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Evans is the surname of a Muggle family. They must have had some distant magical blood,[1] however, as at least one member, Lily Evans, was a Muggle-born witch.

History

The earliest known members of the family were Mr and Mrs Evans, who had two daughters, Petunia and Lily Evans. They lived near Spinner's End in Cokeworth, sharing residence with the Snape family.[2] Lily's parents were Muggles, as was her sister Petunia.

Mr and Mrs Evans were proud of their younger daughter being a witch and appeared to have favoured her over their elder daughter because of it.

They were related to the Dursley family through Petunia's marriage to Vernon Dursley, and the Potter family through Lily's marriage to James Potter.

They were the famous for being Harry Potter's maternal family, and were known in the wizarding world for Lily's loving sacrifice that saved Harry from Lord Voldemort when he was just an infant.

This family is extinct in the male line, but not in the female line. When Harry married Ginny Weasley, they became related to the Weasley family through their three children, James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Petunia's son Dudley Dursley had at least two children as well.

Family members

Main family

Person Notes
Lily Potter

(née Evans)

Muggle-born witch who was sorted into Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; younger sister of Petunia, wife of James Potter, and mother of Harry Potter
Petunia Dursley

(née Evans)

Muggle; older sister of Lily, wife of Vernon Dursley, and mother of Dudley Dursley
Mr Evans Muggles; parents of Petunia and Lily Evans
Mrs Evans

Evans relatives

Person Notes
Lily Luna Potter Blood relative and youngest child of Harry and Ginny Potter
Albus Severus Potter Blood relative and middle child of Harry and Ginny Potter
James Sirius Potter Blood relative and oldest son of Harry and Ginny Potter
Dursley children Children of Dudley and his wife
Ginevra Molly Potter (née Weasley) Related through marriage, wife of Harry Potter, and mother of James, Albus, and Lily
Harry James Potter Blood relative, son of James and Lily Potter, husband of Ginny, and father of James, Albus, and Lily
Dudley Dursley Blood relative and son of Vernon and Petunia Dudley
James Potter Related through marriage, husband of Lily, and father of Harry Potter
Vernon Dursley Related through marriage, husband of Petunia, and father to Dudley Dursley

Etymology

Evans is a Welsh or English surname derived from the given name Evan.[3] As a Welsh name, Evan means "young warrior;" it can also be considered a form of the name John, meaning "God is gracious."[4]

At least in the case on Mark Evans, J. K. Rowling has stated that she chose this surname due to it being a common name, expressing similar feelings about "Smith" and "Jones", as well as "Black", "Thomas", and "Brown", which were given to other significant characters.[5]

Both sisters in the Evans family, Lily and Petunia, are named after flowers.

Behind the scenes

Notes and references

  1. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  3. Behind the Name: Evans
  4. Behind the Name: Evan
  5. F.A.Q. question at J. K. Rowling's official site (archived)
  6. J.K.Rowling Official Site F.A.Q.
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised) - "They just looked at him, smiling. And slowly, Harry looked into the faces of the other people in the mirror, and saw other pairs of green eyes like his"