Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Auntie Muriel Character Analysis

The Weasley children's 107-year-old great-aunt. She's widely disliked as she's loud, obnoxious, and a gossip. Though it's implied that she's on the side of good, she also expresses clear disdain for Dumbledore—though this could also be the product of her Rita Skeeter-esque love of gossip, since Dumbledore's past is sordid and interesting.

Auntie Muriel Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Auntie Muriel or refer to Auntie Muriel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Ten Quotes

The accusations he had heard from Muriel at the wedding seemed to have nested in his brain like diseased things, infecting his memories of the wizard he had idolized. Could Dumbledore have let such things happen? Had he been like Dudley, content to watch neglect and abuse as long as it did not affect him? Could he have turned his back on a sister who was being imprisoned and hidden?

Page Number: 177
Explanation and Analysis:
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Auntie Muriel Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Auntie Muriel appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Ron appears with Auntie Muriel, an ancient witch who is disappointed to meet Cousin Barny, insults Fleur, and suggests that... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...matter of belief; Harry wants the truth. As Doge prepares to reassure Harry more, Auntie Muriel joins them, cackling that she needs to pre-order Rita Skeeter's book. She guzzles champagne and... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Muriel insists that the Dumbledore family kept Ariana a secret because of shame, while Doge insists... (full context)
Chapter Ten
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...Hermione fell asleep holding hands. He thinks about what will come, and feels as though Muriel's accusations about Dumbledore are poisoning his mind. He resents that Dumbledore never told him anything... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...the Horcruxes. Harry shares what he heard at the wedding, but Hermione points out that Muriel and Rita Skeeter aren't trustworthy and tells him to not believe them. Harry thinks he... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...the headstones. Hermione finds Kendra and Ariana's graves, and Harry thinks that Rita Skeeter and Muriel were right about something. Harry feels betrayed and thinks that he and Dumbledore could've come... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...is in the middle of explaining that he's moved the rest of his family to Muriel's to protect them from the Death Eaters. He says that both Shell Cottage and Muriel's... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Bill helps Ollivander down the stairs. He bids Luna goodbye and agrees to take Auntie Muriel's tiara, which Fleur borrowed for her wedding, back to Muriel. Fleur shows the tiara to... (full context)