How is it that none of the teacher at Hogwarts is married?

@shomomo (850)
Israel
April 26, 2007 4:31am CST
I've read every book that came out in the harry potter series and I haven't noticed this until recently, how is that none of the teachers is married? It sounds kinda weird, because they do live in the school so they can't really be married to someone they barely see, can they? I think I first thought of it at dumbeldore's funeral and thought about his family and I realized: he has no family! Come to think about it, how often do you here about teacher's parents, siblings, anything?
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I had noticed this recently as well and found it a bit odd. When you think of it that all the teachers aren't married? That doesn't seem right. Of course it could be we just haven't been shown their spouses, writers don't always show everything in the books after all. Still it does make one wonder as to why they wouldn't have boyfriends, girlfriends, significant others, or spouses. There is a town near by where they can date after all. There is no reason I can think of for a teacher not to have a spouse. So is it just convienence for the writer to not have to create them or is there another reason we aren't aware of? Who knows but maybe the last book will answer it for us.
@shomomo (850)
• Israel
27 Apr 07
Perhaps because Hogwarts is a boarding school the teachers don't have time for romantic, and even if they did they would barely see their spouces, that's kinda hard to live with isn't it?
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Perhaps but I have to wonder if they don't have time to enjoy life why bother? Anyways I agree it could be because they are too busy but I think it's more they just weren't mentioned due to space in the book. It wasn't needed for the storyline so why put it in.
@lani0529 (1728)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
Hi shomomo!(",) Wow, you've got such an observant mind! I think, some of them have families but they cannot be with them because of their work. If ever they don't have one, I guess, they have love stories in which we are not aware of. It was not written because perhaps the characters are not needed in the story. If you are really curious aboutb it, you can email the author. Why not, make love stories for the teachers? I think, it would be fun and exciting! Just try it...(",) Have a great day!(",)
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• India
27 Apr 07
Dumbeldore has a bro with sum wierd name doesn he???? i m sure i read abt it some where in th order of ph!!!!
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Yes, Dumbledore's brother's name is Aberforth Dumbledore. You can read about him here if you don't want to search through the books: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberforth_Dumbledore I do remember a vague mention of him in the OotP book.
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Yeah, I was thinking none of them are married because they live at Hogwarts for 10 months out of the year.
@judyt00 (3505)
• Canada
24 May 07
Perhaps they are married, but the spouse doesn'tcome in contact with the kids. who knows. Its not really important.
• United States
23 May 07
Some of the Hogwarts teachers ARE married, its just that their families are not mentioned. Rowling has said this in intereviews and such, and information like this can be found at mugglenet.com. Also, none of the teachers actually live at the school except Hagrid and (I believe) Dumbledore. They go to their own homes during breaks and summer vacation and I'm sure they probably go off to visit their families sometimes on weekends. Rowling also said that the only staff who never leave the school during Christmas break are Hagrid, Dumbledore and Filch. I guess it's possible that Filch also lives at the school, though he doesn't seem like the type that would be married anyway.
• United States
29 Apr 07
I think that they probably do have personal lives, they just aren't relevant to the story of Harry Potter. They do only live at the school while school is in session, so they must have somewhere to go over summer. It does tell a bit about Hagrid's family, but he is more of a friend of the trio than just a teacher. I think it would be a good idea to email JK about this and see if she does in fact have the professors' personal lives mapped out in her head or in her notes. After all, she has a lot of info on her website that has never made it into the books. She may very well know all the details of the Hogwarts professors' personal lives.
@valerfore (298)
• Singapore
28 Apr 07
The Harry Potter books are already thick enough as they are. If Rowling includes side stories about their families as well, she would have to sacrifice other more important plotlines.