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Sexual orientation was a pattern of romantic and/or sexual attraction to other people. The four main categories were heterosexuality (attraction to people of the opposite sex), homosexuality (attraction to people of the same sex), bisexuality (attraction to people of both sexes) and asexuality (lack of sexual attraction or desire).
In the wizarding world
While homosexuality often made people the target of discrimination, harassment and violence in the Muggle world, witches and wizards tended to be tolerant of or indifferent toward gays and lesbians. Wizarding prejudices were instead concerned with a person's blood status and magical prowess. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was considered a "safe place" for LGBT individuals.
Known LGBT individuals
In his youth, Albus Dumbledore, who was gay, fell in love with his friend, Gellert Grindelwald. His feelings initially blinded him to the harmfulness of Grindelwald's anti-Muggle views and caused him to "[lose] his moral compass completely." Grindelwald eventually revealed himself to be not only a pure-blood supremacist, but a Dark wizard willing to use any means to achieve his ends, and Dumbledore's love for him only magnified his horror at this revelation. Afterward, Dumbledore mistrusted his own judgement in matters of the heart and "became quite asexual," leading a "celibate and bookish life."
Behind the scenes
- In J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, J. K. Rowling was asked if Charlie Weasley was gay, to which she responded that he was not, but was instead "more interested in dragons than women." Although Rowling did not actually use the word "asexual" in reference to a sexual orientation, some fans have taken this as canon evidence that Charlie is somewhere on the asexual spectrum.
- David Thewlis has said that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron told him to portray Remus Lupin as a "gay junkie".
Notes and references
- ↑ "Sexual orientation" on Wikipedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J. K. Rowling interview on PotterCast #130, 17 December 2007
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 @_Paaulaisadora Only by ludicrous Muggles. The wizards don't give a damn - it's all about the magic for them. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- ↑ J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) on Twitter: .@claraoswiin But of course. http://t.co/Galu47MT4X
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall Reveals Dumbledore is Gay; Neville Marries Hannah Abbott, and Much More" from The Leaky Cauldron
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "New J. K. Rowling Interview: Confirms Working on "Scottish Book", Reflects on Dumbledore, Homophobia, Fundamentalism, Future Writing Projects and More" from The Leaky Cauldron
- ↑ "Every So Often, Remus Lupin Is Gay" from Tor.com