Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

theme of good and evil

How did the Dursleys' abuse towards Harry contributed both to the theme of good and evil and to Harry's personal development ?

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I think that fear and ignorance breed evil and, in the book, the Dursleys' display these traits. They fear anything to do outside their very narrow understanding of the world. They abuse Harry because he represents what they fear: they are also just nasty people. Petunia Dursley swung a frying pan at Harry's head. They also made Harry sleep in a cupboard for ten years and deprived him of necessities in life. This treatment serves as a prelude to the more metaphysical evil that will follow in the book.