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I reread the Potter books and I really loved the flashbacks in HBP. I found the whole Merope story fascinating. But after rereading it I found my mind going down some rather nasty paths.

Marvolo doesn't seem the type to just sit back and let the Gaunt name die out, does he? He's so incredibly proud of his heritagage I think the idea of the family name dying out would be horrible to him.

But there aren't any Gaunts left to keep the line going. Except Merope and Morfin.

And there's only one Gaunt who can carry children.

...I mean...I don't think I'm the only one who's thought of this.

Merope seems so terrified of her father I can't help but wonder...


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On April 21st, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC), sibraegm commented:
Oh, jeez, that's a really scary thought. That's a *really* scary thought... of all the things that happened to Merope over the years (God bless her)... I mean, if that happened... JEEZ...

But hopefully it didn't happen. That kind of abuse would, assumedly, end up with some sort of result, right? And Morfin was the last Gaunt after Merope left - any child would have (probably) been raised by Merope, her Dad and Morfin. If you consider what you've said, Marvolo wouldn't just give the kid away...

Unless Merope was unable to bear children (which, admittedly, no one would necessarily know anyway - Marvolo and his family seem too unstable to have a physician), I think it's safe to assume that that didn't happen. I hope.
On May 31st, 2011 10:42 am (UTC), incylilspider replied:
I mean if its true they married their cousins to keep the blood-line going, I had to wonder if they'd get even more desperate...I dunno. I have a sick mind.

Its interesting to think about, even if it is totally messed up.
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On May 31st, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC), sibraegm replied:
That's absolutely true, though. If they married their cousins to keep the blood-line going, Marvolo may have made Merope and Morfin... assumedly she never had kids other than Tom Riddle, so... ah, jeez. Poor Merope. Things like this shouldn't be an option, you know? It's sad that her life was so miserable that it's actually a possibility that she may have been abused like that.
On May 31st, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC), incylilspider replied:
She totally didn't deserve a life like the one she had, even if that abuse never actually happened. I mean...once she finally opened up to Tom Riddle Senior, he ran for the hills. How heart-breaking would that be? Rowling went all out to make us feel sorry for the poor girl...geez.
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On May 31st, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC), sibraegm replied:
I agree. The only real problem I had with the way she handled Merope's story is that Harry seemed surprised that she would abandon her child - because I don't think any real part of her would have known, by that point, that not giving up was even an option... I mean, no one had ever done that for her, and she'd never seen it for herself... you know? Her story is so sad, but in spite of that she seemed like a good person thrown into the worst possible circumstances.
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