Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Dudley Dursley Character Analysis

Harry's cousin. He's blond and hulking, and he and Harry have never had a good relationship—Dudley loved watching his parents abuse Harry throughout their childhood. However, Dudley shows that he has begun to change his conception of Harry when he expresses concern for Harry's safety, leaves Harry tea, and shakes Harry's hand before he goes into hiding.

Dudley Dursley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Dudley Dursley or refer to Dudley Dursley. 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 Three Quotes

He looked curiously at his cousin. They had had virtually no contact during this summer or last, as Harry had come back to Privet Drive so briefly and kept to his room so much. It now dawned on Harry, however, that the cup of cold tea on which he had trodden that morning might not have been a booby trap at all.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Dudley Dursley
Page Number: 40
Explanation and Analysis:
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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Dudley Dursley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Dudley Dursley appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...pushes out of his bedroom, steps on a cup of tea—probably a trap set by Dudley—and rinses his hand in the bathroom. He sighs, wishing he could perform magic, but thinks... (full context)
Chapter Three
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...his time putting down the mirror fragment and goes downstairs to find Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley all dressed for traveling. Vernon tells Harry he's decided he doesn't believe it and won't... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...the "accidents" on TV are Voldemort, not accidents, and the fog is caused by dementors. Dudley looks terrified, but Vernon asks what they're supposed to do about work and school. Dudley... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...but can't bring himself to do it and then heads to the door with Petunia. Dudley, however, asks why Harry isn't coming with them, and where he's going to go. Everyone... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Harry stares at Dudley and realizes that Dudley may have left the cup of tea as an act of... (full context)