Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by

J. K. Rowling

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Aunt Petunia Character Analysis

Harry's aunt and Lily's sister. A muggle, Petunia is terrified of magic and participated fully in Vernon's project of bullying Harry. She's horse-faced and extremely nosy; her favorite pastime is spying on the neighbors. When she hears about the hotline for Sirius Black on the news, Harry knows that calling the hotline would be her proudest moment.
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Aunt Petunia Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Petunia appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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...pointlessness of fourteenth-century witch hunts. As he works, he listens carefully for the Dursleys. Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and Dudley are Harry's only relatives, but they're non-magical people (muggles) and hate... (full context)
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Unfortunately, Harry is already on thin ice with Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia: his best friend Ron tried to telephone early in the summer, but being a wizard,... (full context)
Chapter Two
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The next morning, Harry goes down to breakfast and finds Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and Dudley watching TV. Harry sits and helps himself to toast as a... (full context)
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...for Incurably Criminal Boys. Harry, furious, feels that this is the worst birthday present ever. Petunia fusses over Dudley as Vernon heads for the door, but Harry has an idea. He... (full context)
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...give him away if she stays. Not long after he puts Hedwig's cage away, Aunt Petunia yells for Harry to come downstairs. When they hear Uncle Vernon and Marge arrive, Harry... (full context)
Chapter Three
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...normal and won't remember a thing, and then he kindly says that though Vernon and Petunia are angry, they'll still house Harry next summer as long as he doesn't come home... (full context)