Ryder was born in California, USA, on the 4th June, and he never lost his accent.
His mother died in childbirth, leaving Ryder's father to bring his son up. Ryder's father was never the most... stable of individuals, shall we say. A heavy drinker, his wife's death only worsened his depression more, causing him to hit the bottle more and leave Ryder to fend for himself. Ryder spent most of his childhood alone, teaching himself how the world works and who to trust. He never knew his mother was a witch, and neither did his father... she'd kept it a secret very well; after eleven years of staying quiet in school and hoping to not get noticed, a letter arrived on his doorstep. At first, Ryder and his dad both thought it was a prank... a wizardry school? But then, more letters came, and more. Finally, Ryder's dad gave up, and let him go to Salem's (which doesn't just accept witches, contrary to popular belief).
Ryder's first year at Salem was confusing, and scary. He was in a strange place, in a strange school, surrounded by weirdos who could all do... magic, was it? But he was a weirdo too. His second year was a little better. He got used to his powers, although still a little overwhelmed, and actually started making friends.
After his second year, Ryder and his dad moved to England, and Ryder transferred to Hogwarts and was sorted into Slytherin. Things were going well, but then his dad moved back to America during Ryder's school year, leaving him in England. This jarred Ryder up quite a bit, and his third and fourth year were confusing and Ryder barely did any work. He picked up on his fifth year, though.
He completely flunked off through sixth year, and didn't do any work. He regretted it in seventh year, though; this year, he got his head down and actually began taking this whole thing seriously. His N.E.W.Ts were better, thank goodness, and now he works as a musician, and has his own American diner, The Retro. His father mailed him on his nineteenth birthday to inform him that he had remarried, and that Ryder had a half sister named Alyssa. He has now met her, and the two get on well.
In 2027, he had a very
close scrape with death after contracting Scrofungulus - it was a miracle he survived, according to the doctors. It's left him with a scar down his neck which he isn't a big fan of, but at least he's alive.