Synopsis: What if Harry was a squib?
It was Mrs. Figg who suspected first.
She noticed many things, sitting on her side of her fence with her cats chasing butterflies and nuzzling her ankles, Mundungus and the other watchers dropping by for tea now and then.
Mrs. Figg noticed that Petunia was a nosy bit of work with insecurities hanging from her every harsh angle. She noticed when Dudley learned the word MINE– the whole neighborhood noticed that one. She noticed that Vernon glared at owls.
She noticed that when Petunia gave Harry a truly horrendous haircut one year, it grew back in at a normal rate. Harry was uneven and weird-looking for ages, hiding under beanies when he could.
When Mrs. Figg had Harry over for carefully miserable afternoons of babysitting, she noticed nothing moved that shouldn’t. He didn’t accidentally make flowers out of fallen leaves, or levitate anything during tantrums, or turn toys funny colors.
Mrs. Figg called up her mother, interrupting the wizarding bridge game she was winning against the nursing home staff, and asked her how she had known, decades back, that her youngest daughter was a squib.
Antosha’s Rec: Well, I haven’t recc’d a fic in ages — no one has, actually — but I stumbled across this genfic and it’s so brilliant, I knew I had to share it.
The synopsis basically tells you the premise of the story — the author works briefly through the major events of each of the seven books, beginning with the premise that Harry Potter is truly incapable of performing magic. That doesn’t tell you, however, how beautifully, affectingly, and elegantly the fic gets at the heart of the character and of the series, reminding us why the story truly matters, why HARRY truly matters — and it isn’t because of magic.
Along the way, the story explores the place of the magically disabled in wizarding society — all in a way that makes you truly think about the world that JK Rowling created.
This is the sixth of ten stories that each explores a “What if…?” about Harry or about who truly was the Chosen One. “He shall have the power the dark lord knows not” is by far my favorite — but all ten are thought-provoking and worth checking out.