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Tom Marvolo Riddle's gang
Organisation information
Founder(s)

Tom Riddle

Founded

1940s

Dissolved

1945 (presumed)

Leader(s)

Tom Riddle

Headquarters

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Intentions

Pre-cursor to the Death Eater organisation

Affiliation
Enemies
"There were half a dozen teenage boys sitting around Slughorn with Tom Riddle in the middle of them, Marvolo's black and gold ring gleaming on his finger."
—The structure of the gang, as seen in Horace Slughorn's memory in the Pensieve[src]

Tom Marvolo Riddle's gang was a group of fellow Slytherin students Riddle had around him during his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He claimed they were his friends, and made it appear so in public. In truth, however, he had no attachments for them, as he never once desired a friend, and he only manipulated them to do his deeds, which led to nasty incidents over the years. Through Riddle's intelligent and discreet methods, the gang was never connected to these incidents.

"Tom Riddle nearly smiled as the others laughed again. Harry noticed that he was by no means the eldest of the group of boys, but that they all seemed to look at him as their leader."
Harry noticing the hierarchy of the gang in the Pensieve memory[src]

Presumably, although this group disbanded after Riddle graduated from Hogwarts in 1945, it was a precursor to the Death Eater organisation. The group was originally called the Knights of Walpurgis. Indeed, some (if not all) of the members became the earliest known Death Eaters.

Known members

"They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty."
Albus Dumbledore on the the principal attributes of the gang, many of whom would later go on and become Death Eaters.[src]

Behind the Scenes

  • Albus Dumbledore implies that this group assisted Tom in the first opening of the Chamber of Secrets. The extent that they helped his is unknown, though it's possible that the gang knew about the Basilisk and that their leader was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin.
  • Interestingly this group shares many of the same surnames with those who were part of the gang of Slytherins that attended Hogwarts in the 1970s. This is likely not coincidental as those in the latter group may be the children of those in the former.
  • It's unknown what happened to the members of the gang while Tom was traveling abroad looking for followers. It's possible that they traveled with him or they may have simply kept in correspondence with him while remaining in England.

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