First of all, let me point out that it is by no means an attempt to justify or excuse Dark Lord’s actions, merely an attempt to understand them and his motives. It is also strongly influenced by existentialism and my slightly fatalistic mood.
Following Sartre’s “Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices” it’s easy to say that the Dark Lord “ made all the wrong choices" i.e. he could have been a Minister for Magic, an ingenious inventor or a celebrity, but chose, and therefor became, the most powerful Dark Wizard of all time. True, it is Tom Marvolo...
Tom Riddle, aslo know as Lord Voldemort, was in Slytherin. But should he have been?
Slytherin is for pure bloods only, just as Gryfindor is the brave. The sorting hat has said so every time we hear it's song. But didn't in the Chamber of Secrets Voldemort's memory of himself that was trapped in the diary addmit that he had a muggle father. And in the the Goblet of Fire the Riddle's had a muggle gardener. So what gives?
But if he hadn't been in Slytherin, which house would he have been in? Slytherin was for bad people. But not all pure bloods are bad, like Ronald...