Being a casual fan of the books, it occurred to me that in most cases, the couples I have seen in the Harry Potter stories all seem to come from the same house, with Harry and Cho Chang being an exception. This makes a certain amount of sense; the [mostly] friendly rivalry of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin would to an extent preclude extended fraternization, and most time spent outside of study would be with housemates, both same sex and opposite. So it makes a bit of sense that most probable couple bounds or opportunities to pair up may occur literally "in-house". This would be elevated by the fact that, due to house members sharing similar traits and possible alignments, they would naturally have more in common with housemates [values, views, personality quirks, shared interests] which would be the best elements to build upon.

Close friendships aren't precluded by houses, though; Cedric Diggory was purportedly liked by most people, regardless of House affiliation, for instance. In The Cursed Child, concurrently, Albus and his cousin are in different houses, and grow steadily distant while he grows close to a Malfoy. So its not at all impossible that close friends can come from different houses, let alone crushes or possible paramours.

I was just wondering if I missed something, and if there were any in-canon examples of couples who came from different houses yet had successful relationships?

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    I originally answered with Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory as one could argue it counts as a "successful relationship", however, your title mentions marriage. Do you specifically want to know only couples who have married from different houses or does any inter House relationship count?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 9, 2019 at 14:59
  • Related: Did any Gryffindor marry a Slytherin?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Sep 9, 2019 at 15:12
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    @RussRainford Oh I don't, I just feel like mine doesn't quite match the intent as well and we don't really want this turning into a list with one example per answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 9, 2019 at 15:59
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    Bill and Fleur are at least an example of a Gryffindor marrying a non-Gryffindor (although Fleur might have been in Gryffindor had she gone to Hogwarts). Also, Luna marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, so if Hufflepuff runs in the family, that could be a Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff one.
    – Luna
    Sep 10, 2019 at 10:28
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    Do the two have to have been at Hogwarts at the same time? If not, Remus Lupin (Gryffindor) and Nymphador Tonks (Hufflepuff) would count here. Sep 10, 2019 at 22:51

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Another example. If we consider the "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" game canon, then there's a mention of a happy marriage between Grim Fawley (Hufflepuff) and Penelope Padgett (Slytherin).


Neville Longbottom, a Gryffindor, married Hannah Abbott, a Hufflepuff.

[Questioner] Did Neville ever find love?

[JKR] Of course. … To make him extra cool he marries the woman who becomes, eventually, the new landlady at The Leaky Cauldron, which I think would make him very cool among the students, that he lives above the pub. He marries Hannah Abbott.

J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall, October 20, 2007.

Remus Lupin, a Gryffindor, married Nymphadora Tonks, a Hufflepuff.

Seems like Gryffindor men have a affinity for Hufflepuff women...

  • Wasn't he going to confess to Luna at the end of the last movie? I guess that didn't pan out. Sep 10, 2019 at 10:07
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    @Parrotmaster, movies and books are quite different
    – Yuriy S
    Sep 10, 2019 at 11:24

Tonks parents were from differents houses and had a succesfull marriage too. Her mom Andromeda was a Slytherin and her dad Ted Tonks was never specified but he was a muggleborn so it's unlikkely that he was a Slytherin.

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    We have no canon support for either of their houses which is why I didn't include it in my answer.
    – Skooba
    Oct 7, 2019 at 12:41
  • I though Andromeda house was clearly Slytherin and can be supported by a comment Slughorn made to Harry in chapter 4, book 6 and I quote: "The whole Black family had been in my house, but Sirius ended up in Gryffindor!". Is cannon that Slughorn was a teacher since before Voldemort until his retirement when he was replaced by Snape so is cannon too that he teached Bellatrix, Andromeda, Narcissa, Sirius and Regulus. His word should be enough to make it cannon what house Andromeda was. I know we don't have a proof of Ted house but his status as muggleborn made me infer that he's not a Slytherin.
    – Tsukikage
    Oct 7, 2019 at 20:45

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