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Mrs. Dursley
Biographical information
Born

In or prior to 1941[1]

Blood status

Muggle

Marital status

Married

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Family information
Family members

Mrs. Dursley was the mother of Vernon and Marjorie Dursley.

Born sometime in or prior to 1941, presumably someplace in Great Britain, to a muggle family. Sometime in her life she had two children, Vernon and Marjorie Dursley. Vernon attended Smeltings Academy in his youth, and later declared it to be the proudest moment of his life.

Eventually, her children did age and sought after different professions; Marge became a breeder of bull-dogs, whilst Vernon became the head of Grunnings, a drill-making company.

Sometime in or after her son grew up, he proposed to Petunia Evans in the family's sitting room, sometime in 1977[2], and in Petunia's acceptance this lady gained a daughter-in-law.

It is presumed that she was deceased sometime in or before 1991, as her adopted nephew-in-law, Harry Potter, never heard mention of her.

Etmology

Dursley is a town in Gloucestershire, England. J. K. Rowling has commented that she visited the place as a child, and hated it, which likely affected her choice of surname for the awful family, remarking "I don't imagine I'm very popular in Dursley".[3][4] The town is known for it's Victorian history in coal mining. Rowling chose the name because it sounded "dull and forbidding".

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. If her son proposed in 1977, then he must have been the legal age, presumably 18 years old. She must have been at least 18 as well to have been married and had him (assuming she followed the law). Hence, that sets her latest possible date of birth as 1941.
  2. Pottermore; The date of the proposal is based on a reference in that backstory to Lily still being in her seventh year at Hogwarts (1977-1978) at the time of the engagement, as well as a deleted scene on disc two of the Blu-ray edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, in which Petunia tells Harry, "I have lived in this house for twenty years", indicating the Dursleys were married and settled at 4 Privet Drive by the end 1977 since the scene is set in 1997.
  3. Wikipedia:Dursley
  4. 2001 BBC Online Chat
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