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"Nobody wasted their breath pretending to feel very sad about the Riddles, for they had been most unpopular."
—Description of the town of Little Hangleton's reaction to Thomas, Mary, and Tom Riddle Snr's murders[src]

Riddle was the surname of a wealthy Muggle family that lived in a mansion overlooking Little Hangleton, of which they owned a great deal. They lived fairly close to the wizarding House of Gaunt.

Family history

The Riddle family was a very old Muggle family. Their members were snobbish, arrogant, and unpopular, all hated by the villagers of Little Hangleton, which is why nobody mourned their deaths, but were more interested in who murdered them and how. Thomas Riddle, his wife Mary, and their son Tom Riddle Snr were killed in 1943 by Tom Marvolo Riddle, Tom's son by pure-blood witch Merope Gaunt, whom he had married while influenced by magic (which was theorised to be either a love potion or the Imperius Curse) and later abandoned. Tom Marvolo Riddle killed his father for abandoning his mother, and killed his paternal grandparents for good measure so as to obliterate his Muggle roots. The murderer framed his maternal uncle Morfin Gaunt for the crimes, and he was sent to the wizarding prison of Azkaban, where he died. The Muggle townspeople, however, suspected that the Riddles' gardener, Frank Bryce, had killed them, and therefore he was banished from the society of Little Hangleton.[1]

Tom Marvolo Riddle soon abandoned the name of his "filthy Muggle father", instead using an anagram to declare himself Lord Voldemort.[2] Although Lord Voldemort died in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, he managed to sire a daughter, Delphini, with his loyal servant Bellatrix Lestrange, thus allowing the Riddle, Slytherin and Gaunt families to survive. Delphini is currently entombed in Azkaban for her crimes of murder and attempted to illegally alter timelines.

Family members

Person Birth/death Notes
Thomas Riddle 1880-1943 Mary Riddle's husband and Tom Riddle Snr's father. Muggle. Killed by his grandson in 1943.
Mary Riddle 1883-1943 The wife of Thomas Riddle and the mother of Tom Riddle Snr. Muggle. Killed by her grandson in 1943.
Tom Riddle Snr 1905-1943 The son of Thomas Riddle and his wife, Mary Riddle. He was married to a witch, Merope Gaunt, under the influence of a Love Potion. Muggle. He had a son, who killed him in 1943.
Merope Gaunt 1907-31 December, 1926 The abandoned wife of Tom Riddle Snr, whom she married because Tom was under the effects of a Love Potion to which she has subjected him in. She had a son. Pure-blood. Died during childbirth on New Year's Eve in 1926.
Tom Marvolo Riddle 31 December, 1926-2 May, 1998 The son of Tom Riddle Snr and Merope Gaunt. He later became the most feared Dark Wizard in history under the pseudonym of Lord Voldemort. Half-blood. Died in his final duel with Harry Potter in 1998.
Delphini 1998-alive The secret child of Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange. She later plotted to change History but was stopped by Harry Potter and his son Albus Potter and sent to Azkaban.

Riddle family tree

Cadmus Peverell
(fl. 1214)
Salazar Slytherin
(fl. 993)
House of
Gormlaith Gaunt
(d. c. 1634)
Rionach Gaunt
(d. 1608)
William Sayre
(d. 1608)
Corvinus Gaunt
(fl. 1700s)
Thomas Riddle
Mary Riddle
Marvolo Gaunt
(d. late 1920s)
Tom Riddle
Merope Gaunt
Morfin Gaunt
(fl.1925 - fl.1943)
Tom Marvolo Riddle
Bellatrix Black


A riddle is a statement or question with a double or veiled meaning, and they were very common to Old English literature and poetry. This may also be in reference due to the fact that the Riddle family died in inexplicable circumstances for the Muggles living in Little Hangelton. Riddle games also appear frequently in folklore and mythology as a matter of life and death, such as in the tale of Oedipus and the Sphinx and in the opera Turandot. The term "world riddle" was also used by philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche to encompass the idea of the meaning of life. This could all allude to the mysterious and hidden origins of Lord Voldemort, who disliked and hid his Muggle ancestry, and who was obsessed with life and death.

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