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"For years, Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon had hoped that if they kept Harry as downtrodden as possible, they would be able to squash the magic out of him." (J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 13:18 IST

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 13:18 IST