The Boy who lived

Mr.andMrs.Dursley,ofnumberfour,PrivetDrive,wereproudtosaythattheywereperfectlynormal,thankyouverymuch.Theywerethelastpeopleyou’dexpecttobeinvolvedinanythingstrangeormysterious,becausetheyjustdidn’tholdwithsuchnonsense.

Mr.DursleywasthedirectorofafirmcalledGrunnings,whichmadedrills.Hewasabig,beefymanwithhardlyanyneck,althoughhedidhaveaverylargemustache.Mrs.Dursleywasthinandblondeandhadnearlytwicetheusualamountofneck,whichcameinveryusefulasshespentsomuchofhertimecraningovergardenfences,spyingontheneighbors.TheDursleyshadasmallsoncalledDudleyandintheiropiniontherewasnofinerboyanywhere.

TheDursleyshadeverythingtheywanted,buttheyalsohadasecret,andtheirgreatestfearwasthatsomebodywoulddiscoverit.Theydidn’tthinktheycouldbearitifanyonefoundoutaboutthePotters.Mrs.PotterwasMrs.Dursley’ssister,buttheyhadn’tmetforseveralyears;infact,Mrs.Dursleypretendedshedidn’thaveasister,becausehersisterandhergood-for-nothinghusbandwereasunDursleyishasitwaspossibletobe.TheDursleysshudderedtothinkwhattheneighborswouldsayifthePottersarrivedinthestreet.TheDursleysknewthatthePottershadasmallson,too,buttheyhadneverevenseenhim.ThisboywasanothergoodreasonforkeepingthePottersaway;theydidn’twantDudleymixingwithachildlikethat.

WhenMr.andMrs.Dursleywokeuponthedull,grayTuesdayourstorystarts,therewasnothingaboutthecloudyskyoutsidetosuggestthatstrangeandmysteriousthingswouldsoonbehappeningalloverthecountry.

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