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Wool's orphanage
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London, England

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Wool's Orphanage is a Muggle orphanage in London. Most noticeably, it was the home of Tom Riddle during his childhood years.


Sometime before 1997, the orphanage had been demolished to make way for an office block.[1] During their search for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley investigated the possibility that he had hidden one of them in the orphanage, even though Harry highly doubted that they would find one there, since Voldemort's Muggle heritage would be something that he would not want to remember. When they went to the site, the orphanage had been replaced by offices, causing the trio to leave to find the Horcruxes elsewhere.


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The front gate of the orphanage.

During the 1930s, the orphanage was a square building surrounded by high railings. It was run-down, but clean, and the orphans in residence were well cared for. They even enjoyed holidays at the seaside on occasion. Despite this, it seems the orphanage had some unpleasantness, as Tom despised returning to it, and Harry Potter later noted it seemed "a grim place in which to grow up"[2]. The orphanage was run by Mrs. Cole.

Known residents of the orphanage



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