“Where are your parents?”
“They’re dead,” said Harry shortly. He didn’t feel much like going into the matter with this boy.
“Oh, sorry,” said the other, not sounding sorry at all. “But they were our kind, weren’t they?”
“They were a witch and a wizard, if that’s what you mean.”
“I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do you? They are not just the same, they’ve never been brought up to know our ways.”
The text above is an extract from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book of the best-selling book series in history. The scene relates the first immersion of Harry into the world of the magic, exemplifying the bigotry of the “magical” people towards the muggles, the non-magical people shown in the novel. The term used by the author J. K. Rowling along with other terms like: Squib, which refers to a person with one or more magical parents yet without any magical power/ability, and from the term muggle-born, which refers to a person with magical abilities but with non-magical parents, are used along the novel series as derogative and offensive terms.