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The Family Unit in JKR's Wizarding World

This is something that's been bugging me since I finished reading the series and today I finally sat down to see if my hunch was right. It appeared to me that there is, um, no divorce in the wizarding world. And children are almost never raised by one parent -- there's Luna (whose mother died), and Hagrid (whose mother left him because she wasn't even human and so "not very maternal"), but that's about it.

Tom Riddle is raised in an orphanage, and Dean Thomas has a (step?)father as per DH, as, probably, does Blaise Zabini (as per HBP where his mother is cited as marrying a lot in general).

Needless to say, I find this extremely o.O-inducing.

I've left out everyone about whose family situation we know nothing, but here is a listing of HP characters and their parental arrangements. I've cited chapters here and there, but I'm going mostly by memory and so most of the time, I've cited just books.

Abbott, Hannah
When her mother died during HBP, she left Hogwarts. It is not stated whether she had a father, but presumably she had someone to go to when she left the school.

Bell, Katie
Two parents, married or cohabiting [HBP24].

Black, Sirius; Black, Regulus
Two parents, married [OotP5]

Cattermole, Alfred; Cattermole, Ellie; Cattermole, Maisie
Two parents, married [DH13]

Chang, Cho
Two parents, married or cohabiting [OotP18]

Crouch, Bartemius (Jr.)
Two parents, married; his mother died in Azkaban instead of him [GoF].

Delacour-Weasley, Fleur
Two parents, married [DH]

Diggory, Cedric
Two parents, married [GoF31]

Dumbledore, Albus
Two parents, married [DH]

Dursley, Dudley
Two parents, married. Mentioned throughout the series.

Edgecombe, Marietta
Two parents, married or cohabiting [OotP18]

Evans, Lily; Evans, Petunia
Two parents, married or cohabiting [PS4]

Finch-Fletchley, Justin
Mother [CoS]. No mention of a father, but no explicit indication that his mother is single.

Finnigan, Seamus
Two parents, married [PS7]

Gaunt, Merope; Gaunt, Morfin
Father [HBP]. No mother is mentioned, and he is obviously raising them alone, but it is unclear if he is a widower or not.

Granger, Hermione
Two parents, married. Mentioned throughout the series.

Gordon (Dudley's friend from OotP; no last name)
Two parents, married or cohabiting [OotP1]

Goyle, Gregory
Mother [OotP38; mentioned by Ron]. His father is also mentioned in the books, and there is no reason to think that they are not living together.

Hagrid, Rubeus
Two parents, married or cohabiting. His mother Fridwulfa left when Rubeus was three because she wasn't "the maternal sort". She was also a giantess.

Krum, Viktor
Two parents, married or cohabiting [GoF31]

Longbottom, Neville
Two parents, married; both at St. Mungo's [first mentioned in GoF30]

Lovegood, Luna
Father, widowed; her mother died when she was nine [OotP38]

Lupin, Remus
Two parents, married or cohabiting [PoA18]

Lupin, Theodore
Two parents, married; both deceased [DH]

Malfoy, Draco
Two parents, married. Mentioned throughout the series.

Midgeon, Eloise
Father [HBP]; no mention of a mother.

Moaning Myrtle
Two parents, status unknown [CoS13; Tom Riddle says to Hagrid that the dead girl's parents would be at the school the next day]

Montague
Two parents, married or cohabiting [OotP30]

Nott, Theodore
Father [HBP]. No mention of a mother at all, so not sure what the deal is.

Patil, Padma; Patil, Parvati
Two parents, married or cohabiting [HBP]

Pettigrew, Peter
Mother [PoA10]. No mention of a father at all, so not sure what the deal is.

Polkiss, Piers
Has a mother who escorts him to Dudley's house in PS2. No mention of a father; too minor a character, perhaps.

Potter, Harry
Two parents, married; both deceased. Mentioned throughout the series.

Potter, James (II); Potter, Albus Severus; Potter, Lily
Two parents, married [DH]

Potter, James (I)
Two parents, married [OotP6]

Riddle, Tom (Jr.) / Voldemort
Two parents, married but separated at the time of his birth [HBP10]

Smith, Zacharias
Father [HBP]. No mention of a mother, but inconclusive.

Snape, Severus
Two parents, married [OotP; HBP; DH]

Thomas, Dean
Two parents, married or cohabiting [OotP11]; JKR's website also says that Dean's blood father was a wizard who died in the war.

Tonks, Nymphadora
Two parents, married [DH]

Weasley, Charlie; Weasley, Bill; Weasley, Percy; Weasley, Fred; Weasley, George; Weasley, Ron; Weasley, Ginny
Two parents, married. Mentioned throughout the series.

Weasley, Hugo; Weasley, Rose
Two parents, married [DH]

Weasley, Victoire
Two parents, married [DH]

Zabini, Blaise
Mother [HBP]; father apparently dead.

So out of 44 families whose situation is known, 33 (a full 75 per cent) are clearly traditional two-parent families. For 7, status is impossible to determine, 2 are widower!single parents and only 2 are "other parent left" type single parents. That's four per cent.

In other words, the only explicit instances of single parents who isn't widowed are those of Merope Gaunt (whose child is born evil) and Hagrid's father, whose 'wife' was not even human.

JKR? I o.O at you. I o.O at you hard.
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