mr and mrs dursley

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
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                                     Mr and Mrs Dursley,
                                     of number four,
                                     Privet Drive,
                                     were proud to say that
                                     they were perfectly normal,
                                     thank you very much.

                                    AESTHETIC MEME | eight stories
                                    ┖ harry potter
                                        and the philosopher’s stone (4.1)

basically reasons I'm always gonna be alone.
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b>me:</b> Harry potter is, like, the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, and suddenly you want to climb ferris wheels instead of ride them, a ball point pen is your weapon, you have a sonic screwdriver and carry salt everywhere, you're awkwardly in love with Sherlock Holmes and you don't really know how any of it happened, but you're pretty sure it started because Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dursley of 4 privet drive were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.<p/><b>friend:</b> * takes earphones out* are you done talking about them yet?<p/><b>me:</b> *opens mouth*<p/><b>friend:</b> *bangs head on table*<p/><b>me:</b> so... as I was saying, hot vampire wizard roommates...<p/></p><p/></p>
Narrative Voice

Narrative voice is one of those things editors and agents look out for as a sign of raw talent. It’s something people say can’t be taught. Either you have it or you don’t. 

This may be true, partly, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make any conscious decisions about your narrative voice. 

I love playing around with my voice in different pieces that I write, and I thought I would share some advice on how you could have some fun with your own narrative voice as well. 

I would argue that in most novels, about 50% of voice comes from the author’s own voice and natural storytelling abilities. This may change overtime, but mostly it’s just you. Writing as you write. The other 50%, I’d say comes down to writing like your narrator is telling a story to an audience. This means asking yourself two questions.

1. WHO IS TELLING THE STORY?

This is pretty simple in 1st person point of view: know who your character is and let them tell the story. Know what their opinions are. What interests them. The things they like and dislike. If they’re angry or optimistic or scared. If they use slang or speak like a professor. A voice should grow naturally out of that information. 

In 3rd person, when your narrator is a non-participant, there are two options:

The first is to tell the story strictly as yourself, in 100% your own voice, and let it change naturally as you suit it to fit your story. This means being confident in your abilities as a storyteller and just telling the story. 

The other option is to put on a costume. This narrator is you, but perhaps it is you as a grandfather, or you as a historian, or simply of yourself as someone funnier or wittier than you think you actually are. It’s still your voice. It’s still you telling the story, but you’re drawing out a particular aspect of your voice that enhances the story you’re telling

This option is more complicated than the others. This is consciously changing your voice. I believe it can be done: that grandfather might help you get into a certain mindset if you want your story to have that kindly touch of “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say…” Thinking of yourself as a historian might add a formal sort of flare to your high fantasy novel. Believing you’re hilarious may give you the confidence to put sillier elements into your story.

2. WHO ARE THEY TELLING IT TO?

I don’t mean this in terms of who you imagine is going to read your book. That’s a different matter entirely. What I’m talking about here is the narrator’s audience. This is usually just an audience imagined by the author, unless the format of the novel is epistolary or journal entry, or the narrator references them outright. Even so, it can be helpful to remember, however, that every story is told to someone. This can be intentional or unintentional, but it drastically changes how the story is told. 

Here are some types of audiences:

  • A friend, which means they’re telling the story in an honest and casual manner, as though the reader is someone they trust with their innermost thoughts. I would say this is the most common “audience” for a novel told in the 1st person.
    • ex. The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
  • Someone they want to persuade, which depending on their character could mean being unreliable and defensive, or confessional and apologetic. They might be keeping a few secrets about their thoughts and feelings from the reader, and maybe even lying to the reader and/or themselves
    • ex. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Historical record, which is not actually for historical record, but a more formal 3rd person that doesn’t focus on interacting with the reader so much as honestly reporting thoughts and events as they occur. I would say that this is one of the most common “audiences” for a novel written in 3rd person.
    • ex. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • An audience referenced in the text itself. This is a book in full story-telling mode, where a 3rd person narrator both refers to the imagined audience and the fact that they are telling a story directly on the page. This is an older style of storytelling used to be more common than it is today. The imagined audience can be a certain type of reader (children in many classic children’s books). It can also be an audience that only exists in the word of the story itself, like prospective dragon naturalists. 
    • ex. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
    • ex. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Once you’ve settled these two matters, you have a structure for your narrative voice in place. The rest, depends on your voice as an author, and for that I can only give the following advice:

  1. Read. Pay close attention to the voices of the books you admire, the way the narrative interacts with you as a reader and with the events of the text. Consider why you admire certain storytelling features and how you might implement similar features in your own writing. 
  2. Write and write a lot. Every word you put on the page is a choice you’ve made. Every choice you make will hone your voice, completely subconsciously. 
  3. Have fun telling your story. Don’t worry about the voice being polished or “good,” just tell the story in a way that’s enjoyable for you. If you’d like, experiment with different styles. Practice telling stories in the voices of people who don’t sound exactly like you. Try on ridiculous costumes. When you have fun telling a story, your reader will have fun listening to it. 

Harry Potter is like the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, then all of a 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.

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 a 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.

Why I can't stop rereading the Harry Potter series
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>Me:</b> *can't go to a bookshop without buying at least one book*<p/><b>Me:</b> *therefore currently owns exactly 23 unread books*<p/><b>Me:</b> *has three books a friend borrowed me a year ago*<p/><b>Me:</b> *finishes the Harry Potter series for the 257292738th time*<p/><b>Me:</b> So now we're finally done, what shall we read next?<p/><b>Me:</b> *sees copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone*<p/><b>Me:</b> hello there, beautiful ❤<p/><b>Me:</b> </b> *gets cosy* I missed you, Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, Privet Drive<p/><b>Me:</b> *opens book*<p/><b>Me:</b> *cries*<p/><b>Heart:</b> welcome home<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>

Anonymous asked:

My problem, sometimes, isn’t that I run out of ideas, it’s that I’ll sit down to write a scene and it will sort of … get away from me? And I’ll hate it, because I KNOW it’s not what I wanted to write about - not really, and when I try to think about what I did want to get across in the chapter/scene it’s all muddled now because I’ve already written. It’s not writing quality, it’s not really writer’s block, it’s that I’ll sit down and hate a scene so much by the end I’ll be fatigued for days. Help?


It sounds like you would really benefit from working off scene outlines. Much the same way you would outline your story, you can outline individual scenes to the point that the scene is more or less written, it just needs to be taken from outline to written form–if that makes any sense?

The reason this works is because outlining is a much more mechanical process. You’re setting down the scene piece by piece, but not with the same creative flow as you have when actually writing, so it’s much less apt to get away from you.

Now, to clarify, typically when writers talk about outlining scenes, they’re really just referring to outlining details like where the scene takes place, who’s in it, and what happens. However, what I’m suggesting is a standard outline. I think I would probably break the scene down into segments, then break those segments down into their key moments, so it would look something like this:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Scene 1

I. Part One - Dursley Introduction
   A. The Dursley Family
       1. About Mr. Dursley
       2. About Mrs. Dursley
       3. About Dudley
       4. About their family life
  B. The Potter Family
       1. Mrs. Potter is Mrs. Dursley’s sister
       2. General Potter information
       3. Treatment of the Potters by the Dursleys
II. Part Two - A Dull Gray Tuesday
   A. Dursley Home
       1. The Dursley’s morning
       2. Mr. Dursley’s drive to work
   B. Mr. Dursley at Work
       1. Mr. Dursley in his office
       2. Mr. Dursley goes to lunch
   C. Mr. Dursley back at home
       1. Dursley living room
       2. The Dursleys go to bed
III. Part Three- The Arrival of Harry
   A. Dumbledore arrives on Privet Drive
      1. Description
      2. Street lamps
   B. McGonagall arrives on Privet Drive
      1. Description
      2. Banter with Dumbledore
      3. Discussion of Voldemort
      4. Discussion of Lily and James
      5. Discussion of Harry’s survival
   C. Hagrid brings Harry to Privet Drive
      1. Hagrid arrives with Harry
      2. Hagrid says goodbye to Harry
      3. Harry left on Dursley steps
     4. Harry’s early moments with Dursleys

 
With a full scene outline like this in hand, when you sit down to write, you’ll have a handy reference to keep you on track. It will serve as sort of a roadmap guiding you from one milestone in the scene to the next. This way there is much less chance you’re going to stray off from what you intended. :)

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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.