This snake was presumably a pet of pure-blood wizard Morfin Gaunt, and was owned by him sometime before Bob Ogden's visit to his family's home in 1925. The snake had presumably done something to upset Morfin, as he killed it and nailed it to the shack's door sometime prior to this event. He would later threaten the same fate to another snake he owned, presumably as a replacement for the first.[1] Tom Riddle Senior and his "darling", Cecilia, would later react with shock and disgust at the sight of the dead snake on display, seeing it as further proof of the talk in Little Hangleton about Morfin's madness.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10 (The House of Gaunt)