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The Dursley Family
- Portrayed by: Richard Griffiths
"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.
- 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".
- Ax-Crazy: At his worst.
- Berserk Button: Say anything related to magic in front of him. Go on, try it.
- British Newspapers: He reads the Daily Mail, naturally.
- 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.
- 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.
- Evil Uncle: Not quite evil, but still quite mean to his nephew Harry.
- Expy: As noted above, he's rather similar to Mr. Wormwood, though thankfully he doesn't make a living stealing cars from others and scamming them out of their money.
- 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: He's 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.
- Jerkass: Simply an unpleasant human being as a whole.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Unlike Petunia, he has no Freudian Excuse or reason for hating Harry at all. While Petunia does seem to feel some obligation to let Harry live in her house, Vernon feels nothing at all, and even throws him out of the house during a Dementor attack, putting his life in danger.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Say what you will, but Vernon's definitely a family man (as long as you're not Harry, of course).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Unless you happened to leave your cell phone on at the theatre.
- Muggle Foster Parents: The source of this trope, though with a twist — he hates 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 pureblood 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."
- 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 also 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.
- Although, his approval of Kingsley Shacklebolt suggests that despite his many, many prejudicial beliefs, he isn't 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".
- Too Dumb to Live: When Hagrid shows up, Vernon continues to act like an abusive jerk to Harry and insults his parents and Dumbledore, even though he knows Hagrid gets angry if they're insulted. Hagrid is a half giant with Super Strength and the ability to use magic (albeit not very well). Granted, it's Dudley who ends paying for it instead of his father, but if Hagrid were anything but a Gentle Giant, Vernon would've probably ended up dead.
- 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
"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.
- 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.
- Floral Theme Naming: Lily and Petunia, anyone?
- Freudian Excuse
- Frying Pan of Doom: Tries to hit Harry with a frying pan in the second book, but misses.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With her sister, Lily.
- 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.
- House Wife
- Heel-Face Turn
- 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 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: Half of the Trope Codifier.
- My Beloved Smother: See Doting Parent.
- 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.
- 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. See "The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry" above for details.
- 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.
- 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.
- Portrayed by: Harry Melling
"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.
- Abusive Parents: While not abusive to him like they are to Harry, his parents do spend a good amount of time turning the boys against one another and making it clear to Dudley that he has to be "normal" or they won't love him and will treat him like Harry. They spoil him to the point that he is unhealthy (socially and physically) and encourage all his worst actions.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Like his mother, he was blonde 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.
- Big Brother Bully: A cousin variant. Towards Harry.
- Big Eater: biggest understatement ever.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Dudley is blond in the books, though he had an Adaptation Dye-Job in the movies.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: In the film series. Of all of the Dursleys, Dudley gets hit with this the worst, as his Face-Heel Turn in Deathly Hallows, while filmed, was cut from the final product.
- The Ditz: 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.)
- 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: See The Ditz.
- 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's devoted himself to personal pleasure.
- Heel-Face Turn: After reliving his worst moments in life, he comes to realize just what a bully he was.
- 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.
- Jerk Ass: Until his Heel Realization in Book 5.
- 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."
- Parental Favoritism: He's the one who gets favored.
- 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.
- Spoiled Brat: Dumbledore makes the interesting case that what the Dursleys have done to Dudley is actually worse than what they did to Harry.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The only person in the series who a dementor attack does some good for. 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Especially in the film version of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" when he ate Harry's cake that Hagrid gave him. Hagrid then punishes him by making a pig tail grow on him.
Marjorie "Marge" Dursley
- Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
"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.
- 0% Approval Rating: Dudley only tolerates his aunt for money and Petunia is, at least in the third film, not entirely pleased with having Marge sat around her dinner table. As for Harry... well...
- Abhorrent Admirer: According to Pottermore, she is in love with her neighbour Coloner Fubster, who looks after her dogs when she is away. He understandably can't stand her.
- The Alcoholic: Marge runs on brandy. Ironically, she accuses Harry's parents of being drunks.
- Balloon Belly: Harry unintentionally inflicts this on her.
- Big "Shut Up!": Harry targets an epic one at her in the film.
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Funny Background Event: In the film, she can be seen floating away in the distance as Harry stalks down the road.
- 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.
- A Glass in the Hand: She justifies it by having a firm grip. Vernon is Genre Savvy to know it was not that.
- Harmful Healing: Cornelius Fudge tells Harry that Marge was "punctured" to get her back to normal...not exactly pleasant-sounding...
- 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.
- 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 his 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 moustache, "though not as bushy as his."
- Too Dumb to Live: There's a good reason why she was seen floating away after she mocked Harry's family.
Tom Riddle, Sr.
Tom Riddle, SeniorVoldemort's father and first murder victim. He was a wealthy neighbor to the Gaunts, who he treated with derision for their poverty and disabilities. However, this 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 at least stay for the child's sake if he hadn't. However, Tom responded by abandoning his wife and their unborn child, returning to Little Hangleton, "talking of being 'hoodwinked' and 'taken in'... He left her, never saw her again, and never troubled to discover what became of his son," which later comes back to directly bite him in the ass. 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, he goes to the Riddle House in Little Hangleton and proceeds to kill his father and paternal grandparents.
- Asshole Victim: Downplayed. The townsfolk at Little Hangleton in the opening chapter of Goblet of Fire, remember the Riddles as being very unsympathetic and snobbish, but Merope raping him and Voldemort killing him are depicted as morally wrong.
- 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."
- Child by Rape: Merope Gaunt most likely used a love potion on him, resulting in Voldemort.
- Disappeared Dad: Voldemort seems to believe that he ran off because he didn't like magic.
- 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.
- 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.
- Poor Communication Kills: His Child by Rape, Tom Riddle, seemed to believe that his father abandoned his mother due to being a witch.
- 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.
- Rich Bitch: He was shown to be snobbish prior to his rape, mocking the Gaunt family for their insanity.
- Slipping a Mickey: He was the victim of this by way of a Love Potion by Merope Gaunt.
- Portrayed by: Tom Knight/Ian Kelly and Heather Bleasdale/Michelle Fairley
- 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.
- OC 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.
- Portrayed by: Eric Sykes
"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 Grandpa/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
The Prime MinisterThe 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.
- 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.