Marriage is a legally binding contract that says two people stay together until their death. Many people have a celebration at the start of their marriage known as a wedding. The end of a marriage is known as divorce. Two people planning to be married in the near future are known as engaged.
The marriage between a wizard and a witch & a wizard or a witch and a non-human, in rough chronological order.
|Bride and groom||Wedding date||Notes|
|Between summer 1968 and November 1970||The Weasleys settled on a large Tudor pigpen located on the outskirts of Ottery St. Catchpole, in Devon. As the family grew over the birth of their children, the couple started building upward with add-on bits of architectural salvage they picked up wherever they could find, thus building The Burrow.|
|Between summer 1978 and autumn 1979||Lily and her sister Petunia were not on good terms, so neither Petunia nor her husband Vernon Dursley attended the ceremony. The best man was Sirius Black.|
|1982||Elphinstone had been Minerva's boss at the Ministry of Magic in the 1950s. When they married, they were both in or close to their fifties and it was ultimately childless. The marriage was a very happy one, and a period of great fulfillment for Minerva, although she did keep her maiden name, as she had always been something of a feminist. They lived in a small cottage in Hogsmeade, where they frequently received Minerva's nephews and nieces (children of her brothers). The marriage was cut short in 1985 after Elphinstone's accidental death from a Venomous Tentacula bite.|
|July, 1997||The ceremony was quiet and hurried as it took place during the height of the Second Wizarding War and because the Ministry of Magic had just passed legislation that was not favourable to werewolves.|
|1 August, 1997||The bride and groom's younger sisters, Gabrielle Delacour and Ginny Weasley, served as bridesmaids, and Bill's younger brother Charlie Weasley served as the best man. The reception was interrupted by the news that Lord Voldemort had taken over the Ministry of Magic, and guests fled as Death Eaters arrived to try and capture Harry Potter.
The couple went to live at Shell Cottage, a house that belonged to an aunt of Bill's, in the outskirts of Tinworth, Cornwall, which was presumably also where they raised their children: Victoire, Dominique, and Louis.
|Late 1990s or early 2000s||The couple goes on to have three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna.|
|Late 1990s or early 2000s||The couple goes on to have two children: Rose and Hugo.|
|Late 1990s or early 2000s||The couple lives in the ancient Malfoy Manor in Wiltshire, and have a single child: Scorpius Malfoy.|
|Late 1990s-2010s||As Hannah becomes the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron, the couple lives above the pub, a fact that Neville's students consider to be "cool".|
|Late 1990s-2010s||The couple goes on to have two children: Fred Weasley II and Roxanne Weasley.|
|Late 2000s or early 2010s||The wedding takes place "rather later" than her friends' marriages. The famous Magizoologists have two twin children: Lorcan and Lysander.|
- Mr. Potter and a woman
- Percy Weasley and Audrey
- Mr. Prewett and a woman
- Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black
- Orion Black and Walburga Black
- Rodolphus Black and Bellatrix Black
- Ted Tonks and Andromeda Black
- Phineas Nigellus Black and Ursula Flint
- Licorus Black and Magenta Tripe
- Bob Hitchens and Isla Black
- Jimbo Blishwick and Misapinoa Black
- Sirius Black I and Hesper Gamp
- Cygnus Black I and Ella Max
- Cygnus Black II and Violetta Bulstrode
- Cygnus Black III and Druella Rosier
- Herbert Burke and Belvina Black
- Arcturus Black II and Lysandra Yaxley
- Arcturus Black III and Melania Macmillan
- Pollux Black and Irma Crabbe
- Charlus Potter and Dorea Black
- Harfang Longbottom and Callidora Black
- Caspar Crouch and Charis Black
- Ignatius Prewett and Lucretia Black
- Lucius Malfoy and Narcissa Black
- Reginald Cattermole and Mary
- Percival Dumbledore and Kendra
- Cornelius Fudge and a woman
- Bartemius Crouch Sr. and a woman
- Hagrid Sr. and Fridwulfa
- Monsieur Delacour and Apolline
- Tilden Toots and Daisy Hookum
The marriages between two Muggles.
- Vernon Dursley and Petunia Evans
- Evans sisters' father and Evans sisters' mother
- Dudley Dursley and a woman
- Mr. Granger and Mrs. Granger
- Mrs. Thomas and A man
The marriage between a wizard or a witch and a Muggle.
- Cho Chang and a Muggle
- Robert McGonagall Sr. and Isobel Ross
- Tobias Snape and Eileen Prince
- Tom Riddle Sr. and Merope Gaunt
- Mr. Finnigan and Mrs. Finnigan
- Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Thomas
Marriage laws in the wizarding world
There is no note of any divorce in the wizarding world, so its legal status is unknown.
J. K. Rowling stated that homosexual relationships do not suffer as much discrimination in the wizarding world as in the Muggle world, so it is possible that same-sex marriage is legal, however this has not been confirmed.
Respectable marriages and Marriages of Low Status
Even though there is no discrimination for homosexuals in the wizarding world, there has existed notorious discrimination toward "morganatic" marriages. Many Pure-blood families have disowned their own relatives for their marriage to Half-bloods, Muggle-borns and Blood traitors, and such outcasts are seen as "second-class" wizards and witches, e.g. Andromeda Tonks, Cedrella Black, James Potter, Merope Gaunt and Eileen Prince.
Nonetheless, some wizards and witches have made their families proud by making "respectable pure-blood marriages" like Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Orion Black, and Irma Crabbe. Apparently, in some cases the contractors are not in love, but still married to maintain purity within their families, making it sort of an "arranged marriage". For example, Bellatrix Lestrange's true love was Lord Voldemort rather than her husband Rodolphus. The House of Gaunt had a tendency of marrying their own cousins to remain pure, which led to severe genetic problems in the later generations.
Many marriages would have been looked down upon, such as James Potter's marriage to Muggle-born Lily Evans, or Ron Weasley's marriage to Muggle-born Hermione Granger. Harry Potter's marriage to Ginny Weasley would have been looked down upon as Harry was a half-blood and, although a pure-blood, Ginny was a blood traitor.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Arthur Weasley was born in February 1950 and Molly Weasley was born in October 1949. They both attended Hogwarts from 1961 to 1968, and they had their first child together, Bill, on November 1970. They must have married sometime between their graduation from Hogwarts and the birth of their first child.
- ↑ Harry Potter Film Wizardry - see this image
- ↑ In Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33, Dumbledore refers to James as Lily's "husband" in the scene where Snape asks him to protect Lily. This scene can be determined as having occurred in autumn 1979, based on the description of the setting ("...the sound of the wind in the branches" and "Though leaves and branches still flew through the night air around them..."), and J. K. Rowling's statement during her 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant. James and Lily must have thus married sometime between leaving Hogwarts in June 1978 and autumn 1979.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Pottermore - "The Malfoy Family"
- ↑ JK Rowling comments at Carnegie Hall
- ↑ 30 July 2007 Web Chat with J.K. Rowling
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- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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- ↑ Pottercast Interview "So I think you could be gay, pure-blood, and totally without any kind of criticism from the Lucius Malfoys of the world. I don't think that would be something that would interest him in the slightest."
- ↑ Bloomsbury.com web chat