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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] However considering the ways that wizards are shown to discriminate, it is not impossible that they could be either sexist, genderist, religionist or racist (based on skin color e.g. being black)

Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in 1899.
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Known homosexual 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 orientation. J. K. Rowling explained that he became so after realizing 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."[4]
  • 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."
  • David Thewlis has said that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron told him to portray Remus Lupin as a "gay junkie".[5]

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