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This Fan Theory Explains Why The Dursleys Were So Awful To Harry Potter

The truth has been under our noses all along.

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Aside from Voldemort and Malfoy, the Dursley family were Harry Potter's worst enemies in the series.

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They locked him in a cupboard for most of his life, treated him like a servant, and generally tormented him his entire childhood.

Which is why Harry was so excited to get his Hogwarts letter and book it out of 4 Privet Drive.

But one Reddit user named jodatoufin recently highlighted a pretty convincing theory as to why the Dursleys treated Harry like garbage.

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Remember how Voldemort accidentally turned part of Harry into a Horcrux?

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And how constantly being around the dark magic of a Horcrux makes you act like a mean-spirited, evil, and generally miserable person?

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Well, that might be the reason behind all the Dursleys' terrible behavior: They were negatively affected in the presence of a Horcrux aka Harry Potter.

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Here's the theory in full, according to ChristieIsBored (who also links to this fascinating Tumblr post):

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In sum, to quote jodatoufin, "Since Harry was kind of a Horcrux that could explain why the Dursleys were so cruel to him."

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Maybe it wasn't the Durselys' fault they were so awful after all.

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Well that would certainly explain some things.

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H/T Huffington Post