Mrs Dursley was the mother of Marjorie and Vernon Dursley. Vernon proposed to Petunia Evans in this woman's sitting room in 1977.[1][2]


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 its Victorian history in coal mining. Rowling chose the name because it sounded "dull and forbidding".


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore - "Vernon & Petunia Dursley"
  2. The date of the proposal can be deduced from a reference in the Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Vernon and Petunia Dursley" at Pottermore 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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