We know that from Pottermore there were 28 pure blood families in the 1930s. A 'Pure-Blood Directory' was subsequently published:

The so-called 'Sacred Twenty-Eight' comprised the families of:

Abbott, Avery, Black, Bulstrode, Burke, Carrow, Crouch, Fawley, Flint, Gaunt, Greengrass
Lestrange, Longbottom. Macmillan, Malfoy, Nott, Ollivander, Parkinson, Prewett, Rosier
Rowle, Selwyn, Shacklebolt, Shafiq, Slughorn, Travers, Weasley and Yaxley

Where did Tom Riddle/Voldemort fit in this list, and was he a pure-blood?

  • Any indication why the down votes? Hard to ask better questions without some direction... – FreeMan Oct 13 '15 at 17:52
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    you were getting downvotes because it explicitly said tom was a half blood in the books/movie, and its a major plot point as its why voldemort chose to kill harry over neville. Though it is slightly rude to downvote someone for not remembering something. – Himarm Oct 13 '15 at 18:09
  • Thanks for the feedback, @Himarm. I enjoyed reading the books and watching the movies, but don't have all the details memorized. I was reading another question, and this one popped into my head, so I asked. I agree, this isn't the warmest reception. :( – FreeMan Oct 13 '15 at 18:12
  • feel free to hit the chat room with questions, you can ask their first and well let you know if its a good question for the main site or not, and if its not well prob answer it for you in the chat room – Himarm Oct 13 '15 at 18:17
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    This information is also readily available on Pottermore (which clearly you're familiar with, as you linked to it), and pretty much absolutely anywhere if you just google "Tom Riddle". One of the main downvote reasons is "lack of research effort" and that likely applies to why people downvoted here. – Chris Hayes Oct 13 '15 at 20:59

Tom Riddle, Jr. was a half-blood, but he fits into the Gaunt family through his mother (emphasis mine):

"So Merope," said Harry, leaning forward in his chair and staring at Dumbledore, "so Merope was... Sir, does that mean she was... Voldemort's mother?"

"It does," said Dumbledore. "And it so happens that we also had a glimpse of Voldemort's father. I wonder whether you noticed?"

"The Muggle Morfin attacked? The man on the horse?"

"Very good indeed," said Dumbledore, beaming. "Yes, that was Tom Riddle senior, the handsome Muggle who used to go riding past the Gaunt cottage and for whom Merope Gaunt cherished a secret, burning passion."

Half-Blood Prince Chapter 10: "The House of Gaunt"


He is a half-blood from the Gaunt line. His mother was Merope Gaunt, his father, a Muggle, Tom Riddle.

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    His mother was a Hamster and his father smelt of elderberries. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Oct 13 '15 at 23:45
  • And he blew his nose-hole in your direction. – Zikato Oct 14 '15 at 10:29
  • @Zikato I would be VERY scared if Mr. V blows a nose-hole in my direction :) – vap78 Oct 14 '15 at 14:53

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