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Sexual orientation is a pattern of romantic and/or sexual attraction to other people.[1] Some orientations are: heterosexuality (attraction to people of the opposite sex), homosexuality (attraction to people of the same sex), bisexuality (attraction to people of both sexes) and asexuality (lack of sexual attraction or desire).

In the wizarding world

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.[2][3] Wizarding prejudices were instead concerned with a person's blood status and magical prowess.[2][3] Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was considered a "safe place" for LGBT individuals.[4]

Known LGBT individuals

Albus Dumbledore


Albus Dumbledore seeing a vision of Gellert Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised in 1928

In his youth, Albus Dumbledore, who was gay, fell in love with his best friend, Gellert Grindelwald.[5] His feelings initially blinded him to the harmfulness of Grindelwald's anti-Muggle views and caused him to "[lose] his moral compass completely."[5][6] 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.[5] 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 weather or not it was Dumbledore's past love that kept him from facing Grindelwald directly, and Dumbledore openly admitted to Travers that he and Grindelwald had been "closer than brothers." Afterward, Dumbledore mistrusted his own judgement in matters of the heart and "became quite asexual," leading a "celibate and bookish life."[6]

Behind the scenes

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