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Voldemort Named Among Worst Literary Villains by Penguin

Posted by: Edward
January 16, 2009, 10:21 PM

Dark Lord Voldemort has made the top ten list of 'scariest villains in children's literature' according to a report in the Scotsman.  The paper details the results of a new list from the Penguin Group, which polled 600 readers, asking them to rank the literary characters they most feared.  Coming in at number six, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named from the Harry Potter books by author J. K. Rowling stands along side such other great literary villains as The White Witch from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, Captain Hook from J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and The Wolf from Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm.  The article also quotes Booktrust children's website editor Rebecca Wilkie as saying:

"A good villain is larger than life and does things we would never dare, but usually gets their comeuppance in the end.  Who can forget Harry Potter triumphing over Lord Voldemort and Roald Dahl's witches being turned into mice?
She goes on to note that, "For all of us, there is something comforting in the ultimate triumph of good over evil."  The full list of the Top Ten Literary Villains is as follows:
  1. White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis – 1950)
  2. Captain Hook (Peter Pan by JM Barrie – 1904)
  3. The Grand High Witch (The Witches by Roald Dahl – 1983)
  4. Wicked Stepmother (Snow White by Brothers Grimm – 1810)
  5. Cruella De Vil (The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith – 1956)
  6. Voldemort (Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – 1997)
  7. The Child Catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming – from the 1968 film. Not the original book)
  8. Miss Trunchbull (Matilda by Roald Dahl – 1988)
  9. The Wolf (Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm – 1810)
  10. Long John Silver (Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 1883)

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Kiwi Mc I

Why in a list of villans in children literature would you put the film character of the child catcher… why not just pick a villain in another book?

Posted by Kiwi Mc I on January 24, 2009, 12:13 PM report to moderator
zacob tonks

oh come on! he-who-must-not-be-named is a legend! how could he end up 6th? this is outrageous….

Posted by zacob tonks on January 25, 2009, 02:54 AM report to moderator

Voldy deserves that title…I mean…
1. He was defeated by a baby
2. And his plans were foiled by him at least 8 times
3. His teeth are reeeeal bad!!

Posted by zozo on January 26, 2009, 03:01 PM report to moderator

Where’s that witch Umbridge?

As evil as Voldy is, there is not another literary villain I hate more than that woman. Everytime I read OotP, I want to reach into the book and strangle her

Posted by Tony on January 26, 2009, 03:30 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

Well, he’s the best villain and the worst, isn’t he? Ralph Fiennes is a great voldemort in films. The graveyard scen in GOTF was one of the scariest ever.

Posted by Garden State Geek on February 24, 2009, 12:44 PM report to moderator
64 Points

um… seriously? Voldemort is definitely at the top of the list.

Posted by Kylee [roar] on April 13, 2009, 08:51 PM report to moderator
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