New Piece on Merope Gaunt Published on Pottermore

By Maryann Yin 

Tom RiddleA new feature piece has been published on Pottermore called “The Sad History of Merope Gaunt.” This minor character from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has become well-known as the mother of the antagonist, Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort).

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!

Here’s an excerpt from the post: “It might be argued that Voldemort grew up devoid of love because his mother died for want of it, and that his father’s love was stolen rather than earned. Perhaps if he’d had any understanding of the difference between genuine love and the kind that you compel, Voldemort might have had a better grasp of its power.”

In the past, Rowling has written essays on singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck, the Dursleys, and the symbolism behind Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid’s names. Which character from the Harry Potter universe would you like to learn more about?