Divorce was the legal dissolution of a marriage between two people.[1]

Celestina Warbeck married one of her backing dancers early in her career.[2] She divorced him after only a year.[2] Some time later, she married her manager, and they had a son together.[2] However, after ten years of marriage, Warbeck divorced him in order to marry Irving Warble, a music composer.[2]

Orford Umbridge and Ellen Cracknell had an unhappy marriage which apparently ended in divorce.[3] After the breakdown of their relationship, their family "split down the middle," with Orford, a wizard, taking the couple's magical daughter, Dolores, and Ellen, a Muggle, taking the couple's Squib son.[3]

Sybill Trelawney was briefly married to a man named Higglebottom when she was young. However, when she refused to take his surname, their marriage ended in "unforeseen rupture."[4]

In 1995, a famous actress and her famous husband got divorced, an event that was reported on the seven o'clock news in the United Kingdom.[5] Petunia Dursley expressed objection to the news programme's decision to cover the story, remarking that no one was "interested in [the couple's] sordid affairs," despite the fact that she had been obsessively following the couple's relationship in magazines.[5]


Notes and references

  1. "Divorce" on
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Celestina Warbeck" at Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Dolores Umbridge" at Pottermore
  4. "Sybill Trewlawney" on Pottermore (see archived quote here)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1 (Dudley Demented)