Squibs for Parents?
by Rachael Johnson
This months The Burrow topic is about what secrets can or will be revealed about characters in books 6 and 7. I myself have a theory to contribute to this months TB even though it may sound like it belongs in The Quibbler. My theory is that Lilys parents came from wizarding families, but are squibs themselves. Sound outlandish? Heres my supporting evidence, four points of them.
First off, theres nothing in the books pointing against it. In fact, in the first book Petunia speaks of her jealousy of Lily saying that her parents were happy to have a witch in the family. If her parents were squibs, wouldnt they be happy that their child was magical? They certainly wouldnt be disappointed, and weve seen how some people act on the subject. On the other hand, this might not mean anything, as Hermiones parents also seemed happy that she could do magic.
Second, the two squib characters we know are alone, single. Filch seems to be a sadistic and has something against the students of Hogwarts. Many think its because he cant use magic himself. Mrs. Figg seems nice enough, but wants to rip out Mundungus throat for leaving Harry (isnt she caring?). Its obvious squibs arent the most respected citizens in the magical world and so it might be hard to find a special someone. Is it so unlikely two squibs would marry each other?
Third, in OotP, Snape called Lily a mudblood, but isnt a mudblood someone magical born from muggles? What do muggles and squibs have in common? Theyre both non-magical, so couldnt a child of squibs be called a mudblood? Why not? In CoS Filchs cat was attacked because he was a squib. If Tom was going after squibs and muggleborns because of their relationship with non-magic, is it wrong to say that Lily would be called a mudblood with either squib or muggle parents? I find that to a death eater, it doesnt make a difference which your parents were, youd still be considered a mudblood because your parents were non-magical.
Fourth, in OotP theres an understanding between Petunia and Harry about Voldemort. If Lilys parents were squibs, then that means they probably had contact with the Wizard world. Notice both Mrs. Figg and Filch still have plenty of contact. Without the knowledge of the Wizard world, there is no way Petunia would begin to understand the terror Voldemort can and did cause.
I think this is sufficient evidence to at least keep open the possibility of Lilys parents being squibs. That good chance of squibs marrying each other, Lily being called a mudblood, and the understanding between Harry and Petunia only support this theory. Perhaps the craziest theory this month, I stand by that it could be true.