Tom Marvolo Riddle through the years.

USA Today has released the first official picture of Hero Fiennes-Tiffin in character as the young Tom Riddle, the boy who will grow up to be the evil Dark Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To mark the occasion, here are a handful of screen captures depicting the various actors and special effects that have played Voldemort at various points in his life:

Tom Riddle, age 11 — Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, age 10

Tom Riddle, age 16 — Frank Dillane, age 16

Tom Riddle, age 16 — Christian Coulson, age 23

Voldemort, age 65-ish — computer-generated special effect

Voldemort, age 68-ish — Ralph Fiennes, age 42

Voldemort, age 71-ish — Ralph Fiennes, age 47

Another actor, Frank Dillane, has been cast as the teenaged Tom Riddle in Half-Blood Prince — Christian Coulson, the actor who played him in Chamber of Secrets, is 29 now, so he’s almost certainly too old for the part! — but no pictures of him in character have surfaced yet. When they do, I’ll update this little gallery.

JUL 14 2010 UPDATE: I have now added Dillane’s picture above.

I have also added a picture of Voldemort from the climax to Deathly Hallows, as per the trailer that was released a few weeks ago; between that and the picture I already had from Goblet of Fire, I figured it would be good to capture both the beginning and ending of Ralph Fiennes’ take on the character.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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