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The Rowling Magazine Issue #30 · June 2019

Is the Wizarding World still in the closet?

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It’s Pride Month and we couldn’t stop to analyze how this could be celebrated in the Wizarding World that J. K. Rowling created. Amidst the controversy that Rowling launched when publically made clear for second time that Albus Dumbledore is gay and that he may have had a sexual relationship with the villain of Fantastic Beasts, Gellert Grindelwald.

But, how much do we really know about the implications of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in the Wizarding World? There seems to be none. For starters the Wizarding World seems to be some steps forward in some aspects from the muggle world –we are, of course, talking about the fact that in 1926 the US Presidency was held by a woman of color–. So, how does the Wizarding World acts in regards of its LGBTQ+ Community?

We can affirm that there seems to be a bit of maleness in the Law. The beliefs of the blood purity may suggest that the WW is still struggling to let the LGBTQ+ have their rights respected. Perhaps is time for Rowling to clarify this aspect about the Wizarding World. Does the community has the same rights as they do at the muggle world? Why don’t we have more LGBTQ+ characters confirmed?

There is still a rumor circulating in regards of Charlie Weasley sexuality. Some affirm that he is asexual as he has never been seen in a relationship –no matter how much Mrs. Weasley push her son to bring at least someone home to meet the family, he is clearly not interested.

Another rumor that was very strong no long time ago was that Harry’s fellow Gryffindor classmates, Dean and Seamus were a couple. This obviously was never confirmed by Rowling so we can only hope that she may bring some more light into the matter.

We really hope that the Fantastic Beasts saga could help to understand better where does the Wizarding Society stands as there are clearly very promising plots that could put in light the LGBTQ+ Community at the Wizarding World.

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