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'''Riddle''' was the surname of a wealthy [[Muggle]] family that lived in a [[Riddle House|mansion]] overlooking [[Little Hangleton]], of which they owned a great deal. They lived fairly close to the wizarding [[House of Gaunt]].
 
'''Riddle''' was the surname of a wealthy [[Muggle]] family that lived in a [[Riddle House|mansion]] overlooking [[Little Hangleton]], of which they owned a great deal. They lived fairly close to the wizarding [[House of Gaunt]].
   
[[Thomas Riddle]], his wife [[Mary Riddle|Mary]], and their son [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] were killed in [[1940s|1943]] by [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]], Tom's son by [[pure-blood]] [[Wizards|witch]] [[Merope Gaunt]], whom he had married while influenced by magic (Theorized 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.<ref>{{HBP}}</ref>
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==Family History==
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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.
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[[Thomas Riddle]], his wife [[Mary Riddle|Mary]], and their son [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] were killed in [[1940s|1943]] by [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]], Tom's son by [[pure-blood]] [[Wizards|witch]] [[Merope Gaunt]], whom he had married while influenced by magic (which was theorized 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.<ref>{{HBP}}</ref>
   
Tom Marvolo Riddle soon abandoned the name of his "filthy Muggle father", instead using an anagram to declare himself [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].<ref>{{COS}}</ref> With the death of Voldemort, the Riddle family bloodline became extinct.
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Tom Marvolo Riddle soon abandoned the name of his "filthy Muggle father", instead using an anagram to declare himself [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].<ref>{{COS}}</ref> With the death of Lord Voldemort, the Riddle family, as well as the [[Slytherin family |Slytherin family]] and [[Gaunt family]], became extinct.
   
 
==Members==
 
==Members==
*[[Thomas Riddle]] - [[Mary Riddle]]'s husband and [[Tom Riddle Sr.]]'s father. [[Muggle]]. Killed by his [[Tom Riddle|grandson]] in [[1943]].
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*[[Thomas Riddle]] - (1880 - 1943) [[Mary Riddle]]'s husband and [[Tom Riddle Sr.]]'s father. [[Muggle]]. Killed by his [[Tom Riddle|grandson]] in [[1943]].
*[[Mary Riddle]] - The wife of [[Thomas Riddle]] and the mother of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]]. [[Muggle]]. Killed by her [[Tom Riddle|grandson]] in [[1943]].
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*[[Mary Riddle]] - (1883 - 1943) The wife of [[Thomas Riddle]] and the mother of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]]. [[Muggle]]. Killed by her [[Tom Riddle|grandson]] in [[1943]].
*[[Tom Riddle Sr.]] - 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 [[Tom Riddle|son]], who killed him in [[1943]].
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*[[Tom Riddle Sr.]] - (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 [[Tom Riddle|son]], who killed him in [[1943]].
*[[Merope Gaunt]] - The abandoned wife of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], whom she married because Tom was under the effects of a [[Love Potion]]. She had a [[Tom Riddle|son]]. [[Pure-blood]]. Died during childbirth on New Year's Eve in [[1926]].
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*[[Merope Gaunt]] - (1907 - 31 December, 1926) The abandoned wife of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], whom she married because Tom was under the effects of a [[Love Potion]] to which she has subjected him in. She had a [[Tom Riddle|son]]. [[Pure-blood]]. Died during childbirth on New Year's Eve in [[1926]].
*[[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] - The son of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] and [[Merope Gaunt]]. He later became the most feared [[Dark Arts|Dark Wizard]] in history under the pseudonym of Lord Voldemort. [[Half-blood]]. [[Battle of Hogwarts|Died in his final duel]] with [[Harry Potter]] in [[1998]].
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*[[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] - (31 December, 1926 - 2 May, 1998) The son of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] and [[Merope Gaunt]]. He later became the most feared [[Dark Arts|Dark Wizard]] in history under the pseudonym of Lord Voldemort. [[Half-blood]]. [[Battle of Hogwarts|Died in his final duel]] with [[Harry Potter]] in [[1998]].
   
 
==Riddle family tree==
 
==Riddle family tree==
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
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Riddle family
Family heritage
Blood status

Muggle, one magical member

Notable family members
Status

Extinct

Relationships
Related families

House of Gaunt

Affiliation
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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 Sr.'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 HistoryEdit

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 Sr. 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 theorized 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] With the death of Lord Voldemort, the Riddle family, as well as the Slytherin family and Gaunt family, became extinct.

MembersEdit

Riddle family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peverell family
 
Slytherin family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cadmus Peverell
(fl. 1214)
 
Salazar Slytherin
(fl. 993)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(many generations)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House of Gaunt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corvinus Gaunt
(fl. 1700s)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Riddle family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Riddle
(18801943)
 
Mary Riddle
(18831943)
 
Marvolo Gaunt
(fl. 1920s)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Riddle
(19051943)
 
Merope Gaunt
(c.1907-1926)
 
Morfin Gaunt
(fl. 1925 - fl. 1943)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tom Marvolo Riddle
(19261998)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


EtymologyEdit

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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