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

Riddle was the surname of a wealthy Muggle family that lived in a manor house overlooking the village of Little Hangleton, of which they owned a great deal of. They lived fairly close to the wizarding House of Gaunt. They were murdered in 1943 by Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Family history

The Riddle family was a very old Muggle family. The family was very wealthy and owned much of the village of Little Hangleton. Their members were snobbish, arrogant, and unpopular. By the point of the 1943, the members of the Riddle family were all hated by the villagers that lived in the area. They were most hated by the members of the House of Gaunt, an ancient pure-blood wizarding family.

Tom and Merope Gaunt elope

"The village of Little Hangleton enjoyed a tremendous scandal. You can imagine the gossip it caused when the squire's son ran off with the tramp's daughter, Merope."
—Explanation on how Merope was able to bewitch Tom Riddle[src]
Around 1925 Tom had a possible lover by the name of Cecilia. Also around this Merope Gaunt began to have obsessive romantic feelings for him. When Morfin Gaunt discovered this, he cursed Tom with hives. He did this in order to make him less appealing to his sister.

The Gaunt men were arrested by the Ministry and were sentenced to Azkaban. Afterwards, Merope dosed Tom with Love Potion, thereby forcing him to marry her. When Merope became pregnant, she ceased giving Love Potions to Tom, believing that he had come to genuinely love her, or would at least stay with her for the benefit of their child. Upon regaining his free will, Tom fled from Merope and returned to his family home. Merope, alone in London, managed to find an Wool's Orphanage, where she gave birth to a son. Shortly thereafter, Merope died due to childbirth complications, having lost the will to live. Before her death, she asked that the baby be named Tom Marvolo Riddle, for his father and grandfather.

The younger Tom then spent the first eleven years of his life in the orphanage, completely unaware of the existence of the Wizarding world. In 1938, Riddle's future enemy Albus Dumbledore visited the orphanage to inform Riddle of the latter's acceptance into Hogwarts. Immediately after this, Riddle became convinced that his father was a Wizard and that his mother was a Muggle out of the belief that the latter could not have died if she was a witch.

Upon entering the school, Riddle became concerned about learning about his heritage. After learning of his descent from Hogwarts co-founder Salazar Slytherin, Riddle became interested in pure-blood supremacy and the Dark Arts. In particular, Riddle became obsessed with the creation of Horcruxes. In addition, Riddle began painstaking research on his father's name before eventually accepting that he had never set foot in Hogwarts. With only his middle name "Marvolo" to go on, which he knew from the orphanage was his maternal grandfather's name. After researching through old book of wizarding families, Riddle learned of the surviving Gaunt line. In the summer of his sixteenth year, set out for Little Hangleton to find his relatives. This would provide an unstable mixture for Riddle's adult personality and led to terrible events. later abandoned.

Family's Murder

"Meanwhile, in the village of Little Hangleton, a maid was running along the High Street, screaming that there were three bodies lying in the drawing room of the big house: Tom Riddle Senior and his mother and father."
—A maid finds the bodies of the Riddle family[src]
In the summer of 1943, Tom Riddle visited the village of Little Hangleton after tracing the source of his middle name. He first stopped at the Gaunt shack, only to find his maternal uncle Morfin Gaunt, who had long been released from Azkaban. Morfin, upon seeing his nephew, threatened him with a knife and wand, believing the boy to be his father. Even though Riddle did not disclose his identity during this meeting, Riddle spoke Parseltongue to calm Morfin down. The two then discussed the whereabouts of Marvolo Gaunt (who had died years before), the elder Riddle, and Merope Gaunt. When Morfin revealed to Riddle that his (Riddle's) father was a Muggle, Riddle Stupefied his uncle and stole his wand and the Gaunt ring.

Riddle then proceeded to the Riddle House and found his father, grandfather, and grandmother in the drawing room. It is unknown if there were any words exchanged with the Riddles, but the youngest Riddle used his uncle's wand to cast the Killing Curse on his father and grandparents. Riddle then returned to the Gaunt shack and altered Morfin's memory, causing Gaunt to believe himself to be the murderer.

Tom Marvolo Riddle soon abandoned the name of his "filthy Muggle father", instead using an anagram to declare himself Lord Voldemort.[1] 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 and was sent to Azkaban for her crimes.

Riddle family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peverell
family
 
 
 
 
Salazar Slytherin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Antioch Peverell
 
Cadmus Peverell
 
 
 
Ignotus Peverell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Linfred of Stinchcombe
 
Ignotus Peverell's son
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hardwin Potter
 
Iolanthe Peverell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
many generations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
many generations
 
many generations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corvinus Gaunt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs Potter
(née Fleamont)
 
 
 
 
 
Marvolo Gaunt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black
family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morfin Gaunt
 
Merope Gaunt
 
Tom Riddle Sr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Marvolo Riddle
 
Septimus Weasley
 
Cedrella Black
 
 
 
 
 
Dursley
family
 
 
 
 
 
Evans
family
 
 
Euphemia Potter
 
Fleamont Potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apolline Delacour
 
Monsieur Delacour
 
Molly Prewett
 
Arthur Weasley
 
 
 
 
 
Marge Dursley
 
Vernon Dursley
 
Petunia Evans
 
 
Lily Evans
 
James Potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabrielle Delacour
 
 
Charlie Weasley
 
 
Fred Weasley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dudley Dursley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fleur Delacour
 
Bill Weasley
 
Percy Weasley
 
Audrey Weasley
 
George Weasley
 
Angelina Johnson
 
Hermione Granger
 
Ron Weasley
 
Ginny Weasley
 
Harry Potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Victoire Weasley
 
Dominique Weasley
 
Louis Weasley
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fred Weasley
 
Roxanne Weasley
 
Rose Weasley
 
Hugo Weasley
 
James Potter
 
Albus Potter
 
Lily Potter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Molly Weasley
 
Lucy Weasley

Etymology

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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