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The Dursley Family
"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 Parent: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Denied Food as Punishment: One of the more frequent punishments he inflicts on Harry whenever he can't control his magic.
- 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 Uncle
- Fat Bastard
- Hate Sink: Until the real story gets underway, the readers only have him to hate. And by the end of it, he's the only Dursley to remain completely unchanged.
- Happily Married: For all his other flaws, he and Petunia really love each other.
- Papa Wolf: He is also perfectly willing to throw himself between Dudley and Hagrid, without a thought for his own safety.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor
- Muggle Foster Parents
- Not So Different: His views on wizards and magic are identical to the views that pureblood supremecists 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Petunia Dursley, née Evans
"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!"
Portrayed by: Fiona Shaw
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.
"Thirty-six?! Last year I had thirty-seven!"
Portrayed by: Harry Melling
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 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
- Animal Motifs: Pigs. According to Hagrid, he looks and acts so much like one, a pig tail isn't much of a change.
- Big Cousin Bully: Towards Harry.
- Big Eater
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
"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."
Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
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.
- The Alcoholic: Marge runs on brandy. Ironically, she accuses Harry's parents of being drunks.
- Big "Shut Up!": Harry targets an epic one at her in the film.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. She had no idea he was quite a strong mage.
- 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.
Voldemort's father and first murder victim. He was a wealthy nobleman and 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.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He is of British Muggle nobility and, even though he isn't a villain, per se, he is not necessarily a sympathetic character, either, and his actions play a major role in his son's rise to villainy.
- Asshole Victim: The townsfolk at Little Hangleton in the opening chapter of Goblet of Fire, remember the Riddles as being very unsympathetic and snobbish.
- Broken Pedestal: Voldemort initially believed that his Lineage Comes from the Father, genuinely believing that his father was magical and not his mother, leading to a violent reaction on learning The Awful Truth.
- Child by Rape: Inverted. He was bewitched into infatuation for Merope Gaunt, which led to their conception of Voldemort under circumstances that were definitely not consensual on his part.
- Disappeared Dad: Voldemort seems to genuinely 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 knowingly abandons his wife along with their unborn child. Given that he was essentially given a magical date rape drug for the entirety of their "relationship," one can hardly blame him.
- Patricide: He is murdered by his Child by Rape, Tom Riddle, Jr., in retribution for abandoning him.
- Rape as Drama: He was raped by Merope Gaunt as part of Tom Riddle, Jr.'s conception as part of the symbolism of the monster who is not only unable to love, but was also conceived under loveless circumstances.
- 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
Hermione's parents are a pair of Muggle dentists. 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.
- 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
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 he 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.
- He is also perhaps the only sympathetic Muggle character in the entire book.
- Cassandra Truth: Pointed out that he had seen young Tom Riddle 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 it 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.
- Crusty Caretaker: He remained at the Riddle House long after their murders.
- 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 takes the blame for Tom Riddle's actions.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: An especially cruel version. Frank Bryce will die without his name cleared in the Muggle world, 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 its 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.
- 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 death not seen in a flashback.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to have been this.
- 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 criminals.
The Prime Minister
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.
- 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.