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Helga Hufflepuff's Cup

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Helga Hufflepuff's Cup

A small golden cup with two finely wrought handles. Riddle stretched his long-fingered hand and lifted the cup by one handle our of its snug silken wrappings. A badger was engraved upon it as the emblem of Helga Hufflepuff, Hephzibah's distant ancestor. It's supposed to posses all sorts of powers, but Hephzibah didn't test them thoroughly before she died.

 

Working for Borgin and Burkes as his first job after Hogwarts (he was turned down for the DADA position as being too young) he met with a wealthy spinster Hepzibah Smith to try and purchase some goblin-made armor from her collection. She was so enamored with the attention he was showing her that she gussied herself up for his visits and showed him some "special" objects she owned. One she had never showed to anyone, even Burke, as her family couldn't wait to get their hands on it: Helga Hufflepuff's small golden cup with two finely wrought handles. It was engraved with a badger. It was supposed to have powers but she hadn't tested them thoroughly. Riddles eyes were filled with greed. He reluctantly gave the cup back to her. She also showed him a heavy golden locket that she had purchased from Burke several years before. It was marked with Slytherin's mark. She said Burke had bought it from a ragged girl who he thought had stolen it because she didn't know it's worth. Riddle's eyes turned scarlet with greed and only with difficulty did she get it back from him. Hepzibah died two days after the visit. Her old house elf Hokey "confessed" to accidentally putting something in the coffee that turned out to be poison. By the time they knew the cup and locket were missing Riddle had resigned his job and disappeared.

 

Albus Dumbledore explained that 2 days after Riddles visit Hepzibah was poisoned by a little known poison which Hokey confesses she had put in her cocoa and the ministry concluded was done by accident. Harry & Dumbledore agreed it was so similar to Morfin's story that Riddle must have done it with the imperious curse and memory modification. After Hokey was convicted the family realized that the Cup and Locket were missing and Riddle had resigned and disappeared. Dumbledore thinks it was Riddles first murder after his family and was not for revenge but for greed. He wanted trophies like he did in the orphanage. He could not resist an object so steeped in Hogwarts history and the locket was his mothers.