mr and mrs dursley

  • My psychology professor: People usually remember something that happened in general but not verbatim. You probably remember the plot to the first Harry Potter book but who here would remember the first line?
  • Me: Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
  • My psychology professor: Okay. You aren't allowed to talk in class anymore.
Me as a mother
  • Child: mum can you read me a bedtime story
  • Me: of course sweetie *leaves room to get a book*
  • Me: *walks back into the room holding all 7 of the Harry Potter books, the original screenplay of the cursed child and fbawtft, the tales of beedle the bard, Quidditch throught the ages, fantastic beasts and where to find them, all of the dvds for Harry Potter, fantastic beasts and the movie about jk Rowling while wearing all my Harry Potter shirts layered on top of each other, my house scarf, Harry Potter socks and holding a tankard of butter beer and my wand with a time tuner dangling around my neck*
  • Me: mr and Mrs Dursley of number 4 privet dri-
  • Child: you haven't even opened the book
  • Me: I've memorised the first book

No one knew who the tabby belonged to, though they presumed Mrs Figg as the cat had been seen to enter her house. However, it also seemed rather fond of number four’s back garden and the green eyed boy with whom it played most Sunday afternoons when the Dursleys went out. Of course McGonagall would never admit she had a fondness for playing with Harry when she was supposed to be keeping an eye on him.

Harry Potter is like the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, then all of the sudden you have a sonic screwdriver, you want to go to Rivendell, and you have this awkward fascination with Sherlock Holmes. And you don’t really know how any of it happened, but you’re pretty sure it started with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dursley of Four Privet Drive who were proud to say that they were perfectly normal thank you very much.

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much
—  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I’ve had a crazy thought.

If I remember correctly, one of the things in Dudley’s spare bedroom was a TV he broke when his favorite television show was cancelled.

It’s been established that Harry Potter took place in the nineties, and he got Dudley’s second room in the summer of ‘91, so Dudley would have to have broken it some time before then. Here’s my crazy thought:

What if Dudley threw a massive TV-smashing tantrum because Doctor Who was cancelled?

Sure, odds are that Mr. and Mrs. Dursley wouldn’t hold with that kind of programming, but all the kids at school would talk about it so Dudley started watching it just because, and he would throw fits if he couldn’t see it. So to keep him calm and happy and prevent property destruction Mr. and Mrs. Dursley put up with 20-45 minutes of scifi nonsense each week (and made sure Harry was locked in his cupboard the whole time so he wouldn’t get ideas).

And when it was cancelled in 1989, Dudley went berserk and kicked in the TV.

(This theory may or may not be born from the fact that Harry Melling is Patrick Troughton’s grandson. This makes the whole thing too perfect to not be automatically canon.)

What do you all think?

Harry Potter Rant... Mrs. Weasley vs. Dursleys'

seriously….some ppl dont realize how terrible of a life Harry had… treated like garbage by his only living relatives. ive read posts on ppls thoughts on his childhood…

-him being punished for calling Petunia, Mom
-getting kicked out of their bed when he has a nightmare and tries to crawl in with them
-being told how worthless you are from a young age
-never getting anything new, or nice for a gift
-never getting proper recognition for the work he does around the house
-and just recently… someone posted about when the Dursleys’ realized Harry needed glasses

it just breaks my heart! worse than Cinderella….she had it easy compared to him. she knew the love of a parent, and she didnt have to go back once she found a way out. and she had animal friends! Harry had none of that. he only got friends after he went to Hogwarts. didnt even have a pet. didnt know the love of a parent. 

what kills me….is that McGonigal knew what he was in for, and not even as a cat did she visit him, or send him little things….and she was the one that tried to get Dumbledore to send him somewhere else. HELL! she even knew that ONE of his dad’s best friends was still alive, and she didnt get him to go visit Harry in some way. 

And now… Mrs. Weasley…. she is the mother of all mothers. she loved harry as if he was her own son from birth! she cud see the physical abuse he was going through, how he was mistreated, underfed, and im willing to bet his subtle actions in her house…if he didnt clean something right away, or if he touched something that wasnt his, and being afraid of getting in trouble. or offending the only ppl that were nice to him. 

Now Mrs. Weasley seeing all of this… i am soo shocked that she didnt do something about it. I can totally see her barge into the Dursley’s home and kick the shit out of them! go and check in on Harry at least once a week to see that he was being fed, and still in once piece. Personally bringing him knitted clothes, and homemade goods. Turning her threatening glare on Petunia for being a terrible mother figure to Harry, and Vernon when he tries to tell her off. and both of them just turning white as ghosts, bc we all know there is nothing scarier than an angry momma bear.