Relating to evil Harry Potter characters, there are some apparent contenders. Harry Potter has had some formidable foes all through the Harry Potter films so as, however there’s one thing notably horrible concerning the bizarre meanness of the Dursleys.
Proper from the beginning of one of the best fantasy films within the collection, this dastardly clan are among the many greatest Harry Potter villains (or worst, you get the thought). They deal with our younger hero terribly in each approach. We’ve had some fairly unhealthy residences in our time, however we’ve by no means been compelled to reside with spiders in a cabinet underneath the steps.
Nonetheless, there’s a long-running fan idea that the Dursleys won’t have been all that unhealthy in spite of everything, and might need really been corrupted by residing in shut proximity to certainly one of Voldemort‘s Horcruxes – Harry himself, in fact.
We are able to see why the speculation is enticing to individuals. We all know that Horcruxes can have an terrible impact on those that are near them, whether or not it was Ginny Weasley being brainwashed by Tom Riddle’s diary or Ron Weasley turning towards his associates whereas carrying Salazar Slytherin’s locket.
Crucially, although, these Harry Potter characters have been rather more intimately hooked up to the Horcruxes than the Dursleys have been to Harry. Actually, Harry’s adopted dad and mom spent most of their time pretending he didn’t exist. That’s not precisely a recipe for closeness.
In distinction, Harry’s fellow Gryffindor college students shared a dormitory with him for years and by no means appeared to really feel the consequences of the Horcrux. Admittedly, they weren’t with him for as a few years because the Dursleys, however you’d anticipate them to really feel some impression if this have been a legitimate idea.
It’s additionally price noting that the books make it very clear that the Dursleys have been terrible individuals even earlier than they lived with Harry. The primary chapter of Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone follows the Dursleys within the day previous to the toddler Harry arriving on their doorstep, and even then they’re not precisely residents of the month.
Vernon Dursley spends his morning at work delighted by how many individuals he’s yelled at, unable to recall his personal nephew’s identify. Not precisely a stand-up fellow. Dudley, additionally, is described as being an outright brat. And all of this with no Horcrux of their midst.
Petunia, in the meantime, speaks acidly concerning the magic-users in her household. Her antipathy in direction of her sister and her brother-in-law is the supply of her resentment in direction of Harry, not any kind of darkish magic residing underneath the steps.
It’s intriguing to counsel that there is likely to be a motive for the Dursleys to be villains. We all know it is likely to be good to suppose they might actually have been respectable individuals as soon as. However all of the proof means that they’re simply terrible folks, and have been all the time terrible. Sorry, Dursley stans… presuming there are a few of you on the market.
Importantly, although, all three of the Dursleys have been a delight as a part of the Harry Potter forged all through one of the best films within the Potter franchise. The late Richard Griffiths was comedian genius as Vernon, whereas Fiona Shaw and Harry Melling every made probably the most of restricted display time. They’re evil, however we wouldn’t have them some other approach.
If you wish to understand how Harry turned a Horcrux, we’ve received a information for that. You can too find out about everybody who’s owned the Elder Wand and what occurred to the Deathly Hallows. We’ve additionally revealed how the Harry Potter films reduce out a comedy legend and checked out why Harry Potter is the OG nepo child.
There additionally could be new films on the best way for these of us who love Hogwarts, so discover out extra concerning the Incredible Beasts 4 launch date, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster launch date, and the Harry Potter TV collection launch date.