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The topic of this article is of a real-life subject that has been mentioned "in-universe" in a canon source. The Harry Potter Wiki is written from the perspective that all information presented in canon is true (e.g., Hogwarts really existed), and, as such, details contained in this article may differ from real world facts.
Sexual orientation is a pattern of romantic and/or sexual attraction to other people. Some orientations are: heterosexuality (attraction to people of the opposite sex), homosexuality (attraction to people of the same sex), bisexuality (attraction to two of the sexes, typically male and female) and asexuality (lack of sexual attraction or desire).
While homosexuality often made people the target of discrimination, harassment and violence in the Muggle world, witches and wizards tended to be tolerant of or indifferent toward gays and lesbians. Wizarding prejudices were instead concerned with a person's blood status and magical prowess. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was considered a "safe place" for LGBT individuals.
After the ending of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, Ginny Weasley picked up that her brother, Ron, might have been romantically interested in Viktor Krum, though it can be assumed that she was teasing him.
Confirmed LGBT individuals
In his youth, Albus Dumbledore fell in love with his best friend, Gellert Grindelwald. His feelings initially blinded him to the harmfulness of Grindelwald's anti-Muggle views and caused him to "[lose] his moral compass completely." Due to the love he had for Grindelwald, Dumbledore agreed to make a blood pact with him, which would make them unable to fight one another, and would keep them working together on their For the Greater Good plans. Grindelwald eventually revealed himself to be a Dark Wizard willing to use any means to achieve his ends, and Dumbledore's love for him only magnified his horror at this revelation.
Dumbledore's sexual orientation was seemingly not a secret in the wizarding world decades later, since Department of Magical Law Enforcement Head Torquil Travers questioned whether or not it was Dumbledore's past love that was keeping him from facing Grindelwald directly, and Dumbledore openly described their relationship as one that was "closer than brothers". Afterward, Dumbledore mistrusted his own judgement in matters of the heart and "became quite asexual", leading a "celibate and bookish life".
In his youth, Gellert Grindelwald entered into a sexual relationship with his best friend, Albus Dumbledore. Due to this bond, they both agreed in making a blood pact, which would make them unable to fight one another, and would keep them working together on their For the Greater Good plans. Grindelwald eventually revealed himself to be a Dark Wizard willing to use any means to achieve his ends, and Dumbledore's love for him only magnified his horror at this revelation. Grindelwald's sexual orientation was seemingly not a secret in the wizarding world decades later, since Department of Magical Law Enforcement Head Torquil Travers questioned Dumbledore whether or not it was his past love for Grindelwald kept him from facing him directly. Dumbledore openly admitted to Travers that he and Grindelwald had been "closer than brothers".
Mathilda Grimblehawk, a witch who worked as a Magizoologist for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, was in a romantic relationship with another witch called Aisha, in the early 2020s.
Behind the scenes
- In J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, J. K. Rowling was asked if Charlie Weasley was gay, to which she responded that he was not, but was instead "more interested in dragons than women." Although Rowling did not actually use the word "asexual" in reference to a sexual orientation, some fans have taken this as canon evidence that Charlie is asexual.
- David Thewlis has said that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón told him to portray Remus Lupin as a "gay junkie."
- In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, it is possible for the main character, Jacob's sibling, to date characters of the same gender as them, as part of a romance mechanic. Regardless of the chosen gender for the main character, the following may happen:
- Jacob's sibling admitting to Jae Kim that they fancy Penny Haywood.
- Barnaby Lee admitting to being attracted to Jacob's sibling over Ismelda Murk, and Jacob's sibling being able to admit it in return.
- Jacob's sibling admitting to Talbott Winger that they fancy him.
- Rowan Khanna (whose gender always matches that of Jacob's sibling), speaking of Bill Weasley in a way that heavily implies a crush on him.
- Jacob's sibling can ask a variety of characters of either gender to the Celestial Ball, First Date, Valentine's Day and Festival Fun side quests, the latter of which ends with Jacob's sibling and their date sharing a broomstick and flying off into a rainbow, a well-known LGBT symbol in real life.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- "Sexual orientation" on Wikipedia
- J. K. Rowling interview on PotterCast #130, 17 December 2007
- @_Paaulaisadora Only by ludicrous Muggles. The wizards don't give a damn - it's all about the magic for them. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) on Twitter: .@claraoswiin But of course. https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/544998416414412801
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) - Chapter 4 (The Dark Mark)
- "J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall Reveals Dumbledore is Gay; Neville Marries Hannah Abbott, and Much More" from The Leaky Cauldron
- "New J. K. Rowling Interview: Confirms Working on "Scottish Book", Reflects on Dumbledore, Homophobia, Fundamentalism, Future Writing Projects and More" from The Leaky Cauldron
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 64
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Brilliant Event: Unforgivable Truth
- "Every So Often, Remus Lupin Is Gay" from Tor.com
- "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery might let witches and wizards date, but not until they’re older" from Polygon