J.K. Rowling reveals backstory of the Dursleys, Harry Potter’s terrible guardians

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On what marks the 35th birthday of Dudley Dursley, J.K. Rowling has released new information on Pottermore about Harry Potter’s miserable aunt and uncle; Petunia and Vernon Dursley.

Surprising to no one, Rowling’s notes seem to hint at the fact that she doensn’t like these characters very much.

Rowling’s latest entry describes the Durselys first meeting with Lily and James Potter. Apparently, James didn’t exactly make a great first impression.

James was amused by Vernon, and made the mistake of showing it. Vernon tried to patronise James, asking what car he drove. James described his racing broom. Vernon supposed out loud that wizards had to live on unemployment benefit. James explained about Gringotts, and the fortune his parents had saved there, in solid gold. Vernon could not tell whether he was being made fun of or not, and grew angry. The evening ended with Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant, while Lily burst into tears and James (a little ashamed of himself) promised to make things up with Vernon at the earliest opportunity. Read more…

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