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"I suppose we could take him to the zoo, ... and leave him in the car...."
Petunia Dursley's reluctance to take Harry to the zoo[src]

There was a zoo in Surrey, where the Dursleys took Dudley on his eleventh birthday on 23 June 1991.[1]


Vernon Dursley and Petunia Dursley took their son Dudley Dursley to this zoo for his eleventh birthday on 23 June 1991, along with his friend Piers Polkiss and, reluctantly, their nephew, Harry Potter. While at the zoo, they bought ice cream treats, saw a gorilla that reminded Harry of Dudley, ate at the zoo restaurant, and visited the reptile house.

At first, Dudley found the place boring because none of the reptiles were moving around much, but when no one was watching, Harry discovered that he was able to speak to snakes when he realised a boa constrictor understood what he was saying.[1]

When Dudley and Piers saw the snake moving around, they rushed to the get to the cage, and Dudley pushed Harry out of the way. In anger, Harry made the glass of its cage vanish, unknowingly using underage magic. This allowed the boa to escape its tank. Soon after, the Zoo director brought Mr and Mrs Dursley into his office and gave them tea while asking for forgiveness.[1]

Harry Potter recalled his incident at the zoo in December 1992 to his friend Ron Weasley, after he officially discovered he was a Parselmouth after the Duelling Club.[2]

Behind the scenes

Dudley trapped in the snake tank in the film


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