J.K. Rowling reveals brand new 'Harry Potter' details on Pottermore



In honor of Dudley Dursley's 35th birthday on June 23, J.K. Rowling took to fan site Pottermore to unveil new sections of "Deathly Hollows," the final book in the series, along with backstory on the Dursleys.

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For those of you in need of a refresher, Dudley Dursley is Harry Potter's plump, spoiled, and all around unfortunate cousin whose parents, Vernon and Petunia, take Harry into their home upon his parents' death.


In the Pottermore unveiling, Rowling offered insight into the Dursleys' stories. She told us the origin of their names and details about their relationship with James and Lily, Harry's late parents. When Petunia and Vernon got engaged, Petunia was worried about what Vernon would think of her sister, a Hogwarts witch at the time.

Upon the two couples' first interaction, Vernon attempted to patronize James for being a wizard. Of course, his efforts failed when James turned the jokes back on Vernon. The Dursleys eventually stormed out of the restaurant.

Rowling also wrote about Petunia's wedding drama, stating that "Petunia did not want Lily as a bridesmaid, because she was tired of being overshadowed." Talk about sibling rivalry. We can't be too harsh to Petunia, though. It must be tough growing up with a brilliant witch for a sister. However, the jealousy doesn't excuse Petunia and Vernon neglecting to show up to Lily and James' wedding.

The writer offered us a glimmer of insight as to why Vernon hates Harry so much throughout the series. She writes that Vernon's distaste for Harry "stems in part, like Severus Snape's, from Harry's close resemblance to the father they both so disliked."

Furthermore, Rowling revealed that she wanted Petunia to show a nicer side "when she said goodbye to Harry for the last time." However, this change of face did not seem fitting so Rowling had Petunia "behave in a way that is most consistent with her thoughts and feelings throughout the previous seven books."

In order to access the latest information on Pottermore, try the Cupboard Under the Stairs. You might want to sneak a peek at the side table outside the cupboard to unlock the text. Good luck!



Click through this slideshow to see pictures of Rowling alongside the movies' cast throughout the years:

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 05: British author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, points to the place on her forehead where her title character has a scar while reading 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people are expected to attend attended the 132-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE 2001 Warner Bros film with Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint
J K Rowling attends the World Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at Leicester Square, London, 7th July 2009.
J K Rowling attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, London, 11th November 2010.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, London
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(from L) British actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe arrive at the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' in Leicester Square in central London on July 7 2009. The film is the adaptation of the final book in the long-running series about the magical life of the young schoolboy. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actress Emma Watson attends the after party following the UK premiere of ''Driving Lessons,'' at Hedges and Butler on September 4, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint (Photo by DMIPhoto/FilmMagic)
Actor Daniel Radcliffe at the N.Y. Premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. 11/11/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Actor Rupert Grint at the N.Y. Premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. 11/11/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
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