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J.K. Rowling Confirms LGBT Students At Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling Confirms LGBT Students At Hogwarts

Although Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are pretty much confirmed heterosexuals (despite what all that fan fiction out there might indicate), in a tweet this week, author J.K. Rowling revealed that yes, indeed there were LGBT students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In fact, the only group that she never envisioned as being a part of the student body? Wiccans. Make of that what you will.

Of course, fans already knew that school headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay, since Rowling revealed that bit of info a few years back, but now we know he wasn’t the only LGBT person up in that huge castle. This revelation came when a fan asked Rowling on Twitter, “Do you think there are a lot of LGBT students in modern age Hogwarts? I like it’s safe to assume that Hogwarts had a variety of people and I like to think it’s a safe place for LGBT students.”

To this question, Rowling gave a fairly definitive answer:

Well, there you have it, straight from the wizards’s mouth. Now let the speculation commence…which of the students at Hogwart’s was LGBT? My money is on Neville Longbottom, but that’s just my personal bias because he eventually turned kind of hot in the movies series. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Rose says:

    Dean and Seamus, anyone? 

  2. kal says:

    This is a pointless endeavor since she never addressed the issue in any of the books. Just a lame ploy by JKR for media attention to sell books.

  3. sdhnia says:

    Draco, obviously

  4. renaissance247 says:

    Obviously Draco was a closeted NSYNC fan with his bleached hair and hatred of anyone remotely better looking and whose posse consisted of two relatively unattractive nobodys.

  5. L says:

    she already said i was Dumbledore in a different interview

  6. Lisa says:

    I would say maybe Blaise Zambini or Pansy Parkinson.

  7. CatsfromElsweyr says:

    That picture made me feel feelings.

  8. Laird Groff says:

    Nooooooooo
    !
    This is so insane. Either something happened in the book or it didn’t. Asking the author doesn’t make it so. If JK wants to release a new version of the book with evidence of a thing then fine it happened in the new version but it didn’t necessarily happen in the original. Maybe it happened in her head but if she didn’t’ write it down, it didn’t happen.

     
    That is what makes it art.

     
    You can’t redesign art. Redesigned art is called marketing but then perhaps JK isn’t an artist. Maybe, like Lucas she’s nothing more than a marketing rep here to sell us things we didn’t need.

     
    Put the @#$$% pen down.

    • seriously doe says:

      I hope you one day find the ability in you to look back at something you’ve already experienced and attempt to experience it again through another perspective. try drugs, they help with this kinda thing.

  9. Laird Groff says:

    Nooooooooo
    !

    This is so insane. Either something happened in the book or it didn’t. Asking the author doesn’t make it so. If JK wants to release a new version of the book with evidence of a thing then fine it happened in the new version but it didn’t necessarily happen in the original. Maybe it happened in her head but if she didn’t’ write it down, it didn’t happen.

    That is what makes it art.

    You can’t redesign art. Redesigned art is called marketing but then perhaps JK isn’t an artist. Maybe, like Lucas she’s nothing more than a marketing rep here to sell us things we didn’t need.

    Put the @#$$% pen down.

  10. Laird Groff says:

    Nooooooooo

    This is so insane. Either something happened in the book or it didn’t. Asking the author doesn’t make it so. If JK wants to release a new version of the book with evidence of a thing then fine it happened in the new version but it didn’t necessarily happen in the original. Maybe it happened in her head but if she didn’t’ write it down, it didn’t happen.

    That is what makes it art.

    You can’t redesign art. Redesigned art is called marketing but then perhaps JK isn’t an artist. Maybe, like Lucas she’s nothing more than a marketing rep here to sell us things we didn’t need.

    Put the @#$$% pen down.

  11. Lizabeth says:

    I always kinda thought Seamus was definitely gay.

  12. gerimy says:

    We’re all talking about it.  So it is relevant.

  13. Kelsey says:

    But the question posed wasn’t “who’s sleeping with whom?” but “who might identify as LGBT?” As an HP fan who identifies as LGBT, it feels good to think about this. It’s like, “who, if I’d been at Hogwarts, might I have shared that difficult experience with? Who might have understood and supported me in that challenge?” Not that straight people can’t be supportive, but there’s a special connection between people who share a challenge. It’s only as irrelevant as speculating about any other aspect of the school. 

  14. KateMet says:

    It’s not a lifestyle, it’s just a life.  As rich and varied and unique as your own. You say you don’t care, but since you have to say you don’t, you actually do. We’re all just people, trying to connect with other people.  If you prefer to read the books without thinking about the characters growing up and choosing partners, please do. They haven’t been rewritten. But don’t pretend your interpretation is the only one.  

  15. Rachel says:

    You just used 175 words to claim “you don’t care”.  Seems like you care a lot.

  16. Q says:

    “No true Scotsman,” eh?

  17. Jer says:

    @Aaron:  I absolutely agree that it is not black and white.  A big part of the problem I see is that everyone needs to have a label of some kind or another.  Why can’t you be Aaron first?  Your sexual preference is just a part of your description, but society has made it the entirety of your description, taking precedence over all the other things that make up who you are.  Some people like it that way, and that’s fine for them, but putting yourself in a box is a great way to ignore all the other common ground you may have with someone.  My faith says you were created in the image of God.  That puts you, in my eyes, exactly equal with me, and everyone else on this earth.  Government cannot add to or take away from that equality.  It can only choose to recognize or not recognize equality.  Why would anybody believe their equality flows from another person or establishment?  This is one of the tenants of libertarianism (small ‘l’).  Other people (government included) have no business assigning rights.  Only recognizing and protecting them.  The marriage issue (and others like it) shouldn’t even be part of the debate.  Government needs to leave societal institutions where they belong; in society.  And I think achieving that should be the wish of every citizen of any country, “free” or not.

  18. Jer says:

    “It’s not a lifestyle, it’s just a life. As rich and varied and unique as your own.”  Precisely.  So why make the label the definition?  Maybe it’s just the squeakiest wheels that I hear making sexuality the end-all be-all of the LGBT lifestyle, and if so, get after them about it.  I don’t care about the label.  It’s a box that everyone seems to be so excited to acknowledge, like it’s some new piety or something.

  19. Jer says:

    You misunderstand.  I don’t care about sexuality.  I care very much about everyone making such a huge deal about it, and telling me it’s relevant just because it is, and that I’m some sort of caveman for not getting super excited about it.

  20. Ian says:

    I’m curious about the idea that having sex with the same gender as you is your “culture”. Why do you let that define you so much? I’d like to hope that my culture isn’t defined by my ability to put my stupid parts into a woman’s stupid parts. It seems a bit separate, I’d hope that I have more dimensions to my character than just who I have sex with. We shouldn’t limit our “culture” to just one thing, we’re more than that!

  21. Of course LBGTQ-people have their own culture. I would have used the term “sub-culture” though.
    We have our own bars and clubs. Our own movies, literature and music. Our own customs and slang.
    I really dislike reducing being LBGTQ to sex. It’s about love. About our own gender-identities.
    How could the shared experience of being marginalized, isolated and attacked not define us?
    I hope one day it won’t make a difference if you are gay or straight or whatever. But as long as I have to still be very careful where and when I dare to show affection for my partner, that day hasn’t come. As longs as I have to read about people being assaulted and killed in western countries, me being gay of course defines me.
    How could it not?
    In my country thousands of people protest in the streets, because the schools wish to teach about tolerance and acceptance.
    The next country over thousands of people march in the streets against gay marriage.
    Am I supposed to feel as part of the accepted majority now, watching those images?

  22. Chris says:

    Why do you have “your” literature, “your” music, “your” movies? It seems to kinda put LBGTQ people in a box. I just finished reading a Hemingway book and I never was like “Hell yeah, this is MY book!” I was thinking about the writing quality, if I enjoyed the way the story was told. I can read whatever I want. I’m in the LBGTQ community, I don’t enjoy how you say there are books/movies/literature/music for me. That makes me feel different, like I have to go enjoy my own group’s sex-oriented cultural products and that everything else is out of my wheelhouse. Every movie in the theater right now is for me, every book in the library is for me, every song on iTunes is for me. Art is art, whether people are gay in the art or not.

  23. chrissy says:

    That was just in the movies. In the book, neville and luna do not date

  24. M says:

    That doesn’t mean he isn’t bi or pan.

  25. Daffydd says:

    Percy probably not, but Charlie is, although more a celibate or non-practicing homosexual… Ms. Rowling describes him thus: He does not marry or have children, since he “preferred dragons to women”.