First off, read those two snippets and tell me that they weren’t ripped straight from ‘Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets’.
“Voldemort,” said Riddle softly, “is my past, present, and future, Harry Potter. . . .”
He pulled Harry’s wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves:
I AM LORD VOLDEMORT”
— Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
Seriously, Cassandra Clare didn’t even try to clear any trace of her initial Harry Potter fanfic from her novel. It’s really pathetic and sad and it’s proof positive that in the end Clare really never put any real effort in preparing her manuscript to be professionally published.
I want to also take the time out to laugh how to make it ever so clear that Valentine is evil, she directly links him to the most notorious big bad ever known, Satan/Lucifer. This is just pure lazy and sloppy writing on her part, and yet another case of trying to tell us something at the very last-minute possible. Then after doing that, Clare decides to sweep away any of that street cred Valentine gained by linking himself to Lucifer by whining about how The Clave did him so wrong. In the end, Valentine is just another a Hodge with delusions of grandeur.
Honestly, I have no idea why Clare didn’t just let Luke be the villain, he’s way scarier than Valentine by just his actions alone.