"Weeds were not the only things Frank had to contend with either. Boys from the village made a habit of throwing stones through the windows of the Riddle House. They rode their bicycles over the lawns Frank worked so hard to keep smooth. Once or twice, they broke into the old house for a dare. They knew that old Frank's devotion to the house and the grounds amounted almost to an obsession, and it amused them to see him limping across the garden, brandishing his stick and yelling croakily at them. Frank, for his part, believed the boys tormented him because they, like their parents and grandparents, thought him a murderer."

These boys lived in Little Hangleton in the 1990s. They liked to play tricks with the old Riddle House caretaker Frank Bryce, as they believed him to be the person behind the Riddle murders, and liked to see him limping across the Riddle House garden, brandishing his stick and yelling at them.[1]

On the night of 20 August, 1994, Frank, upon seeing lights glimmering in the old house, thought that the kids had broken into it and started a fire. Instead it was actually Lord Voldemort and his servant Peter Pettigrew, who were planning to restore Voldemort to full power and murder Harry Potter.[1]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 1 (The Riddle House)