Harry Potter Wiki


Revision as of 20:48, November 17, 2012 by Harrypotter394 (Talk | contribs)

13,130pages on
this wiki
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to celebrate the union of two faithful souls..."
Ceremony official[src]

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.

Often the female takes on the surname of the male during marriage, however this is not always the case (such as when Minerva McGonagall married Elphinstone Urquart in the 1980s).

In the wizarding world, many couples have been married, such as Arthur Weasley and Molly Prewett and James Potter and Lily Evans.

Molly Weasley claimed that during the First Wizarding War many people were "rushing into" marriage in the worry that they may not be able to do it in the near future lest they were killed.[1]

Known marriages

Magical Marriages

The marriage between a wizard and a witch & a wizard or a witch and a non-human

Muggle Marriages

The marriages between two Muggles.

Mixed Marriages

The marriage between a wizard or a witch and a Muggle.

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[6], 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.[7]

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.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore (Mentioned only)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  6. 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."
  7. web chat

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki