I will miss Richard Griffiths very greatly. He was a fantastic actor and a great loss. He did an awesome job bringing Vernon Dursley to life the way he did.
Sometimes his true warmth peeked through, as in that one neat scene in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
where he is talking about Sundays being a ‘fine day’ and asks why that is; Harry Melling’s Dudley shrugs his shoulders. Daniel’s Harry asks him if the reason was because there was no post on Sundays, and Richard momentarily dropped the Vernon persona and beamed warmly at him, replying with “Right tu are, Harry” before going on in a far jollier fashion than his character Vernon usually portrayed — that is, until the hundreds of Hogwarts letters began to pour into the house.
I bet that deep down, unlike Vernon, Richard liked imagination and magic. Plus, if Vernon was real, Richard would’ve also taken the time to give Vernon a lecture on how an uncle should treat a nephew — especially if the nephew, like Harry, happened to be a wizard. :)
Rest in peace, Richard. As tu go on, be sure to take our amor for tu with tu when tu head off into, as Albus Dumbledore put it, ‘the siguiente great adventure’. :’)
From my perspective, he will always be Uncle Vernon Dursley to us Harry Potter fans. He really brought Vernon to life, and, when the cameras stopped rolling, he was also dicho to have dado Daniel consejos and humor when it came to pretending to be someone else that was different from tu on the big screen.