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Sexual orientation was a pattern of romantic and/or sexual attraction to other people.[1] 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.[2][3] Wizarding prejudices were instead concerned with a person's blood status and magical prowess.[2][3] Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was considered a "safe place" for LGBT individuals.[4]

Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in 1899

Known LGBT individuals

Albus Dumbledore

In his youth, Albus Dumbledore, who was gay, fell in love with his friend, Gellert Grindelwald.[5] His feelings initially blinded him to the harmfulness of Grindelwald's anti-Muggle views and caused him to "[lose] his moral compass completely."[5][6] 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.[5] Afterward, Dumbledore mistrusted his own judgement in matters of the heart and "became quite asexual," leading a "celibate and bookish life."[6]

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