Vernon and Petunia Dursley   Leave a comment

We were all surprised about how Petunia knew about dementors.  We were all baffled when she received a howler from someone in the wizarding world and to realize eventually that it was Dumbledore.  Even more shocking to realize that when Petunia mentioned “that awful boy,” she was actually referring to Professor Snape instead of James Potter.

Pottermore gave us more insight to Petunia and her husband Vernon.  According to the new information, Petunia left their home out of jealousy and pursued a typing course in London.  She eventually landed an office job where she met Vernon Dursley – described to be as “extremely unmagical, opinionated and matierialistic.”  He was, to Petunia, normal.  He returned Petunia’s romantic interests and went out on a series of dull dates where he mostly talked about himself.

Vernon soon proposed marriage and Petunia accepted at once.  But with her sister in her final year at Hogwarts, Petunia had to confess to Vernon that she has a witch for a sister.  Vernon was shocked but told her that he will not hold it against her. 

Would it be too surprising as well that Vernon did meet Lily and her then-boyfriend James Potter?  According to JK Rowling, the meeting caused to further rift the relationship between Lily and Petunia.  When Vernon tried to patronize James by asking about his car, James described his broom.  When Vernon discussed about the employment status of wizards, James explained about Gringotts and his family’s wealth in solid gold.  Vernon thought that he was being made fun of and they walked out on Lily and James.  Lily was in tears and James promise to make it up to them when opportunity arise.  But the opportunity did not come up as Petunia refused to have Lily become her bridesmaid and Vernon refused to speak to James during their wedding reception.  Vernon and Petunia also chose not to attend Lily and James’ wedding and their last communication was when Lily wrote to Petunia announcing Harry’s birth to which Petunia threw in the trash after reading.


Posted February 11, 2012 by kitpotter in Rendezvous

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