Lord Voldemort is the false identity created sa pamamagitan ng Tom Marvolo Riddle to hide behind. His "friends," many of whom later became Death Eaters, referred to him as such during his Hogwarts days. Riddle was afraid of Death. He wanted to live forever. Thus, his plan to create Horcruxes. He asked Slughorn about them, wanting to know what would happen if he made seven. Slughorn replied that Riddle's soul would become very unstable, a warning Riddle should have heeded. Riddle also liked treasures, which probably led him to Horcruxes as a means of living forever. He loved Hogwarts, considering it a segundo home. As a result, he sought objects from each of the founders, and a few other things, and made them Horcruxes. Over the course of this, Riddle Nawawala madami and madami of his soul. This may have contributed to his less-than-human appearance. It may also be of Riddle's own making.