Chapter 1: The Riddle House

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
里德尔 Lǐdé'ěr = 'Riddle'.
= 'mansion, residence'.
The Riddle Mansion
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
= 'riddle, enigma'.
= 'house, room'.
The Enigmatic House (enigma = Riddle)
Ridoru no yakata
リドル Ridoru = 'Riddle'.
no = connecting particle
yakata = 'mansion, manor, palace'.
The Riddle Mansion
리들 하우스
Lideul Hauseu
리들 Lideul = 'Riddle'.
하우스 hauseu = 'House' (English).
The Riddle House
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Ngôi nhà Riddle ngôi = classifier/counter for houses.
nhà = 'house'.
Riddle = 'Riddle'.
The Riddle House
Mongolian (new)
Ридлийн байшин
Ridliin baishin
Ридл Ridl = 'Riddle' (-ийн -iin Genitive form).
байшин baishin = 'building'.
The Riddle Building (Riddle's building)

The 'Riddle House' is the house of Tom Riddle (Voldemort)'s family. It is the run-down manor to which he has returned after killing his family half a century ago.

How is 'Riddle' translated?

'Riddle' is the surname of the family that owned the house. 'Riddle' also has the meaning of 'puzzle' or 'enigma'.

How is 'House' translated?

In its basic meaning, a house is a dwelling. An expression like the 'Riddle House' could be applied to any house, large or small, magnificent or humble, that is occupied by a certain family. 4 Privet Drive could be referred to as 'the Dursley house'.

However, 'the Riddle house' has deeper connotations. First, it is the name that the decaying mansion on the hill near Little Hangleton is referred to by the villagers long after its occupants were murdered. Secondly, it used to be the most magnificent house in the area and was occupied by a very well off, rather patrician, but not very nice family.

Despite this, the name is not an official name in the manner of grand residences such as Grosvenor House in London. 'The Riddle House' (with the definite article 'the') is simply the house that the Riddles used to live in.

(Korean appears thanks to "Hiro".)

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

Book Title
Back to Top