"Mr Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills."
Vernon Dursley's occupation[src]
Grunnings is a drill-making company. Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter's uncle, is the director of the company in Surrey, England. Vernon worked for the company since at least 1968.[1] The Grunnings office was across the street from a bakery, and Vernon Dursley's office was on the ninth floor. Vernon did not seem to be particularly fond of his co-workers, having a tendency to often shout at them.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • Based on the photo, it seems to contradict the description in the novel, as it does not appear to be tall enough to house nine floors (where Dursley's office is). Though it may be the photo of the warehouse or storehouse of the company.
  • The name "Grunnings" started as an onomatopoeia for the noise of a large drill in operation.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 On the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, an award prop was included on the 4 Privet Drive set saying "AWARDING VERNON DURSLEY FOR HIS 27TH YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT AT "GRUNNINGS" DRILL FACTORY". As the scene is set in 1995, this means Vernon had been working at Grunnings since 1968 or before (it is impossible to determine, since the award is not dated).
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
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