JK Rowling Confirms 'Of Course' There Were LGBT Students At Hogwarts

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In a tweet response that really should surprise no one, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has officially confirmed that yes, there were indeed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Hogwarts. In fact, the only group she didn't imagine existing at the wizarding academy were Wiccans. Sorry, neopagans!

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Rowling initially tweeted "To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there 1/2...are Wiccans." To which a user responded with this tweet:

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And Rowling responded:

Welp. If that's not definitive, I don't know what is. I guess we can assume that Harry's straight, cisgender privilege kept him from noticing his LGBT+ peers.

LET THE FANFICTION (RE)COMMENCE!

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For some reason-as in nothing in the books really suggested it-I always pictured Katie Bell as a lesbian in my head since reading the fourth book when I was 14. I thought she might have been in a relationship with Alicia Spinnet who was on the Quidditch team with her, and then later, after Alicia graduated from Hogwarts, with her friend Leanna who was with her when she got the cursed necklace at the Three Broomsticks in OotP.