originally posted by greennotebook
I think Vernon's a bit of an optimist. He believes the system works. He more or less trusts the government, and though he doesn't trust wizards, he assumes the wizarding government would work too (DH American 33: "'I thought there was a Ministry of Magic?' asked Vernon Dursely abruptly... 'Well, then, why can't they protect us? It seems to me that, as innocent victims, guilty of nothing more than harboring a marked man, we ought to qualify for government protection!'").