Rowling has said that Petunia’s not a squib but that there is “more to her than meet’s the eye”. Perhaps this is the one where we’ll learn she’s a witch. (Do you think she had anything to do with her sister’s death? There’s some reason she looks after Harry even though she doesn’t like or love him- could it be guilt or responsibility?)
I think she’s a witch who decided not to go to Hogwarts – and then always regretted it.
Of course, it may be that she just fell for a wizarding friend of James’ and Lily’s – Sirius or Remus, maybe.
(Either one leads to some interesting scenarios – maybe her fear of wizards has been augmented by some guy she likes turning out to be a werewolf or a supposed murderer).
As for guilt – I bet she feels a lot of that. But it’s probably more basic – she cut Lily out of her life for ages, and then never got the chance to say goodbye – her own choice, but I bet she feels plenty guilty.
What do you think will be the after-effects of Book 5 at Hogwarts, now that Malfoy and other Death Eaters are arrested (though I’m sure they won’t stay that way)?
I think we may see a disturbing amount of sympathy for them. A lot of closet Voldemort supporters are likely to come out into the open. Since there’s a new minister for magic, there may be an election – anyone else imagine Narcissa leading a political party, a legitimate arm of the Death Eaters?
Other than that, the rest is probably obvious: people who fear Voldemort will know he’s back, and Voldemort will start looking for more supporters and try to break out his old ones.
Do you think Sirius will make an appearance, or that he really is dead? (To borrow a line from Dune, “never count anybody as dead until you’ve seen the body, and then don’t be too sure”).
I doubt Sirius is going to return from the dead any time soon. But Jo keeps hinting that those mirrors are going to come in handy, and so far as we know, Sirius took one of them with him into the spirit world. I wonder if they can communicate across the veil that way?