Harry Potter Writing Prompts – the Dursleys

(Last Updated On: October 5, 2015)

Harry Potter Writing Prompts

Living With the Dursleys

What would it be like to be a Wizard in a Muggle home? More than that, what would it be like to live with the dreaded Dursleys?  This is Harry’s burden: relatives that despise him and, at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorceres Stone, no where else to go. What would you do in his shoes? Use these writing activities to explore your feelings about Harry’s predicament.

Harry Potter in his room beneath the Dursley's staircase.

Harry Potter in his room beneath the Dursley’s staircase.

Writing Prompt #1

Harry Potter was forced to live under the stairs of his Uncls house in the equivalent of a modern day dungeon. Dust would fall on him when Dudley stomped down the stairs and spiders were his companions. Write a passage about what it would be like to be forced to live under the stairs in your house. (Imagine you have stairs, if you do not in real life.)

Writing Prompt #2

Harry’s uncle, aunt, and cousin were cruel, horrible people that abuse Harry daily. He is locked away, not fed, and generally ignored. What do you think should have been done to the Dursley’s to punish them for how they treated Harry?

The Dursley Family

The Dursley Family

Writing Prompt #3

Why do you think that Harry’s uncle tried so hard to keep Harry from leaving for Hogwarts, when they disliked him so much? Put yourself in Uncle Vernon’s shoes and write a passage about what he was thinking.

Writing Prompt #4

Imagine that you are Harry Potter and you just found out that you are a wizard. Someone has been kind enough to leave a spellbook on your blanket under the stairs. Which spells would you try?

Writing Prompt #5

You woke up this morning and found a letter on top of your covers. You open the envelope and read the note. You are invited to join other young wizards at Hogwart’s School of Wizardry. Please be at the train station tomorrow morning at 9:00 o’clock sharp. We look forward to seeing you at Hogwarts What would you do?


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