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Lesbian Harry Potter star says marriage 'is for straight people'

2016-06-21
Miriam Margoyles, who reached international fame playing Harry Potter’s herbalist witch - aka Mandrake-loving Professor Pomona Sprout - has thrown one heck of a stone in the water this weekend. "Marriage is for straight people," the 75-year-old told the Guardian. "I’ve been with my partner Heather for 48 years - although she lives in Holland and I live in England. "We’ve had a civil partnership, but the thought of referring to one another as 'wife' makes me feel sick. I don’t understand why gay people are so anxious to get married." Margoyles, who has been with her partner for nearly half a century, came out of the closet at the age of 27. Miriam-Margoyles_3206650b "My mother was utterly appalled and disgusted." she previously said. "[My parents] made me swear on the Bible in the drawing room, in the most formal way, that I would never sleep with a woman again." Though she was spared her parent’s blessing  - Margoyles remained proud of who she was ever since: "It isn't a problem for me," she said. "I am perfectly happy. I want everybody else to be perfectly happy about it." We're not sure what Harry Potter author JK Rowling, a fervent defender of LGBT’s rights, would make of this one. Words: Salomé Baudino More stories: Gay men over 65 have the best sex lives, study finds Watch the emotionally-charged trailer for Looking: The Movie