Dudley Dursley

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Dudley Dursley was a Muggle and son of Petunia Dursley and Vernon Dursley and the cousin of Harry Potter. Growing up, Dudley was greatly spoiled by his parents and resented his cousin Harry. Because of his spoiling and having all the food he wanted, Dudley became very large and fat, just like his father. He was always mean to Harry and it wasn't until 1997 when he understood what was going on.


[edit] Character development

Born on the 23 June 1980, Dudley grew up being spoiled by his parents and disliking his cousin Harry. Harry was given to the Dursleys after the death of his parents Lily and James, and Dudley constantly annoyed and prodded his younger cousin.

[edit] Appearances

[edit] First book

Introduction to Dudley Dursley

Dudley looked much like his father. At age 11 he had a large pink face, not much neck, small watery eyes, and thick blonde hair on his thick, fat head. Harry described him as "a pig in a wig."

Dudley attends Smeltings, a private school that Vernon Dursley went to as a child.[1] He is a very spoiled and selfish child, throwing a tantrum when 36 presents wasn't enough for him, and pretending to cry to keep Harry from going to the zoo with them.[2]

Dudley has consistently made Harry's life miserable, beating him and torturing him, usually accompanied by his best friend, Piers Polkiss. When Harry goes to the zoo with Dudley, the Dursleys, and Peirs, Dudley knocks Harry over to get to the snake Harry is talking to. Harry makes the glass disappear, terrifying Dudley, though later he and Piers talk of it as if it were an adventure.[2]

When the letters from Hogwarts begin to arrive, Dudley wants to read it and is shocked when, for what may be the first time in his life, he does not get his way. His pampered life goes downhill as the Dursleys give Harry Dudley's second bedroom to avoid the letters addressed to him in the cupboard under the stairs. When this doesn't stop the letters, Vernon takes the family away, further upsetting Dudley, who is missing his favorite TV programs and video games.

At the shack in the sea that the end up, Dudley sleeps on the sofa, leaving Harry on the floor.[1] When Hagrid arrives and presents Harry with a birthday cake, Dudley's greed takes over and he begins to eat it. When Vernon insults Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid takes out his temper on Dudley, giving him a pigs tail while trying to turn him into a pig.[3]

Dudley avoids Harry for the rest of the summer, now being deathly afraid of magic and in the end, the Dursleys have to take him to a private hospital to get the tail removed.[4]

[edit] Second book

In June, Dudley accompanied his parents to King's Cross to pick Harry up for the summer holidays.

By the summer, Dudley has grown even more massive; so much so that his bottom drooped over each side of his chair. Somehow, even with his massiveness, his clothes were still depicted as loose, as he has to hitch up his trousers "which were slipping down his fat bottom" during a conversation with Harry.

One morning during breakfast, Dudley wanted more bacon. He asked Harry to pass the frying pan; when Harry said he forgot the magic word (meaning "please"), Dudley fell out of his chair with a crash that shook the whole kitchen.[5] Obviously Dudley had been trained by his parents by that time to hate and fear anything that had anything at all to do with Harry and his magical world.

On 31 July, Dudley taunted Harry about not receiving any birthday presents from his friends. That night, the Dursleys (sans Harry) hosted a dinner party for a client of Vernon's. At eight o'clock, Dudley was by the front door, waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Mason to arrive. He offered to take their coats, and then offered his arm to accompany Mrs. Mason to the dining room. Dudley and his parents during the visit of the Masons in 1992.

In the early hours of the following morning, Dudley was dumbfounded when he and his parents witnessed Harry's escape with Fred, George, and Ron Weasley in their father's flying Ford Anglia.

[edit] Third book

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[edit] Fourth book

He is still portrayed as an obese, magic-fearing bully, but he is in a diet in this book, which led him to get muscle in the 5th book.

[edit] Fifth book

In the fifth book it is often mentioned that he goes around with his gang beating up "fifth-graders." His parents think he is going to tea at his friends house. When Harry and Dudley are walking home, they are attacked by Dementors. Harry saves Dudley's life, but since Muggles like Dudley cannot see Dementors, he blames the attack on Harry at first.

He has a good deal of muscle in this book. All his size from fat got replaced by muscle due to his diet in the 4th book. He also took up boxing.

[edit] Sixth book

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[edit] Final book

In the final book, Dudley goes against his fathers anti-magic attitude, and says he wants to go into hiding with the Order people that have come to bring them to safety. He also tells Harry "I don't think you are a waste of space.", which is about the first nice thing he ever told Harry.

[edit] Later life

In Dudley's adult life, he got married and became a father. He and Harry remained on "Christmas Card terms", and Harry sometimes took his children to Dudley's when they were in the neighbourhood, occasions dreaded by James, Albus and Lily.[6] During these visits Dudley and Harry would sit silently together while their children interacted.[7]

[edit] Appearances in The Harry Potter Series/Films/Games etc.

[edit] Portrayals within films

In all seven films, Dudley is played by Harry Melling

[edit] Characterisation

[edit] Outward appearance

In the first book, Dudley is described as looking a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a big pink face, not much neck, blue eyes, and a thick, fat head covered with thick blond hair. He was also four times bigger than Harry was. [8]

[edit] Personality

Throughout the books, he is represented as a magic-fearing bully. He also sought to make Harry's life miserable, but that was before he learned that Harry was a wizard. When Harry leaves in the 7th book, he is the only one from the family to make a "nice" comment about him. (Dudley said that he didn't think Harry was a 'waste of space'.)

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[edit] Family

Dudley is Harry Potter's cousin, the son of Petunia and Vernon Dursley.

[edit] Reception

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[edit] In popular culture

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[edit] Dudley Trivia

  • In one of Harry's several letters to Sirius Black in the summer of 1994, he says that Dudley threw his Template:Wplink out of a window. However, this is an Template:Wplink, as the Sony PlayStation was not released anywhere until December 1994 (in Japan), and in Britain until September 1995.
  • Coincidentally, The actor who plays Dudley's real name is Harry.
  • Although not mentioned in the books, J. K. Rowling said during the Dementor attack, Dudley saw himself the way he truly was: spoiled rotten and a cruel bully, making him realise, rather harshly, that he needed to change. This led to him regretting his treatment of Harry and his attempt later at reconciliation.
  • The books say Dudley's hair is blond but in the movies, it is dark brown.
  • Dudley is portrayed as fat in the books and movies. In an interview on the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film DVD, Harry Melling stated he had lost weight and had to wear a fat suit to show Dudley's chubbiness.
  • J.K. Rowling has stated that she originally planned to have Dudley have a wizard child in the Epilogue but decided that no magical blood would ever get past Uncle Vernon's Template:Wplink.[9]
  • Dudley did not appear in either the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire nor the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as the film script writers removed the Privet Drive matter to fit each book into one film.
  • Dudley and his gang once beat up a boy named Mark Evans. Though Dudley's maternal family are the Evans, Mark is not related to the Evans family, nor to Dudley.
  • Coincidentally, Dudley's birthday is one month before the real birthday of Daniel Radcliffe.
  • The scene where Dudley reconciles with Harry does not make it into the movie, though it was filmed and is included as a deleted scene in the Blu Ray Combo Pack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Rubeus Hagrid mistakes Dudley for Harry when he comes to get Harry at the Hut-on-the-Rock.

[edit] Additional Canon

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[edit] Etymology

Dudley means "from the meadow." Dursley is a town in Gloucestershire, England. J. K. Rowling has commented that she visited the place as a child, and hated it, which likely affected her choice of surname for the awful family, remarking "I don't imagine I'm very popular in Dursley".[10][11]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J. K. Rowling, PS 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. K. Rowling, PS 2
  3. J. K. Rowling, PS 4
  4. J. K. Rowling, PS 6
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  6. JK Rowling comments on Harry and Dudley's future relationship
  7. J.K. Rowling's comments at Carnegie Hall
  8. J. K. Rowling, PS, Chapter One
  9. J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry and Dudley: Future Hope?
  10. Wikipedia:Dursley
  11. 2001 BBC Online Chat

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