Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Aunt Petunia Character Analysis

Harry’s aunt and Uncle Vernon’s husband. A deeply conventional and uptight woman, Aunt Petunia has always disliked and feared Harry for his tendency to say and do odd things. Because of this, she’s never shown him any warmth or care. Like Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia represents the troubled and unloving family dynamic in which Harry grew up and which he now seeks to escape. Their relationship also demonstrates Harry’s ability to reject the unloving circumstances of his youth in order to forge positive and meaningful relationships with others, like Ron and Hermione.

Aunt Petunia Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Aunt Petunia or refer to Aunt Petunia. 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:
Good vs. Evil Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t Quotes

You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter, Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia
Page Number: 55
Explanation and Analysis:
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Aunt Petunia Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Petunia appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
...greeting a dumbfounded Uncle Vernon and stepping without invitation into the house. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia , now emerging from the kitchen, say nothing, evidently concluding that this man will be... (full context)