Marjorie "Aunt Marge" Dursley
"I won't have this namby-pamby, wishy-washy nonsense about not hitting people who deserve it. A good thrashing is what's needed in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred. Have you been beaten often?"
-- Aunt Marge to Harry (PA2)
"Bad blood will out. Now, I'm saying nothing against your family, Petunia, but your sister was a bad egg. They turn up in the best families. Then she ran off with a wastrel and here's the result right in front of us."
-- Aunt Marge (PA2)
Miss Marjorie Dursley is Vernon Dursley's loathsome sister. She lives in the country, in a house with a large garden where she breeds bulldogs but appears to have no other type of employment. Even though she is not Harry's blood relation, he has been forced to call her “Aunt” all his life.
Even though she is not Harry's blood relation, he has been forced to call her “Aunt” all his life. Marge needs no wand to torture Harry. When Aunt Marge visits she unrelentingly taunts him, insulting his mother (“a bad egg”) and father (“a wastrel”), and making light of their deaths. Vernon has told his sister that Harry attends St. Brutus's Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys; she does not know that Harry is a wizard.
Marge eats (“Excellent nosh, Petunia!”) and drinks excessively. When inebriated, she is even more abusive to Harry. The summer he turned thirteen, Harry lost his temper with Marge and inflated her like a balloon, then ran away from home. The Ministry of Magic had to step in to deflate her and modify her memory (PA3).
Dudley allows Aunt Marge to cuddle him because he is well paid for it. When she kisses and hugs her "little neffy-poo" upon entering the house, Dudley steps away from the hug with a crisp twenty-pound note. She buys him expensive presents, in part as if to dare Harry to complain because he didn't get any.
Marge looks a lot like her brother Vernon: “large, beefy, and purple-faced,” with a mustache, “though not as bushy as his.”
Name meaning: The name ‘Dursley’ comes from a town in Gloucestershire, England. Rowling chose the name because it sounded “dull and forbidding.” (Star-Ledger).
- sent Dudley a birthday present in 1991, (PS2).
- vacationed in Majorca (PS2).
- vacationed on the Isle of Wight (July 1991), where she got ill from eating a "funny whelk" (PS3)
- doesn't often stay at Privet Drive, because she can't bear to leave her precious dogs (PA2)
- previous visits:
- Dudley's fifth birthday party - she whacked Harry around the shins with her walking stick to stop him from beating Dudley at musical statues (PA2).
- A few years later, at Christmas, brought a computerized robot for Dudley and a box of dog biscuits for Harry (PA2).
- At Dudley's tenth birthday party, when Harry was nine, Harry accidentally stepped on Ripper's tail. Ripper chased Harry out into the garden and up a tree, and Aunt Marge refused to call him off until past midnight. Dudley still laughs about this incident (PA2, OP24).
- Col. Fubster, a neighbour, looks after her dogs if she's away from home (PA2).
- Marge accuses Harry's parents of being drunks while she herself is getting sloshed on brandy (PA2).
- Marge speaks in shouts and barks (PA2).
Primary editor: Lisa Waite Bunker.
Previous editors Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley.
Original artwork of Marge by Mary GrandPré © Warner Bros.
Original page date 5 February, 2001; Last page update 26 January, 2008.