Date: 7th April 2004
The Dursleys have been dropped from the fourth Harry Potter film.
Richard Griffiths and Fiona Shaw, who play Harry's Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia are said to be stunned by the news they won't be returning for The Goblet of Fire.
Griffiths told the Daily Express: "Filming had already started on the fourth and Fiona and I asked the producers 'Are we in it?' and they said: 'Oh, did no one tell you?'
"The problem is that the fourth book is just too long for a film, so they've done away with our bit - where Harry is at home with the Dursleys - and will just begin with him at school."
Griffiths says he hopes there will be a fans' revolt. "I said to JK Rowling, 'Couldn't the Dursleys turn up to an Open Day at Harry's school or something?' but she said, 'I don't think so.'"
Source: Press Release