You may recall we had some fighting going on about what are squibs and what are muggles and it seems like Pottermore is jumping on that bandwagon.
Squibs are a hard bunch to talk about. If you recall, a few weeks ago the USA Today Crossword Puzzle made a bit of a mistake. They said a non-magical being at Hogwarts and the answer was muggle.
Now for fans of the series, we know that muggles do not attend Hogwarts. If they meant a non-magical being that came from magical parents, well then that would be a squib. We here at Wizards even went in more detail to explain the difference between a witch, wizard, muggle and a squib.
And now Pottermore is joining in on the fun. Simple fact: Squibs are not quite muggles. Here is how the website explains the difference:
"Although like a Muggle they can’t perform magic, a Squib is often far more integrated in the wizarding world. For while a Muggle is as Muggle can be, with Muggle family members and, well, Muggle everything, one of the main differences with a Squib is that they’re related to a witch or wizard, just without the magic.As Ron explains to Harry, ‘they’re kind of the opposite of Muggle-born wizards’, and are often the odd one out in one way or the other."
So a squib has a pretty sad life but at least they’re integrated into the wizarding world.
So, when someone tries to tell you they’re the same thing, you can calmly tell them that they’re wrong. Because a squib and a muggle are very different. Both are non-magical but at least a squib has magical parents. Poor muggles don’t even know that magic truly exists.