Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Uncle Vernon Character Analysis

Harry’s uncle and Aunt Petunia’s husband. Grumpy, uncommunicative, and occasionally violent, Uncle Vernon has always mistreated and undervalued Harry while spoiling his own son, Dudley. He’s also overly interested in money – the only time he displays interest in Harry is when Dumbledore reveals that Sirius has died and left his godson all his property. Typifying negative family values, Uncle Vernon is a reminder of the harsh circumstances under which Harry grows up. Because of his poor relationship with his uncle, Harry goes out of his way to forge positive familial connections, such as his relationship with the Weasleys.

Uncle Vernon Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Vernon or refer to Uncle Vernon. 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:
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). 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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Uncle Vernon Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Vernon 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
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...begins throwing possessions into his trunk; after a minute he hears the doorbell ring, and Uncle Vernon begins shouting about the rudeness of calling at this late hour. (full context)
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Harry runs downstairs to see Dumbledore politely greeting a dumbfounded Uncle Vernon and stepping without invitation into the house. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, now emerging from... (full context)
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...in Grimmauld Place, which the Order of the Phoenix has long used as headquarters. Rudely, Uncle Vernon bursts out in surprise that Harry has inherited a house – Harry has never confided... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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First, the professor commends Harry on how he’s handling Sirius’s death. After hearing Uncle Vernon refer to this tragedy so callously, Harry doesn’t want to discuss it; but Dumbledore looks... (full context)