"Mr Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills."
Vernon Dursley's occupation[src]

Grunnings is a drill-making company based in Surrey, England. By 1981, Vernon Dursley served as the director of the company.[2] Vernon worked for the company since at least 1968.[1]

The Grunnings office had at least nine floors, and a car park for the employees. Vernon's office was located on the ninth floor, where he worked alongside his secretary. The premises was also situated across the street from a bakery.[2]

In 1992, Vernon Dursley entertained a prospective client, Mr Mason and his wife, at his home. He hoped to secure a large order of drills from Mason, but the evening was interrupted by Dobby the house-elf smashing a cake to the floor, an act that was blamed on Vernon's nephew, Harry Potter.[3]

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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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 (Dobby's Warning)
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