Harry Potter ‘Voldemort’ letters moved from grave

Greyfriar's Kirk is the site of Tom Riddell's grave. Picture: Jon Savage
Greyfriar's Kirk is the site of Tom Riddell's grave. Picture: Jon Savage
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LETTERS left at the grave of a namesake of Harry Potter’s fictional arch-enemy will be removed by the council.

Hundreds of visitors from all over the world visit Tom Riddell’s final resting place in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard every week.

Many Harry Potter fans, often dressed as wizards, leave letters for Lord Voldemort – whose real name in the popular book and film series is Tom Marvolo Riddell – at the site.

But the city council has pledged to remove the notes, out of respect for the real Mr Riddell, who died in 1806, and his family.

Officials say they also want to “preserve the appearance” of the historic graveyard.

JK Rowling wrote the first of the seven-book series at the nearby Elephant House cafe in 1997.