When Tom was eleven, Albus Dumbledore, a professor at Hogwarts School, came to visit him at the orphanage. Tom was not surprised upon being informed by Dumbledore that he was a wizard – he was, in fact, eager to believe that he had special gifts that no one else had. Dumbledore was alarmed at Tom’s abuse of his wizarding powers, and warned Tom that at Hogwarts law-breakers were not tolerated, after which Tom’s demeanour changed as he became more guarded with his reactions. With the information Dumbledore left him, Tom found his way to Diagon Alley where he bought some second-hand robes and spell books, along with his wand (yew, thirteen and a half inches, phoenix feather core) at Ollivander’s. He then made it to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, where the Hogwarts Express took him to school. Once arrived Tom was sorted into Slytherin.