Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Marge Dursley
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|Related Family||Vernon Dursley (brother), Petunia Dursley (sister-in-law)|
Marge Dursley is sister to Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon. Harry is instructed to refer to her as Aunt Marge. She is most disparaging towards Harry, feeling the imposition on Vernon perhaps more even that Vernon himself does.
Role in the Books
It is mentioned in passing that the house at Privet Drive has four bedrooms; one is for visitors (usually Uncle Vernon's sister, Marge).
When it transpires that Mrs. Figg has broken her leg and cannot take Harry while Dudley goes to do something on his birthday, Marge is one of the alternates Mr. Dursley suggests, but Mrs. Dursley points out that "she hates the boy."
In the same post as the first of Harry's letters is a picture postcard from Marge, who is holidaying on the Isle of Wight.
Harry, appalled at the prospect of a week with his abusive Aunt Marge in the house, makes a deal with his Uncle Vernon: if he carefully remembers that he is a student at St. Brutus' Home for Incurably Criminal Boys, at the end of the week Uncle Vernon will sign his permission form allowing him to visit the town of Hogsmeade on selected weekends.
Aunt Marge arrives at Privet Drive with her bulldog in tow, throws her heavy suitcase at Harry to stow in her room, expansively hugs Dudley, and gives him £20. When Harry returns from upstairs, he hopes that Aunt Marge will allow him to stay out of range, but she says that she doesn't trust him out of her sight and insists on details about the school he is attending.
At one point during the week, when she is being particularly insulting to wards Harry, a wine glass Aunt Marge is holding shatters in her hands. She passes it off as just that she has strong hands; Uncle Vernon seems to suspect that Harry is doing magic. Harry is unsure himself as to whether he caused it.
On the last day that Aunt Marge is there, possibly fueled by brandy, she starts insulting Harry's parents. This is too much for Harry to bear, and without his having willed it, Aunt Marge starts inflating. Not being entirely certain how he had done this, Harry cannot undo it; instead, he unlocks the closet under the stairs, and escapes with his school things.
Reaching the Leaky Cauldron, in fear that he will be recognized and have his wand broken for underage use of magic, Harry is amazed to meet the Minister for Magic there. Fudge tells him that Aunt Marge has been deflated, and her memory adjusted; there will be no charges laid, it could have happened to anyone.
While being trained in Occlumency by Professor Snape, one of the memories that Snape retrieves from Harry's mind is an episode where Aunt Marge had allowed her bulldog to chase Harry up a tree, and had left him there for hours, laughing at him.
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