Pottermore Feature of the Week: Vernon & Petunia Dursley

This week we are featuring a notable entry from Pottermore, Vernon & Petunia Dursley.

In this entry, we receive information about the Dursleys first meeting with the Potters, Vernon Dursley’s feelings about James and magic, and even Petunia’s unsurprising taste in men.

From “Vernon & Petunia Dursley“:

Harry’s aunt and uncle met at work. Petunia Evans, forever embittered by the fact that her parents seemed to value her witch sister more than they valued her, left Cokeworth forever to pursue a typing course in London. This led to an office job, where she met the extremely unmagical, opinionated and materialistic Vernon Dursley. Large and neckless, this junior executive seemed a model of manliness to young Petunia. He not only returned her romantic interest, but was deliciously normal. He had a perfectly correct car, and wanted to do completely ordinary things, and by the time he had taken her on a series of dull dates, during which he talked mainly about himself and his predictable ideas on the world, Petunia was dreaming of the moment when he would place a ring on her finger.

As we already know from the later books, Petunia’s avoidance of all things abnormal, and love of all thing normal, derived from her childhood. Her childhood experiences with magic and the jealousy of her witch sister  truly shaped Petunia to be a magic-hating, Muggle-loving woman. Though, we also learn that she feels some remorse for her actions and her relationship with her sister. From what we know from the books and what J.K. Rowling has said, Petunia’s jealousy became remorse by the end of the series. Rowling has also said that her actions against Harry during his time spent with her was all pretending.

The entry goes on:

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

Let me just say now that this scene would make great reality TV.

You can see here how the relationship between Lily and Petunia ended. I think its safe to say that Vernon was the true cause of the mess. His ignorance and haughtiness got the best of him and thus spoiling what could of been a pleasant relationship. Sure, it would not have been the best and they would’ve probably have stuck to exchanging-holiday-card-terms, but there would not have been a bad feeling, as there was after this event.

What we learned in this entry is that the relationship had the chance to better, but certain events like the one described above tarnished the possibility (arguably) forever.


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