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In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it is revealed that there is an out-of-wedlock birth in that

Delphini "Diggory" was born to Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange. Bellatrix was already married to Rodolphus Lestrange, and Voldemort doesn't seem like the sort to want to get hitched.

All the protagonists of Harry's generation were born to married parents, and that seems to have applied to the "19 years later" generation as well. Were there any out-of-wedlock births in the Harry Potter universe outside of the one previously mentioned?

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I believe Tom Riddle, Jr. (aka Lord Voldemort) qualifies.

Merope Gaunt had Tom Riddle, Sr. under the effects of love potion (or at least that is what Dumbledore and Harry believe). They were technically married, but Tom Sr. had left Merope prior to Tom Jr being born.

We see the following quotes in The Half-Blood Prince

Albus Dumbledore: "Can you not think of any measure Merope could have taken to make Tom Riddle forget his Muggle companion, and fall in love with her instead?"

Harry Potter: "The Imperius Curse? Or a love potion?"


"Tom Riddle left her while she was still pregnant... I believe that Merope, who was deeply in love with her husband, could not bear to continue enslaving him by magical means. I believe that she made the choice to stop giving him the potion."


"Within a few months of their runaway marriage, Tom Riddle reappeared at the manor house in Little Hangleton without his wife. The rumour flew around the neighbour­hood that he was talking of being 'hoodwinked' and 'taken in'... He left her, never saw her again, and never troubled to discover what became of his son."


An "out-of-wedlock" birth literally means children born of a mother and a father who were not married at the time of birth. If we take a strict definiton of the phrase I feel Tom Jr qualifies because even though Merope and Tom Sr were married when Tom Jr was conceived, they were not married when he was born.

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    In Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore describes Riddle and Gaunt as having had a "runaway marriage". It seems clear that they were married before she became pregnant, and I don't think it's ever mentioned whether he sought a divorce or annulment. – recognizer Aug 12 '16 at 20:08
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    I see that their marriage is now edited into the answer - it seems like a stretch to claim that Riddle's leaving his wife dissolved their marriage. – recognizer Aug 12 '16 at 20:09
  • @recognizer maybe legally, if Tom Sr never sought an annulment, but by the same token I doubt their marriage was registered with the courts or church. So Tom Sr leaving is effectively divorce – Skooba Aug 12 '16 at 20:10
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    plus im sure a love potion induced marrages are probably illegal and null and void – Himarm Aug 12 '16 at 20:20
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    @himarm - Not in Vegas. – Valorum Aug 12 '16 at 20:45
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Someone mentioned the Half-Blood Prince. If memory serves, Severus Snape was born out of wedlock, hence the reference to being a half-blood (his mother's last name was Prince; his father was a Muggle named Tobias Snape). Considering their hatred of 'mud-bloods,' one has to wonder why Voldemort and the Death Eaters tolerated Snape's presence.

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    This is incorrect, Elieen Prince and Tobias Snape were married: "I was going through the rest of the old Prophets and there was a tiny announcement about Eileen Prince marrying a man called Tobias Snape, and then later an announcement saying that she’d given birth" HBP Chapter 30 – Jason Baker Aug 13 '16 at 0:33
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    Harry was considered half-blood too, and his parents certainly were married. – Adamant Aug 13 '16 at 0:55

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