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Chapter 4-1 The Riddle House

  • The Riddle family lived in Little Hangleton. Their house is still called 'The Riddle House'. The story goes that fifty years before, the maid came down to the village one day, screaming. She had found all three Riddles dead; their eyes wide open and cold as ice. In the pub, The Hanged Man, it is rumoured that the Riddle's gardener Frank Bryce has been arrested.
  • The following morning, Frank is being questioned by the police of Great Hangleton. He insist he's innocent, and that the only peron he saw near the house on the day of the Riddles' deaths was a pale, dark-haired teenage boy. The report on the Riddles' death showed they had all appeared in perfect health, although they were dead. It seemed they had been frightened to death. The bodies are buried in Little Hangleton's churchyard.
  • Frank stays to live in the Riddle House. One day he wakes up from the pain in his bad leg and sees lights in the Riddle House. He goes over to check if some of the town boys have broken into the house. In the house, a man with a cold high-pitched voice talks to a man called Wormtail.
  • The cold voice asks where Nagini is. She has to be milked, he needs feeding since the journey tired him. They'll stay a week or longer, at least untill the Quidditch World Cup is over. Wormtail suggests "it could be done without Harry Potter" but the cold voice says he will use no other and warns Wormtail to have courage or feel the wrath of Lord Voldemort. Wormtail, in panic, warns that Bertha Jorkins's disapearance will not go unnoticed for long, but is told Bertha Jorkins had to be killed. The cold voice says he hears Nagini and starts hissing and spitting. Frank hears movement behind him and sees a gigantic snake coming and entering the room. It seemed as if the cold voice could talk to snakes. Frank is discovered and told to enter the room. The cold voice tells Wormtail to turn his chair to face Frank. Wormtail does. Frank screams, there's a flash of green light, a rushing sound, and Frank Bryce collapses. He is dead before he hits the floor.
  • Two hundred miles away, Harry wakes up with a start from his nightmare
reviewed and edited by Judy Nathanson


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