When you have a fashion Halloween show at 7 but gotta kill Harry Potter at 8
You-Know-Who wasn’t going to feature on any magazine covers or sign any glamorous product endorsements – this side of hell freezing over, anyway. But nonetheless it’s fair to admit – however begrudgingly – that the Dark Lord was kind of a celebrity. He was, and is, stupendously famous. Okay, if you prefer: infamous. But despite Lord Voldemort’s high profile, and the grim shadow he cast over the affairs of Hogwarts and its inhabitants for decades, there’s still plenty of trivia and offbeat analysis that many people, even Harry Potter fans, might be unaware of. We’re all too familiar with the taboo around saying ‘Voldemort’ aloud, hence his bountiful selection of nicknames. Remember when Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge refused to say He Who Must Not Be Named’s… er, name… in the office of the Muggle Prime Minister, instead cravenly scrawling it on parchment and sliding it across the desk? Even Lord Voldemort introducing himself wasn’t quite so simple. It’s hardly a massive spoiler to point out that, in the books, ‘I am Lord Voldemort’ is a nifty anagram of the Dark Lord’s prior name, Tom Marvolo Riddle. But have you ever wondered how that works out for fans reading in other languages? ‘I am’, for instance, translates in French to ‘je suis’.
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