June 23rd was Dudley Dursley's birthday. To celebrate this important event for Muggles everywhere, J.K. Rowling has obligingly dropped some rad new material over at Pottermore. It focuses on Harry's begrudging adoptive parents and child neglect fans, The Dursleys!
Here's some things we learned from the brand new Harry Potter material, check out what J.K. Rowling said herself below...
Vernon and Petunia
‘Vernon’ is simply a name I never much cared for. ‘Petunia’ is the name that I always gave unpleasant female characters in games of make believe I played with my sister, Di, when we were very young.
The origins of Dursley
The surname ‘Dursley’ was taken from the eponymous town in Gloucestershire, which is not very far from where I was born. I have never visited Dursley, and I expect that it is full of charming people. It was the sound of the word that appealed, rather than any association with the place.
Petunia did not want Lily as a bridesmaid, because she was tired of being overshadowed; Lily was hurt. Vernon refused to speak to James at the reception, but described him, within James' earshot, as 'some kind of amateur magician'.
This. Is. So. Sad.
The very last piece of correspondence she received from Lily and James was the announcement of Harry's birth, and after one contemptuous look, Petunia threw it in the bin.
At least Harry has escaped from the Dursleys now (this will always be my favorite escape, though!).
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