The current picture of Mrs. Cole seems quite at odds to the description of her that says: "Mrs. Cole was a young woman when Merope Riddle, no older than herself, stumbled into the orphanage on New Year's Eve of 1926, heavily pregnant with a baby boy and ready to give birth." Lacking the books, something I mean to rectify soon, I was wondering if there was a book reference that says as much. If so, then it should be noted that Mrs. Cole was portrayed by an older actress, going against previous established cannon. Otherwise, we'd have to judge her age from what is presented in the movie and therefore assume that Mrs. Cole was a good deal older than Merope when Tom was born. A young woman does not turn into such a visibly older woman in just 11 years time. Mr Norrell 07:57, December 19, 2009 (UTC)

In Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13, Mrs. Cole tells Dumbledore: "I remember it clear as anything, because I'd just started here myself. New Year's Eve and bitter cold, snowing, you know. Nasty night. And this girl, not much older than I was myself at the time, came staggering up the front steps."
Dumbledore tells Harry in Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9, that, after her father and brother's imprisonment, Merope was able to "plot her escape from the desperate life she had led for eighteen years." He also said that Tom Sr left Merope "within a few months of their runaway marriage" and that Voldemort was born "a year after they were married." So if Merope was eighteen when she plotted to marry Tom Sr., she must have been nineteen when she gave birth to Voldemort a year later on December 31, 1926, and thus had to have been born around 1907.
Mrs. Cole stated that Merope was "not much older" than her, meaning she was presumably born in 1907 or 1908, which would have made her around 31 when Dumbledore met her in 1938.
Amelda Brown certainly doesn't look she's in her 30s in the film, but then, neither does Alan Rickman, and his character is supposed to be 36 and 37 in HBP. How old the actors appear isn't necessarily the best indication of how old their characters are supposed to be — especially not if it's contradicted by evidence from the books. Starstuff (Owl me!) 06:54, December 20, 2009 (UTC)


While tradition is that women are only referred to as "Mrs" if they are or have been married, in 1920s Britain it was actually pretty common for a woman of marital age to refer to herself as "Mrs" even if she had never been married and was using her maiden name. I'm temped to add that to the article but it would seem to affect other parts of the page. Skteosk (talk) 14:56, January 31, 2014 (UTC)

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