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"Piers was a scrawny boy with a face like a rat. He was usually the one who held people's arms behind their backs while Dudley hit them."
— A description of Piers[src]

Piers Polkiss was a Muggle and Dudley Dursley's best friend, when they were young.[1] Despite being scrawny with a face like a rat, he was a member of Dudley Dursley's gang and was usually the one who held people's arms behind their backs so Dudley could hit them. Piers did not like Harry Potter, because Dudley did not, and he always followed Dudley's lead.[1] Piers would also join Dudley at Smeltings Academy.[2]



"Harry was talking to it, weren't you, Harry?"
— Piers' shock after witnessing Harry Potter talk to a snake[src]

Harry Potter, Piers Polkiss and Dudley Dursley

On 23 June 1991, Dudley's eleventh birthday, Piers accompanied him, the Dursleys and Harry to the zoo. During the trip, Piers saw Harry talking to a snake in the reptile house. When Harry was pushed out of the way, and then unintentionally made the glass disappear, Piers and Dudley jumped back in surprise. When Piers told the Dursleys that Harry had been talking to the snake, they gave Harry his longest ever punishment.[1]


"Nice right hook, Big D."
— Piers congratulating Dudley[src]

During the summer of 1995, Dudley lied to his parents saying that he was at the Polkisses' having tea, although Piers was with Dudley's gang as they roamed the neighbourhood, bullying younger children.[3]


Piers is of Anglo-Saxon heritage and means "rock". It is a variant of Peter, from the Greek for "rock". Polkiss may be a variation of Polk, which itself is a variation of the Scottish names Pogue, Pollack, or Pollock, meaning "from the pool or pit".

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1 (Dudley Demented)
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