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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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Muggles, Get Ready! Now there’s a ‘Harry Potter’ Inspired Eyeliner and You can use a Quill Brush to apply it!

The brand wrote in its post, “May your winged liner have a fairy-tale ending”

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Representational image. Pixabay

Dec 14, 2016: We are living in the Muggle world but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have ways to live out our Harry Potter fantasies.

The wizard makeup community is all to launch ‘Quill & Ink liner’. Storybook Cosmetics, the brand which is made the Harry Potter makeup brushes and the anticipated Wizard of Oz makeup palette will be soon launching Quill & Ink liner.

According to Instagram post, the image revealed that the liquid liner will be in a glass inkpot and the eyeliner brush will resemble the ‘quill’.

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The packaging has also got Harry Potter vibes all over it. It has got a gold-embossed glass inkpot and a matching quill.

Concept photo. (This is how we start our design process!) Quill & Ink liner duo coming 2017! ?

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The brand wrote in its post, “May your winged liner have a fairy-tale ending.”
Not much is known about the launch of the product or as to it will be a gel or ink-based formula. The quill will be an ‘angled brush’ or will it have a ‘rounded brush tip’?

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We mere Muggles can only purchase the Quill & Ink liner once it is launched in 2017. Till then we’ll just be looking out like an owl for the launch date.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Karnataka: Researchers name New Spider Species after Harry Potter Character Godric Gryffindor

The new species was found in the 'Kans' of Shivamogga in Karnataka

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A new species of spiders discovered which is uniquely shaped like the magical artifact, the Sorting Hat. Pixabay

New Delhi, December 13, 2016: In the forests of Karnataka, a new species of spiders has been discovered and is named after Godric Gryffindor – a character from J K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series.

The uniquly shaped spider is like the Sorting Hat of ‘Harry Potter’ series and it was owned by the medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor.

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According to PTI, “The name ‘Eriovixia gryffindori’ is an ode to the “magic lost and found” – in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but often overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.”

Researchers wrote in the study published in the Indian Journal of Arachnology, “The spider is a small, cryptic, nocturnal araneid which takes refuge in and mimics dried foliage, during daylight hours.”

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Researchers said that they are globally represented by 20 species, four of them occur in India. Members of the genus Eriovixia Archer are characterised by sub-triangular abdomen, tapering posterior and spiny legs.

The new species of spider was found in the ‘Kans’ of Shivamogga in Karnataka – specialised forest lands harbouring unique microclimatic conditions and consisting of evergreen and semi-evergreen vegetation, surrounded by deciduous forest.

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During a survey of the ‘Kans’ of central western ghats, researchers Javed Ahmed and Rajashree Khalap from Mumbai found a female specimen of the spider.

by NewsGram team with inputs

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Author JK Rowling sends Harry Potter books to a Syrian girl in Aleppo

JK Rowling, the "Harry Potter" author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books

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London, November 26, 2016: JK Rowling, the “Harry Potter” author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books.

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Seven-year-old Bana has been watching the films of “Harry Potter” in order to distract herself from the bombings and fighting in her hometown of Aleppo.

“After watching the film earlier this week, Bana’s mother Fatemah reached out to Rowling via Twitter, revealing her daughter and other local children were interested in reading the books the movies are based on,” reported CNN.

The author, Rowling was so moved by the message that she replied, saying, “Bana, I hope you do read the book, because I think you’d like it. Sending you lots and lots of love xxx.”

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The 51-year-old writer subsequently sent her electronic copies of all the books in the franchise.

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Bana’s mother shared her gratitude with the author on Twitter, and said, “Thank you my friend Jk Rowling for the books”, to which Rowling responded, “Thinking of you, keep safe #Aleppo.

prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs