We know Muggle parents can have a magical child, but could magical parents have a Muggle child?

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    They're known as squibs not muggles
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 18 '17 at 13:18
  • In the dupe target the question being asked is actually "Wizards can be born to Muggles. Can Muggles be born to wizards?"
    – Skooba
    Mar 18 '17 at 13:32
  • @Skooba - But the dupe (or rather your answer to it) does make it clear that squibs are born to wizards, not muggles. Which makes it a dupe
    – Valorum
    Mar 18 '17 at 14:33

Depends what you mean by 'Muggle'.

A Squib is a person with no magical powers born to magical parents. They fall somewhere in between a wizard and a Muggle: while unable to actually perform magic, they can still access the magical world. From the Pottermore fact file:

Humans with little or no magical talent born into wizarding families, who are looked down on by the wizarding world

Appearance: Usually dressed like the rest of wizard-kind

Magic Abilities: Able to access the wizarding world, unlike Muggles, and can use certain magical objects and creatures

We even see a couple of these in the main HP stories: Argus Filch, the unpleasant janitor of Hogwarts, and Arabella Figg, the cat-loving neighbour of the Dursleys. But according to Ron, they're not very common:

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, HP and the Chamber of Secrets

See also Is a Squib a Muggle?

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    You could also provide the examples of Filch and Mrs. Figg Mar 18 '17 at 13:24
  • @Gallifreyan Done.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 18 '17 at 13:26
  • Q. If a squib was raised as a muggle, would they be a muggle? Answer. Not according to Graves in the new Fantastic Beasts film.
    – Valorum
    Mar 18 '17 at 14:36
  • @Valorum: What do you mean? I thought the Fantastic Beasts film showed what happened to a wizard who was raised as a muggle, not a squib.
    – wyvern
    Mar 3 '18 at 0:29

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