The Riddle House
Okay, so I’m listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire Again.
It reminded me of a question I have always wanted answered. Who owns the riddle house?
“The wealthy man who owned the Riddle House these days neither lived there nor put it to any use; they said in the village that he kept it for “tax reasons”, though nobody was very clear what these might be. The wealthy owner continued to pay Frank to do the gardening, however.”
This always seemed a little odd to me, a bit like it was covering something up which was later to be revealed… So lets look at the three broad possibilites.
1) A muggle does actually own it.
Why? Okay for “Tax” reasons. Then why have Frank tend the ground? surly the wage of a man for an entire year has to offset any profit from tax evasion.
2) Voldemort or one of his Death Eaters owns it.
Voldemort was ashamed of his half-blood nature, and would want to keep it hidden so would not want to the house preserved, he would want it DESTROYED like his farther. He certainly would not want his Death Eaters to know he was half-blood. Then yet again why pay frank?
3)Another Wizard owns it.
This is my personal favorite idea. I admit it has more romance to it than logic, but I like to think Dumbledore owned it. He knew Voldemort’s real name, and would have had a keen interest in Voldemort’s past. He would have known frank did not commit that murder.
A big reason I fight off the other two ideas is why would you pay a man to tend the garden, and let the house to ruin?
UNLESS! unless you purpose is too look after an elderly gardener, who lives an un-desurved life of blame, and you know him to be innocent… Sound Dumbledore like to you? Its what I like to believe…