J.K. Rowling - HP 1 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?Wonderful Digest
Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which?made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, al-though he did have a very large mustache. Mrs. Dursley was thin?and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which?came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over?garden fences, spying on the neighbors. The Dursleys had a small?son called Dudley and in their opinion there was no finer boy any-where.
The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had asecret, and their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it.They didn’t think they could bear it if anyone found out about the?Potters. Mrs. Potter was Mrs. Dursley’s sister, but they hadn’t met?for several years; in fact, Mrs. Dursley pretended she didn’t have a?sister, because her sister and her good-for-nothing husband were as?unDursleyish as it was possible to be. The Dursleys shuddered to?think what the neighbors would say if the Potters arrived in the?street. The Dursleys knew that the Potters had a small son, too, but?they had never even seen him. This boy was another good reason?for keeping the Potters away; they didn’t want Dudley mixing with?a child like that.
When Mr. and Mrs. Dursley woke up on the dull, gray Tuesday?our story starts, there was nothing about the cloudy sky outside to?suggest that strange and mysterious things would soon be happen-ing all over the country. Mr. Dursley hummed as he picked out his?most boring tie for work, and Mrs. Dursley gossiped away happily?as she wrestled a screaming Dudley into his high chair.
None of them noticed a large, tawny owl flutter past the?window.