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Frank Bryce Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Frank Bryce Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Frank Bryce is a muggle who worked as the groundskeeper on the Riddle family estate in Little Hangleton. He was wrongly accused of the murders of the father and grandparents of Lord Voldemort. He was later killed by Lord Voldemort when he was discovered hiding out in the estate with Wormtail at the start of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

About Frank Bryce

Born1917-16 August 1994
Blood StatusMuggle
Zodiac SignScorpio (speculative)

Frank Bryce Early Life

Born in 1917, Frank Bryce went off to fight in World War II, like many young men of his age. He fought for three years, but then his leg was injured on the battlefield. It never recovered completely and remained stiff for the rest is his life. So, he was sent home from active duty.

Returning to his hometown of Little Hangleton, Frank generally wanted to keep to himself, so he took on the role of groundskeeper at the Riddle family estate. He lived a solitary life in a small cabin that was located on the estate.

Frank Bryce Murder Accusation

In 1943, the sixteen-year-old Tom Marvolo Riddle, who would become Lord Voldemort, came to Little Hangleton in search of his family.

He learned from his uncle Morfin that his mother Merope had bewitched Tom Riddle to fall in love with her. When she got pregnant, she believed that his love for her must be real and so lifted the bewitchment. But Tom Riddle was horrified by what she had done and by the fact that she was a witch. He abandoned her and returned to his family. Merope subsequently gave birth to him in a London orphanage and died shortly later.

Outraged at what his father had done, Tom Riddle went up to the house. Frank Bryce saw a dark-haired boy approaching the house that night but thought nothing of it. The next day, the maid found Tom Riddle Snr, his wife, and their son, Lord Voldemort’s father, dead.

Frank Bryce was immediately suspected and accused since he had the only spare keys to the property and there was no sign of forced entry. He was eventually let off since the police could not determine how the family was killed. Nevertheless, many people in the community still believed that Frank was guilty and should leave town. However, he continued to work as the groundskeeper for the property.

The Riddle family home passed through numerous hands, but no one stayed long. In general, Frank Bryce maintained the empty grounds, which were often assaulted by young vandals.

Frank Bryce Death

In 1994, the locals said that the property was in the hands of a rich investor who kept it for tax reasons but never visited. The owner may have been Lord Voldemort himself. This may be why, in the summer of 1994, a recuperating Lord Voldemort, with his servant Wormtail, were hiding out in the house.

On August 16 of that year, Frank Bryce saw lights in the main house. He assumed that young vandals had set the house on fire and so went to investigate. Instead, he could two men talking in a room. He heard Lord Voldemort and Wormtail talking about their murder of Ministry witch Bertha Jorkins and their plans to kill Harry Potter.

While Frank Bryce did not understand much of the conversation, he knew that he should advise the police. But before he could leave, he was discovered by Nagini, who alerted Lord Voldemort. Wormtail brought Frank into the room, who failed to bluff his way out by saying that his wife was waiting for him.

Frank challenged Lord Voldemort to reveal himself to him like a man, rather than remain in the shadows. Lord Voldemort replied that he was more than a man, and revealed his malshaped form before he conducted the spell to restore his body. This caused Frank so much fear that he screamed loudly so that Harry, who was seeing these events from Lord Voldemort’s perspective in a dream, could not hear the words of the killing curse.

He was reported missing in the muggle newspapers, his body presumably eaten by Nagini. Only Dumbledore seems to have suspected that this might be tied to the return of Lord Voldemort.

Roughly a year later, when Harry is fighting against Lord Voldemort after the Triwizard Tournament when he was transported to the graveyard in Little Hangleton for Lord Voldemort to conduct his restorative spell, we see Frank Bryce again. He is one of the phantasms that emerges from Lord Voldemort’s wand when his wand and Harry’s connect causing Priori Incantatem.

Frank Bryce Personality Type & Traits

Frank Bryce tended to dislike and distrust other people and preferred to keep his own company. He did not call the police when he thought that the Riddle family home had been set on fire in 1994 because he no longer trusted them. Bryce may also have had anger issues, since a local called Dot remarked that he was an angry child. He also had a stubborn streak, refusing to leave Little Hangleton, despite being widely suspected of killing the Riddle family.

Frank Bryce Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We are told that Frank Bryce was born in 1917, and he must have been born hot long after August, as we are told in on the day of his death, 16 August 1994, he was approaching his 78th birthday. He may be a Scorpio, who are born between October 23 and November 21. Scorpios tend to be naturally wary and often prefer their own company.

How do we know about the murder of Frank Bryce?

Professor Dumbledore reads about the murder of Frank Bryce in the muggle newspapers. He suspects a connection with the return of Lord Voldemort considering he worked on the property of Tom Riddle, Lord Voldemort’s estranged father. Harry also saw the murder of Frank Bryce from Lord Voldemort’s perspective through the mental connection that he has with the Dark Lord. At the time, he was unsure whether it was a dream, or the murder had really happened.

Why did Lord Voldemort kill Frank Bryce?

Lord Voldemort killed Frank Bryce because he overheard him and Wormtail discussing their crimes and plans. While Bryce probably didn’t pose a great threat, Lord Voldemort was very keen to keep a low profile at this time before the Triwizard Tournament. Also, considering his contempt for muggles, Lord Voldemort probably took great relish in scaring Bryce with his form and then killing him.