Harry Potter Lucius Malfoy had a greater scheme for Tom Riddle’s journal than was disclosed in the Harry Potter films, to the detriment of the broader Horcrux narrative.
The Harry Potter movies omitted a number of significant pieces of information about Lucius Malfoy’s scheme in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. As a result, this had an effect on Voldemort’s entire strategy regarding the Horcruxes.
The film does reveal that the Malfoy patriarch was responsible for Tom Riddle’s diary falling into Ginny Weasley’s hands; however, it does not provide the reason for which he did it, nor does it provide the consequences that he faced from Lord Voldemort as a result of his actions as a result of Tom Riddle’s diary falling into Ginny Weasley’s hands.
In Flourish and Blotts, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger meet Lucius and Draco Malfoy in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s obvious that Lucius dropped Tom Riddle’s journal into Ginny’s cauldron the second time around when you view the scene again.
Later on, Harry pondered this possibility and even questioned the Death Eater about his activities after the memory of Tom Riddle that had been uncovered in the journal was obliterated. Harry’s inquiry was prompted by the fact that the Death Eater had been challenged. Lucius was honest enough to confess what he had done.
The fact that he had no concern for the life of a little girl or anybody else at the school, identified him as a figure wholly dedicated to evil; yet, the question remains: why?
Lucius Malfoy hoped Tom Riddle’s diary would cause Arthur Weasley pain.
The incident that took place at Flourish and Blott’s proceeded a little bit differently in the novel titled Chamber of Secrets. Throughout the course of their interaction, it became abundantly clear that Lucius Malfoy harbored a significant grudge against Arthur Weasley. This was due to the fact that Arthur Weasley had authored a number of laws that made it more difficult for wizards to own dark objects, particularly those that were designed to fool and harm Muggles.
Lucius Malfoy had been compelled to surreptitiously sell a few of his possessions in order to escape going to prison (which Harry accidentally witnessed while he was in Borgin and Burkes in Harry Potter).
As a result, Lucius Malfoy devised a scheme in Harry Potter that he believed would remove Arthur as a barrier to his progress. It just so happened that he was in possession of a journal that, despite the fact that he didn’t completely comprehend it, would lead to the opening of the Chamber of Secrets.
He did this in the hopes that Ginny Weasley’s participation in the murder of Muggle-born children at Hogwarts would reflect badly on Arthur Weasley and cause him to lose his employment. He also hoped that the powerful dark item would be found on Ginny Weasley.
If this were to occur, the disgusting Lucius Malfoy would be able to acquire any and all items associated with the Dark Arts without the bothersome Mr. Weasley putting his elevated position in the wizarding world at risk.
Tom Riddle’s Diary Was Distinctive Among Horcruxes.
There is one more significant mystery that is never addressed in any of the Harry Potter films, and that is how Lucius Malfoy came to possess one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes in the first place.
Both Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows indicate that Voldemort would not have just scattered his hidden soul bits everywhere for everyone to uncover. He would not have done so.
Then, why was the journal different from the others? In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Albus Dumbledore reveals that Voldemort had a different strategy in mind for his journal Horcrux than he did for the other Horcruxes and that Lucius Malfoy was meant to play a role in that strategy.
In light of the fact that Lord Voldemort had been compelled to seal the Chamber of Secrets before to the events of the Harry Potter series, he devised a strategy to one day unlock it once again.
He transformed his journal into a Horcrux and hid it away until it was the appropriate moment to re-introduce it to Hogwarts and give it permission to fulfill its mission of purging Muggle-born witches and wizards from the school.
This journal was given to Voldemort’s devoted servant, Lucius Malfoy, at some point in time before Voldemort’s demise at the Potters’ cottage. He did not explain to him what it was but rather what it would accomplish. Moreover, he asked him to refrain from using it until further instruction was given to do so. Thus, Lucius decided to keep it and wait.
Harry Potter’s Lucius Malfoy Suffers Harsh Consequences for Keeping a Secret Diary
Lucius Malfoy kept Voldemort’s journal secure for a decade. Yet, he came to the conclusion that it was time to take action when he started under pressure from Arthur Weasley’s department at the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter.
At this moment, he had come to the conclusion that he would never see his Dark Lord again. As a result, Harry did not have any concerns about the repercussions of accessing the journal even though Voldemort had specifically warned him not to.
Lucius used it for his own benefit while having a limited understanding of what it truly was. Voldemort’s fury was understandable given the discovery that his journal had been thrown away upon his return.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore reveals to Harry that the first hint he had that Voldemort had constructed a Horcrux came from Tom Riddle’s journal and that it was possible that there was more than one Horcrux.
It was obvious to him that the journal was designed to be discarded, so he reasoned that Voldemort must have produced many copies of it. Dumbledore discovered via his sources (presumably Severus Snape) that the Dark Lord had severely punished Lucius Malfoy for accessing the diary without permission. Dumbledore was informed of this by Severus Snape. This could only have happened if the journal had been far more useful to Lucius than he had first thought.
Why do the Harry Potter films omit important details from the Horcrux diary?
The first indication that Lord Voldemort had produced Horcruxes was found in Tom Riddle’s diary, which was published in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. At the time, readers of that book were unaware of this fact.
It was this one crucial piece of information that gave Albus Dumbledore the inkling that the Dark Lord could have crafted more than one Horcrux, which was something that no other wizard in the history of magic had ever accomplished.
Despite this, the majority of the journal’s information was omitted from the Harry Potter film adaptations, including Lucius Malfoy’s reasons for accessing the diary and how this influenced Voldemort’s intentions.
This is due to the fact that the character shown in the film version of Lucius Malfoy did not need the motivation to behave in a malicious manner. It was sufficient for Harry to know that he was the Dark Lord’s parent since he was the father of Harry’s least favorite classmate.
Also, since the Horcruxes were an unfamiliar idea to the audience in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the film was able to get away without explaining why Voldemort would have left the diary with Lucius. This was possible because the Horcruxes were the focus of the film.
The information included in Horace Slughorn’s recollections was sufficient to prove that Voldemort’s soul was divided into a total of seven parts. Yet, the Harry Potter novels as a whole presented a more unified narrative, which is something that cannot be expected from the movies based on the series.
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