- Why did Voldemort kill the Potters instead of the Longbottoms?
- Why Voldemort killed Harry Potter parents?
Voldemort wanted to kill Harry Potter because of a prophecy that claimed there was a boy whose powers will be the end of Voldemort. It wasn’t clear if that child was Harry Potter or Neville Longbottom. However, Voldemort chose Harry since they shared a similar past and was convinced he was his mortal enemy.
Voldemort chose Harry because he saw more of himself in Harry than in Neville. Voldemort despised his parents because his father was a muggle and his mother was unexceptional and, in his eyes, pathetic. This led directly to the death of James and Lily, who put themselves in his path to save Harry’s life.