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: Oh yeah, loads of times.) 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 initial 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 - while the Dursleys are jerks (with Dudley redeeming in later life) Marge crosses the line and is not only physically abusive but sadistic to boot, far more than even her infamous brother.

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, she was portrayed by Pam Ferris, who also played Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda.

Biography

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 midnight.

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.

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. 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.

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