Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by

J. K. Rowling

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Dudley Dursley Character Analysis

Harry’s cousin and Vernon and Petunia’s son. Dudley is slightly older than Harry and is spoiled rotten by his parents. He gets anything he wants (whether that be food, presents, or a second bedroom while Harry lives in a cupboard). Like his parents, he believes that Harry is very odd, and thus often makes fun of him and picks on him at school, exacerbating Harry’s feeling that he doesn’t belong. Dudley also underscores how greediness is associated with “bad” characters; while Dudley isn’t necessarily evil, his greediness corrodes his character.

Dudley Dursley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 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:
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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 Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

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Chapter 2 Quotes

The problem was, strange things often happened around Harry and it was just no good telling the Dursleys he didn’t make them happen.

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At school, Harry had no one. Everybody knew that Dudley’s gang hated that odd Harry Potter in his baggy old clothes and broken glasses, and nobody liked to disagree with Dudley’s gang.

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Dudley Dursley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The timeline below shows where the character Dudley Dursley appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived
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...James, have a small son who is about the same age as the Dursley’s toddler, Dudley, and the Dursleys don’t want their children mixing either. (full context)
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...watching them all day, and that they couldn’t be less like wizards. And their son Dudley is horribly spoiled—all day, he’s been kicking his mother and screaming for sweets. (full context)
Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass
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Ten years later, on Dudley’s birthday, Petunia raps on the door to Harry’s tiny room in the cupboard under the... (full context)
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The kitchen table is strewn with Dudley’s birthday presents: a computer, a second television, a racing bike (though why he wants a... (full context)
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...green eyes, and round glasses feebly held together with tape because of all the times Dudley has punched him in the face. Harry also has a unique scar in the shape... (full context)
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Harry is frying eggs when Dudley comes into the kitchen and counts his presents. Dudley is disappointed to see that he... (full context)
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As Dudley opens his presents, the phone rings in the house. Their neighbor, Mrs. Figg, is calling... (full context)
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...zoo apart from the Dursleys, and is able to finish one of the desserts that Dudley doesn’t want when they eat in the restaurant. After lunch, they visit the reptile house.... (full context)
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...and winks. Harry thinks that he sees the snake roll its eyes at Vernon and Dudley. Harry tells the snake that it must be annoying, and the snake agrees. Harry asks... (full context)
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At the sight of the snake moving, Dudley punches Harry in the ribs, knocking him out of the way. When Harry looks up,... (full context)
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...a closer look at them. At school, though, Harry “[has] no one.” Everyone knows that Dudley hates him, and no one dares to disagree with Dudley and his formidable gang. (full context)
Chapter 3: The Letters from No One
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...Harry then spends as much time as possible out of the house, trying to avoid Dudley’s gang and thinking about the new school he will be attending in the fall. Dudley... (full context)
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One day in July, Dudley parades around the living room in his new school uniform: maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers, a... (full context)
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...for him, addressed to “the cupboard under the stairs.” Harry starts to open it, but Dudley shouts that Harry has a letter, and Vernon promptly snatches it away. He reads it,... (full context)
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Vernon throws Harry and Dudley out into the hall and slams the door. Harry listens to his and Petunia’s conversation,... (full context)
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...getting too big for his cupboard, and he and Petunia want Harry to move into Dudley’s second bedroom, which Dudley has been using to store all of his toys. It takes... (full context)
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Vernon, Petunia, Harry, and Dudley arrive at a gloomy hotel outside of a big city, but the next morning, a... (full context)
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...of a storm. Vernon and Petunia claim the single bed in the shack, Petunia makes Dudley a bed on the sofa, and Harry curls up on the floor under the thinnest... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys
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...tricks.” At this, Hagrid whips out his umbrella. A flash of violet light erupts, and Dudley grows a pig’s tail, poking through his trousers. Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley quickly flee into... (full context)
Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
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...school and complaining that first years can’t have their own. Harry is strongly reminded of Dudley. (full context)
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...Harry has to be dragged away from a book that would allow him to curse Dudley. Hagrid tells Harry that he’s not supposed to use magic in the Muggle world except... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
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Harry spends a final month with Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley. They no longer torment Harry, but they have also stopped acknowledging his existence altogether. Thus,... (full context)