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{{Quote|Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!|James Potter stands between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his family|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!|James Potter stands between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his family|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
'''James Potter''' ([[27 March]], [[1960s|1960]] – [[31 October]], [[1981]]), also known as '''Prongs''', was a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizards|wizard]] and son of [[James Potter's father|Mr.]] and [[James Potter's mother|Mrs. Potter]]. He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1971]] to [[1978]], and was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] House. When James started at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he met and befriended fellow Gryffindor students [[Remus Lupin]], [[Sirius Black]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]]. He also met [[Severus Snape]], a Slytherin student who he frequently antagonized, and [[Lily Evans]], a fellow Gryffindor who James fell in love with.
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'''James Potter''' ([[27 March]], [[1960s|1960]] – [[31 October]], [[1981]]), also known as '''Prongs''', was a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizards|wizard]] and the only son of [[James Potter's father|Mr]] and [[James Potter's mother|Mrs Potter]]. He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1971]] to [[1978]], and was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] House. When James started at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he met and befriended fellow Gryffindor students [[Remus Lupin]], [[Sirius Black]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]]. He also met [[Severus Snape]], a Slytherin student whom he frequently antagonised. During his seventh year, James was appointed [[Head Boy]] and began dating Lily Evans.
   
During his seventh year, James was appointed [[Head Boy]] and began dating Lily Evans, whom he later [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]]. Together, they had a son named [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. James, Lily, and their friends all fought in the [[First Wizarding War]] as members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]]; he and his wife defied [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] three times. However, James and Lily Potter were forced to go into hiding after a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made concerning Voldemort and their infant son. Tragically, James and Lily were betrayed to Voldemort by one of their friends, Peter Pettigrew. James was murdered by Voldemort on [[Hallowe'en]] in [[1981]], along with his wife, while they were trying to protect their son. James briefly appeared again through the [[Resurrection Stone]] for Harry, along with [[Lily Evans|Lily]], [[Sirius Black|Sirius]], and [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] in May of [[1998]].
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After Hogwarts he [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] Lilly and together they had a son, [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]] of whom he made [[Sirius Black]] the godfather. James, Lily, and their friends all fought in the [[First Wizarding War]] as members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]]; he and his wife defied [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] three times. However, James and Lily Potter were forced to go into hiding after a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made concerning Voldemort and their infant son. Tragically, James and Lily were betrayed to Voldemort by one of their friends, Peter Pettigrew. James was murdered by Voldemort on [[Hallowe'en]] in [[1981]], along with his wife, while they were trying to protect their son.
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James briefly appeared again through the [[Resurrection Stone]], along with [[Lilly Potter]], [[Sirius Black]] and [[Remus Lupin]] in [[1998]]. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], James had three grandchildren through his son, [[Harry Potter]]; [[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]], and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]], the first who was named after his grandfather.
   
 
==Biography==
 
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James Potter was born into a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizarding family]] of considerable wealth. Both his [[Potter family|parents]] were elderly, even by wizarding standards, and both died under normal circumstances between [[1975]] and [[1981]]. Because he was their only child, arriving later in their lives, James's parents pampered him a great deal, so he grew to be arrogant, boastful, and proud, but deep down a good person.<ref name="JKR">[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript Leaky Cauldron: 30 July 2007 Webchat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
 
James Potter was born into a [[pure-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizarding family]] of considerable wealth. Both his [[Potter family|parents]] were elderly, even by wizarding standards, and both died under normal circumstances between [[1975]] and [[1981]]. Because he was their only child, arriving later in their lives, James's parents pampered him a great deal, so he grew to be arrogant, boastful, and proud, but deep down a good person.<ref name="JKR">[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript Leaky Cauldron: 30 July 2007 Webchat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
   
[[File:Alfie_McIlwain.jpg|thumb|James in his first year at Hogwarts]]
 
 
===Hogwarts years===
 
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Sirius Black|Where are you heading, if you've got the choice?|James Potter|'Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!' Like my dad... Got a problem with that?|Severus Snape|No. If you'd rather be brawny than brainy...|James's first meeting with [[Sirius Black]] and [[Severus Snape]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-c|Sirius Black|Where are you heading, if you've got the choice?|James Potter|'Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!' Like my dad... Got a problem with that?|Severus Snape|No. If you'd rather be brawny than brainy...|James's first meeting with [[Sirius Black]] and [[Severus Snape]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr_lxaqhnZAAC1qili3vo3_250.gif|thumb|left|220px|James in his first year at Hogwarts]]
   
 
James started to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1971]] and was Sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house. While there, he befriended [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]], and together they called themselves the [[Marauders]].<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
 
James started to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1971]] and was Sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house. While there, he befriended [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]], and together they called themselves the [[Marauders]].<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
Though more mischievous than diligent, James was a very clever student. At some point, he became [[Chaser]]<!-- DO NOT CHANGE TO SEEKER. JK Rowling herself stated that James was a Chaser. --> for his house's [[Quidditch]] team, and he was entirely aware of his talent<ref name=accio>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm 16 October 2000 Scholastic Chat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>. He was something of an obnoxious youth for the majority of his time at school; he liked to show off and was exceptionally self-confident. He habitually ruffled his hair to make it even untidier, to look as though he'd just got off his [[broomstick]], according to [[Lily Evans]].
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Though more mischievous than diligent, James was a very clever student. At some point, he became [[Chaser]]<!-- DO NOT CHANGE TO SEEKER. JK Rowling herself stated that James was a Chaser. --> for his house's [[Quidditch]] team, and he was completely aware of his talent<ref name="accio">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm 16 October 2000 Scholastic Chat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>. For the vast majority of his time at school, he was somewhat an obnoxious youth, with a love of showing-off and an exceptional self-confidence that bordered on arrogance. According to [[Lily Evans|Lily]], he also had a habit of ruffling his hair to make it even untidier, to look as though he had just alighted from his [[broomstick]].
[[File:James Sirius youth.jpg|thumb|250px|left|James with Sirius in their fifth year.]]
 
   
James also had a habit of hexing innocent students for no other reason than because he could, especially [[Severus Snape]], a [[Slytherin]] in the same year. James and Snape had a strong rivalry throughout their time at Hogwarts. Remus and Sirius later explained to Harry that the reason this rivalry began was due to Snape's jealousy over James's talent at Quidditch and his popularity, as well as Snape's interest in the [[Dark Arts]], which James despised. However, it was later revealed that James and Sirius had insulted Snape from the moment they met him in their first year on the [[Hogwarts Express]]. Snape followed the Marauders around, looking for reasons to get them expelled. James, in turn, used the hexes Snape himself had made up against him.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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[[File:James Sirius youth.jpg|thumb|180px|right|James with Sirius in their fifth year.]]
   
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|You think you're funny, but you're just an arrogant, bullying toerag, Potter. Leave him ''alone''.|James|I will if you go out with me, Evans. Go on, go out with me and I will never lay a wand on old Snivelly again.|I wouldn't go out with you if it were a choice between you and the [[giant squid]]!|James and Lily in their fifth year|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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James also had a habit of hexing innocent students for no other reason than because he could, especially [[Severus Snape]], a [[Slytherin]] in the same year as him.
   
James spent the majority of his academic career chasing after [[Lily Evans]], an attractive fellow Gryffindor whom he called by her surname. Lily was perhaps the only student in the school, aside from Snape, who was completely unimpressed by James, considering him arrogant and obnoxious. She once ordered James to quit hexing Snape, and James said, "I will if you'll go out with me, Evans." When James took the curse off Snape, Snape called Lily a "Mudblood." James yelled at him to apologise, but Lily said James was as bad as he was, and would choose to go out with the [[Giant Squid]] over him, and that he made her sick.<ref name="OTP" /> Snape's friendship with the vivacious and pretty Lily may have sparked envy in James and further fueled their enmity.<ref name="JKR" />
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James and Snape had a strong rivalry throughout their time at Hogwarts. Remus and Sirius later explained to Harry that the reason this rivalry began was due to Snape's jealousy over James's talent at Quidditch and his popularity, as well as Snape's interest in the [[Dark Arts]], which James despised. However, it was later revealed that James and Sirius had insulted Snape from the moment they met him in their first year on the [[Hogwarts Express]]. Snape followed the Marauders around, looking for reasons to get them expelled. James, in turn, used the hexes Snape himself had made up against him.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
   
[[File:200705292104news401834439.jpg|thumb|James hexing Snape.]]
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James spent the majority of his academic career chasing after [[Lily Evans]], an attractive fellow Gryffindor whom he called by her surname. Lily was perhaps the only student in the school, aside from Snape, who was completely unimpressed by James, considering him arrogant and obnoxious. She once ordered James to quit hexing Snape, and James said, "I will if you'll go out with me, Evans." When James took the curse off Snape, Snape, in his humiliation and anger, called Lily a "filthy Mudblood." James demanded him to apologise, but Lily responded that James was as bad as Snape, and she would not date him even if it were a choice between him and the [[Giant Squid]].<ref name="OTP" /> Snape's friendship with the vivacious and pretty Lily may have sparked envy in James and further fuelled their enmity.<ref name="JKR" />
{{Quote|Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my "furry little problem" in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.|Remus on James's attitude towards his lycanthropy|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
As second years, James, Sirius, and Peter figured out that Remus was a [[werewolf]]. Rather than abandoning him (James, in particular, insisted this monthly hazard did not mean Remus was truly abnormal), they spent three years learning to become [[Animagus|Animagi]] in order to accompany Remus in his transformations. In his fifth year, James managed to perfect the transformation and become a [[wikipedia:stag|stag]] Animagus, which earned him the nickname "Prongs."<ref name="POA" />
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As second years, James, Sirius, and Peter figured out that Remus was a [[werewolf]]. Rather than abandoning him (James, in particular, insisted this monthly hazard did not mean Remus was truly abnormal), they spent three years learning to become [[Animagus|Animagi]] in order to accompany Remus in his transformations. In his fifth year, James managed to perfect the transformation and become a [[wikipedia:stag|stag]] Animagus, which earned him the nickname "Prongs".<ref name="POA" />
   
 
James presumably collected [[Chocolate Frog Cards]], as, at an unknown time, the [[History of Magic]] [[professor|teacher]], [[Cuthbert Binns|Professor Cuthbert Binns]], gave him the [[Circe]] card, which later came into the possession of [[Quirinus Quirrell]], who kept it in [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] in [[Vault 998]].
 
James presumably collected [[Chocolate Frog Cards]], as, at an unknown time, the [[History of Magic]] [[professor|teacher]], [[Cuthbert Binns|Professor Cuthbert Binns]], gave him the [[Circe]] card, which later came into the possession of [[Quirinus Quirrell]], who kept it in [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] in [[Vault 998]].
   
At some point in their school career Snape, who was very interested in where Remus went every month, saw [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Pomfrey]] and Remus going to the [[Shrieking Shack]] using a secret passage under the [[Whomping Willow]]. Sirius had, for reasons unknown, told him that the trick to getting past the Whomping Willow was to poke the knot at the bottom. Snape followed Sirius's directions, and was nearly at the Shrieking Shack when James pulled him back. At great risk to his own life, James saved Severus from certain death at the claws of a werewolf. For this moment James had overcome his immature ways, though it's not known if this was a pivot point to the changes he made that won him Lily. Snape, however, adamantly refused to believe that James would have done him a favour, thinking that James only saved him in order to avoid expulsion, and despised being in his debt.
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At some point in their school years, Snape, who was very interested in where Remus went every month, saw [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Pomfrey]] and Remus going to the [[Shrieking Shack]] using a secret passage under the [[Whomping Willow]]. Sirius had, for reasons unknown, told him that the trick to getting past the Whomping Willow was to poke the knot at the bottom. Snape followed Sirius's directions, and was nearly at the Shrieking Shack when James pulled him back. At great risk to his own life, James saved Severus from certain death at the claws of a werewolf. However, Snape adamantly refused to believe that James would have done him a favour, believing that James had only saved him in order to avoid expulsion, and despised being in his debt.
   
At the age of sixteen, James's parents allowed [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] to move in with them so he could escape his own horrible [[House of Black|family]], and Sirius soon became an unofficial member of their [[Potter family|family]]. By his seventh year, James had lost the less savoury aspects of his personality, and was even appointed [[Head Boy]], despite the fact that he had not been a [[prefect]]. He also finally managed to impress Lily Evans, and began dating her at this time. He stopped hexing bystanders for fun, though he still hexed Snape, because Snape never lost an opportunity to curse him.<ref name="OTP" />
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At the age of sixteen, James's parents allowed [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] to move in with them so he could escape his own horrible [[House of Black|family]], and Sirius soon became an unofficial member of their [[Potter family|family]]. By his seventh year, James had lost the less savoury aspects of his personality, and was even appointed [[Head Boy]], despite the fact that he had not been a [[prefect]]. He also finally managed to impress Lily Evans, and began dating her at this time. He stopped hexing bystanders for fun, though he still secretly hexed Snape, and in turn, Snape never lost an opportunity to hex him back.<ref name="OTP" />
   
[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-09_at_9.15.35_PM.png|thumb|250px|James kisses his wife, Lily.]]
 
 
===First Wizarding War===
 
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{{Quote|…I think you’re like James, who would have regarded it as the height of dishonour to mistrust his friends.|[[Remus Lupin]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|…I think you’re like James, who would have regarded it as the height of dishonour to mistrust his friends.|[[Remus Lupin]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
After graduation, at only eighteen years old, James married [[Lily Evans|Lily]], and Sirius was best man at the wedding. The three of them, along with [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] and [[Peter Pettigrew|Peter]], joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], in the fight against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]. In [[1977]], he and Sirius were involved in a motorbike chase with two [[Muggle]] policemen. Although the chase started off as a bit of fun, it turned slightly more serious when the pair were attacked by three men on broomsticks. Sirius and James used their wands to raise the police car that had been chasing them, and their attackers crashed into it.<ref>[[Harry Potter Prequel]]</ref> During the course of the next three years, James and Lily defied the Dark Lord three times, as the war continued. The first was when they refused to join Voldemort's side when he attempted to recruit them.<ref name="pottercast130">[http://web.archive.org/web/20090616145209/http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/1217-pottercast-anelli.html J. K. Rowling interview on PotterCast #130]</ref>
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[[File:Tumblr_lysn7183TY1qzv627o2_250.gif|thumb|217px|James and Lily with their infant son [[Harry Potter|Harry]].]]
[[File:Potter family.png|thumb|left|James and Lily with their infant son [[Harry Potter|Harry]].]]
 
   
James inherited vast fortunes from his affluent parents, and was able to comfortably support his family without the need for a paying job, meaning that Aunt Petunia's supposed lie about him being unemployed was true, although not because he was a drunk. James also used his wealth to support Remus, who was unemployable due to his status as a [[werewolf]].<ref>[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/10/20/j-k-rowling-at-carnegie-hall-reveals-dumbledore-is-gay-neville-marries-hannah-abbott-and-scores-more J.K. Rowling comments at Carnegie Hall]</ref>
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After graduation, at only eighteen years old, James married [[Lily Evans|Lily]], and Sirius served as their best man at the wedding. The three of them, along with [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] and [[Peter Pettigrew|Peter]], joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], in the fight against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]].
   
[[File:James 1st Order.jpg|200px|thumb|James in the original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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In [[1977]], he and Sirius were involved in a motorbike chase with two [[Muggle]] policemen. Although the chase started off as a bit of fun, it turned slightly more serious when the pair were attacked by three men on broomsticks. Sirius and James used their wands to raise the police car that had been chasing them, and their attackers crashed into it.<ref>[[Harry Potter Prequel]]</ref> During the course of the next three years, James and Lily defied the Dark Lord three times, as the war continued. The first was when they refused to join Voldemort's side when he attempted to recruit them.<ref name="pottercast130">[http://web.archive.org/web/20090616145209/http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/1217-pottercast-anelli.html J. K. Rowling interview on PotterCast #130]</ref>
On [[31 July]], [[1980]], Lily gave birth to their son [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]], but it wasn't long before [[Albus Dumbledore]] found out that they were in grave danger. Young Harry had become a target of Lord Voldemort, because of a [[prophecy]] concerning the one who could ultimately defeat him for good.<ref name="OTP" /> Voldemort had learned of the prophecy through his follower, an old enemy of James, and the former best friend of Lily, [[Severus Snape]]. When Snape learned about Voldemort's decision, he pleaded that his Master spare Lily, thereby putting James and Harry's lives at stake. In October of [[1981]], Dumbledore told the Potters that their best chance of remaining safe against Voldemort was the [[Fidelius Charm]]. James insisted on using Sirius as their [[Secret-Keeper]], even though Dumbledore himself had offered to fill the position.<ref name="POA" />
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James had inherited vast fortunes from his affluent parents, and hence was able to comfortably support his family without the need for a paying job, meaning that Petunia's supposed lie about him being unemployed was true, although not because he was a drunk. James also used his wealth to support Remus, who was unemployable due to his status as a [[werewolf]].<ref>[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/10/20/j-k-rowling-at-carnegie-hall-reveals-dumbledore-is-gay-neville-marries-hannah-abbott-and-scores-more J.K. Rowling comments at Carnegie Hall]</ref>
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[[File:James_1st_Order.jpg|thumb|left|140px|James in the original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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On [[31 July]], [[1980]], Lily gave birth to their son [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]], but it wasn't long before [[Albus Dumbledore]] found out that they were in grave danger. Young Harry had become a target of Lord Voldemort, because of a [[prophecy]] concerning the one who could ultimately defeat him for good.<ref name="OTP" /> Voldemort had learned of the prophecy through his follower, an old enemy of James, and the former best friend of Lily, [[Severus Snape]]. When Snape learned about Voldemort's decision, he pleaded that his Master spare Lily, thereby putting James and Harry's lives at stake. In October [[1981]], Dumbledore told the Potters that their best chance of remaining safe against Voldemort was the [[Fidelius Charm]]. James insisted on using Sirius as their [[Secret-Keeper]], even though Dumbledore himself had offered to fill the position.<ref name="POA" />
   
 
====Hiding and death====
 
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{{Quote|It's been fourteen years, and still not a day goes by that I don't miss your dad.|[[Sirius Black]] to [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Quote|It's been fourteen years, and still not a day goes by that I don't miss your dad.|[[Sirius Black]] to [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-09_at_9.18.49_PM.png|thumb|230px|James after being murdered by Lord Voldemort.]]
   
 
Sirius, however, had a different plan. He convinced James and Lily to use Peter as their Secret-Keeper, with Sirius as a decoy. They agreed and the charm was cast in secret, but this attempt at a double-bluff ended in tragedy. The only people to know about the switch were James, Lily, Sirius, and Peter; even Albus and Remus were kept in the dark. Less than a week later, Peter betrayed Lily and James to [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]].<ref name="POA" />
 
Sirius, however, had a different plan. He convinced James and Lily to use Peter as their Secret-Keeper, with Sirius as a decoy. They agreed and the charm was cast in secret, but this attempt at a double-bluff ended in tragedy. The only people to know about the switch were James, Lily, Sirius, and Peter; even Albus and Remus were kept in the dark. Less than a week later, Peter betrayed Lily and James to [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]].<ref name="POA" />
   
[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-09_at_9.18.49_PM.png|thumb|left|280px|James after being murdered by Lord Voldemort.]]
 
 
When the Dark Lord arrived at [[Godric's Hollow]] on [[31 October]], James told Lily to take Harry and run, and stood to face the darkest wizard in a century on his own in order to give his wife and child time to escape, but leaving [[James Potter's wand|his wand]] in the living room, where he had been entertaining his young son with it. Voldemort murdered him with the [[Killing Curse]].<ref name="DH">[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]</ref>
 
When the Dark Lord arrived at [[Godric's Hollow]] on [[31 October]], James told Lily to take Harry and run, and stood to face the darkest wizard in a century on his own in order to give his wife and child time to escape, but leaving [[James Potter's wand|his wand]] in the living room, where he had been entertaining his young son with it. Voldemort murdered him with the [[Killing Curse]].<ref name="DH">[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]</ref>
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
[[File:74.JPG|thumb|right|230px|[[James and Lily Potter|James and Lily]] as seen by their son in the [[Mirror of Erised]].]]
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You'll stay with me?|James|Until the very end.|Harry speaks to his parents through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You'll stay with me?|James|Until the very end.|Harry speaks to his parents through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:74.JPG|thumb|left|225px|[[James and Lily Potter|James and Lily]] as seen by their son in the [[Mirror of Erised]].]]
   
 
After James's and Lily's deaths, their [[Harry Potter|son]] was raised by Lily's unloving sister, [[Petunia Dursley]], and her grumpy husband [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]], along with their glutton of a son [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]]. Despite not remembering his parents, Harry held them in high esteem. This faltered slightly where his father was concerned, when he learned that James had been something of a bully in his youth, witnessing a memory of [[Severus Snape]]'s, in which James and Sirius picked on and humiliated Snape simply because they were bored.<ref name="OTP" /> Snape, who switched sides after Lily's death and became [[Potions (class)|Potions]] professor at Hogwarts, treated Harry with disdain throughout his academic career, perceiving him to be "arrogant as his father, a determined rule-breaker...attention-seeking and impertinent."<ref name="DH" />
 
After James's and Lily's deaths, their [[Harry Potter|son]] was raised by Lily's unloving sister, [[Petunia Dursley]], and her grumpy husband [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]], along with their glutton of a son [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]]. Despite not remembering his parents, Harry held them in high esteem. This faltered slightly where his father was concerned, when he learned that James had been something of a bully in his youth, witnessing a memory of [[Severus Snape]]'s, in which James and Sirius picked on and humiliated Snape simply because they were bored.<ref name="OTP" /> Snape, who switched sides after Lily's death and became [[Potions (class)|Potions]] professor at Hogwarts, treated Harry with disdain throughout his academic career, perceiving him to be "arrogant as his father, a determined rule-breaker...attention-seeking and impertinent."<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Potters_Grave.png|thumb|left|James and Lily Potter's grave.]]Harry saw a vision of his parents in the [[Mirror of Erised]] in [[1991]] <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>. Three years later, during his battle with [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in [[1995]], the Priori Incantatem effect took place, and James and Lily emerged from Voldemort's wand.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> In [[1996]], Harry also witnessed a memory of James humiliating Snape back when they were students.
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[[File:4castingspell.jpg|thumb|240px|The echos of James and Lily Potter after being awakened from [[Priori Incantatem]]]]
   
[[File:James_1998.jpg|thumb|Harry uses the [[Resurrection Stone]] to revive James]]
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Harry saw a vision of his parents in the [[Mirror of Erised]] in [[1991]] <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>. Three years later, during his battle with [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in [[1995]], the Priori Incantatem effect took place, and James and Lily emerged from Voldemort's wand.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> In [[1996]], Harry also witnessed a memory of James humiliating Snape back when they were students.
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[[File:Tumblr_lqafn4l9RU1qaq516o1_250.gif|thumb|left|240px|Harry uses the [[Resurrection Stone]] to revive James]]
   
 
In [[1998]], Harry learned he was a [[Horcrux]] of Voldemort's, and walked toward his death in the [[Forbidden Forest]]. Upon entering, he used the Resurrection Stone to summon James and others who had perished in the war against Voldemort. James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him, proud of his outstanding courage and strength, and assured him that they would stay with him until the very end. Harry described their very presence as his courage, the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other, with Lily smiling at him, and James nodding in encouragement. He eventually named his [[James Potter II|eldest child]] after his father. James would gain two more grandchildren in [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]].<ref name="DH" />
 
In [[1998]], Harry learned he was a [[Horcrux]] of Voldemort's, and walked toward his death in the [[Forbidden Forest]]. Upon entering, he used the Resurrection Stone to summon James and others who had perished in the war against Voldemort. James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him, proud of his outstanding courage and strength, and assured him that they would stay with him until the very end. Harry described their very presence as his courage, the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other, with Lily smiling at him, and James nodding in encouragement. He eventually named his [[James Potter II|eldest child]] after his father. James would gain two more grandchildren in [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]].<ref name="DH" />
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:TeenageJames.jpg|thumb|left|230px|James as a teenager.]]
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James was a tall, thin man with hazel eyes and untidy black hair that stuck up at the back. During his Hogwarts years, he had an indefinable air of having been well cared for and even adored. As late as his fifth year, he started wearing glasses, although in his first year he had not. His son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]], was constantly noted to look very much like him, having the same untidy hair and eyesight, but the shape and colour of his eyes were identical to those of his mother's.
 
James was a tall, thin man with hazel eyes and untidy black hair that stuck up at the back. During his Hogwarts years, he had an indefinable air of having been well cared for and even adored. As late as his fifth year, he started wearing glasses, although in his first year he had not. His son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]], was constantly noted to look very much like him, having the same untidy hair and eyesight, but the shape and colour of his eyes were identical to those of his mother's.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Severus Snape|He fancies you, James Potter fancies you! And he’s not...everyone thinks...big Quidditch hero —|Lily Evans|I know James Potter’s an arrogant toerag. I don’t need you to tell me that.|[[Severus Snape]] and [[Lily Evans]] discussing James in their fifth year|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Severus Snape|He fancies you, James Potter fancies you! And he’s not...everyone thinks...big Quidditch hero —|Lily Evans|I know James Potter’s an arrogant toerag. I don’t need you to tell me that.|[[Severus Snape]] and [[Lily Evans]] discussing James in their fifth year|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:TeenageJames.jpg|thumb|200px|James as a teenager.]]
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James was a clever and talented wizard, but very mischievous in his youth. He could be arrogant and boastful, and even bullied other students on occasion, particularly his long-time rival, Severus Snape. However, even in this stage of arrogance, he still displayed some positive qualities of character: despite being a [[pure-blood]], he disagreed strongly with the concept of blood purity, and was disgusted with any prejudice towards [[Muggle-born]]s, and did not hold prejudice towards [[werewolves]] (such as Remus Lupin, who was one of his dearest friends).<ref name="OTP" /> Snape would also point out that James was lazy.<ref name="OTP">[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' film]]</ref>
   
James was a clever and talented wizard, but very mischievous when he was younger. He could be arrogant and boastful, and even bullied other students on occasion, particularly his long-time rival, Severus Snape. However, he ultimately grew out of this, losing some of his arrogance and becoming enough of a responsible student and leader to be [[Head Boy]] in his final year, and later a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]]; though he never entirely lost his rebellious side, it was clear James left Hogwarts a much more mature person than he had been upon entering it. James died bravely sacrificing himself for his family, showing that he was a true Gryffindor.<ref name="OTP" /> Despite being a [[pure-blood]], James disagreed strongly with the concept of blood purity, and was disgusted with any prejudice towards [[Muggle-born]]s. In addition, he did not hold prejudice towards [[werewolves]], such as one of his dearest friends, Remus Lupin.
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He ultimately matured and lost some of his arrogance, and become enough of a responsible student and leader to be [[Head Boy]] in his final year, and later a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]]; though he never completely lost his rebellious side, it was clear James had left Hogwarts a far better person than he had been upon entering it.
   
James is seen to be willingly to save his wife and son's life rather his own; it is possible that his greatest weakness was his son, Harry.
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His best quality was his willingness to sacrifice himself for his wife and son, as demonstrated when he told her to take Harry and run while he held off Voldemort, proving himself to be a true Gryffindor.<ref name="OTP" />
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
{{Quote|You know, Harry, I think you would have given your father a run for his money, and that is saying something.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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{{Quote|You know, [[Harry Potter|Harry]], I think you would have given your father a run for his money, and that is saying something.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
[[File:NN8206Lh.jpg|thumb|James' wand]]
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[[File:Harry_Potters'_Patronus.jpg|thumb|left|145|James' Patronus and Animagus form]]
[[File:Harry_Potters'_Patronus.jpg|thumb|left|James' Patronus and Animagus form, a stag]]
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The fact that both James and Lily were once asked by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] to join his Death Eaters shows that he, like his wife, was a considerably powerful wizard, being able to catch the eye of the most dangerous Dark wizard in history. One of his dearest friends, [[Remus Lupin]], also stated that he had been one of the cleverest [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] students of his time.
   
The fact that both James and Lily were once asked by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] to join his Death Eaters shows that he, like his wife, was a considerably powerful and skillful wizard, being able to catch the eye of the most dangerous Dark wizard in history. One of his dearest friends, [[Remus Lupin]], also stated that he had been one of the cleverest [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] students of his time.
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*'''[[Animagus]]''': James was able to become an Animagus at the early age of fifteen, assuming the form of a stag. Being unregistered allowed him to use the ability to his advantage, visiting [[Remus Lupin]] during his monthly transformations.
*'''[[Animagus]]''': James was able to become an Animagus at the early age of fifteen, assuming the form of a stag. Being unregistered allowed him to abuse the ability to his advantage (though he was never known to do that).
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*'''[[Duel]]ling''': James was a skilful duellist. He, along with Lily and the Order of the Phoenix, was able to defy Voldemort himself three times. However, when James and Voldemort met for the fourth time, he was killed quickly due to the fact that he did not have his [[wand]].
*'''[[Duel]]ling''': James was a skilled duellist, even able to defy Voldemort himself three times. Along with his best friend, Sirius, he humiliated his rival, Severus Snape, who was an exceptionally talented wizard even in his youth. However, when James and Voldemort met for the fourth time, he was killed quickly due to the fact that he did not have his [[wand]].
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*'''[[Quidditch]]''': James was an accomplished Quidditch player, playing Chaser<!-- DO NOT CHANGE TO SEEKER. JK Rowling herself stated that James was a Chaser. --> for the Gryffindor Quidditch team during his school years.<ref name="accio" /> He was noted to have excellent reflexes, as seen when playing with a Snitch he had taken from the Quidditch supplies.
*'''[[Quidditch]]''': James was a skilled Quidditch player, playing Chaser<!-- DO NOT CHANGE TO SEEKER. JK Rowling herself stated that James was a Chaser. --> for the Gryffindor Quidditch team during his school years.<ref name=accio /> He was noted to have excellent reflexes, as seen when playing with a Snitch he'd taken from the Quidditch supplies.
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*'''[[Patronus Charm]]''': James was able to conjure a corporeal Patronus whose form was identical with his Animagus form, a stag. His Patronus was the male counterpart of Lily's which was a doe.<ref name="accio-quote.org" />
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*'''[[Charms]]''': James was talented in Charms from a young age, since he and his most intimate friends (Remus, Sirius, and Peter) managed to create the magically-complex Marauders' Map as teenagers. James was also able to cast the highly advanced [[Patronus Charm]]: conjuring a corporeal Patronus whose form was identical with his Animagus form, a stag. His Patronus was the male counterpart of Lily's, which was a doe.<ref name="accio-quote.org" />
 
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': James's wand, a pliable, eleven-inch-length of mahogany, was said to be excellent for Transfiguration. He was also able to achieve [[Animagus]] transformation at the age of fifteen, a testament to his extraordinary talent in the subject, given that the Animagus transformation was a very difficult branch of magic which, as Remus put it, could go "horribly wrong."
 
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': James's wand, a pliable, eleven-inch-length of mahogany, was said to be excellent for Transfiguration. He was also able to achieve [[Animagus]] transformation at the age of fifteen, a testament to his extraordinary talent in the subject, given that the Animagus transformation was a very difficult branch of magic which, as Remus put it, could go "horribly wrong."
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==Possessions==
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[[File:NN8206Lh.jpg|thumb|180px|James' wand]]
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*'''[[James Potter's wand|Wand]]''': James's wand was 11" [[mahogany]] with an unknown core. The wand was described as "pliable" and as "good for [[Transfiguration]]", which would later come in handy.
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*'''[[Potter family|Potter]] inheritance''': When James' parents died they left him a small fortune, that he would later pass on to his son Harry.
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*'''[[Invisibility Cloak (Deathly Hallow)|Invisibility Cloak]]''': James owned the invisibility cloak (actually one of the fabled [[Deathly Hallows]]) that he and his friends often used during their days at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] to assist them in their mischief. [[Albus Dumbledore]] had the cloak prior to James's death and later passed it down to [[Harry Potter|Harry]].
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[[File:Marauder'sMap.png|thumb|left|125px|The Marauder's Map ]]
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*'''[[Marauder's Map]]''': The map was created by the Marauders between [[1975]] and [[1978]]. It is a magical document that reveals all of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Not only does it show every classroom, every hallway, and every corner of the [[Hogwarts Castle|castle]], but it also shows every inch of the grounds, as well as all the [[Secret Passage|secret passages]] that are hidden within its walls and the location of every person in the grounds, portrayed by a dot. However, the [[Room of Requirement]] is not visible on the map, being the only known area of the castle not to be seen on the Map.
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*'''[[Two-way mirror]]''': James owned this mirror during his school years, he and [[Sirius Black]] used a pair of two-way mirrors so they could talk to each other while they were in separate detentions. Sirius later gave James's mirror to [[Harry Potter|Harry]] in [[1996]].
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*'''[[Potters' Cottage]]''': James owned this cottage in [[Godric's Hallow]] along with his wife [[Lily Evans|Lily]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. This is where he and his wife died and his son Harry was marked as the "Boy Who Lived". The cottage still stands as a reminder of what happened that [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|Hallowe'en night in 1981]].
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*'''[[Potters' cat]]''': This was a pet of the Potter family. What happened to it is unknown.
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
===Parents===
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===Family===
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James was born into a very wealthy, pure-blood family. He had an excellent relationship with his parents, who loved him very much. His father was sorted in [[Gryffindor]], and used to tell him about how the house prized bravery and boldness above all other qualities. James's parents were on the older side when he was born, and died before he was killed in [[1981]].<ref name="JKR" />
 
James was born into a very wealthy, pure-blood family. He had an excellent relationship with his parents, who loved him very much. His father was sorted in [[Gryffindor]], and used to tell him about how the house prized bravery and boldness above all other qualities. James's parents were on the older side when he was born, and died before he was killed in [[1981]].<ref name="JKR" />
   
===The Marauders===
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====Lily Evans====
{{Dialogue a-b|Sirius|That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't deserve it.|Harry|Well, I just didn't think my dad would've wanted his two best friends to become killers.|[[Sirius Black]] and [[Harry Potter]] after Harry stopped Sirius and Remus from killing Pettigrew|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|You're as bad as [[Severus Snape|he]] is...|James|What! I'd NEVER call you a — [[Mudblood|you-know-what]]!|Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your [[broomstick]], showing off with that stupid [[Golden Snitch|Snitch]], walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.|[[Lily Evans]] to James after a row involving [[Severus Snape]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:James&LilyDancing.jpg|thumb|220px|[[James and Lily Potter|James and Lily]] dancing in autumn.]]
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James's relationship with [[Lily Evans]] was initially a rocky one. While James was a popular student and talented [[Quidditch]] player, well-liked by most, Lily was unimpressed with him; this had to do with James's hostile relationship with her best friend, [[Severus Snape]], and because of James's bad habit of hexing innocent students just for the fun of it.
   
[[File:The_Marauders.png|thumb|left|Sirius, James, Remus and Peter]]
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James developed romantic feelings for Lily by his fifth year, and was always going out of his way to try to impress her, only to end up making a fool out of himself most of the time, and she still regarded him as an arrogant bully, treating him with absolute disdain. In their seventh year, however, Lily was finally willing to go out with James, after he smoothed out and stopped hexing people for the fun of it (though she was unaware he still hexed Snape) . The two were [[Head Boy]] and [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] at Hogwarts, and [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] soon after graduation. James and Lily were both members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], and together defied [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] himself three times. Their son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]], was born in [[1980]].
While at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], James became the very best of friends with [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]], and the group called themselves "the [[Marauders]]". He met Sirius on the [[Hogwarts Express]] in their first year, and they seemed to bond quickly. In their second year, when the group discovered that Remus was a [[werewolf]], they refused to ostracise him, as most would, instead learning to become [[Animagus|Animagi]] in order to keep him company during his transformations. James insisted that Remus was not abnormal because of his condition, and later used his wealth to support Remus when [[anti-werewolf legislation]] made it difficult for him to get a job. The four friends enjoyed untold popularity while at school, and particularly liked playing pranks together; they also invented the [[Marauder's Map]], and all joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] after graduating from Hogwarts.
 
   
Although he was very close to all of his friends, James was probably closest to Sirius, whom he loved as a brother and who moved in with James and his parents after running away from [[12 Grimmauld Place|home]] at age sixteen. James also chose Sirius as his best man at [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|his wedding to Lily]], as well as his [[Harry Potter|son]]'s godfather. When the [[Potter family|Potters]] became [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s targets in [[1981]], James was adamant about Sirius being their [[Secret-Keeper]], though he agreed to Sirius's plan to make Peter the Secret-Keeper instead, to throw off the enemy. James's unshakable trust in his friends would be his undoing, as Pettigrew betrayed him, his wife and his son to Voldemort, something Sirius and Remus later attempted to kill him for, only to be stopped by Harry, who thought that his father would not want his best friends to become killers just for a traitor. Dumbledore later assured Harry that his belief had been right, saying that he knew James very well, both at Hogwarts and later, and he was perfectly sure that James would have saved Pettigrew as well.
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====Harry Potter====
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{{Dialogue|Lily|You’ve been so brave.|James|You are nearly there. Very close. We are… so proud of you.|Harry’s parents speaking to him through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Photoshoot-harry2_ootp_0508.jpg|thumb|left|150px|[[Harry Potter]], his son]]
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James and [[Lily Evans|Lily]] loved their son more than anything and sacrificed themselves in order to save him when he was just a year old. Harry regarded his parents with great reverence, and fiercely defended their memories. In [[1995]], he punched [[Draco Malfoy]] for insulting his mother, and he frequently became furious with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. Snape was, to Harry's horror, proven right in the spring of [[1996]], when Harry accidentally witnessed James bullying Snape in one of his memories during Harry's Occlumency lessons, via [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve]]. However, [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] and [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] assured him that his father was no longer the bully that he once was, having matured and changed his ways, or he would never have become [[Head Boy]], and his mother would have never agreed to go out with him, let alone fall in love and marry him. [[Albus Dumbledore]] always maintained that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest power.
   
The ending to the three Marauders who had stayed true to their friendship to the very end - James, Sirius, and Remus - was bittersweet: though they all lost their lives to the two wizarding wars, it can be theorised that they were reunited in death, never to be parted again.
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The few times Harry ever saw his parents were through pictures given to him by [[Rubeus Hagrid]], a vision within the [[Mirror of Erised]], spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'', stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], by using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. His spirit was described as "exactly the same height as Harry. He was wearing the clothes in which he had died, and his hair was untidy and ruffled, and his glasses were a little lopsided, like Mr. Weasley's, a loving smile on his face". Both James and Lily told their son that they were tremendously proud of him, for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had to endure, and provided him with the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.
   
===Lily Evans===
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Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents.
[[File:James&LilyDancing.jpg|thumb|260px|right|[[James and Lily Potter|James and Lily]] dancing in autumn.]]
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|You're as bad as [[Severus Snape|he]] is...|James|What! I'd NEVER call you a — [[Mudblood|you-know-what]]!|Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your [[broomstick]], showing off with that stupid [[Golden Snitch|Snitch]], walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.|[[Lily Evans]] to James after a row involving [[Severus Snape]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
James's relationship with [[Lily Evans]] was initially a rocky one. While James was a popular student and talented [[Quidditch]] player, well-liked by most, Lily was unimpressed with him; this had to do with James's hostile relationship with her best friend, [[Severus Snape]], and because of James's bad habit of hexing innocent students just for the fun of it. James developed romantic feelings for Lily by his fifth year, and was always going out of his way to try to impress her, only to end up making a fool out of himself most of the time, and she still regarded him as an arrogant bully, treating him with absolute disdain. In their seventh year, however, Lily was finally willing to go out with James, after he smoothed out and stopped hexing people for the fun of it. The two were [[Head Boy]] and [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] at Hogwarts, and [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] soon after graduation. James and Lily were both members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], and together defied [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] himself three times. Their son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]], was born in [[1980]].
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===The Marauders===
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{{Dialogue a-b|Sirius|That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't deserve it.|Harry|Well, I just didn't think my dad would've wanted his two best friends to become killers.|[[Sirius Black]] and [[Harry Potter]] after Harry stopped Sirius and Remus from killing Pettigrew|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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[[File:The_Marauders.png|thumb|235px|Sirius, James, Remus and Peter]]
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While at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], James became the very best of friends with [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]], and the group called themselves "the [[Marauders]]". He met Sirius on the [[Hogwarts Express]] in their first year, and they seemed to bond quickly. In their second year, when the group discovered that Remus was a [[werewolf]], they refused to ostracize him, as most would, instead learning to become [[Animagus|Animagi]] in order to keep him company during his transformations. James insisted that Remus was not abnormal because of his condition, and later used his wealth to support Remus when [[anti-werewolf legislation]] made it difficult for him to get a job. The four friends enjoyed untold popularity while at school, and particularly liked playing pranks together; they also invented the [[Marauder's Map]], and all joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] after graduating from Hogwarts.
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Although he was very close to all of his friends, James was probably closest to Sirius, whom he loved as a brother and who moved in with James and his parents after running away from [[12 Grimmauld Place|home]] at age sixteen. James also chose Sirius as his best man at [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|his wedding to Lily]], as well as his [[Harry Potter|son]]'s godfather. When the [[Potter family|Potters]] became [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s targets in [[1981]], James was adamant about Sirius being their [[Secret-Keeper]], though he agreed to Sirius's plan to make Peter the Secret-Keeper instead, to throw off the enemy. James's unshakable trust in his friends would be his undoing, as Pettigrew betrayed him, his wife and his son to Voldemort, something Sirius and Remus later attempted to kill him for, only to be stopped by Harry, who thought that his father would not want his best friends to become killers just for a traitor. Dumbledore later assured Harry that his belief had been right, saying that he knew James very well, both at Hogwarts and later, and he was perfectly sure that James would have saved Pettigrew as well.
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The ending to the three Marauders who had stayed true to their friendship to the very end — James, Sirius, and Remus — was bittersweet: though they all lost their lives to the two wizarding wars, it can be theorised that they were reunited in death, never to be parted again.
   
 
===Severus Snape===
 
===Severus Snape===
[[File:Severus Snape.jpg|thumb|right|130px|Severus Snape]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|My father was a great man!|Snape|Your father was a ''swine''!|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Severus Snape]] about James in [[1995]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|My father was a great man!|Snape|Your father was a ''swine''!|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Severus Snape]] about James in [[1995]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Severus_Snape.jpg|thumb|left|140px|[[Severus Snape]], his rival ]]
 
James met [[Severus Snape]] on the [[Hogwarts Express]] in their first year at Hogwarts, and the two immediately got off on the wrong foot. James scoffed at Snape's desire that he and [[Lily Evans]] would be [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]] house, while Snape sneered at James's hope that he would follow his father's footsteps and end up in [[Gryffindor]]. He and Sirius bestowed the mocking nickname of "Snivellus" on Snape at this first meeting.
 
James met [[Severus Snape]] on the [[Hogwarts Express]] in their first year at Hogwarts, and the two immediately got off on the wrong foot. James scoffed at Snape's desire that he and [[Lily Evans]] would be [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Slytherin]] house, while Snape sneered at James's hope that he would follow his father's footsteps and end up in [[Gryffindor]]. He and Sirius bestowed the mocking nickname of "Snivellus" on Snape at this first meeting.
 
[[File:TeenageJames.jpg|thumb|left|James Potter tormenting Snape in their school years.]]
 
   
 
{{Quote|James always suspected Snape harboured deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James’ behaviour to Snape.|[[J. K. Rowling]] on why James particularly hated Snape.}}
 
{{Quote|James always suspected Snape harboured deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James’ behaviour to Snape.|[[J. K. Rowling]] on why James particularly hated Snape.}}
   
This enmity would continue for the rest of their school years, and, on Snape's part, well after James's death. According to Sirius, Snape envied James's popularity and [[Quidditch]] talents, and always tried to get him and his friends in trouble, while James despised Snape's fascination with the [[Dark Arts]]. Although James disliked and even outright bullied Snape at times, he also risked his life to save Snape, when Sirius played a potentially lethal prank on him by sending him to the [[Shrieking Shack]] when [[Remus Lupin]] was there transforming. Apparently, though James loathed Snape intensely, he never wanted him dead. However, Snape despised being in James's debt and felt, even twenty years later, that James only saved him to avoid expulsion. Most of his dislike of James's son [[Harry Potter|Harry]] was motivated by seeing his old rival in Harry, as well as a constant reminder that Lily had loved another man.
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This enmity would continue for the rest of their school years, and, on Snape's part, well after James's death. According to Sirius, Snape envied James's popularity and [[Quidditch]] talents, and always tried to get him and his friends in trouble, while James despised Snape's fascination with the [[Dark Arts]]. Although James disliked and bullied Snape, he also saved Snape's life, when Sirius played a potentially lethal prank on him by sending him to the [[Shrieking Shack]] when [[Remus Lupin]] was there transforming. Apparently, though James loathed Snape intensely, he never wanted him dead. However, Snape despised being in James's debt and felt, even twenty years later, that James only saved him to avoid expulsion. Most of his dislike of James's son [[Harry Potter|Harry]] was motivated by seeing his old rival in Harry, as well as a constant reminder that Lily had loved another man.
 
Snape was also involved in James's death: Snape was the [[Death Eater]] who relayed the [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|Prophecy]] that foretold the birth of the [[Harry Potter|one]] who would defeat Snape's then-master [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. When Voldemort was informed of this, he chose to get rid of James, [[Lily Evans|his wife]], and [[Harry Potter|their son]]. Snape intervened by pleading for Lily's life, while ignoring the danger that his actions put James and Harry.
 
   
===Harry Potter===
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Snape was also involved in James's death: Snape was the [[Death Eater]] who relayed the [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|Prophecy]] that foretold the birth of the [[Harry Potter|one]] who would defeat Snape's then-master [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. When Voldemort was informed of this, he chose to get rid of James, [[Lily Evans|his wife]], and [[Harry Potter|their son]]. Snape intervened by pleading for Lily's life, while ignoring the danger into which his actions put James and Harry.
[[File:Harryandjams.jpg|thumb|left|James with his son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]].]]
 
{{Dialogue|Lily|You’ve been so brave.|James|You are nearly there. Very close. We are…so proud of you.|Harry’s parents speaking to him through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
   
James and [[Lily Evans|Lily]] loved their son very much, and sacrificed themselves in order to save him when he was just a year old. Harry regarded his parents with great reverence, and fiercely defended their memories. In [[1995]], he punched [[Draco Malfoy]] for insulting his mother, and he frequently became furious with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. Snape was, to Harry's horror, proven right in the spring of [[1996]], when Harry accidentally witnessed James bullying Snape in one of his memories during Harry's Occlumency lessons, via [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve]]. However, [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] and [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] assured him that his father was no longer the bully that he once was, having matured and changed his ways, or he would never have become [[Head Boy]], and his mother would have never agreed to go out with him, let alone fall in love and marry him. [[Albus Dumbledore]] always maintained that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest power.
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===Albus Dumbledore===
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[[File:600full-Albus-Dumbledore-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-photo.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Albus Dumbledore]]]]
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James always had a good relationship with [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Dumbledore was the Headmaster of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] at the time James attended the school, and he became very fond of James, knowing that, despite his being an arrogant, highly mischievous trouble-maker, he was also a kind-hearted, good-natured person. James became a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], an organization founded by Dumbledore, during the [[First Wizarding War]], and fought in several battles with him. Dumbledore also attempted to protect James, Lily, and Harry from Voldemort, who was out to kill their son, by offering to be their Secret Keeper. However, the role of Secret Keeper went instead to [[Peter Pettigrew]], which turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter was, unbeknownst to them, a spy for Voldemort. When James and Lily were killed by Voldemort, Dumbledore was devastated.
   
The few times Harry ever saw his parents were through pictures given to him by [[Rubeus Hagrid]], a vision within the [[Mirror of Erised]], spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'', stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], by using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. His spirit was described as "exactly the same height as Harry. He was wearing the clothes in which he had died, and his hair was untidy and ruffled, and his glasses were a little lopsided, like Mr. Weasley's, a loving smile on his face". Both James and Lily told their son that they were tremendously proud of him, for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had to endure, and provided him with the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.
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He later became a mentor to James's [[Harry Potter|son]], and they shared an intimate relationship, more like a grandfather and his grandson, rather than a headmaster and his pupil. Dumbledore often sympathised with Harry about the grief and loneliness caused by his parents' death, and would comfort him at times when he really needed it. He also firmly believed and emphasised many times that Harry's love for his parents, James and Lily, was the reason why he had a power stronger than Voldemort's.
   
Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents.
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===Minerva McGonagall===
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[[File:Mcgonagall.jpg|thumb|140px|left|[[Minerva McGonagall]]]]
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[[Minerva McGonagall]] was the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] Professor and also the [[Head of Gryffindor House]], at the time James was a student. McGonagall was simultaneously fond of, and exasperated with James: she knew that he was a mischievous trouble-maker and often played cruel pranks on some of his school rivals, such as [[Severus Snape]], but she also knew that he was a clever and talented wizard, and essentially a good person; overall, they had a good relationship, which presumably improved significantly after James cleaned up his act, and became worthy of being made [[Head Boy]].
   
===Albus Dumbledore===
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During the [[First Wizarding War]], they were both members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought in many battles against [[Death Eaters]]. Upon learning of James's and Lily's deaths a few hours after they were killed, McGonagall was devastated, and barely managed to keep her composure. In her later years, she shared quite a close relationship with James's son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]].
[[File:Albus Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|right|150px|[[Albus Dumbledore]].]]
 
James always had a good relationship with [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Dumbledore was the Headmaster of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] at the time James attended the school, and he became very fond of James, knowing that, despite his being an arrogant, highly mischievous trouble-maker, he was also a kind-hearted, good-natured person. They both became members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]], and fought in several battles together. Dumbledore also attempted to protect James and Lily from Voldemort, who was out to kill their son, by offering to be their Secret Keeper. However, the role of Secret Keeper went instead to [[Peter Pettigrew]], which turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter was, unbeknownst to them, a spy for Voldemort. When James and Lily were killed by Voldemort, Dumbledore was devastated. He later became a mentor of James's [[Harry Potter|son]], and they shared an intimate relationship, more like a grandfather and his grandson, rather than a headmaster and his pupil. Dumbledore often sympathised with Harry about the grief and loneliness caused by his parents' death, and would comfort him at times when he really needed it. He also firmly believed and emphasised many times that Harry's love for his parents, James and Lily, was the reason why he had a power stronger than Voldemort's.
 
   
===Minerva McGonagall===
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===Order of the Phoenix members===
[[File:Sternfacemcg.PNG|thumb|left|150px|[[Minerva McGonagall]].]]
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[[File:Ootp.png|thumb|240px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]]]]
[[Minerva McGonagall]] was the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] Professor and also the [[Head of Gryffindor House]], at the time James was a student. McGonagall was simultaneously fond of, and exasperated with James: she knew that he was a mischievous trouble-maker and often played cruel pranks on some of his school rivals, such as [[Severus Snape]], but she also knew that he was a clever and talented wizard, and essentially a good person; overall, they had a good relationship, which presumably improved significantly after James cleaned up his act, and became worthy of being made [[Head Boy]]. During the [[First Wizarding War]], they were both members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought in many battles against [[Death Eaters]]. Upon learning of James's and Lily's deaths a few hours after they were killed, McGonagall was devastated, and barely managed to keep her composure. In her later years, she shared quite a close relationship with James's son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]].
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James did have a good relationship with the most members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], during the [[First Wizarding War]]. He might have been friendly with some members, such as [[Elphias Doge]] and [[Alastor Moody]], as they were all members during the first war and most likely fought in several battles together. It is possible that James had many other friendships during his time in the Order, but they were unknown; his most famous friendship being the one he shared with the Marauders. The most members of the Order were killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]]; only a few of them managed to survive.
   
===Order of the Phoenix members===
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[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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James did have a good relationship with the most members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], during the [[First Wizarding War]]. He might have been friendly with some members, such as [[Elphias Doge]] and [[Alastor Moody]], as they were all members during the first war and most likely fought in several battles together. It is possible that James had many other friendships during his time in the Order, but they were unknown; his most famous friendship being the one he shared with the Marauders. The most members of the Order were killed during the [[Second Wizarding War]]; only few of them managed to survive.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*James is played by [[Adrian Rawlins]] in the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and reprised the role for ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. In the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', footage from earlier films was used. In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Order of the Phoenix]]'', James was played as a teenager by [[Robbie Jarvis]] and as a child by [[Alfie McIlwain]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2| Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' in flashback scenes.<ref>http://twitter.com/#!/benedictclarke/status/107892013030055936</ref> This means the only film adaption which James doesn't appear in is ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. By an interesting coincidence, Rawlins was also born on [[27 March]].
 
*James is played by [[Adrian Rawlins]] in the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and reprised the role for ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. In the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', footage from earlier films was used. In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Order of the Phoenix]]'', James was played as a teenager by [[Robbie Jarvis]] and as a child by [[Alfie McIlwain]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2| Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' in flashback scenes.<ref>http://twitter.com/#!/benedictclarke/status/107892013030055936</ref> This means the only film adaption which James doesn't appear in is ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''. By an interesting coincidence, Rawlins was also born on [[27 March]].
[[File:Jamesathogwarts.jpg|thumb|James Potter as a young student.]]
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[[File:Jamesathogwarts.jpg|thumb|left|153px|James Potter as a young student.]]
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', James was said to have been a [[Seeker]]. However, [[J. K. Rowling]] has stated that James was a Chaser.<ref name=accio />
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', James was said to have been a [[Seeker]]. However, [[J. K. Rowling]] has stated that James was a Chaser.<ref name="accio" />
 
*To date, the ''[[Harry Potter Prequel]]'' is the only story to feature James while he was alive. All other appearances have either been as an echo or as a flashback.
 
*To date, the ''[[Harry Potter Prequel]]'' is the only story to feature James while he was alive. All other appearances have either been as an echo or as a flashback.
 
*In the last film, in Snape's memory, it shows that James was killed at the top of the staircase instead of in the living room.
 
*In the last film, in Snape's memory, it shows that James was killed at the top of the staircase instead of in the living room.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', a young James is shown without glasses. However this can be explained as his eyes became weak and the fact that [[James Potter's father|his father]] did not wear glasses.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', a young James is shown without glasses. However this can be explained as his eyes became weak and the fact that [[James Potter's father|his father]] did not wear glasses.
 
*Rawlins reprised James' role for the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|video game adaption of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'']].
 
*Rawlins reprised James' role for the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|video game adaption of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'']].
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*James was the only member of the Mauraders not to live to the 1990s.
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*If James had lived, he would have been in his late thirties during the Harry Potter storyline.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
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James Potter
Biographical information
Born

27 March[1], 1960, England [2]

Died

31 October, 1981 (aged 21)
Godric's Hollow, West Country, England

Blood status

Pure-blood

Marital status

Married

Also known as

Prongs

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Black

Eye colour

Hazel

Skin colour

Light

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Animagus

Stag (unregistered)

Wand

11", Mahogany, pliable

Patronus

Stag[3]

Affiliation
House

Gryffindor[4]

Loyalty
"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"
—James Potter stands between Lord Voldemort and his family[src]

James Potter (27 March, 196031 October, 1981), also known as Prongs, was a pure-blood wizard and the only son of Mr and Mrs Potter. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1971 to 1978, and was sorted into Gryffindor House. When James started at Hogwarts, he met and befriended fellow Gryffindor students Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew. He also met Severus Snape, a Slytherin student whom he frequently antagonised. During his seventh year, James was appointed Head Boy and began dating Lily Evans.

After Hogwarts he married Lilly and together they had a son, Harry James Potter of whom he made Sirius Black the godfather. James, Lily, and their friends all fought in the First Wizarding War as members of the Order of the Phoenix; he and his wife defied Lord Voldemort three times. However, James and Lily Potter were forced to go into hiding after a prophecy was made concerning Voldemort and their infant son. Tragically, James and Lily were betrayed to Voldemort by one of their friends, Peter Pettigrew. James was murdered by Voldemort on Hallowe'en in 1981, along with his wife, while they were trying to protect their son.

James briefly appeared again through the Resurrection Stone, along with Lilly Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin in 1998. After the Second Wizarding War, James had three grandchildren through his son, Harry Potter; James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, and Lily Luna Potter, the first who was named after his grandfather.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

James Potter was born into a pure-blood wizarding family of considerable wealth. Both his parents were elderly, even by wizarding standards, and both died under normal circumstances between 1975 and 1981. Because he was their only child, arriving later in their lives, James's parents pampered him a great deal, so he grew to be arrogant, boastful, and proud, but deep down a good person.[5]

Hogwarts yearsEdit

Sirius Black: "Where are you heading, if you've got the choice?"
James Potter: "'Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!' Like my dad... Got a problem with that?"
Severus Snape: "No. If you'd rather be brawny than brainy..."
— James's first meeting with Sirius Black and Severus Snape[src]
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James in his first year at Hogwarts

James started to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1971 and was Sorted into Gryffindor house. While there, he befriended Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, and together they called themselves the Marauders.[6]

Though more mischievous than diligent, James was a very clever student. At some point, he became Chaser for his house's Quidditch team, and he was completely aware of his talent[7]. For the vast majority of his time at school, he was somewhat an obnoxious youth, with a love of showing-off and an exceptional self-confidence that bordered on arrogance. According to Lily, he also had a habit of ruffling his hair to make it even untidier, to look as though he had just alighted from his broomstick.

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James with Sirius in their fifth year.

James also had a habit of hexing innocent students for no other reason than because he could, especially Severus Snape, a Slytherin in the same year as him.

James and Snape had a strong rivalry throughout their time at Hogwarts. Remus and Sirius later explained to Harry that the reason this rivalry began was due to Snape's jealousy over James's talent at Quidditch and his popularity, as well as Snape's interest in the Dark Arts, which James despised. However, it was later revealed that James and Sirius had insulted Snape from the moment they met him in their first year on the Hogwarts Express. Snape followed the Marauders around, looking for reasons to get them expelled. James, in turn, used the hexes Snape himself had made up against him.[8]

James spent the majority of his academic career chasing after Lily Evans, an attractive fellow Gryffindor whom he called by her surname. Lily was perhaps the only student in the school, aside from Snape, who was completely unimpressed by James, considering him arrogant and obnoxious. She once ordered James to quit hexing Snape, and James said, "I will if you'll go out with me, Evans." When James took the curse off Snape, Snape, in his humiliation and anger, called Lily a "filthy Mudblood." James demanded him to apologise, but Lily responded that James was as bad as Snape, and she would not date him even if it were a choice between him and the Giant Squid.[8] Snape's friendship with the vivacious and pretty Lily may have sparked envy in James and further fuelled their enmity.[5]

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James bullying Snape

As second years, James, Sirius, and Peter figured out that Remus was a werewolf. Rather than abandoning him (James, in particular, insisted this monthly hazard did not mean Remus was truly abnormal), they spent three years learning to become Animagi in order to accompany Remus in his transformations. In his fifth year, James managed to perfect the transformation and become a stag Animagus, which earned him the nickname "Prongs".[6]

James presumably collected Chocolate Frog Cards, as, at an unknown time, the History of Magic teacher, Professor Cuthbert Binns, gave him the Circe card, which later came into the possession of Quirinus Quirrell, who kept it in Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Vault 998.

At some point in their school years, Snape, who was very interested in where Remus went every month, saw Madam Pomfrey and Remus going to the Shrieking Shack using a secret passage under the Whomping Willow. Sirius had, for reasons unknown, told him that the trick to getting past the Whomping Willow was to poke the knot at the bottom. Snape followed Sirius's directions, and was nearly at the Shrieking Shack when James pulled him back. At great risk to his own life, James saved Severus from certain death at the claws of a werewolf. However, Snape adamantly refused to believe that James would have done him a favour, believing that James had only saved him in order to avoid expulsion, and despised being in his debt.

At the age of sixteen, James's parents allowed Sirius to move in with them so he could escape his own horrible family, and Sirius soon became an unofficial member of their family. By his seventh year, James had lost the less savoury aspects of his personality, and was even appointed Head Boy, despite the fact that he had not been a prefect. He also finally managed to impress Lily Evans, and began dating her at this time. He stopped hexing bystanders for fun, though he still secretly hexed Snape, and in turn, Snape never lost an opportunity to hex him back.[8]

First Wizarding WarEdit

Marriage and OrderEdit

"…I think you’re like James, who would have regarded it as the height of dishonour to mistrust his friends."
Remus Lupin to Harry Potter[src]
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James and Lily with their infant son Harry.

After graduation, at only eighteen years old, James married Lily, and Sirius served as their best man at the wedding. The three of them, along with Remus and Peter, joined the Order of the Phoenix, in the fight against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

In 1977, he and Sirius were involved in a motorbike chase with two Muggle policemen. Although the chase started off as a bit of fun, it turned slightly more serious when the pair were attacked by three men on broomsticks. Sirius and James used their wands to raise the police car that had been chasing them, and their attackers crashed into it.[9] During the course of the next three years, James and Lily defied the Dark Lord three times, as the war continued. The first was when they refused to join Voldemort's side when he attempted to recruit them.[10]

James had inherited vast fortunes from his affluent parents, and hence was able to comfortably support his family without the need for a paying job, meaning that Petunia's supposed lie about him being unemployed was true, although not because he was a drunk. James also used his wealth to support Remus, who was unemployable due to his status as a werewolf.[11]

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James in the original Order of the Phoenix.

On 31 July, 1980, Lily gave birth to their son Harry James Potter, but it wasn't long before Albus Dumbledore found out that they were in grave danger. Young Harry had become a target of Lord Voldemort, because of a prophecy concerning the one who could ultimately defeat him for good.[8] Voldemort had learned of the prophecy through his follower, an old enemy of James, and the former best friend of Lily, Severus Snape. When Snape learned about Voldemort's decision, he pleaded that his Master spare Lily, thereby putting James and Harry's lives at stake. In October 1981, Dumbledore told the Potters that their best chance of remaining safe against Voldemort was the Fidelius Charm. James insisted on using Sirius as their Secret-Keeper, even though Dumbledore himself had offered to fill the position.[6]

Hiding and deathEdit

"It's been fourteen years, and still not a day goes by that I don't miss your dad."
Sirius Black to Harry Potter.[src]
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James after being murdered by Lord Voldemort.

Sirius, however, had a different plan. He convinced James and Lily to use Peter as their Secret-Keeper, with Sirius as a decoy. They agreed and the charm was cast in secret, but this attempt at a double-bluff ended in tragedy. The only people to know about the switch were James, Lily, Sirius, and Peter; even Albus and Remus were kept in the dark. Less than a week later, Peter betrayed Lily and James to Voldemort.[6]

When the Dark Lord arrived at Godric's Hollow on 31 October, James told Lily to take Harry and run, and stood to face the darkest wizard in a century on his own in order to give his wife and child time to escape, but leaving his wand in the living room, where he had been entertaining his young son with it. Voldemort murdered him with the Killing Curse.[12]

Post-mortemEdit

Harry: "You'll stay with me?"
James: "Until the very end."
— Harry speaks to his parents through the Resurrection Stone[src]
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James and Lily as seen by their son in the Mirror of Erised.

After James's and Lily's deaths, their son was raised by Lily's unloving sister, Petunia Dursley, and her grumpy husband Vernon, along with their glutton of a son Dudley. Despite not remembering his parents, Harry held them in high esteem. This faltered slightly where his father was concerned, when he learned that James had been something of a bully in his youth, witnessing a memory of Severus Snape's, in which James and Sirius picked on and humiliated Snape simply because they were bored.[8] Snape, who switched sides after Lily's death and became Potions professor at Hogwarts, treated Harry with disdain throughout his academic career, perceiving him to be "arrogant as his father, a determined rule-breaker...attention-seeking and impertinent."[12]

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The echos of James and Lily Potter after being awakened from Priori Incantatem

Harry saw a vision of his parents in the Mirror of Erised in 1991 [13]. Three years later, during his battle with Voldemort in 1995, the Priori Incantatem effect took place, and James and Lily emerged from Voldemort's wand.[14] In 1996, Harry also witnessed a memory of James humiliating Snape back when they were students.

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Harry uses the Resurrection Stone to revive James

In 1998, Harry learned he was a Horcrux of Voldemort's, and walked toward his death in the Forbidden Forest. Upon entering, he used the Resurrection Stone to summon James and others who had perished in the war against Voldemort. James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him, proud of his outstanding courage and strength, and assured him that they would stay with him until the very end. Harry described their very presence as his courage, the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other, with Lily smiling at him, and James nodding in encouragement. He eventually named his eldest child after his father. James would gain two more grandchildren in Albus Severus and Lily Luna Potter.[12]

Physical appearanceEdit

James was a tall, thin man with hazel eyes and untidy black hair that stuck up at the back. During his Hogwarts years, he had an indefinable air of having been well cared for and even adored. As late as his fifth year, he started wearing glasses, although in his first year he had not. His son, Harry, was constantly noted to look very much like him, having the same untidy hair and eyesight, but the shape and colour of his eyes were identical to those of his mother's.

Personality and traitsEdit

Severus Snape: "He fancies you, James Potter fancies you! And he’s not...everyone thinks...big Quidditch hero —"
Lily Evans: "I know James Potter’s an arrogant toerag. I don’t need you to tell me that."
Severus Snape and Lily Evans discussing James in their fifth year[src]
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James as a teenager.

James was a clever and talented wizard, but very mischievous in his youth. He could be arrogant and boastful, and even bullied other students on occasion, particularly his long-time rival, Severus Snape. However, even in this stage of arrogance, he still displayed some positive qualities of character: despite being a pure-blood, he disagreed strongly with the concept of blood purity, and was disgusted with any prejudice towards Muggle-borns, and did not hold prejudice towards werewolves (such as Remus Lupin, who was one of his dearest friends).[8] Snape would also point out that James was lazy.[8]

He ultimately matured and lost some of his arrogance, and become enough of a responsible student and leader to be Head Boy in his final year, and later a member of the Order of the Phoenix; though he never completely lost his rebellious side, it was clear James had left Hogwarts a far better person than he had been upon entering it.

His best quality was his willingness to sacrifice himself for his wife and son, as demonstrated when he told her to take Harry and run while he held off Voldemort, proving himself to be a true Gryffindor.[8]

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

"You know, Harry, I think you would have given your father a run for his money, and that is saying something."
Remus Lupin[src]
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James' Patronus and Animagus form

The fact that both James and Lily were once asked by Voldemort to join his Death Eaters shows that he, like his wife, was a considerably powerful wizard, being able to catch the eye of the most dangerous Dark wizard in history. One of his dearest friends, Remus Lupin, also stated that he had been one of the cleverest Hogwarts students of his time.

  • Animagus: James was able to become an Animagus at the early age of fifteen, assuming the form of a stag. Being unregistered allowed him to use the ability to his advantage, visiting Remus Lupin during his monthly transformations.
  • Duelling: James was a skilful duellist. He, along with Lily and the Order of the Phoenix, was able to defy Voldemort himself three times. However, when James and Voldemort met for the fourth time, he was killed quickly due to the fact that he did not have his wand.
  • Quidditch: James was an accomplished Quidditch player, playing Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team during his school years.[7] He was noted to have excellent reflexes, as seen when playing with a Snitch he had taken from the Quidditch supplies.
  • Charms: James was talented in Charms from a young age, since he and his most intimate friends (Remus, Sirius, and Peter) managed to create the magically-complex Marauders' Map as teenagers. James was also able to cast the highly advanced Patronus Charm: conjuring a corporeal Patronus whose form was identical with his Animagus form, a stag. His Patronus was the male counterpart of Lily's, which was a doe.[3]
  • Transfiguration: James's wand, a pliable, eleven-inch-length of mahogany, was said to be excellent for Transfiguration. He was also able to achieve Animagus transformation at the age of fifteen, a testament to his extraordinary talent in the subject, given that the Animagus transformation was a very difficult branch of magic which, as Remus put it, could go "horribly wrong."

PossessionsEdit

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James' wand

  • Wand: James's wand was 11" mahogany with an unknown core. The wand was described as "pliable" and as "good for Transfiguration", which would later come in handy.
  • Potter inheritance: When James' parents died they left him a small fortune, that he would later pass on to his son Harry.
  • Invisibility Cloak: James owned the invisibility cloak (actually one of the fabled Deathly Hallows) that he and his friends often used during their days at Hogwarts to assist them in their mischief. Albus Dumbledore had the cloak prior to James's death and later passed it down to Harry.
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The Marauder's Map

  • Marauder's Map: The map was created by the Marauders between 1975 and 1978. It is a magical document that reveals all of Hogwarts. Not only does it show every classroom, every hallway, and every corner of the castle, but it also shows every inch of the grounds, as well as all the secret passages that are hidden within its walls and the location of every person in the grounds, portrayed by a dot. However, the Room of Requirement is not visible on the map, being the only known area of the castle not to be seen on the Map.
  • Two-way mirror: James owned this mirror during his school years, he and Sirius Black used a pair of two-way mirrors so they could talk to each other while they were in separate detentions. Sirius later gave James's mirror to Harry in 1996.
  • Potters' Cottage: James owned this cottage in Godric's Hallow along with his wife Lily during the First Wizarding War. This is where he and his wife died and his son Harry was marked as the "Boy Who Lived". The cottage still stands as a reminder of what happened that Hallowe'en night in 1981.
  • Potters' cat: This was a pet of the Potter family. What happened to it is unknown.

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

ParentsEdit

James was born into a very wealthy, pure-blood family. He had an excellent relationship with his parents, who loved him very much. His father was sorted in Gryffindor, and used to tell him about how the house prized bravery and boldness above all other qualities. James's parents were on the older side when he was born, and died before he was killed in 1981.[5]

Lily EvansEdit

Lily: "You're as bad as he is..."
James: "What! I'd NEVER call you a — you-know-what!"
Lily: "Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK."
Lily Evans to James after a row involving Severus Snape[src]
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James and Lily dancing in autumn.

James's relationship with Lily Evans was initially a rocky one. While James was a popular student and talented Quidditch player, well-liked by most, Lily was unimpressed with him; this had to do with James's hostile relationship with her best friend, Severus Snape, and because of James's bad habit of hexing innocent students just for the fun of it.

James developed romantic feelings for Lily by his fifth year, and was always going out of his way to try to impress her, only to end up making a fool out of himself most of the time, and she still regarded him as an arrogant bully, treating him with absolute disdain. In their seventh year, however, Lily was finally willing to go out with James, after he smoothed out and stopped hexing people for the fun of it (though she was unaware he still hexed Snape) . The two were Head Boy and Head Girl at Hogwarts, and married soon after graduation. James and Lily were both members of the Order of the Phoenix, and together defied Voldemort himself three times. Their son, Harry, was born in 1980.

Harry PotterEdit

Lily: "You’ve been so brave."
James: "You are nearly there. Very close. We are… so proud of you."
— Harry’s parents speaking to him through the Resurrection Stone[src]
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Harry Potter, his son

James and Lily loved their son more than anything and sacrificed themselves in order to save him when he was just a year old. Harry regarded his parents with great reverence, and fiercely defended their memories. In 1995, he punched Draco Malfoy for insulting his mother, and he frequently became furious with Professor Snape, who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. Snape was, to Harry's horror, proven right in the spring of 1996, when Harry accidentally witnessed James bullying Snape in one of his memories during Harry's Occlumency lessons, via Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve. However, Remus and Sirius assured him that his father was no longer the bully that he once was, having matured and changed his ways, or he would never have become Head Boy, and his mother would have never agreed to go out with him, let alone fall in love and marry him. Albus Dumbledore always maintained that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest power.

The few times Harry ever saw his parents were through pictures given to him by Rubeus Hagrid, a vision within the Mirror of Erised, spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem, stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the Battle of Hogwarts, by using the Resurrection Stone. His spirit was described as "exactly the same height as Harry. He was wearing the clothes in which he had died, and his hair was untidy and ruffled, and his glasses were a little lopsided, like Mr. Weasley's, a loving smile on his face". Both James and Lily told their son that they were tremendously proud of him, for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had to endure, and provided him with the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.

Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents.

The MaraudersEdit

Sirius: "That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't deserve it."
Harry: "Well, I just didn't think my dad would've wanted his two best friends to become killers."
Sirius Black and Harry Potter after Harry stopped Sirius and Remus from killing Pettigrew[src]
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Sirius, James, Remus and Peter

While at Hogwarts, James became the very best of friends with Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, and the group called themselves "the Marauders". He met Sirius on the Hogwarts Express in their first year, and they seemed to bond quickly. In their second year, when the group discovered that Remus was a werewolf, they refused to ostracize him, as most would, instead learning to become Animagi in order to keep him company during his transformations. James insisted that Remus was not abnormal because of his condition, and later used his wealth to support Remus when anti-werewolf legislation made it difficult for him to get a job. The four friends enjoyed untold popularity while at school, and particularly liked playing pranks together; they also invented the Marauder's Map, and all joined the Order of the Phoenix after graduating from Hogwarts.

Although he was very close to all of his friends, James was probably closest to Sirius, whom he loved as a brother and who moved in with James and his parents after running away from home at age sixteen. James also chose Sirius as his best man at his wedding to Lily, as well as his son's godfather. When the Potters became Lord Voldemort's targets in 1981, James was adamant about Sirius being their Secret-Keeper, though he agreed to Sirius's plan to make Peter the Secret-Keeper instead, to throw off the enemy. James's unshakable trust in his friends would be his undoing, as Pettigrew betrayed him, his wife and his son to Voldemort, something Sirius and Remus later attempted to kill him for, only to be stopped by Harry, who thought that his father would not want his best friends to become killers just for a traitor. Dumbledore later assured Harry that his belief had been right, saying that he knew James very well, both at Hogwarts and later, and he was perfectly sure that James would have saved Pettigrew as well.

The ending to the three Marauders who had stayed true to their friendship to the very end — James, Sirius, and Remus — was bittersweet: though they all lost their lives to the two wizarding wars, it can be theorised that they were reunited in death, never to be parted again.

Severus SnapeEdit

Harry: "My father was a great man!"
Snape: "Your father was a swine!"
Harry Potter and Severus Snape about James in 1995[src]
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Severus Snape, his rival

James met Severus Snape on the Hogwarts Express in their first year at Hogwarts, and the two immediately got off on the wrong foot. James scoffed at Snape's desire that he and Lily Evans would be Sorted into Slytherin house, while Snape sneered at James's hope that he would follow his father's footsteps and end up in Gryffindor. He and Sirius bestowed the mocking nickname of "Snivellus" on Snape at this first meeting.

"James always suspected Snape harboured deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James’ behaviour to Snape."
J. K. Rowling on why James particularly hated Snape.

This enmity would continue for the rest of their school years, and, on Snape's part, well after James's death. According to Sirius, Snape envied James's popularity and Quidditch talents, and always tried to get him and his friends in trouble, while James despised Snape's fascination with the Dark Arts. Although James disliked and bullied Snape, he also saved Snape's life, when Sirius played a potentially lethal prank on him by sending him to the Shrieking Shack when Remus Lupin was there transforming. Apparently, though James loathed Snape intensely, he never wanted him dead. However, Snape despised being in James's debt and felt, even twenty years later, that James only saved him to avoid expulsion. Most of his dislike of James's son Harry was motivated by seeing his old rival in Harry, as well as a constant reminder that Lily had loved another man.

Snape was also involved in James's death: Snape was the Death Eater who relayed the Prophecy that foretold the birth of the one who would defeat Snape's then-master Lord Voldemort. When Voldemort was informed of this, he chose to get rid of James, his wife, and their son. Snape intervened by pleading for Lily's life, while ignoring the danger into which his actions put James and Harry.

Albus DumbledoreEdit

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Albus Dumbledore

James always had a good relationship with Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts at the time James attended the school, and he became very fond of James, knowing that, despite his being an arrogant, highly mischievous trouble-maker, he was also a kind-hearted, good-natured person. James became a member of the Order of the Phoenix, an organization founded by Dumbledore, during the First Wizarding War, and fought in several battles with him. Dumbledore also attempted to protect James, Lily, and Harry from Voldemort, who was out to kill their son, by offering to be their Secret Keeper. However, the role of Secret Keeper went instead to Peter Pettigrew, which turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter was, unbeknownst to them, a spy for Voldemort. When James and Lily were killed by Voldemort, Dumbledore was devastated.

He later became a mentor to James's son, and they shared an intimate relationship, more like a grandfather and his grandson, rather than a headmaster and his pupil. Dumbledore often sympathised with Harry about the grief and loneliness caused by his parents' death, and would comfort him at times when he really needed it. He also firmly believed and emphasised many times that Harry's love for his parents, James and Lily, was the reason why he had a power stronger than Voldemort's.

Minerva McGonagallEdit

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Minerva McGonagall

Minerva McGonagall was the Transfiguration Professor and also the Head of Gryffindor House, at the time James was a student. McGonagall was simultaneously fond of, and exasperated with James: she knew that he was a mischievous trouble-maker and often played cruel pranks on some of his school rivals, such as Severus Snape, but she also knew that he was a clever and talented wizard, and essentially a good person; overall, they had a good relationship, which presumably improved significantly after James cleaned up his act, and became worthy of being made Head Boy.

During the First Wizarding War, they were both members of the Order of the Phoenix and fought in many battles against Death Eaters. Upon learning of James's and Lily's deaths a few hours after they were killed, McGonagall was devastated, and barely managed to keep her composure. In her later years, she shared quite a close relationship with James's son, Harry.

Order of the Phoenix membersEdit

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The original Order of the Phoenix

James did have a good relationship with the most members of the Order of the Phoenix, during the First Wizarding War. He might have been friendly with some members, such as Elphias Doge and Alastor Moody, as they were all members during the first war and most likely fought in several battles together. It is possible that James had many other friendships during his time in the Order, but they were unknown; his most famous friendship being the one he shared with the Marauders. The most members of the Order were killed during the Second Wizarding War; only a few of them managed to survive.

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James Potter as a young student.

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Order of the Phoenix
Phoenix
Founder:
Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | Hestia Jones (possibly) | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Minerva McGonagall | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Dobby | Filius Flitwick | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Horace Slughorn | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | Muriel |
Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Ted Tonks | Westinburgh family | Winky | Karkus | Karkus's wife
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)






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