Two consenting adults pledging to spend the rest of their lives together
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
- James Potter and Lily Evans
- Arthur Weasley and Molly Prewett
- Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks
- Harry Potter and Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley
- Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger
- Neville Longbottom and Hannah Abbott
- Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass
- Elphinstone Urquart and Minerva McGonagall
- Rolf Scamander and Luna Lovegood
- George Weasley and Angelina Johnson
- Mr. Potter and a woman
- Percy Weasley and Audrey
- William "Bill" Weasley and Fleur Delacour
- Mr. Prewett and a woman
- Marvolo Gaunt and a woman
- Septimus Weasley and Cedrella Black
- Orion Black and Walburga Black
- Rodolphus Lestrange and Bellatrix Black
- Ted Tonks and Andromeda 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
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
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 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