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{{Quote|A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] discussing [[Argus Filch]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] discussing [[Argus Filch]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
A '''Squib''' is a non-magical person who is born to at least one [[magic]]al parent.<ref name="squib">"[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Squibs]" at [http://www.jkrowling.com J.K. Rowling's Official Site]</ref> Squibs are, in essence, 'Wizard-born Muggles.' They are rare and are looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, particularly [[pure-blood]]s. [[J. K. Rowling]] has stated that [[Muggle-born]] witches and wizards are descended from Squibs who married Muggles; the magical gene resurfaces after many generations unexpectedly.
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A '''Squib''', also known as a '''wizard-born''',<ref>[https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/441907576272613376 Twitter account of J.K. Rowling]</ref> is a non-magical person who is born to [[magic]]al parents.<ref name="squib">"[http://web.archive.org/web/20120208051328/http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Squibs]" at [[J. K. Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref> Squibs are, in essence, 'wizard-born Muggles.' They are rare and are looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, particularly [[pure-blood]]s. [[Muggle-born]] witches and wizards are descended from Squibs who married Muggles; the magical ability unexpectedly resurfaces after many generations.
   
 
==Differences between Squibs and Muggles==
 
==Differences between Squibs and Muggles==
In addition to being born into magical rather than [[Muggle]] families, Squibs are different from [[Muggle]]s in that they notice and comprehend the [[wizarding world]]. They are able to see things that are hidden from the muggles and have access to certain magical objects and creatures that can help them. [[Argus Filch]] as well as [[Arabella Figg]] have formed wizarding-like relationships with [[cat]]s that, in the case of the latter, have been cross-bred with [[Kneazle]]s.
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In addition to being born into magical rather than [[Muggle]] families, Squibs are different from Muggles by their knowledge of the [[wizarding world]]. They are able to see things that are hidden from the Muggles and have access to certain magical objects and creatures that can help them. [[Argus Filch]], as well as [[Arabella Figg]], have formed wizarding-like relationships with [[cat]]s that, in the case of the latter, have been cross-bred with [[Kneazle]]s.
   
 
Squibs should also be contrasted with the Muggle relatives of witches and wizards. Muggle parents, siblings, spouses etc. are simply Muggles who happen to know about the magical world.
 
Squibs should also be contrasted with the Muggle relatives of witches and wizards. Muggle parents, siblings, spouses etc. are simply Muggles who happen to know about the magical world.
   
 
==Attitude toward Squibs==
 
==Attitude toward Squibs==
[[File:Filch-GOF.jpg|thumb|180px|left|[[Argus Filch]].]]
 
 
{{Quote|You disgusting little Squib, you filthy little [[blood traitor]]!| [[Marvolo Gaunt]] to his [[Merope Gaunt|daughter]], whom he believed to be a Squib.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|You disgusting little Squib, you filthy little [[blood traitor]]!| [[Marvolo Gaunt]] to his [[Merope Gaunt|daughter]], whom he believed to be a Squib.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] does not keep records of Squib births,<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> a sign of wizard society's general disregard for them. They can, however, check if a person is a squib using their parent's names, as demonstrated in [[1995]] during the disciplinary hearing of [[Harry Potter]]. The common practice with Squibs is to send them off to [[Muggle]] schools as children and encourage them to integrate with the [[muggle|Muggle]] community, which is much kinder than letting them live in the magical world where they will always be treated as second-class citizens.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> Some, however, choose to remain in the wizarding world regardless. Some [[pure-blood]] families, such as the [[House of Black|Blacks]], disown any Squib members and remove them from their family trees, as they removed [[Marius Black]].<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref>
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[[File:Filch-GOF.jpg|thumb|165px|left|[[Argus Filch]]]]
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The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] does not keep records of Squib births,<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> a sign of wizard society's general disregard for them. They can, however, check if a person is a squib using their parents' names, as demonstrated in [[1995]] during the disciplinary hearing of [[Harry Potter]]. The common practise with Squibs is to send them off to [[Muggle]] schools as children and encourage them to integrate with the Muggle community, which is much kinder than letting them live in the magical world where they will always be treated as second-class citizens.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> Some, however, choose to remain in the wizarding world regardless. Some [[pure-blood]] families, such as the [[House of Black|Blacks]], disown any Squib members and remove them from their family trees, as they removed [[Marius Black]].<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref>
   
 
Even families that are tolerant of Muggles and [[Muggle-born]]s seem to regard Squibs poorly. For example, the [[Weasley family]] seems embarrassed to have [[Molly Weasley's second cousin|a Squib who works in the Muggle world as an accountant]] in the family. Also, many wizarding families are anxious to see early signs of magical ability and are upset by the prospect that a member might be a Squib. [[Neville Longbottom]] was thought to be a Squib by his relatives because of this, though he proved to be magical. Similarly, [[Merope Gaunt]] was called a Squib by her father [[Marvolo Gaunt|Marvolo]] as a slur, due to her poor magical abilities, inhibited by her fear of her father and [[Morfin Gaunt|brother]].<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
 
Even families that are tolerant of Muggles and [[Muggle-born]]s seem to regard Squibs poorly. For example, the [[Weasley family]] seems embarrassed to have [[Molly Weasley's second cousin|a Squib who works in the Muggle world as an accountant]] in the family. Also, many wizarding families are anxious to see early signs of magical ability and are upset by the prospect that a member might be a Squib. [[Neville Longbottom]] was thought to be a Squib by his relatives because of this, though he proved to be magical. Similarly, [[Merope Gaunt]] was called a Squib by her father [[Marvolo Gaunt|Marvolo]] as a slur, due to her poor magical abilities, inhibited by her fear of her father and [[Morfin Gaunt|brother]].<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
 
However, the wizarding world did set up at least one organisation to support Squibs, called [[Society for the Support of Squibs]].
 
However, the wizarding world did set up at least one organisation to support Squibs, called [[Society for the Support of Squibs]].
   
It is unclear as to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] attitude towards Squibs. He had personally noted throughout his life that he aims to purge [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches for "stealing" magic. However, as [[Argus Filch]] was allowed to remain in Hogwarts, it is likely they weren't prosecuted as blood traitors.
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It is unclear as to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s attitude towards Squibs. He had personally noted throughout his life that he aims to purge [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches for "stealing" magic. However, as [[Argus Filch]] was allowed to remain in Hogwarts, it is likely they were not prosecuted as blood traitors.
   
 
==Known Squibs==
 
==Known Squibs==
 
[[File:Marius Black.jpg|thumb|[[Marius Black]] on the [[House of Black|Black Family Tree]]]]
 
[[File:Marius Black.jpg|thumb|[[Marius Black]] on the [[House of Black|Black Family Tree]]]]
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* [[Angus Buchanan]]
 
* [[Arabella Figg]]
 
* [[Arabella Figg]]
 
* [[Argus Filch]]
 
* [[Argus Filch]]
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==Believed Squibs==
 
==Believed Squibs==
 
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]] — discovered to not be a Squib when his [[Algie|Uncle Algie]] 'accidentally' dropped him out of a window and he bounced down the road.
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]] — discovered to not be a Squib when his [[Algie|Uncle Algie]] 'accidentally' dropped him out of a window and he bounced down the road.
 
*[[Ariana Dumbledore]] — unable to control her magic after being traumatised by an attack by [[Muggle]] boys, and kept hidden by [[Dumbledore family|her family]]. Neighbours believe [[Kendra Dumbledore]] to be ashamed of her daughter and spread rumours that Ariana was locked in the cellar due to her being a Squib when in fact it was her powers that had gone awry.
 
*[[Ariana Dumbledore]] — unable to control her magic after being traumatised by an attack by [[Muggle]] boys, and kept hidden by [[Dumbledore family|her family]]. Neighbours believe [[Kendra Dumbledore]] to be ashamed of her daughter and spread rumours that Ariana was locked in the cellar due to her being a Squib when in fact it was her powers that had gone awry.
*[[Molly Weasley's second cousin|Unnamed second cousin]] of [[Molly Weasley]] (assumed)
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*[[Molly Weasley's second cousin|Unnamed second cousin]] of [[Molly Weasley]] assumed to be a Squib due to working as an accountant in the Muggle world. Whether he is an actual Squib or not has yet to be confirmed.
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*[[Anne Boleyn]] — believed to be a Squib by common wizarding historical theory. This theory may recently have been proven true.<ref>''[[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test]]'' - Grade 1, Question 5</ref>
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*[[Kelly Brown]] — suspected, among [[wizarding world|wizarding circles]], of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the [[Scottish team rugby]] by the [[Wizarding Supporters of Scottish Rugby Union|WSSRU]], in violation of the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy]].
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*[[Jim Hamilton]] — suspected, among wizarding circles, of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the Scottish team rugby by the WSSRU, in violation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
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*[[Stuart Hogg]] — suspected, among wizarding circles, of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the Scottish team rugby by the WSSRU, in violation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
 
* The term likely comes from the English expression "a [http://www.cjvlang.com/Hpotter/mistranslations/squib.html damp squib]" (dud firecracker), an expected delight that disappoints.
 
* The term likely comes from the English expression "a [http://www.cjvlang.com/Hpotter/mistranslations/squib.html damp squib]" (dud firecracker), an expected delight that disappoints.
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* The word squib also refers to an incomplete or insufficient discharge of a firearm.
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* The word could also be a pun on "skip", referring to the fact that the person was "skipped" by magic. In fact, at least one book series (Terry Goodkind's ''[[wikipedia:The Sword of Truth| The Sword of Truth]]'') used the word in a meaning analogous to squib in several books.
 
* The ''[[starwars:Star Wars|Star Wars]]'' series also uses the term ''[[starwars:Squib|Squib]]'' as the name of an [[starwars:Alien|alien species]].
 
* The ''[[starwars:Star Wars|Star Wars]]'' series also uses the term ''[[starwars:Squib|Squib]]'' as the name of an [[starwars:Alien|alien species]].
 
* [[Idris Oakby]], founder of the [[Society for the Support of Squibs]], may have been a Squib herself.
 
* [[Idris Oakby]], founder of the [[Society for the Support of Squibs]], may have been a Squib herself.
 
* Two squibs (both are minor characters) seen in the series are Arabella Figg and Argus Filch. Both seem to love cats and have the same initials.
 
* Two squibs (both are minor characters) seen in the series are Arabella Figg and Argus Filch. Both seem to love cats and have the same initials.
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* Even though [[Merope Gaunt]] had proven she is capable at magic, her father derogatorily referred her as a Squib due to her poor control. Whether he believed her to be an actual Squib or that he was simply insulting her is unclear.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
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*[[Blood purity]]
 
*[[Blood purity]]
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[[Category:Genetics]]
 
[[Category:Genetics]]
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"A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. Kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards, but Squibs are quite unusual."
Ron Weasley discussing Argus Filch[src]

A Squib, also known as a wizard-born,[1] is a non-magical person who is born to magical parents.[2] Squibs are, in essence, 'wizard-born Muggles.' They are rare and are looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, particularly pure-bloods. Muggle-born witches and wizards are descended from Squibs who married Muggles; the magical ability unexpectedly resurfaces after many generations.

Differences between Squibs and MugglesEdit

In addition to being born into magical rather than Muggle families, Squibs are different from Muggles by their knowledge of the wizarding world. They are able to see things that are hidden from the Muggles and have access to certain magical objects and creatures that can help them. Argus Filch, as well as Arabella Figg, have formed wizarding-like relationships with cats that, in the case of the latter, have been cross-bred with Kneazles.

Squibs should also be contrasted with the Muggle relatives of witches and wizards. Muggle parents, siblings, spouses etc. are simply Muggles who happen to know about the magical world.

Attitude toward SquibsEdit

"You disgusting little Squib, you filthy little blood traitor!"
Marvolo Gaunt to his daughter, whom he believed to be a Squib.[src]
Filch-GOF

Argus Filch

The Ministry of Magic does not keep records of Squib births,[3] a sign of wizard society's general disregard for them. They can, however, check if a person is a squib using their parents' names, as demonstrated in 1995 during the disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter. The common practise with Squibs is to send them off to Muggle schools as children and encourage them to integrate with the Muggle community, which is much kinder than letting them live in the magical world where they will always be treated as second-class citizens.[4] Some, however, choose to remain in the wizarding world regardless. Some pure-blood families, such as the Blacks, disown any Squib members and remove them from their family trees, as they removed Marius Black.[5]

Even families that are tolerant of Muggles and Muggle-borns seem to regard Squibs poorly. For example, the Weasley family seems embarrassed to have a Squib who works in the Muggle world as an accountant in the family. Also, many wizarding families are anxious to see early signs of magical ability and are upset by the prospect that a member might be a Squib. Neville Longbottom was thought to be a Squib by his relatives because of this, though he proved to be magical. Similarly, Merope Gaunt was called a Squib by her father Marvolo as a slur, due to her poor magical abilities, inhibited by her fear of her father and brother.[6] However, the wizarding world did set up at least one organisation to support Squibs, called Society for the Support of Squibs.

It is unclear as to Lord Voldemort's attitude towards Squibs. He had personally noted throughout his life that he aims to purge Muggle-born wizards and witches for "stealing" magic. However, as Argus Filch was allowed to remain in Hogwarts, it is likely they were not prosecuted as blood traitors.

Known SquibsEdit

Marius Black

Marius Black on the Black Family Tree

Believed SquibsEdit

  • Neville Longbottom — discovered to not be a Squib when his Uncle Algie 'accidentally' dropped him out of a window and he bounced down the road.
  • Ariana Dumbledore — unable to control her magic after being traumatised by an attack by Muggle boys, and kept hidden by her family. Neighbours believe Kendra Dumbledore to be ashamed of her daughter and spread rumours that Ariana was locked in the cellar due to her being a Squib when in fact it was her powers that had gone awry.
  • Unnamed second cousin of Molly Weasley — assumed to be a Squib due to working as an accountant in the Muggle world. Whether he is an actual Squib or not has yet to be confirmed.
  • Anne Boleyn — believed to be a Squib by common wizarding historical theory. This theory may recently have been proven true.[7]
  • Kelly Brown — suspected, among wizarding circles, of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the Scottish team rugby by the WSSRU, in violation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
  • Jim Hamilton — suspected, among wizarding circles, of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the Scottish team rugby by the WSSRU, in violation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
  • Stuart Hogg — suspected, among wizarding circles, of actually being a talented Squib smuggled into the Scottish team rugby by the WSSRU, in violation of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The term likely comes from the English expression "a damp squib" (dud firecracker), an expected delight that disappoints.
  • The word squib also refers to an incomplete or insufficient discharge of a firearm.
  • The word could also be a pun on "skip", referring to the fact that the person was "skipped" by magic. In fact, at least one book series (Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth) used the word in a meaning analogous to squib in several books.
  • The Star Wars series also uses the term Squib as the name of an alien species.
  • Idris Oakby, founder of the Society for the Support of Squibs, may have been a Squib herself.
  • Two squibs (both are minor characters) seen in the series are Arabella Figg and Argus Filch. Both seem to love cats and have the same initials.
  • Even though Merope Gaunt had proven she is capable at magic, her father derogatorily referred her as a Squib due to her poor control. Whether he believed her to be an actual Squib or that he was simply insulting her is unclear.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


See alsoEdit

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