is Harry Potter
’s cousin, son of Vernon
and Petunia Dursley
. He takes pleasure in tormenting poor Harry and can be seen throughout J.K. Rowling
’s Harry Potter
series to grow fatter with ever-multiplying chins. He is finally put on a diet by his pediatrician in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, forcing the rest of the household to diet with him, eating sparing meals like grapefruit halves.
Dudley is also very spoiled, getting upwards of 30 presents every year for his birthday (and throwing a fit if he doesn’t get more every time than the last year) and managing to whine his way into anything he wants. Both of his parents treat him as the favorite, and they're very proud of their "Duddykins" for going to Smeltings
Many readers laughed when he got his just deserts
in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
after eating a toffee that Fred
and George Weasley
had dropped. They were busy starting a candy manufacturing business and wanted to see what would happen when some of their products were eaten, so they decided to tempt Dudley and see what happened. Well, when he ate the toffee, his tongue swelled up to an incredible size and the Weasley's father Arthur
had to magically shrink it back to size. Dudley was even more scared of wizardry after this encounter, having already been involved in an incident where he ended up with a pig’s tail.
appears in all four Harry Potter
novels: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
. Look for the fifth book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
to come out sometime in 2002.