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Revealed: Why Harry Potter was hated so much by the Dursleys

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Why did Harry Potter’s uptight Privet Drive-dwelling aunt and uncle dislike him enough to leave him languishing in the cupboard under the stairs?

And why Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia Dursley have such a problem with the loveable orphaned wizard is hinted at (they hate magic, she resented her sister’s witchcraft etc) in the books, but has never been explicitly addressed until now.

Writing on her Harry Potter fan website Pottermore, JK Rowling has finally revealed the backstory behind the family’s rift.

While at their final year at Hogwarts Petunia, Harry’s mother sister, invited Lily and her boyfriend, James Potter, to meet her fiancé Vernon Dursley.

“James was amused by Vernon, and made the mistake of showing it. Vernon tried to patronise James, asking what car he drove. James described his racing broom”, said Rowling.

“Vernon supposed out loud that wizards had to live on unemployment benefit. James explained about Gringotts, and the fortune his parents had saved there, in solid gold,” she continued.

“Vernon could not tell whether he was being made fun of or not, and grew angry. The evening ended with Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant, while Lily burst into tears and James (a little ashamed of himself) promised to make things up with Vernon at the earliest opportunity”, Rowling disclosed.

Vernon’s dislike of Harry’s father, and the boy’s close resemblance to him, fuels his animosity toward his nephew.

The dislike mirrors Severus Snape’s initial dislike for Harry, who reminds him of his “arrogant” father and their Harry/Malfoy-style schoolboy feud.

Rowling, however, decided to keep the unkind character as she was at the end of book seven, rather than creating a more sympathetic Petunia, and explaining more about how jealousy of her sister Lily prompted her dislike of anything out of the ordinary.

The script for the first of a Warner Brothers Harry Potter spin-off film based on the Hogwarts text book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was completed by Rowling late last year.

Set 70 years before Harry was born, the first of a trilogy of films stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston, and will be released on 18 November 2016.

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films,” the author revealed last September.

Having grossed a massive $7.7 billion in worldwide box office earnings, the Harry Potter franchise remains the most successful in history.

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7 Things A Fictional Writer Should Never Do!

There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end

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Fiction writing has no specified code of conduct, it is an art where you follow your own approach. Pixabay

Based on interviews, with authors over the years, and conferences, it has been found that fiction writing can be challenging. There is no doubt that a reader’s attention span starts dwindling and being said that, an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or piece of writing. There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end.

Whether you are writing a short story or something like a letter to a fictional character at https://gpalabs.com/, avoid these writing mistakes. Here are some points of consensus and observations:

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As a fictional writer, it is your job to keep your audience hooked to your script. Pixabay

1. Unhooked:

A well-written piece of fiction book serves to keep the reader interested and drawn towards the story with some point of tension, and some drama; all serve as hooks. Boredom! That’s what you need to avoid while writing a fiction, throw open a question and don’t answer it for a while. As a fictional writer, your job is to keep your audience hooked to your script.

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2. Don’t assume there is any single path or playbook a fiction writer needs to follow:

Simply you have to do what works best for you, try listening to the voices in your head and learn to train and trust them, because they will let you know if you are on the right path.

3. Cut!

You sure can write a 1000 page book, but should you? It is not about showing off being wordy or your English vocabulary which can be a surefire shot at rejection. Mostly it is about using the right words that your story needs. An unedited story is an agony for readers because they are reading until the end of your story just to know what happens in the end.

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Even if you like someone’s way of storytelling, do not copy it. Create your own way of storytelling and present your story in your own words. Pixabay

4. Don’t try to write like your idols:

Be yourself. If you try to pretend to write like anyone else, your readers will know. The one thing you’ve got that no one else does is your own voice, your own style, your own approach, so make each section of your story an acceptable experience for the readers.

5. Choose the adverb correctly:

Choosing the right adverb is very important because it brings about a sense of action while on the other hand, it may dilute the action.

6. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to pitching something:

As a fictional writer, ensure you don’t put all your creativity in one book always be working on your next book or idea while you’re querying. Make sure you send out your crispest version to literary agents and publishers.

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7. Don’t be a copycat:

There are many instances such as after the Harry Potter series many writers, all of a sudden, began writing stories with magic as a central premise and after the Twilight series, every other manuscript that landed on a publisher’s desk was about vampires. Yes, you can be inspired by some writers but never ever copy ideas and story plots of other authors.