Within the wizarding world, there were some families who would never accept Muggles. However, love nearly always found a way – and as these couples prove, the effects could be powerful…
Dorcus and Bartholomew
You think you’ve had a bad break-up? Imagine a relationship so disastrous that they actually created a law so it could never happen again. Such was the sad case of Dorcus Twelvetrees and Bartholomew Barebone; a coupling so catastrophic that it caused a law to be passed preventing wizards from interacting with No-Majs for a long, long, LONG time.
Eileen Prince and Tobias Snape
We don’t know much about Severus Snape’s parentage, but the small glimmer we did see told a dark and sorry tale. A man who dubbed himself ‘the Half-Blood Prince’ may have been proud to have Muggle blood in his veins, but whether he was as proud of his mum and dad was another story.
In Deathly Hallows, Harry discovered much about Snape’s childhood and friendship with his mother, Lily. Harry also learnt that Snape had a sorrowful childhood, living in a derelict Muggle village, with two parents (one magical, one Muggle) who seemed to argue endlessly.
When Lily asked Young Snape if his dad, the Muggle Tobias, liked magic, Snape’s reply was short but said an awful lot: ‘He doesn’t like anything much.’
Lyall Lupin and Hope Howell
Remus Lupin’s parents were a good example that Muggle/wizard romance can work, but sometimes events can complicate things. Lyall Lupin and Hope Howell met when Lyall rescued Hope from a Boggart. How very ‘Lupin’ of him!
Turns out this was an excellent ice-breaker for a very happy marriage, and eventually they had a son together, Remus.
Lyall had a run in with the werewolf Fenrir Greyback during his time at the Ministry for Magic. Greyback took his revenge by biting Remus, transforming him into a werewolf and leaving him to a lifetime of exclusion.
The couple knew the stigma attached to their son’s condition, so they educated him at home and moved from place to place to avoid having to answer difficult questions. Remus did get to go to Hogwarts in the end, where he met his future best friends.
Mr and Mrs Thomas
Dean was a close friend of Harry and Ron, and one-time boyfriend of Ginny... but behind the scenes, Dean Thomas had a dark history, not that he knew about it.
He was raised as a Muggle by his non-magical mother, Mrs Thomas, and her second husband in a family of half-brothers and sisters. But the story of Mrs Thomas’s first husband was exceedingly sad.
In an early draft of Chamber of Secrets, and in notes given to director Chris Columbus, J.K. Rowling revealed that while Dean and his mother believed that his dad had abandoned them, it actually wasn’t the case. Mr Thomas never told his family what he was, and was killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join Voldemort’s cause.
Dean and his mother had no idea that Mr Thomas was not only a wizard, but also a very brave man.
Merope Gaunt and Tom Riddle
The relationship between Merope Gaunt and Tom Riddle Sr teaches us a very harsh lesson on the trials and tribulations of love and magic.
Born into a life of abuse and poverty, Merope Gaunt had the misfortune of growing up in a family so staunchly pure-blood obsessed that they resorted to close family marriages to keep the line untainted. Merope Gaunt grew up barely able to use magic due to the constant cycle of cruelty, and she fell in love with a local boy – handsome Muggle Tom Riddle.
The reaction from her father and brother was volatile, but the two were later imprisoned. Finally, free from the restraints of her abusive life, Merope began to hone her magic, but sadly after a life of desolation, focused it in the wrong place: she made Tom Riddle fall in love with her using magic.
The pair’s ‘romance’ shocked their village, and the couple led a claustrophobic life with Merope living in endless, yet blissful denial, with poor Tom trapped under her enchantments. Eventually Merope became pregnant, so the troubled witch decided to test the waters, lift the spells and see if Tom Riddle would love her back naturally.
Tom Riddle was instantly repulsed and fled, leaving Merope alone in a chasm of despair. She died shortly after the birth of her son, Tom Riddle, and the result of a boy born under such forced circumstances gave us one of the Darkest wizards in history. Even worse? Merope’s tortured final request: that her son would look just like the man who would never love her.