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The Dursley Family

  • Jerkass: All of the Dursleys are singularly unpleasant people.
  • Obsessively Normal: The Dursleys strive to be normal and to fit in with their community. Because of this, they hate and abuse their nephew Harry Potter for his magical heritage.
    • It should be noted that the Dursleys are partly a case of Sour Grapes: Petunia's resentment comes from never getting over that she didn't get to go to Hogwarts like her sister, while Vernon had issues with the fact that the Potters were independently wealthy (and James inadvertently rubbing it in his face).

    Vernon Dursley
Portrayed by: Richard Griffiths, Paul Bentall (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)

"He will not be going, I tell you! We swore when we took him in we'd put a stop to all this rubbish!"

Harry's uncle. Vernon is a blustering, social-climbing, materialistic Jerkass with an incredibly insular world view. Both he and his wife Aunt Petunia are very Roald Dahl-esque villains.

J. K. Rowling once cited him as her least favorite character in the entire series. And yes, this was after Lord Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge had been introduced. As for the fandom, let's just say you won't find many fanfics in which he wears leather pants.
  • Abusive Parents: Vernon Dursley isn't actually Harry's father, but is rather cruel towards him as his guardian. He also was a bad father to Dudley because of the constant spoiling and teaching his son to bully his cousin. Dumbledore even says that the best thing they Vernon had ever done for Harry was to make sure he didn't grow up to become a Spoiled Brat like Dudley.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair changes from being dark in the books to a greyish ginger in the movies (and eventually white as snow in the final film).
  • Angrish: All the time. The most memorable quotations are "He made a sound like a mouse being trodden on" and "Mimble wimble".
  • Berserk Button:
    • Say anything related to magic in front of him. Go on, try it.
    • Nevermind magic, so much as mention anything remotely unnatural, even in a dream and he'll snap.
  • British Stuffiness: Somewhat. He's stuffy all right, but he's much more boorish than the stereotype would suggest.
  • The Bully: He enjoys shouting to his employees and keeping Harry under his thumb. He approves and even encourages his son to do the same.
  • Bullying a Dragon: There's his mistreatment of Harry, of course (which stems from before he knew Harry wasn't allowed to magically retaliate), but there's also the matter of Hagrid arriving to collect Harry. Even though Vernon has witnessed Hagrid demonstrate his Super Strength by bending a shotgun, and even after seeing Hagrid get mad, he proceeds to make the half-giant angrier until he ends up doing the one thing that makes Hagrid truly apoplectic with rage (i.e. insulting Albus Dumbledore), instead of keeping his mouth shut. Not to mention that Hagrid is at least twice his size - and Vernon himself is no small fellow.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: From his point of view, the first chapter looks like this.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's the protagonist of the first chapter before his nephew is introduced.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: One of the more frequent punishments he inflicts on Harry whenever he can't control his magic.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films as the series goes on after Prisoner of Azkaban. His scenes in Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince are outright skipped, and he makes very small appearances in Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part 1.
  • Does Not Like Magic: To the extent that merely mentioning anything to do with magic is his Berserk Button.
  • Doting Parent: The bad Spoiled Brat producing type.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he's not evil, he's still an unpleasant man. He's Happily Married to his Petunia and spoils his son rotten. In Prisoner of Azkaban, he becomes outraged with Harry when he causes his sister Marge to inflate.
  • Evil Uncle: Not quite evil, but still abusive to his nephew Harry.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: An uncle variant. He very specifically tried to crush the potential for magic out of Harry with all sorts of means.
  • Fat Bastard: His fatness is only second to his unpleasant personality.
  • Happily Married: For all his other flaws, he and Petunia really love each other.
  • Harmless Villain: After Harry goes to Hogwarts, Vernon spends the rest of the series being more of an annoyance than anything, especially after Harry informs him about his godfather who happens to be a wanted criminal.
  • Hate Sink: Until the real story gets underway, the readers only have him to hate.
  • Hey, You!: Vernon tends to refer to Harry as "boy".
  • Hidden Depths: Pottermore reveals he stuck by Petunia even after she told him about Lily being a witch. Considering how Vernon normally acts, that's probably the nicest thing he's ever done.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: In Philosopher's Stone.
  • Idiot Ball: Yes, Vernon, pissing off the very large and very angry half-giant is a good idea...
  • Jerkass: Simply an unpleasant human being as a whole.
  • Large Ham: And we quote, "MOTORBIKES DON'T FLY!"
  • Muggle Foster Parents: He and Petunia raised Harry since he was a baby. Largely involuntarily, though. He's not particularly fond of Harry.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: What would have happened if Vernon and Petunia had raised Harry to be as mean and nasty as Dudley? What if Harry had been as much of a porker as his cousin? By abusing him, indirectly, the Dursleys saved his butt.
  • Not So Different: His views on wizards and magic are identical to the views that pure-blood supremacists have towards Muggles.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: He is outraged and reacts as he's being insulted when he's addressed as a "Muggle." The idea that he may have a right to be offended by the term is never really brought up.
  • Offing the Offspring: Doesn't actually happen, but he hopes Harry gets the death penalty from his fellow wizards for (supposedly) cursing Dudley.
  • Papa Wolf: He is also perfectly willing to throw himself between Dudley and Hagrid, without a thought for his own safety.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Subverted in the first book. He allows Harry to go on a trip to the zoo along with Dudley...but this is because his babysitter injured her leg.
    • The only genuine example is that he does care for Petunia and Dudley.
    • After finding out that his sister-in-law is a witch, he tells Petunia he doesn't hold it against her.
    • He seems to genuinely like Kingsley Shacklebolt, who is the only wizard he's ever expressed genuine praise for. Granted it's not clear whether this is due to genuine respect or just because he's good at passing as a muggle.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates wizards and views them as abnormal freaks. Contrast that to most of the villains in the series, who view Muggles like him as subhuman. He also has many unflattering things to say about people below his own socio-economic standing, is glad that he doesn't have a "swotty little Nancy boy" for a son, which hints at sexist/homophobic and anti-intellectual beliefs, and he reads the notoriously reactionary Daily Mail. However, his approval of Kingsley Shacklebolt suggests that despite his many, many prejudicial beliefs, he isn't overtly racist.
  • Starter Villain: He's the main villain for the first few chapters in the series...but he's far and away from being the Big Bad.
  • Stealth Pun: Vernon manages a company that makes drills. His work is "boring".
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Not even Harry saving Dudley from the Dementors makes Vernon treat him any better.
  • Villain Opening Scene: It's debatable whether Vernon really counts a "villain", but he's a jerk at least and the first book starts off from his POV.
  • White Collar Worker: Vernon appears to be something in middle management rather than a mere drone, and probably not a very good one, but close enough; the line between the two sometimes gets a bit blurry anyway.

    Petunia Dursley (née Evans)
Portrayed by: Fiona Shaw (films), Helena Lymbery (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)
Appears in: Philosopher’s Stone | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkaban | Goblet of Fire | Order of the Phoenix | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallows | Cursed Child (flashback only)

"My mother and father were so proud the day she got her letter. 'We have a witch in the family. Isn't it wonderful?' I was the only one to see her for what she was... a freak!"

Harry's aunt. As a kid, she was involved in The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry with Lily, Harry's mother. After Lily turned out to be a witch, Petunia got jealous and came to hate magic.

As an adult, Petunia is a Stepford Smiler who favors her own son Dudley over Harry. She is not as overtly nasty to Harry as her husband is, but she's still mean to him in a catty sort of way. She also tends to be humorously overemotional.
  • Abusive Parents: Much like Vernon, she treats Harry very poorly as his caretaker. As Dumbledore and Word of God point out, she's a bad parent to Dudley as well, their hopeless spoiling and enabling of his actions leading him to grow up with little moral compass. It takes Harry's Embarrassing Rescue and a Dementor attack to teach Dudley the humility and compassion that his mother never taught him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Petunia is blonde in the books, but dark-haired in the film.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Lily called her "Tuney" when they were kids.
  • Animal Motifs: Described as having horse-like teeth and nearly twice the usual amount of neck (for spying on the neighbors).
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In a deleted scene from Deathly Hallows Part 1:
    "You didn't just lose a mother in Godric's Hollow, you know. I lost a sister."
    • Averted in the book, where she briefly stops as if to say something but Can't Spit It Out because years of denial have hardened her. She was however going to say something similar as per Word of God.
    • Somewhat more tragically, this is a good part of the reason she's so nasty to Harry; she was still in the middle of something of a feud with Lily when Lily was killed, and thus Harry is a walking reminder of what she lost and the fact that she never had the chance to reconcile with her sister.
    • Also more tragically: when James and Lily were murdered, Petunia was the one to make the funeral arrangements for them.
    • It's probably made even worse by Cursed Child; she kept Harry's baby blanket, likely because her sister made it...and it's something she has to remember Lily by that she doesn't have to hate.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Lily's Abel.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Order of the Phoenix, she remembers hearing about dementors because she overheard her sister being told about it from "that awful boy", with the implication being that said boy was James. In Deathly Hallows, that's revisited, as Harry peers into Snape's memory and watches Lily and Petunia hear about the dementors... from Snape, not James as previously believed.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films as the series goes on after Prisoner of Azkaban. Her scenes in Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince are outright skipped, and he makes very small appearances in Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part 1. (However, she does have several scenes in Part 2 during the flashback sequence)
  • Doting Parent: She is arguably worse than her husband in this regard. It doesn't help that she seems to still see her Dinky-Duddydums as a toddler. Indeed, while she may think she was a doting parent, she merely served as his enabler in all his bullying.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: She has passed away by the time The Cursed Child rolls around.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Lily and Petunia are both types of flowers.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her sister was born magical and she wasn't, leading her to believe that their parents favored Lily over her. She wrote to Dumbledore asking to be accepted into Hogwarts, but was denied for obvious reasons.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Tries to hit Harry with a frying pan in the second book, but misses.
  • Gossipy Hens: She is one, but we never see her interact with any others. The only female friend of hers we know about is someone named "Yvonne", who is only mentioned once in the first book.
  • Happily Married: At least she and her husband believe they are.
  • Ignored Epiphany: When Harry and the Dursleys part for the last time, there's a moment when Petunia looks like she wants to say something kind to Harry, but ultimately she can't do it and just continues on out the door. In a Deleted Scene from the movie version, she manages to say it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: As a child.
    • A good case can be made that she still wants to be special even as an adult and that she is just overcompensating in her "normal life" because she is fully aware of it, which also leads to her treatment of Harry, which she is later implied to regret like Dudley. Moreover Dumbledore counted on this yearning for her connection to the wizarding world when he appointed her as Harry's caretaker and provider of the blood protection that would keep Harry safe in Privet Drive.
  • Meaningful Name: In the language of flowers, petunias symbolize anger and resentment.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In contrast to her character, Fiona is a delight.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Petunia seems to have the idea that her teenage son is just an oversized toddler and treats him accordingly. Dudley doesn't seem to mind, as it makes her easy to manipulate. He just has to act upset in front of her and she'll give her "Diddykins" whatever he wants.
  • Morality Chain: While by no means a decent person herself, she sometimes reins in Vernon's worst impulses.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: She and Vernon raised Harry since he was a baby, though EXTREMELY reluctantly on Petunia's part and entirely involuntarily of Vernon's.
  • My Beloved Smother: To Dudley, but not so much with Harry.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: She never managed to reconcile with her sister Lily before her death.
  • Not So Above It All: While she looks down on wizards as an adult, as a child she actually wrote to Dumbledore and begged him to let her attend Hogwarts.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Spies on her neighbors.
  • Not So Different: Despite her hatred for Snape, they actually have something in common. They both see Harry as a living symbol of something they could never have: (Snape sees Harry as a living reminder of his failed romance with Lily, Petunia sees Harry as a living reminder of the fact that she could never do magic). In addition, they tend to point out Harry's flaws while ignoring their "favorite's" flaws (Draco for Snape, Dudley for Petunia). In addition, both judge Harry not so much by his character, but rather by his heritage.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Petunia has a huge blind spot when it comes to Dudley's many flaws. Not entirely, though, as the first book has her desperately try to calm Dudley after sensing that he was about to throw a tantrum.
  • Parents as People: The reason she spoils Dudley so much is because of her childhood spent being The Unfavourite next to her magical sister, so she desperately wanted her son to feel special and loved.
  • Parting Words Regret: This is apparently one of the reasons she hates Harry so much — he's a living reminder of how she never got to reconcile with Lily before her death.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: It's implied that Petunia, at the end of the day, is still at heart a resentful teenager who never got what she wanted.
  • The Resenter: It's implied that Aunt Petunia's reactionary attitude toward the revelation that her sister Lily was a witch was partly out of envy, and this contributed to their falling out.
  • Stepford Smiler: Petunia is a fine example of the sort who initially seems to be her mask. Deathly Hallows suggests that her mask developed as the means to deal with her jealousy over her younger, "perfect" sister Lily getting magic and not herself.
  • The Unfavorite: We don't actually know since we never get to see Lily's and her parents, but it is implied the reason she is so bitter and resentful towards magic and the Potters is that she felt left behind when her pretty, popular sister got a letter from Hogwarts and she didn't.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She kept the baby blanket that infant Harry arrived in, because it was the last memento of her sister that she had left. Some time after she passes away, Dudley finds the blanket among her possessions and sends it back to Harry.
  • Women Are Wiser: More intelligent and reasonable than her husband. In Order of the Phoenix, she's the only Dursley who believes Harry's story about Voldemort's return and convinces Vernon not to throw Harry out the house. Granted, her being sent a Howler by Dumbledore played a factor.

    Dudley Dursley
Portrayed by: Harry Melling (films), Jack North (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run), TBD (Cursed Child, first Broadway run)

"Thirty-six?! Last year I had thirty-seven!"

Vernon and Petunia's beloved son and Harry's cousin. Initially, he's an overweight Spoiled Brat and the dim-witted leader of a Gang of Bullies who torment Harry. Of course, Vernon and Petunia turn a blind eye to the bullying and act as though Dudley were the perfect son. By the fifth book, Dudley has become an outright juvenile delinquent, but his parents remain oblivious.

After Harry saves him from a couple of Dementors, Dudley starts to change and ultimately he is the only member of the Dursley family to make a complete Heel–Face Turn, a development cut from the movies (though a scene was filmed). Word of God says he and Harry are on friendly terms as adults.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Like his mother, he was blond in the books but dark-haired in the film.
  • Alliterative Name: The first letters of his first and last name start with "D".
  • Animal Motifs: Pigs. According to Hagrid, he looks and acts so much like one, a pig tail isn't much of a change.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He runs over a neighbor's dog with a miniature tank and throws his pet tortoise through the greenhouse roof.
  • Big Brother Bully: Although he's Harry's cousin rather than his brother, he picks on him endlessly and makes his life miserable. That is, until Harry becomes a proper wizard...
  • Big Eater: To the point that by the fourth book, he's the size of a young killer whale and wider than he is tall.
  • The Bully: Not just towards Harry, but also towards his classmates and the younger children in the neighborhood. The reason why Harry didn't have any friends at primary school was because the kids knew anyone who befriended him would become a target of Dudley's bullying as well.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hagrid tried to turn him into a pig, but ended up just giving him a pig's tail. He ate some of the Weasley twins' joke candy and got an Overly Long Tongue. And then there are those dementors. Basically, whenever something magical shows up in the Muggle world, Dudley is about to get hurt.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Harry's Abel of the adopted brother variety.
  • Character Development: He spent most of his youth making Harry's life miserable. After Harry saves him from Dementors in OOTP, he becomes a lot nicer. In fact, he was the only one in Deathly Hallows who told Harry goodbye.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the film series. Of all of the Dursleys, Dudley gets hit with this the worst, as his Heel–Face Turn in Deathly Hallows, while filmed, was cut from the final product.
  • Fat Bastard: Bloats to the size of a young killer whale by Book 4 and never quite slims down. (He's "as vast as ever" in the next book. In his defense, however, a lot of the fat has been replaced with muscle due to "a year's hard dieting" and his newfound talent at boxing.)
  • Fat Idiot: Can't figure out 37 + 2 at the age of eleven. note  Supposedly doesn't know who the Prime Minister is at age fifteen. Note his parents are actually proud of the latter; "as if a normal boy cares what's on the news." (In the books, he doubles as a male example of the Dumb Blonde.)
  • Formerly Fat: Dudley becomes a boxer in Book 5, losing weight and bulking up muscle instead.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played with. Dumbledore states at one point that his parents spoiling him rotten has hurt him just as much as their abuse of Harry.
  • The Hedonist: He really doesn't care about much other than eating, enjoying himself and picking on Harry.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After reliving his worst moments in life because a Dementor attack, he comes to realize just what a bully he was. Between that and Harry ending up saving him from the attack, he starts treating his cousin much nicer afterwards. By the time of the epilogue, he and Harry actually have a quite admirable relationship with each other.
  • Heel Realization: Word of God says that what the Dementors made Dudley see was how he looked in other people's eyes — a stupid spoiled slob.
  • Jerkass: Until his Heel Realization in Book 5, Dudley mocks Harry over talking in his sleep about the death of a friend and attacks him for being strange.
  • Kids Are Cruel: For much of his and Harry's life, he was a cruel boy to his cousin. He eventually grows out of it.
  • Large and in Charge: "Piers, Dennis, Malcolm, and Gordon were all big and stupid, but as Dudley was the biggest and stupidest of the lot, he was the leader."
  • Momma's Boy: His mother constantly spoils and dotes on him.
  • Reality Ensues: A positive example; for much of the story he's described as fat, but the seventh book says that he's muscular, implying that all the sports he played managed to pay off.
  • Spanner in the Works: In The Cursed Child, he of all people plays a major hand in stopping the Big Bad. After his mother dies, he finds Harry's baby blanket among her possessions and sends it to him. Albus Potter, who is trapped in 1981, uses the blanket to send a message to his father to bring the cavalry.
  • Spoiled Brat: Dumbledore makes the interesting case that what the Dursleys have done to Dudley is actually worse than what they did to Harry. Since he was abused for the first ten years of his life, Harry rarely took anything he had for granted, nor did he expect the world to ever make any leeway for him, even with his status as the Boy-Who-Lived. Compare this to Dudley, who, being spoiled rotten and given everything he ever wanted, had his worse traits enabled and even encouraged, leaving him with barely anything resembling a moral compass and ill-equipped to deal with the real world.
  • Stout Strength: Even as a young, chubby kid, Dudley is surprisingly strong for a fat slob. After taking up boxing in the fifth book, he's apparently quite formidable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Offscreen, but he takes up boxing in the fifth book and becomes rather formidable.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The only person in the series who a Dementor attack does some good for. It both gives him a Heel Realization, and he is quite grateful towards Harry afterwards for saving his life. Word of God says that he and Harry stay in touch after the series.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Averted, he's actually a lot nicer to Harry after Harry saves him from the Dementors.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ever since Hagrid gave him a pig's tail, Dudley is afraid of all wizards. Except Harry.

    Marjorie "Marge" Dursley
Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
Appears in: Philosopher’s Stonenote  | Prisoner of Azkaban | Order of the Phoenixnote 

"You mustn't blame yourself about how this one turned out, Vernon. It's all to do with blood. Bad blood will out. [...] You see it all the time with dogs: if there's something wrong with the bitch, then there's something wrong with the pup."

Vernon's sister, who visits the rest of the family occasionally. Marge lives out in the country, where she is a professional bulldog breeder. She does not know about the magical world, but nevertheless follows the Dursley "party line" of considering Harry and his parents to be freaks. She is not shy about expressing this viewpoint, although she has apparently never met Harry's parents first hand.

Marge only appears in Prisoner of Azkaban, although she is mentioned a few times in the first book and once in the fifth book. It is during her visit in Azkaban that Harry gets so angry at her for insulting his parents that he causes her to blow up like a balloon.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: "Eileen", her revealed middle name in Pottermore, isn't that bad of a name, but she'd hardly be happy to find out she shared it with a witch (Snape's mom, Eileen Prince).
  • Evil Redhead: A vicious woman who regularly abuses Harry because she sees him as a mongrel and not worth the crud on her boots.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even Dudley has to be bribed in order to tolerate her presence.
  • Funny Background Event: In the film, she can be seen floating away in the distance as Harry stalks down the road.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Aunt Marge, in addition to being "large, beefy and purple-faced", has a small mustache.
  • A Glass in the Hand: She justifies it by having a firm grip. Vernon knows it was not that.
  • Hate Sink: To the point that she makes Vernon look like a saint by comparison.
  • Harmful Healing: Cornelius Fudge tells Harry that Marge was "punctured" to get her back to normal...not exactly pleasant-sounding...
  • Honorary Uncle: Harry is forced to call her "Aunt Marge", even though Harry isn't related to her.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Marge talks disparagingly about Harry and his parents as though he weren't there even though he's sitting at the same table. The other Dursleys sometimes do this too, but Marge is particularly bad about it.
    • What makes her even worse is that fact that she openly insulted Harry's blood, with special emphasis on his mother, while said mother's own sister was in the room. She may have said this had nothing to do with Petunia, but it's still a low thing to do.
  • Insistent Terminology: Harry is forced to call her "Aunt Marge" even though she isn't a blood relative of his.
  • In the Blood: A firm believer in this line of thinking.
  • Jerkass: Even more so than Vernon and Petunia Dursley, it seems. She spends her time at their residence insulting Harry's deceased parents. Harry even compares the two of them: Vernon would rather Harry just stay out of the way so he doesn't have to see him, which suits Harry just fine. Marge, on the other hand, wants Harry in the room with her at all times, just so she can continue to heap abuse on him and his parents.
    • Additionally, she glibly talks about how she had Colonel Fubster drown one of the puppies she bred because it was the runt of the litter.
  • Magic Pants: Although they get stretched out, her clothes do a really good job of staying together when she's blown up.
  • Mugging the Monster: A verbal mugging at that. She regularly bashes Harry every other sentence, but she has no idea that he's a rather powerful wizard.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: She leaves most of her dogs in the care of a neighbor while she's away, but she always brings along Ripper, who is her favorite.
  • Relative Button: Pushing this, or rather pounding on it as hard as she could, was Aunt Marge's big mistake.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: As mentioned under Jerkass, she tends to spend the majority of her time at Privet Drive insulting Harry's late parents to his face.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Basically, she's female!Vernon. In the book's description, she even has a mustache, "though not as bushy as his."


    Tom Riddle, Sr. 
Appears in: Goblet of Fire note  | Half-Blood Prince

Voldemort's father and first murder victim. He was a wealthy neighbor to the Gaunts, Tom disliked Morfin and Marvolo Gaunt for their poverty, insanity, and hostility. However, this and Tom already having a girlfriend didn't stop Merope Gaunt from becoming a Stalker With a Crush on him. When Marvolo and Morfin Gaunt were imprisoned in Azkaban for crimes against Muggles, Merope took that opportunity to brew a Love Potion and drug him with it, using the infatuation it induced in him for her to trick him into marrying and conceiving a child with her.

Once she was pregnant with his child, she stopped giving him the Love Potion and came clean about her being a witch, hoping that he had fallen in love with her for real and that he would stay for the child's sake if he hadn't. However, Tom horrified by what happened and perhaps in disbelief, returned to Little Hangleton, "talking of being 'hoodwinked' and 'taken in'... Unsurprisingly Tom Riddle avoided Merope from then on, never seeing her again; it's unclear if Riddle knew the baby was his. Merope went to an orphanage to die after giving birth to their child, who she named Tom after him before she died. Tom Riddle, Jr. was then raised in said orphanage, without the benefit of any form of parental love. Once Tom Riddle, Jr. finds out the details of his origins (apparently not knowing that Riddle Sr. was raped), he goes to the Riddle House in Little Hangleton and proceeds to kill his father and paternal grandparents.
  • Broken Pedestal: Voldemort initially believed that Lineage Comes from the Father and that his father was magical, not his mother, leading to a violent reaction on learning the "awful truth".
  • Disappeared Dad: Voldemort seems to believe that he ran off because he didn't like magic.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted; Dumbledore and Harry acknowledge that what Merope did to him was seriously messed up.
  • Due to the Dead: Averted. Decades after his death, his son returns to Little Hangleton and takes over his family home as a base of operations solely because he needs some of his father's bones in a dark ritual, with Voldemort noting that his Muggle father was of use after all.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Can you really blame him for running out on his wife and unborn child given that the only reason he married and conceived a child with her was because she brainwashed him with a Love Potion? Harry and Dumbledore don't and agree that he had every reason to want to get the hell away from her.
  • The One That Got Away: He appears to be involved with Cecilia at the time of the Gaunts' arrest, and he lost her when Merope bewitched him into marrying her instead.
  • Parental Abandonment: He runs away from Merope and her Child by Rape once the Love Potion runs out. Given that he was brainwashed for the entirety of their "relationship," one can hardly blame him.
  • Patricide: He is murdered by his Child by Rape, Tom Riddle, Jr., under the mistaken belief he abandoned him.
  • Poke the Poodle: Tom Riddle Sr and his girlfriend laugh at Ogden when he ran into Tom's horse, however even Harry noted Ogden's attempt at muggle get up was ridiculous.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His Child by Rape, Tom Riddle Jr., seemed to believe that his father abandoned his mother due to being a witch. While Sr. did abandon Tom, it wasn't because Merope was a witch so much as the fact that she basically raped him. One has to wonder how Jr. would've reacted to that revelation.
  • Rich Bitch: He was shown to be snobbish prior to his rape, describing Morfin Gaunt and his father as "tramps" for their insanity and deranged actions towards others (which was admittedly true). However, he was less hostile to them then his girlfriend was. Considering Tom's social status and the time period, he was actually rather polite in that statement, especially when one considers the Gaunts were social pariahs among Muggles and that Tom passed by their house daily, thus indicating he had to put up with their actions more then once.
  • Slipping a Mickey: He was the victim of this by way of a Love Potion by Merope Gaunt.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Averted. He was trapped in a potion-induced relationship with Merope, which led to her becoming pregnant with their child. She stopped giving him love potions in hope that he would love her or at least stay with her because of their baby. Instead, he ran back home.

    Mr. and Mrs. Granger
Portrayed by: Tom Knight/Ian Kelly and Heather Bleasdale/Michelle Fairley
Appear in: Philosopher’s Stonenote  | Chamber of Secrets | Prisoner of Azkabannote  | Order of the Phoenix | Deathly Hallowsnote 

A pair of Muggle dentists and Hermione's parents. Throughout the series, they are almost entirely Out of Focus as Rowling believes they would be boring characters. Unlike the Dursleys, they are apparently accepting of Hermione being a witch.

Mr. and Mrs. Granger are best known for the instance in Deathly Hallows when Hermione gives them Fake Memories so that they will forget she exists and move to Australia, where they will be safe from Voldemort's reign of terror. This is only mentioned in dialogue in the book, but is actually portrayed onscreen in the movie version. Word of God states that Hermione returned her parents to normal after Voldemort was defeated.
  • Depraved Dentist: Averted soundly. The worst thing they do is forbid their daughter to fix her buck teeth with magic.
  • Fake Memories: Hermione gave them these so Voldemort wouldn't try to find them and interrogate them about her whereabouts, as well as to keep them safe and away from the events of the seventh book. Word of God states that she later fixed their memories.
  • Good Parents: They're accepting when they find out Hermione is a witch.
  • Happily Married: Presumably. We're really grasping at straws to fill this section.
  • Invisible Parents: Only briefly seen in a few scenes but little is really known about them.
  • O.C. Stand-in: As you can imagine, considering their status as blank slates.
  • Unnamed Parent: The only time their names are mentioned is when Hermione has altered their memories and says they are now Wendell and Monica Wilkins. Presumably, Wendell and Monica are not their real first names.

    Frank Bryce
Portrayed by: Eric Sykes
Appears in: Goblet of Fire

"Bloody kids."

The old gardener of the Riddle mansion, where Lord Voldemort's Muggle father and paternal grandparents lived. He becomes a prime suspect in their murder by Voldemort, but is cleared of all charges due to the police being unable to determine their cause of death. He is murdered by Voldemort himself years later. He is mostly notable for being one of the few point-of-view characters in the series other than Harry, though his point-of-view is limited to just one chapter.
  • Backup Bluff: He tries this on Voldemort and Wormtail, claiming that his wife is downstairs calling the police. It doesn't work. However Voldemort is a Living Lie Detector and it was a safe bluff.
  • Badass Normal: Possibly the most badass Muggle in the series. He mouths off to Voldemort! (Not that he knows it's Voldemort or how powerful he is.) When his "echo" appears later via temporary pseudo-resurrection he is surprisingly accepting of the fact he is dead and that wizards exist, and gives Harry support despite never having even heard of him before.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the fight between Harry and Voldemort in the graveyard, an echo of him comes back and helps Harry in order to avenge his own death.
  • Cassandra Truth: After he was accused of murdering the Riddles, he pointed out that he had seen young Tom Riddle (the true killer) near the mansion on the day of the murder but no one remembered him and no one other than the wizards would be able to identify him anyway.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: The people of his town believe him to be the murderer regardless of there being no apparent cause of death and the police deciding to acquit him.
  • Crusty Caretaker: He remained at the Riddle House long after their murders, and developed a reputation for being grumpy.
  • Didn't See That Coming: A tough war veteran and caretaker, he was prepared for burglars and squatters but never expected that the infiltrators were actual sorcerors, making it a Hopeless Boss Fight for him.
  • Dying Alone: He has no wife, no loved ones and no friends in Little Hangleton.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "Is that right? Lord, is it? Well, I don't think much of your manners, My Lord. Turn round and face me like a man, why don't you?!"
  • Fallguy: He ends up taking the blame for Tom Riddle's actions, though Tom didn't even bother to frame him.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: An especially cruel version. Frank Bryce will die without his name cleared in the Muggle world, and with no one knowing how brave and heroic he was in facing Voldemort and no one to mourn him after his death. Harry and Dumbledore do know he was innocent and that Voldemort killed him, but it's not mentioned that they cleared his name in the Muggle world.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: For the first chapter of the Goblet of Fire.
  • Mugging the Monster: He thought Voldemort was a common vandal or criminal. He was in way over his head, though he didn't let it get to him.
  • Not Proven: He is cleared of the Riddles' murder because the police can't determine their cause of death (Avada Kedavra leaving no traces on the victim's body). True to the negative consequences of the verdict, though, he becomes a pariah because Little Hangleton believes him guilty.
  • Retired Badass: He fought in WWII, and still during his old age found it worth the risk to personally confront anyone who came squatting or trespassing.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He is the first in-series on-page death that isn't a flashback, and he gets just enough characterization to make him very sympathetic and likable first.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to have been this.
  • Skeptic No Longer: His echo has accepted that Voldemort was indeed a wizard all along, and lends his support to Harry as best as he can.
  • Spy Speak: When hearing Voldemort and Pettigrew talk in the abandoned house, as he doesn't know a thing about the Wizardy world, he thought that both men were either spies or criminals planning something illegal and that words like "wizards", "witches", "Quidditch", or "Ministry of Magic" were part of Spy Speak. It is subverted, though he was right about them being spies and criminals.

    The Prime Minister 
Appears in: Prisoner of Azkabannote  | Order of the Phoenixnote  | Half-Blood Prince | Deathly Hallowsnote 

The Prime Minister of the Muggle Community of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is more or less the Muggle counterpart to the Minister for Magic, and is one of the few Muggles in the series who knows about the wizarding world without being related to a wizard, because the Minister for Magic is required by law to discuss any situation that might affect Muggle society with him. This does, however, mostly seem to translate to the Minister for Magic showing up and giving some minute details without bothering to explain further, and then telling the Prime minister not to worry his pretty little head about it.

Notable, again, for being one of the few people in the series other than Harry to serve as viewpoint character — though like Frank Bryce, he's only viewpoint character for one chapter and then more or less vanishes from the story.
  • Cassandra Truth: Avoids the trope because he knows that this is exactly what happens if he tried to tell anyone about his meetings with the Minister for Magic.
  • Condescending Compassion: On the receiving end of this from Cornelius Fudge, though definitely heavier on the "condescending" than the "compassion."
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Any references to his name are carefully avoided.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The unnamed prime minister that Fudge terrifies in the first chapter. If you go by the internal chronology of the books, it should be John Major, although the caricature of the sitting PM reads more like a spoof of Tony Blair. But if it was Major, it would provide attentive readers with the amusing image of Margaret Thatcher throwing Cornelius Fudge out of her office window (although the idea of gray and unflappable John Major getting worked up to the point of attempting homicide is equally funny).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He seems like he would be one if given a chance — unfortunately, both Fudge and Scrimgeour make it very plain that even if he's supposed to be an authority figure and they're equal in theory, they consider him to be beneath them and not worth listening to.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Though he really dislikes the dismissive and patronizing Cornelius Fudge, and has good reason to do so, he nevertheless finds himself feeling sorry for the man after Fudge reveals that he lost his job as Minister for Magic.
  • The Watson: He serves as one during his chapter in order to allow Fudge and Scrimgeour to recap the series so far.