Merope DID give some information to the orphanage. Enough, as it turns out.
From Half-Blood Prince:
“Did she say anything before she died?” asked Dumbledore. “Anything
about the boy’s father, for instance?” “Now, as it happens, she
did,” said Mrs. Cole, who seemed to be rather enjoying herself now,
with the gin in her hand and an eager audience ...
No, Harry is not descended from Godric Gryffindor, but rather is descended from the Peverell brothers of The Tale of the Three Brothers and owners of the original hallows on his father's side. Hence Harry owning a perfectly pristine invisibility cloak. Ironically, it was Voldemort's family who ended up with the Resurrection Stone, which had the Peverell coat ...
I think it was stated in the second book that Tom Riddle was the only living direct descendant of Salazar.
Quote from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" :
"You can speak Parseltongue, Harry," said Dumbledore calmly, "because
Lord Voldemort – who is the last remaining descendant of Salazar
Slytherin – can speak Parseltongue. Unless I'm much ...
He's related somewhere, but Slytherin isn't his ancestor.
There was a debunked rumour on J.K. Rowling's old website which mentions this topic obliquely:
Voldemort is Harry's real father/grandfather/close relative of some description
No, no, no, no, no. You lot have been watching much too much Star Wars. James is DEFINITELY Harry's father. Doesn't ...
Dumbledore was related to his immediate family: His father, who was sentenced to life in Azkaban for killing the three Muggles who attacked Dumbledore's younger sister Ariana. Aberforth Dumbledore is Albus's brother, and he runs the Hogshead Inn in Hogsmeade. Dumbledore's mother, Kendra, was accidentally killed by Ariana, during one of her out-of-control ...
We aren't sure of the exact date or descendant, but we have upper and lower bounds; it was somewhere between the 13th and 18th centuries.
As Cadmus Peverell lived in 1214, we can say for sure that the two families were not united before that time, despite Salazar Slytherin being alive in the 10th century.
As Corvinus Gaunt is the descendant of both houses ...
Randy is referred to as the "eldest son of the eldest son" of
Randy's mother and father are never mentioned by name, and the only on page dialog by either of them is "Oh, the gravy boat!" by his mother.
I don't think that all of "Dad's" siblings are mentioned by name, and some aunts and uncles that are mentioned by name are ...
There is one more, but it's stretching canonicity, and also what you might call a "relationship."
In some writings, Galadriel's husband Celeborn was the grandson of Elmo, brother to Elu Thingol and Olwë (Galadriel's grandfather1):
Galadriel, coming to Middle-earth as one of the leaders of the second host of the Noldor, met Celeborn in Doriath, and was ...
I can't imagine he doesn't know, and he certainly knows after events in the fifth book.
First of all, just a note: Sirius was not Draco's uncle, they were first cousins once removed. Sirius and Draco's mother Narcissa were first cousins, as you say yourself.
To all wizards, at least the pure-bloods (except oblivious Harry), it's well known that all pure-...
There is no way to know this as I can't find anything saying this straight forwardly, but since intermarrying occurs then people are going to be related. I know that Dumbledore said in The Chamber of Secrets that Voldemort is the last descendant of Slytherin, but in defense of my statement, I think he meant that Voldemort is the last one to be ...
They probably are
This is mentioned in the question, but it bears examination, since this is a rather strong piece of evidence. Recall that Lord Voldemort was the last known speaker of Parseltongue:
“You can speak Parseltongue, Harry,” said Dumbledore calmly, “because
Lord Voldemort — who is the last remaining descendant of Salazar
It's confirmed that the families are united through Marvolo Gaunt. He is explicitly referred to in the book as a direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin. It is also explicitly stated that the Gaunts trace their lineage to Cadmus Peverell.
Because we know both NAMES died (lineage extinct in the male line, but not dead) and because the Gaunt family is the ...
Randy's full name is Randall, after his father.
All quotes from chapter 70, Origin.
There are five Waterhouse children:
(...) equally divided among her five offspring.
Randy is referred to as the eldest son of the eldest son:
Aunt Nina says, "How about you, Randy? As the eldest son of the eldest son, you must have some feelings about this."
Alluded to in an answer by DVK-on-Ahch-To on separate question, Mopsus is a family name that might be traced.
In Ancient greece, which was between 800 B.C. and 500 B.C., Mopsus was a powerful seer who could predict the outcomes of battle.
Professor Mopsus was a character in the HP era that was cut from her drafts because "he was too good." He ...
Paris is not mentioned in "The Music of Erich Zann" as far as I remember. Since Paris is the largest French city it seems the most logical city to have a street and a neighborhood the narrator could not find again.
Actually I don't remember if there was any indication whether the events in "The Music of Erich Zann" happened shortly before the story was ...
The furthest back we have firm knowledge are to Samuel Campbell's parents (Sam and Dean's great grandparents). Samuel Campbell's first discovery of the supernatural happened when he was a teenager (he saw a wraith kill his friend). His parents subsequently tell him that he comes from a "long line of hunters", and bring him into the profession. That would ...
Prince Blueblood, it may be noted, was not. So likely no, it's just an inherent trait. What I'd like to know is how the alicorn "gene" as it may be, passes through the royal family. Let's break this down over-analytically:
Cadence is Celestia's niece, which means likely a third Alicorn sibling, as it's unlikely Luna ever had children. Blueblood is not ...
In general, the answer so far is "we don't know much about it" because we've only seen two three alicorns as of yet on the show. I have little doubt they'll cover the subject more in a future episode (it's one of the relative few glaring bits of history/Equestria they haven't gotten to explaining yet), but for now...
We haven't explicitly seen that anyone else has figured this out. Gitara Moroso knew in advance - she sent Tigraine to the Waste so that the Dragon could be reborn. I wouldn't be surprised if Moiraine knew this, but isn't any actual evidence for that.
Voldemort and Harry are so distantly related it's like they aren't but it does say in the Half Blood Prince when Harry views the Gaunt's memories. It said that they were descended from the Peverells. So this shows the link... And for all we know one of Godric Gryffindor's granddaughters could have married into Harry's family line.
Actually, when asked if Harry was in any way related to Godric Gryffindor, J.K.Rowling said "maybe". I suppose you just have to guess. I honestly think he is, since he was the only one that could destroy Voldemort aka Tom Riddle, and Riddle was the heir of Slytherin after all. It would definitely make sense: Godric and Salazar hated each other, and only ...
The choice of mortality is permanent.
Once you choose the Gift of Men, you are mortal and all your descendants will be mortal. Only if you remain immortal can your descendants have the choice to be mortal or immortal.
In the words of the man himself:
"The view is that the Half-elven have a power of (irrevocable) choice, which may be delayed but not ...
When no one else steps up there's only one way, so I read the Laundry series and the Irish story myself, paying attention to any references to Erich Zann. These are my findings.
The Laundry Series by Charles Stross
This series of books feature a violin designed by Erich Zann.
1. The Atrocity Archives
No mention of either violin or Erich Zann.
2. The ...
I believe some people are confusing some stuff. So I'll try to make a few points clear.
In an interview in '04 (JK Rowling's World Book Day Chat), when asked if Harry is related to Gryffindor, JKR had answered «Maybe he is». BUT in a more recent interview, for The Leaky Cauldron, in '05, she stated that the theories that Harry might be the Heir of ...
Probably not. There isn't any canon proof, but there was interview with JK Rowling about this:
Interviewer: So, could Harry, at all, be related to Godric Gryffindor?
Rowling: Um...Well we just have to guess won't we?
I assume that no, he wasn't related to Godric Gryffindor, unless, by some miraculous coincidence and Heir of Gryffindor was married ...