Why I Hate Aunt Petunia Dursley
by Emily from Red House Books
First off – a big THANK YOU to Jennifer to letting me fill up space with some Harry Potter ramblings :)
There are lots of things I love about Harry Potter but through out both the books and the movies, there has always been one character that I really just hated – Petunia Dursley.
Petunia is many things – aunt, sister, wife and mother. Now, while I think we can all agree that in her role as aunt to Harry, she pretty much treats him like dirt. I could never forgive her for this. Harry is just a baby when he is left in her care. Nothing says she had to love him, but he surely didn’t deserve her harsh treatment.
What I find even more appalling is how she feels about her own sister. Although we never really get Lily’s whole story, we do get a sense of what she was like. Nothing I have read leads me to believe that she did anything to warrant Petunia’s hatred. Her death, is treated more like a burden then a tragedy by Petunia, and by association, Harry is treated more like a horrible responsibility then a family member in need.
It makes me think, what where Petunia and Lily like when they were younger? Did something happen between them before Lily died? Why couldn’t Petunia love Harry?
I’m curious about these facts, but I almost don’t care. I would like to say I would hate Aunt Petunia anyway. She’s one of my favorite literary characters I love to hate!
What do you guys think? Do you think she’s misunderstood? Would you stick up for her in a fight? I know I surely wouldn’t :)