”
Voldemort is not voiced by Ralph Fiennes in The Philosopher’s Stonebut rather by the man who performs Professor Quirrell, Ian Hart, who delivers this brilliant line that accurately sums up his character.
Voldemort could not care less about the morality of any kind. He does not view the world that way, he views it as power and weakness, and only he can hold that power in his opinion. Power is all that matters to him. His obsession with it leads to his need to kill Harry and his drive to live forever; they all fold into his sick ambitions in which he has dominance and superiority over everyone.
A Promise From A Confident, Merciful Lord
“I’m Going To Kill You, Harry Potter. I’m Going To Destroy You. After Tonight, If They Speak Of Your Name, They’ll Speak Only Of How You Begged For Death, And I, Being A Merciful Lord, Obliged. “
Many Voldemort quotes can easily be considered as being his very best for one reason or another. This line, though, is hard to argue against as it is so unbelievably sinister.
How he can look at this teenage boy and see nothing but a need to kill him on his quest for power and take such twisted joy in toying with Harry is astounding. This line shows more than just a lust for power, but insecurity almost. He wants Harry to be remembered not for being the boy who lived but for being the boy who the almighty Voldemort let die for the good of his Wizarding World. All in all, an outstanding Harry Potter quote.
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