There is simply no denying that the Durselys are the worst kind of Muggles. For years they neglected Harry, making his childhood a living hell. However, there is a strong theory surfacing that Petunia's relationship with the boy who lived is far more complicated. We all know that in a deleted scene from The Deathly Hallows: Part One, that Petunia finally announces that she did in fact love Lily. The Aunt's feelings are even hinted at in the text of the final book:
However, we may now have more proof that the devotion Petunia one felt toward her sister was marred by a jealousy of her magical powers. The envy however, wasn't founded on the fact Petunia lacked magical abilities, but instead that hers weren't good enough to admit her to Hogwarts.
Yes, you read that correctly. Petunia is in fact a witch, in the most basic of senses. Watch the deleted scene of Mrs Dursely's revelation before we explore the possibilities of her witch abilities:
Unfortunately this scene never made the final cut, but it can be seen on the bonus DVDs. It does, however, shed some light on Petunia's treatment of Harry and how she was in facta witch. Perhaps, the final scene should have looked more like this, as posted on #Tumblr by sulietsexual:
A powerful concept, but just how plausible is it? Let's explore what we know about Petunia and work if she was a witch all along:
1. Petunia Wrote To Dumbledore Requesting Admittance To Hogwarts
Was it out of jealously that she too wanted admittance to Hogwarts or did she want to remain close to her sister? We will never know the real motivation behind Petunia begging Dumbledore by letter to let her into Hogwarts. Although it's Dumbledore's rejection of Petunia that begins her tirade against all things magical and causes her to turn her back on her only sister. In the text, the Evans sisters discuss the matter only briefly in The Deathly Hallows:
Lily Evans: "You didn't think it [Hogwarts] was such a freak's school when you wrote to the Headmaster and begged him to take you."
Petunia Evans: "Beg? I didn't beg!"
Lily Evans: "I saw his reply. It was very kind."
Nothing more is said about the matter, but we know that the closing of the magical world to Petunia increases her conviction to remain firmly in the familiar Muggle world.
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2. It May Have Been Petunia Who Made Marge's Glass Explode
The fan theory also suggests that it wasn't Harry who lost his temper and blew up Marge's glass. Whether Petunia liked it or not, she did care for her sister, so when Vernon's sister began attacking the memory of her late sibling she couldn't contain her anger. If Mrs Dursley did have magical powers this may well have manifested in the glass breaking. Remember how Harry made the glass disappear in the zoo? It's the same principle. When emotions are running high it's often difficult to control the magic and without training (none of which Petunia had received) they erratic outbursts go unmanaged.
This point is also backed up by Harry's punishment (or lack of) from the Ministry of Magic, they mention he won't go to Azkaban for blowing up his Aunt, but there is no mention about him making the glass explode, meaning it could have been Petunia all along.
In addition, within the book, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Marge quite clearly attacks Lily, and, well, maybe it was too much for Petunia to bear?
"Bad blood will out. Now, I'm saying nothing against your family, Petunia, but your sister was a bad egg. They turn up in the best families. Then she ran off with a wastrel and here's the result right in front of us."
3. Petunia Cared For Harry In Her Own Way
After Harry is left on the Dursley's doorstep, the awful family reluctantly took him in because of the words penned by Dumbledore in the letter. It's understood that because Petunia was Lily's sister they share the same blood bond which, in turn, will protect Harry from harm until he's 17.
Now the family may not have wanted Harry there and they neglected him in all the ways they could, but still, Petunia kept him as safe as she could without getting close to the boy.
If you think about it, it must have been terribly difficult having Harry there, reminding her of her dead sister daily. Petunia wasn't completely heartless towards the young wizard though, she did still send him Christmas presents to Hogwarts. Ok, the presents consisted of a toothpick, a coin and a tissue but the thought was there. On a side note, there are those that believe the gifts she sent were symbolic of the Dealthy Hallows, if you think about it, it makes sense. Is Petunia more clued into the wizarding world than she let on? Does she still have an affection for the boy because she misses her sister?
J.K Rowling herself mentioned in 2004 about the underlining hidden talents and motives that Petunia had:
“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.”
So there we have it, everything we know that could possible point to the fact Petunia had magical gifts all along. The rejection of Dumbledore and the jealously she had about her sister's talent pushed Petunia into hating the wizarding world and who can blame her? Harry was not only a constant reminder of her departed sister, but of a world where she was never welcome and that's got to hurt.