Suggested Correct Answers to Part 4 Questions

Describe the Dursley family.

There are three people in the Dursley family; Mr. Dursley, Mrs. Dursley, and their son Dudley. They live at number 4 Privet Drive. They think of themselves as a perfectly normal family and not the type of people likely to be involved in anything strange or mysterious. Mr. Dursley is a large, thick man, while Mrs. Dursley is thin and has a very long neck. In their opinion, there is no better boy anywhere than Dudley.

What was Dudley doing?

Dudley was sitting in his high chair screaming, having a tantrum, and throwing cereal at the walls.

Why was Mr. Dudley “flooded with fear”?

Mr. Dursley heard the group of strange people speak the name “Potter.”  Mrs. Dursely’s sister’s name was Potter, and Mr. Dursley considered her and her husband to be “good-for-nothing.” Also, he did not want Dudley mixing with the Potter’s son.

What drove the thoughts of drills out of Mr. Dursley’s mind?

As he sat in the usual morning traffic jam, he couldn’t help noticing that there seemed to be a lot of strangely dressed people milling about and dressed in cloaks. Mr. Dursley couldn’t bear people who dressed in funny clothes. He supposed this was some stupid new fashion.

What did Mr. Dursley do at lunchtime?

At lunchtime, Mr. Dursley walked across the road the the baker’s to buy a bun. On his way back, clutching a large donut in a bag, he heard a group of people in cloaks speaking about the Potters.