mar·vuh·lo gawnt /ˈmɑrvəloʊ ˈgɔnt/
Marvolo Gaunt, a descendant of Salazar Slytherin and Cadmus Peverell, was Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort)’s maternal grandfather. A pure-blood supremacist, he lived in abject poverty but took great pride in his ancestry.
Marvolo Gaunt Biography & History
Marvolo was part of the ancient Gaunt lineage, which traced its roots back to both the founder of Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin, and one of the three brothers in the Deathly Hallows tale, Cadmus Peverell.
Family & Ancestry
Despite the Gaunts’ significant bloodline, they were impoverished and lived in a derelict shack near Little Hangleton. Marvolo’s two children, Morfin and Merope, also resided there. He treated both with varying degrees of cruelty, especially Merope, whom he looked down on for her lack of magical prowess.
Relationship with Tom Riddle
By the time Voldemort came to power, Marvolo was long deceased. However, Tom Riddle learned of his heritage by visiting the Gaunt home and subsequently murdered the Riddle family.
Marvolo Gaunt’s Characteristics
Supremacy: Gaunt took immense pride in his pure-blood status, often brandishing Slytherin’s locket as proof of his heritage.
Violence: He was known for his violent outbursts, particularly towards his daughter Merope.
People Close to Him
- Morfin Gaunt: His son, also known for his violent behavior.
- Merope Gaunt: His daughter, whom he treated with disdain and cruelty. She would later become the mother of Tom Riddle after running away.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Marvolo Gaunt related to Lord Voldemort?
He is Voldemort’s maternal grandfather.
What family heirloom did Marvolo Gaunt proudly show?
He had Salazar Slytherin’s locket, which later became one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
Who were Marvolo’s children?
Morfin and Merope Gaunt.
While Marvolo Gaunt did not have widely quoted lines in canonical texts, his interactions, especially with Bob Ogden from the Ministry of Magic, showed his fierce pride and disdain for Muggles and those he considered beneath him.
Fun Trivia Questions About Marvolo Gaunt
Question: Which Hogwarts founder is Marvolo Gaunt a direct descendant of?
Answer: Salazar Slytherin.
Question: What did Marvolo Gaunt’s daughter Merope use to make Tom Riddle Sr. fall in love with her?
Answer: A love potion.
Question: What heirloom of Marvolo’s later became one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes?
Answer: Salazar Slytherin’s locket.