What religious group was not represented in Harry Potter? JK Rowling responds (also, were there any LGBT students at Hogwarts?)

Harry Potter fans know that Hogwarts is a diverse place, but have you ever wondered if it’s religiously diverse? JK Rowling confirmed this week that this is indeed the case, but that at least one religious group has been excluded. Some readers, however, might be surprised to know which belief system was left out of the novels.

On Tuesday, a Harry Potter fan tweeted JK Rowling asking if there were any Jewish wizards at Hogwarts. Rowling quickly confirmed at least one, then clarified that he wasn’t the only one.

As you’d expect, there was a rush of other fans of various faiths tweeting to ask Rowling if their religious beliefs were represented as well. Rowling responded to most of them in two tweets, naming, instead of a list of included beliefs, the one group left out:

On the one hand, this makes some sense, since Wiccans have their own beliefs about witchcraft – but so do many religions, and many condemn it. Of course, there’s another demographic that most religions have long condemned, and that’s changing these days, so maybe in the Harry Potter universe, tolerance for witchcraft could show up in all the beliefs.

Speaking of that other demographic – yes, Rowling was also asked if there were any LGBT students at Hogwarts. His answer is awesome.

So, recap: Jew, Muslim, Christian, atheist, and any other faith (or non-faith) group you can name Rowling says was represented in Harry Potter. Hogwarts was open to everyone – all religious groups, all sexualities, and Muggle-borns. Rowling even responded to a fan, saying a Jedi wasn’t unlikely, and suggesting Dean Thomas might fit the role. No Wiccans, however, what Rowling confirms is out of respect for different faiths, rather than exclusion:

One of the major themes of Harry Potter was anti-prejudice (against house-elves, half-giants, muggleborns, and other marginalized magical creatures), so perhaps that stands to reason that the book included all belief systems as well.

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