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So you've got Hogwarts, with several hundred adolescents obviously suffering from raging hormones, living in sexually integrated housing, and the incidence of hanky-panky beyond snogging is apparently zilch. Huh? How can this be?

The out-of-canon answers are more than adequate:

  1. JKR simply didn't want to write That Kind of Story (and I'm not convinced she could have if she tried). The author's choice is final.

  2. Adding sex to the mix would have complicated the story horribly.

  3. Adding sex to the mix would have cast the moral incoherence of the wizard world into unbearably sharp relief.

  4. JKR's core readership (preadolescents) wouldn't have stood for it. The cries of "Eeeeew!" would have been deafening. And the sales would have reflected that.

As far as I know, JKR dealt with the whole thing by simply and comprehensively ignoring it, so there's not likely any explanation within the books (although I could be wrong). Is there a mention of a "Sal Petrus" spell worked into the wardings of Hogwarts?

So. Has the subject come up? Has anyone had the chutzpah to ask JKR?

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Take the chit-chat to Chat. –  Keen Jul 10 at 14:52
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Doing WHAT????? –  gnometorule Jul 13 at 0:31
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"To the pure at heart, all things are pure." –  WhatRoughBeast Jul 13 at 1:59
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@gnometorule - "it". –  Richard Jul 13 at 5:45
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It seems to me that every story that I have ever read has something undescribed, and/or left out. How do we know the students weren't humping like mad bunnies at every page break? JKR didn't feel the need to spell it out, and the series made her richer than the Queen of England. Had the story been more titillating, I'm sure her fan base would have shifted. Whether or not her profits would have risen or fallen is a matter of opinion. –  Major Stackings Jul 14 at 16:03

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As you can see from the Marauder's Map (seen in the end credits of "Prisoner of Azkaban") certain elements of the student body are clearly up to naughtiness.

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Out of universe, JKR spoke about the apparent lack of ('ahem') physical intimacy in her books;

"The thing about fantasy—there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky." New Yorker Interview 2012

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Obviously, that's one student climbing on the shoulders of another to reach the cookie jar on the high shelf. –  Brian S Jul 9 at 19:10
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@BrianS - Or helping another student onto their broomstick. –  Richard Jul 9 at 19:22
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The legs even make a twitch. –  Voldemort Jul 9 at 21:44
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Seriously though, it's hard to upvote (imo) since it is almost certainly an easter egg joke from a bored animator and not exactly canon. It doesn't even occur during the movie proper, but in the credits. –  joshbirk Jul 10 at 2:23
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You can have sex next to dragons though. Nothing wrong with that... –  A. Donda Jul 10 at 15:55

The books mainly focus on Harry, Ron, and Hermione (with occasional dalliances towards other students, primarily when they interact with the main trio). They don't really pair up much with anyone in the series. Hermione's daliance with Victor Krum isn't implied to be sexual, just romantic, and takes place largely off-screen. Harry doesn't pursue anything of the sort, due to Bigger Things Happening. Ron is largely unsuccessful in his romantic endeavors, due to his obliviousness.

That said, there's ample evidence that sex (or at least the preludes) occur at Hogwarts. As others have said, there's plenty of references to people kissing ('snogging') and similar 'PG' activities, which indicates that the awkward teenaged romances are occurring.

Moreover, in Book 4 (Goblet of Fire) during the big party there is a scene outside, where Harry observes two people (who I believe to be Moody and Snape) doing rounds of the ground. Snape blasts a set of bushes and is then seen deducting points from two students (whose names escape me), a boy and girl, who were clearly up to something.

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Remembering that not everything will be mentioned in a story is something a lot of people forget. We focus on characters that aren't really paying attention to sex while we are watching them. –  trlkly Jul 10 at 18:04
    
In regards to you talking about Victor and Hermiones relationship I would say it wasn't sexual as he was 17 or 18 and she was 13 or 14, maybe 15. –  iliveunderawesomerock Jul 11 at 19:36
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@iliveunderawesomerock Did you make up this user name specifically for this comment or did you happen to use it before? (What I mean is: Why in the world would sex not be in the loop because they're 17 and 15??) –  sbi Jul 13 at 13:34
    
@sbi your right I was being naive and maybe I was wrong. I don't think sex was in the loop due to Hermione's character, but I do think that people that are that age have sex. Also the relationship was implied meaning that anything is possible. As for the mention of my username I don't understand what you mean by that. But this is the username I use for every site I go on,no offense. And for the record I think the answer is perfect for a theoretical conversation regarding sex in HP because to my knowledge it was never covered in the books. –  iliveunderawesomerock Jul 13 at 17:52

The building is not completely integrated. In the sixth book, Harry and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Ron went to visit Hermione in the girls dormitory. In such a case the stair modifies into a slide, as the founders considered boys to be less trustworthy than girls.

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Doesn't stop girls going into boys rooms –  WernerCD Jul 9 at 22:22
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And, at least in the movies, the common areas have nice comfortable couches. At 3 AM, who would know? –  WhatRoughBeast Jul 9 at 23:17
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@WhatRoughBeast: Well in the third book, the quidditch afterparty went somehow too loud. McGonagall found that out somehow. So perhaps the common room is not that private after all. And furthermore isn't 3 AM more or less the time when house elves clean up the common room? –  CommuSoft Jul 10 at 9:00
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This doesn't seem like a real answer, I'm not saying downvote I am just saying if Ron, Hermione and Harry can sneak away to visit a dog and do their adventures unseen then someone else or even them could sneak away and do something else not kosher unseen by people. Remember there are secret areas to hogwarts(marauders map: entrance to Hogsmeade) and there is the room of Requirements. –  iliveunderawesomerock Jul 11 at 19:41
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"the founders considered boys to be less trustworthy" - the founders clearly didn't go to the same co-ed boarding school that I did, then! –  ClickRick Jul 11 at 22:04

There are lots of fantasy works where sex is totally ignored, just because it's something natural that has nothing to do with the main argument. The same way, authors usually don't explain you when their heroes go to the restroom and how much time they spend there.

The fact that HP novels are set on a college with lots of teenagers could seem like an excuse to introduce romance and sex into the story, however, the story is not about that. I think that JKR could perfectly added sex into its narration, but she knew that the effect would have converted its fantasy saga into something like Twilight, and she just didn't want that.

So... she did what any proud son of Great Britain would do when trying to avoid any matter, just act like it don't exist.

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This seems like the answer. There’s nothing in the books to suggest that sex doesn’t happen; it just doesn’t get written about, because it’s not important to the story JKR wants to tell. –  PLL Jul 16 at 12:14
    
In a real-world boarding schol, Fred and George would be building fireworks that explode into huge, colorful dicks. –  Guybrush Threepwood Aug 1 at 12:23

There's no strong evidence either way, but statistics suggest someone is getting lucky

Since we obviously have no in-canon proof of students having actual intercourse, we have to refer based on what we can:

  1. Wizard children aren't fundamentally different from Muggle children when it comes to hormones. They fall in love, they get jealous, etc., etc.

  2. They have access to magical items like love potions which, if anything, makes it more likely that they're adolescents who might experiment

  3. Considering the number of similarities between Real World Britain and Rowling's fictional world, the fact that teenage sex is hardly a rarity in Great Britain would suggest that such trends probably follow suit at Hogwart's.

However, we should also remember:

  1. Students of wizardy aren't like typical students. Learning magic can be dangerous and Hogwart's can be a tightly controlled environment because of this fact (and other reasons, like Voldemort's growing influence).

  2. Towards the end of the series / books, the overall tone and culture of the school is closer to that of one during wartime. The possibility of getting blown up can be a bit of a dampener on romantic outings.

It's all a guess, but it seems likely that a) yes, someone is getting lucky however b) it might not as common as we might guess.

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'Wartime' and the related fear, emotional stress & pressure would generally be an accelerating factor, making teenagers reach emotional adulthood (or the conviction that they have reached it) faster. In such a situation it would be far more likely for teenagers to experiment, and less likely to postpone or restrict things. "Going off to war" - in either literal or figurative sense - is a powerful instinctive reason to have sex now, while you still can. I won't dig for citations, but both biology and historical evidence (say, during WW2 right before war went over those places) supports this. –  Peteris Jul 9 at 21:44
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@Himarm well, it does apply to the whole time that matters - i.e., the years during the story where the described students are of the appropriate age. The period after that isn't described in detail, and before the 'war' they're young enough so that the 'viewpoint' characters wouldn't see much, if any, of the hogwarts sex. –  Peteris Jul 9 at 21:59
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@Peteris - Maybe in romance novels, but I disagree in reality. War is stress, stress is a huge component in sexual dysfunction. You might be more emotional, but you aren't going to be horny. We aren't talking about couples who need to get in some action to insure they might have kids if dad never makes it home - we're talking about teens experimenting for the first time. The former is the WWII scenario, I think, and I really don't think it applies here. –  joshbirk Jul 9 at 22:43
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@joshbirk - well, the fact that most healthy young men were off fighting may have had something to do with it. –  WhatRoughBeast Jul 10 at 0:30
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@joshbirk Take a closer look at the graph in the article you linked to. WWII was from 1939-1945. While there was a further increase in birthrate after the war, there is a SHARP increase starting in 1939. –  Dan Esparza Jul 11 at 18:34

Based on reality and hints in the book i believe there was sex happening at Hogwarts. When Ginny walks in on Percy snogging his girlfriend it seems like he is overly embarrassed to just be caught kissing. So i believe that while it wouldn't have been appropriate to actually talk about sex in her books based on readership she was alluding/ hinting towards it.

Great point by Commusoft, The designers of Hogwarts at least expected the men to attempt to have sex with the women. Whether they were worried about it being forced or consensual is another matter...

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That might be, but it's also consistent with a general elevated level of prudishness. And are you really going to invoke reality when dealing with the behavior of adolescent wizards-in-training in a parallel aspect of our universe? –  WhatRoughBeast Jul 9 at 18:23
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Since some students are muggle born we can assume that IF in fact the wizarding world is more prudish then our world we still have horny teenagers with some of them not as prudish since they grew up in our world and may have brothers and sisters sexually active at normal schools. –  Himarm Jul 9 at 18:39
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I think most of that had to do with his baby sister catching him instead of say any other first year he could simply shoo off and think nothing further of. –  Monty129 Jul 9 at 20:17
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His comments were not that he was embarrassed he was caught, or embarrassed that it was her IT was that he literally didn't want people to find out aka his brothers/mom. –  Himarm Jul 9 at 20:19
    
Can you back this answer up with something more than speculation and a point made from another answer? –  joshbirk Jul 11 at 2:39

If you've read the books, harry bathes or washes 2 times in the Entire saga, nobody pees, poos or farts, harry is told to wash his hair the night before going to the ministry in the order of the phoenix. maybe theres a spell or enchanted object that cleans you without bathing?

The Sex part is a bit weird but you must not forget the weasleys, its just not what you want to graphiclly imagine Molly and Arthur Weasley having sex its not very sexy is it? but they do have 5 Children...

the rest of the wizarding world seems to be quite LOW on libido for even after hogwarts they only have one or 2 kids even when they have the money...

I think if your very busy and generally having fun sex is the last thing on your mind, Magic is just cooler than what we do at school, specially when we cant choose what we like and we have to deal with 10 if not more of school years that hogwarts' 7. Not that it doesn't happen, im sure it does... but then what if they got pregnant? where would they get condoms? if they are pure bloods where would they get muggle money to buy said condoms, is there a spell that makes girls not ovulate or boys sperm go puff?

And there is the fact that ALL rooms are shared, that puts a damper on masturbating right?

My Question is how do witches deal with periods? can they do "Evanesco" at home if there muggle born ?

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As to the shared rooms, the old "Quidditch scarf on the doorknob" must have occurred to someone. –  WhatRoughBeast Jul 11 at 18:51
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I'm fairly certain they wouldn't need a lowly muggle solution such as condoms to avoid pregnancies... there HAS to be a spell or at least a potion for that, even us muggles have invented potions that prevent or at least make pregnancies less likely... and we've had those since a lot longer than Olivander's been open (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_control#History). –  BMWurm Jul 27 at 16:59
    
@WhatRoughBeast Finally I understand the use of "Muffliato" - just not why SNAPE of all people invented it. –  BMWurm Jul 27 at 17:03

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