|“||Marge Dursley: I won't have this namby-pamby, wishy-washy nonsense about not hitting people who deserve it. A good thrashing is what's needed in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred. Have you been beaten often?
Harry Potter: Oh yeah, loads of times.
Marge Dursley: I still don't like your tone, boy. If you can speak of your beating in that casual way, they clearly aren't hitting you hard enough. Petunia, I'd write to them if I were you. Make it clear that you approve the use of extreme force in this boy's case.
|~ Marge's cruelty towards Harry Potter.|
Marjorie Dursley, often referred to as Aunt Marge or simply Marge, is the opening antagonist in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and a mentioned character in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She is the older sister of Vernon Dursley, the sister-in-law of Petunia, the paternal aunt of Dudley and the adoptive aunt of Harry Potter.
Marge is considered to be by far the absolute worst of the entire Dursley clan, as while the Dursleys are vile (with Dudley being the only one to eventually redeem himself) Marge crosses the line and is not only physically abusive but sadistic to boot, far more than even her infamous brother.
Marge lives in the countryside and breeds bulldogs, and has twelve of them with her favourite being Ripper, whom she has to take everywhere with her as he gets upset whenever she goes away. According to herself, she had one bulldog drowned for being "underbred". She lives next door to a retired soldier named Fubster, who looks after her dogs when she goes away. She is apparently in love with Fubster, but he dislikes her because she is vile. She is also known to "live" on brandy.
Marge sometimes visits her brother and his wife Petunia. She lavishes affection on their son Dudley, but frequently abuses their nephew Harry, who lives with them. Once, when Harry was about four or five, she hit him with her walking stick to prevent him from beating Dudley at musical statues. There is also an occasion mentioned in the book where Harry accidentally trod on Ripper and was chased up a tree by the dog. Marge refused to call the dog off until after midnight, intending to make it seriously injure (if not kill) Harry, to the Dursleys' delight.
During Dudley's 11th birthday in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Marge was unable to come as she ate a bad whelk while on holiday and got sick.
Unlike his three direct relatives, who dislike Harry but begrudgingly put up with him, Marge outright loathes him and wants him dead, although she never goes out of her way to try and kill him like the true villains do.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Marge comes to visit the Dursleys. It is revealed that despite all the presents she gives him, Dudley actually hates Marge and only pretends to like her because it benefits him. During dinner, Marge repeatedly verbally abuses Harry, at one point recommending that Petunia write a letter to the teachers at his school (believing that Harry attends St Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys) telling them to use excessive force when beating Harry. However, she goes too far when she insults Harry's deceased parents and an enraged Harry uses his magic powers to first blow up her glass, and then inflate her like a balloon, causing her to float around the room and, in the movie, out of the house and into the atmosphere. Later, the British Ministry of Magic modified her memory to make her forget about it, and Harry never saw her again as she only met up with the Dursleys whilst Harry was at Hogwarts.
Even by the limited standards of her family, Marge was without a doubt the worst member of the Dursley clan. Cruel, cold, vindictive, rude, and incredibly unpleasant, Marge was disliked by almost everyone who met her. It is even implied in the novel that Vernon, Petunia and Dudley have issues with her.
Marge is also a sadistic bully to Harry, even worse than Vernon. Whereas Vernon’s antagonism is mostly reactionary, Marge constantly goes out of her way to instigate conflict with Harry. She once allowed Ripper to chase him up a tree and refused to call him off until past midnight in an attempt to injure Harry, went as far as whacking a young Harry in the shins to stop him from beating Dudley at musical statues and also suggested that Harry be put into an orphanage instead of "being a burden" on the Dursleys. Though one can argue her reprehensible behavior stemmed from being shunned by her crush Colonel Fubster, it must be stressed that she's already loathsome to begin with that he understandably hated her as much as everyone else, and Harry non-verbally bewitched her body to inflate like a baloon in response of her insulting James and Lily's memories potentially made her despise everybody more than ever instead of traumatized by the ordeal (either of which eventually averted thanks to Fudge's quick action in having his officials undoing the damage). Either way, the rest of Dursleys had enough and showed Harry the closest thing to kindness that they were capable of, by ceasing to have Marge over when Harry was home.
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