D for Dudley Dursley and Draco Malfoy

Harry’s enemies.. One at Privet Drive and the other at Hogwarts..
Pic source: Harry Potter Wikia.com
Pic source: Harry Potter Wikia.com
1. Aren’t there too many similarities in the personalities of Dudley and Draco?
2. Which one did Harry hate more and why?
I’ll try to answer both my questions.
 
A1. The similarities between Dudley and Draco
1. Die-hard bullies
2. Had a bunch of cronies to support their every wrong-doing
3. Parents pampering them to the extent of being obnoxious
4. Both couldn’t tackle Harry on their own, alone.
5. Too rich for their own good.

6. In the end, both of them understood that Harry was a really nice person, not the punching bag/duel partner they thought he was.

 
A2. Let’s do a ‘Distinguish between’ to better understand and dissect this matter.
 
Points
Dudley Dursley
Draco Malfoy
Main
Muggle
Wizard
Ways in which Harry was bullied
“Let’s beat Harry to pulp!”
“Let’s try the Rictumsempra curse!”
Ways Harry retaliated
‘run swiftly like a stag’
‘twirls wand and yells – Furnunculus!’
Limitations
Harry couldn’t use magic to blast him to smithereens / punch him back (he would return home with jelly for fingers)
Harry couldn’t irritate Draco too much. Professor Snape always caught him doing the mischief, not Draco.
Protectors
Vernon and Petunia Dursley
Professor Snape
Months of torture tolerated
Mostly less than 2-3 months
Approx. 9-10 months

Two things that keep bugging me:


This table doesn’t help us understand which of the two Harry hated the most. But it does tell us why he hated both of them. In one world, he was mashed up like a potato and sent to the other world with broken specs. Once he reached the other world, he was used as a specimen for the trial of new curses. And the cycle continues..

Ahha. Since our own brains have stopped working, let’s take the Researcher’s Route and go through the Harry Potter books again. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, check the first few lines of the chapter – Midnight Duel begins with these lines..

Point proved! Harry hated Draco more than he hated Dudley. In  fact, Dudley must have seemed a little less scary once Harry met Malfoy!

Hope you readers enjoyed this post. Have I missed out anything? Do fill the comments section with reasons why you hate Dudley/Draco.



Have a great Sunday and a joy-filled Easter! Monday is gonna be super amazing with an excellent ‘E-for’ post! Keep guessing 😉

~Potterhead-and-Ravenclaw

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Mind-blowing post about my favorite books, Harry Potter:)

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  2. Wow. A Harry Potter theme. I would definitely be visiting your blog throughout the A to Z Challenge. Keep up the good work.

    P.S: I especially loved how both these characters turned out to have redeeming qualities, and not just flat-out villains.

    Michael Abayomi
    http://www.michaelabayomi.com

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  3. Thanks Ranveer! 🙂
    Do keep coming back every day save Sunday this April..Got some even more amazing posts lined up!

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  4. Thanks for your encouragement!
    P.S. I know, right! JK Rowling could have just ended the series with Dudley and Draco being villains, but she didn't.. Three cheers to that!

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  5. Vinay Leo R. says:

    Aha! 😀 Your 2015 theme is my 2016 theme. 🙂 Fabulous (no pun intended). 🙂

    Not the same D, though I did consider these two to write on. I liked the proof, though I knew without it, that Draco was more detested by Harry. 😀

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  6. niv says:

    serious question here, why do you suppose J. K. gave made Harry put up with two enemies, one back home and at the school? kind of urgent please?

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    1. Because we have enemies in all spheres of life. It’s a real life truth. 😀

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