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Is Aunt Petunia a Witch?

Aunt Petunia, as we all know, was a pain. She constantly made Harry’s life difficult, made him live in a cupboard, and consistently treated him like crap compared to her beloved son, Dudley. We’ve seen Petunia revel in horror at the mention and sight of magic and even the fact that her sister was a witch. We’ve seen her bug out at Hagrid and even treat Harry like a freak of nature because of his abilities.

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There’s a fan theory that Aunt Petunia might have been a witch. Back in 2004, a fan asked J.K. Rowling at a book fair in Scotland if Aunt Petunia was a squib (a non-magical person born to one or two magical parents) and she replied

“Good question. No, she is not, but—[Laughter]. No, she is not a Squib. She is a Muggle, but—[Laughter]. You will have to read the other books. You might have got the impression that there is a little bit more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye, and you will find out what it is. She is not a Squib, although that is a very good guess. Oh, I am giving a lot away here. I am being shockingly indiscreet.”

Towards the end of the series as we say goodbye to Aunt Petunia she seems to hold back something. 

 Aunt Petunia, whose face had been buried in her handkerchief, looked around at the sound. She did not seem to have expected to find herself alone with Harry. Hastily stowing her wet handkerchief into her pocket, she said, ‘Well — good-bye,’ and marched toward the door without looking at him.

 

“Good-bye,” said Harry.

 

She stopped and looked back. For a moment Harry had the strangest feeling that she wanted to say something to him. She gave him an odd, tremulous look and seemed to teeter on the edge of speech, but then, with a little jerk of her head, she bustled out of the room after her husband and son.

 

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What do you think? What is Aunt Petunia hiding?

 

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