Remember those lit crit essays you wrote in high school? Santiago’s a Christ figure! Finny’s a Christ figure! Neo’s a Christ figure! Lord Voldemort is…. God? Excerpt:
The antagonist in the Harry Potter books is a man called Tom (parody of the Trinity, more about that in the next paragraph) Marvolo (marvels miracles) Riddle (referring to the Divine mystery), a man who is three as one, in the spiritual shape of an old man (Voldemort ¨meaning flight of death, a direct reference to the plagues over Egypt), in the body of the young man who lives in the diary (Bible), and as the spirit that guides (as in the first book when he fights the witches for a stone the Sorcerer’s Stone that grants immortality and is in defiance of the punishment for the fall).
This Tom Riddle is clearly the God of Christian tradition as other Christian critics of Mrs. Rowling’s books have pointed out. When Potter first sees Tom Riddle the Son, Tom is described as strangely blurred around the edges, suggesting a halo (p. 330).
The reason why Mrs. Rowling calls Jesus Tom is simple. In England, the saying every Tom, Dick and Harry is highly popular and in this case alludes to the omnipresence of God in our world. This is another attempt to confuse us by presenting a false, mixed up trinity: Tom, the Father; Dick, the Spirit (better known in the series as the ghost Sir Benedict de Mimpsy Porkington, affectively called Nearly-Headless-Dick by the children); and Harry, as the Son, the false Christ. Later, Tom the Son will remark that he and Potter are very alike (p. 340), causing more confusion in the heart of the reader.
Lucius Malfoy (meaning of bad/wrong faith, again this is misleading!), a respectably dressed family man with the pale hair and ethereal looks of an Angel, representing the Angel Gabriel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:31, but with the name of the fallen one in order to confuse Christian readers) gives the girl of a humble home, Ginny Weasley, the diary of Tom Riddle.
As always, dear reader, there’s more where that came from.