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Sexual orientation describes a pattern of emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to men, women, both genders, neither gender, or another gender.[1] The four main categories are heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and asexuality. While an individual’s sexual orientation along with one’s gender, religion and racial denomination can often be a target of discrimination in the Muggle world, wizards tend to place discrimination on blood purity.[2][3] Because of this, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is considered a "safe place" for LGBT individuals.[4]

Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in 1899

Known LGBT individuals

Behind the scenes

  • Dumbledore, along with being gay, was also revealed to be asexual in his later life, which is the lack of sexual attraction. J. K. Rowling explained that he became so after realising that his love for Grindelwald had compromised his sense of right and wrong. As she put it: "He lost his moral compass completely when he fell in love and I think subsequently became very mistrusting of his own judgement in those matters so became quite asexual. He led a celibate and bookish life."[6]
  • In J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, J. K. Rowling was asked if Charlie Weasley was gay, to which she jokingly, and respectfully responded that he was not, just, "He's more interested in dragons than women."
  • J.K. Rowling has said that she intended for Seamus and Dean to be a couple in the books, but never wrote about it, as she was afraid it would distract from the main characters. Therefore, Dean and Seamus in a romantic relationship (referred to by their ship name "Deamus" by fans) should be considered canon.

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