“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Is it just me who feels, in hindsight, that this opening line from Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone is completely off from the writing style used in the rest of the book(s)?
I don't know why, but the “thank you very much” has always bugged me. Anyone else felt this?
I guess it's that the rest of the story is told almost in a way that you'd expect Harry/the trio to tell it whereas the “thank you very much” is very dursley etc very abrupt/rude at least that's how I'd see it lol
I agree. I think it's because it's from the Dursley's perspective. And later in the series in the Death Eater oriented scenes, it's a different tone, too.
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It's a good hook. And it's delivered in the way that the Dursleys talk, immediately giving you a sense of their personality quicker than any other opening line could.
No, I love that intro.
But think about it, makes perfect sense for it to stand out from the rest of the series because most of the series is told from Harry's POV and it's written in a way where we are supposed to side with him, or at least understand him and like him.
Instead, the first half of that chapter is written from the Dursleys' point of view but the manner in which they are described and the ways in which they think are written with the purpose to make them come off as unrelatable and unlikeable as possible for a normal family.
It kind of has the same self-conscious precociousness of “the ships hung in the air in much the same way as bricks don't”, doesn't it?
Introducing the story from the perspective of the Dursley family allows for a gradual immersion into the fictional world so it seems more plausible that it could coexist with the real world. This line aids in that.
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