Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Dudley Dursley Character Analysis

Harry's cousin. When his marks come from school, the nurse includes a note saying that Dudley is overweight and must lose weight so that he can fit into his uniform, which results in Petunia enforcing a strict diet for most of the summer. Though Dudley has always been mean to Harry and unpleasant in general, he becomes even unhappier and nastier in general without any food or sweets.
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Dudley Dursley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Dudley Dursley appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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Soon after, Harry heads downstairs for breakfast. Dudley looks even angrier than usual as he receives his breakfast: a quarter of a grapefruit.... (full context)
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Uncle Vernon seems just as testy about the grapefruit as Dudley does. As he picks up his spoon, the doorbell rings. While Vernon is out of... (full context)
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...finally, he agrees that Harry can go. Brightly, Harry steps into the hallway, says to Dudley that breakfast was great, and runs upstairs. He discovers Hedwig is back and notices a... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...Harry is ready to go by noon. Vernon and Petunia are uptight and irritable while Dudley skulks around fearfully. Nobody eats much at lunch and Vernon confirms that the Weasleys will... (full context)
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Dudley sidles into the living room clutching his backside. He refuses to answer as Mr. Weasley... (full context)
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Just as Harry steps into the fire, he hears gagging and sees Dudley kneeling, gagging on his tongue, which is now a foot long. Petunia and Vernon fling... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...Harry tumbles out of the fireplace in the Burrow, Fred and George excitedly ask if Dudley ate the toffee. They explain that it's called Ton-Tongue Toffee as the kitchen explodes with... (full context)