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|name=Lily Potter née Evans
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|name=Lily Potter (née Evans)
|born=[[30 January]]<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]] Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)</ref>, [[1960s|1960]]
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|born=[[30 January]]<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]] Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)</ref>, [[1960s|1960]], <br/>[[England]]
|died=[[31 October]], [[1981]] (aged 21)<br /> [[Godric's Hollow]]
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|died=[[31 October]], [[1981]] (aged 21)<br /> [[Godric's Hollow]], [[West Country]], [[England]]
 
|blood=[[Muggle-born]]
 
|blood=[[Muggle-born]]
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|hair=Dark red
 
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|family=*[[Evans sisters' father|Mr. Evans]] (father) †
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|family=*[[Evans sisters' father|Mr Evans]] (father) †
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*[[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs Evans]] (mother) †
*[[Petunia Dursley]] (sister)
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*[[Petunia Dursley]] (née [[Evans]]) (sister)
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*[[Harry Potter]] (son)
 
*[[Harry Potter]] (son)
*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] (daughter-in-law)
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*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginevra Potter]] (née [[Weasley family|Weasley]]) (daughter-in-law)
*[[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]] (grandson)
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*[[James Potter II]] (grandson)
*[[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]] (grandson)
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*[[Albus Potter]] (grandson)
*[[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]] (granddaughter)
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*[[Lily Potter II]] (granddaughter)
 
*[[Vernon Dursley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[Vernon Dursley]] (brother-in-law)
*[[Marjorie Dursley]] (sister-in-law)
 
 
*[[Dudley Dursley]] (nephew)
 
*[[Dudley Dursley]] (nephew)
*[[Dudley Dursley's wife|Mrs. Dursley]] (niece-in-law)
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*[[Dudley Dursley's children|Dursley children]] (great-nieces and great-nephews)
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*[[James Potter's father|Mr Potter]] (father-in-law) †
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|wand=[[Lily Evans's wand|10¼", Willow, swishy]]
 
|wand=[[Lily Evans's wand|10¼", Willow, swishy]]
 
|patronus=[[Deer|Doe]]<ref name="bloomsbury">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Live Chat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
 
|patronus=[[Deer|Doe]]<ref name="bloomsbury">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Live Chat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
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{{Quote|Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
{{Quote|Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves.|[[Remus Lupin]] talking to [[Harry Potter]] about Lily Potter|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
 
   
'''Lily Potter''' (née '''Evans''') ([[30 January]], [[1960s|1960]] – [[31 October]], [[1981]]) was a [[Muggle-born]] [[Wizards|witch]], the younger daughter of [[Evans sisters' father|Mr.]] and [[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs. Evans]] and the younger sister of [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]]. She learned that she was a witch as a child, after [[Severus Snape]], a wizard boy who lived nearby, recognised her as a witch and told her of the existence of [[magic]]. The two became close friends, but their friendship became strained over the years due to Snape's irrepressible interest in the Dark Arts and his passion in joining the [[Death Eaters]]. Lily ended the friendship in their fifth year, after Snape called her a [[Mudblood]]. She attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1971]] to [[1978]] and was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house. A talented student, Lily was a member of the [[Slug Club]] and was made [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] in her seventh year.
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'''Lily Potter''' (née '''Evans''') ([[30 January]], [[1960s|1960]] – [[31 October]], [[1981]]) was a [[Muggle-born]] [[Wizards|witch]], the younger daughter of [[Evans sisters' father|Mr]] and [[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs Evans]] and the younger sister of [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]]. She learned that she was a witch as a child, after [[Severus Snape]], a wizard boy who lived nearby, recognised her as a witch and told her of the existence of [[magic]]. Lily attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1971]] to [[1978]]. She was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house and was a member of the [[Slug Club]]. In her seventh year Lily was made [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] and began dating [[James Potter I|James Potter]].
   
After Hogwarts, Lily [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] [[James Potter I|James Potter]] and they had a son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. The couple and their best friends ([[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Peter Pettigrew]]) all joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]; she and her husband defied [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] himself three times. However, Lily and James were forced to go into hiding after a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made concerning [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and their infant son. James and Lily were betrayed by [[Peter Pettigrew]] to Lord Voldemort. Lily was murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in [[1981]], along with her husband, while they were trying to protect their son. Lily briefly appeared again through the [[Resurrection Stone]], along with [[James Potter I|James]], [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and [[Remus Lupin|Remus]] in [[1998]]. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], Lily had three grandchildren through her son, [[Harry Potter]]; [[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]], who was named after her grandmother.
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After Hogwarts she married James and they had a son, [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]] of whom she made [[Sirius Black]] the godfather. The couple and their friends Sirius Black, [[Remus Lupin]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]]) all joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]; she and her husband defied [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] himself three times. However, Lily and James were forced to go into hiding after a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made concerning Lord Voldemort and their infant son. James and Lily were betrayed by Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort, thus Lily was murdered by Voldemort in [[1981]], along with her husband, while they were trying to protect their son.
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Lily briefly appeared again through the [[Resurrection Stone]], along with James, Sirius and Remus in [[1998]]. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], Lily had three grandchildren through her son, Harry; [[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]], and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]], who was named after her grandmother.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|I'm not a freak. That's a horrible thing to say.|Petunia|That's where you're going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy ... weirdos, that's what you two are...|You didn't think it was such a freak's school when you wrote to the headmaster and begged him to take you.|Lily and Petunia argue before Lily departs for Hogwarts.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Dialogue|Lily|I'm not a freak. That's a horrible thing to say.|Petunia|That's where you're going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy... weirdos, that's what you two are...|Lily and Petunia argue before Lily departs for Hogwarts.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
[[File:Vlcsnap-2011-10-26-11h01m13s54.png|thumb|left|Lily Evans, before Hogwarts]]
 
   
Lily was born to [[Evans sisters' father|Mr.]] and [[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs. Evans]], two [[Muggle]]s of the [[Evans family]], on [[30 January]], [[1960]]. She had an older sister named [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]], and the family lived in [[Cokeworth]],<ref>http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8983645876/uncle-and-aunt-dursley-the-love-story-pottermore</ref> [[England]]. At the age of nine, Lily became friends with [[Severus Snape]], who lived down in [[Spinner's End]], which was within walking distance of the Evans' house. However, they were apparently better off, since Petunia sneered at Snape for coming from that poverty-stricken neighbourhood. Severus was the first person to tell Lily that she was a [[Wizards|witch]], and he went on to teach Lily a great deal about the [[wizarding world]] while the two eagerly awaited the time when they could attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] together. Originally, Petunia and Lily were quite close, but her [[magic]]al abilities and her friendship with Severus caused problems between the sisters. Envying her sister's abilities, Petunia wrote to [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], asking if she could attend Hogwarts with Lily.
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[[File:LilyAndSnape.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Snape tells Lily that she is a witch]]
   
[[File:LilyAndSnape.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Lily and Severus talking by the riverside.]]
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Lily was born to [[Evans sisters' father|Mr]] and [[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs Evans]], two [[Muggle]]s of the [[Evans family]], on [[30 January]], [[1960]]. She had an older sister named [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]], and the family lived in [[Cokeworth]],<ref>http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8983645876/uncle-and-aunt-dursley-the-love-story-pottermore</ref> [[England]]. At the age of nine, Lily became friends with [[Severus Snape]], who lived down in [[Spinner's End]], which was within walking distance of the Evans' house. However, they were apparently better off, since Petunia sneered at Snape for coming from that poverty-stricken neighbourhood.
Lily bought [[Lily Evans's wand|her wand]] from [[Ollivanders Wand Shop]] in [[Diagon Alley]] at the age of eleven. The wand was 10¼" willow, "swishy", and, according to [[Garrick Ollivander]], good for [[Charms (class)|charm work]].
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Severus was the first person to tell Lily that she was a [[Wizards|witch]], and he went on to teach Lily a great deal about the [[wizarding world]] while the two eagerly awaited the time when they could attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] together. Originally, Petunia and Lily were quite close, but her [[magic]]al abilities and her friendship with Severus caused problems between the sisters. Envying her sister's abilities, Petunia wrote to [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], asking if she could attend Hogwarts with Lily.
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Lily bought [[Lily Evans's wand|her wand]] from [[Ollivanders]] in [[Diagon Alley]] at the age of eleven. The wand was 10¼ inches, willow, "swishy", and, according to [[Garrick Ollivander]], good for [[Charms (class)|charm work]].
   
 
===Hogwarts years===
 
===Hogwarts years===
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{{Dialogue a-b|Severus Snape|I never meant to call you Mudblood, it just —|Lily|Slipped out? It's too late. I've made excuses for you for years. None of my friends can understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious little [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] friends ... You've chosen your way, I've chosen mine.|The end of Lily's friendship with [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Severus Snape|I never meant to call you Mudblood, it just —|Lily|Slipped out? It's too late. I've made excuses for you for years. None of my friends can understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious little [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] friends ... You've chosen your way, I've chosen mine.|The end of Lily's friendship with [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Lily_Sorted.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Lily being Sorted into [[Gryffindor]].]]
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[[File:Lily_Sorted.jpg|thumb|240px|Lily Evans sorted into [[Gryffindor]] in 1971 ]]
At the age of eleven, she attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], where she was [[Sorting ceremony|sorted]] into [[Gryffindor]] house. She became quite skilled at [[Potions (class)|Potions]] and perhaps [[Charm]]s, attracting the attention of [[Professor]] [[Horace Slughorn]], who made her a member of his [[Slug Club]].
 
   
[[File:Young-lily.JPG|thumb|right|125px|Lily in her fifth-year at Hogwarts.]]
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At the age of eleven, she attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], where she was [[Sorting ceremony|sorted]] into [[Gryffindor]] house. She became quite skilled at [[Potions (class)|Potions]], attracting the attention of [[Professor]] [[Horace Slughorn]], who made her a member of his [[Slug Club]].
In her [[1976|fifth year]], Lily stood up for her then best friend — Severus Snape — when he was being bullied by [[James Potter I|James Potter]], whom she considered to be an arrogant toe-rag. She had addressed James by his surname &mdash;James himself having called Lily by hers &mdash; and attempted to stop his bullying. Snape lashed out at her in his humiliation, calling her a "[[Mudblood]]." <ref name="OP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> Severus begged for Lily's forgiveness and she, in turn, asked him if he still intended to join the Death Eaters. When he did not deny this, Lily realised that Snape did not understand what was wrong with the [[Death Eaters]].
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In her [[1976|fifth year]], Lily stood up for her then best friend — Severus Snape — when he was being bullied by [[James Potter I|James Potter]], whom she considered to be an arrogant toe-rag. She had addressed James by his surname &mdash; James himself having called Lily by hers &mdash; and attempted to stop his bullying. Snape lashed out at her in his humiliation, calling her a "[[Mudblood]]." <ref name="OP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> Severus begged for Lily's forgiveness and she, in turn, asked him if he still intended to join the Death Eaters. When he did not deny this, Lily realised that Snape did not understand what was wrong with the [[Death Eaters]].
   
 
This led to a parting of ways between Lily and Snape, as the former had already become dismayed by Snape's fascination with the [[Dark Arts]], and his friendship with his Slytherin house-mates [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber]] and [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery]], both of whom were aspiring [[Death Eaters]]. Harry would later witness the scene of his father's bullying and his mother's ambiguous intervention twice via a [[pensieve]], as well as other scenes depicting his mother's friendship with Snape.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
 
This led to a parting of ways between Lily and Snape, as the former had already become dismayed by Snape's fascination with the [[Dark Arts]], and his friendship with his Slytherin house-mates [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber]] and [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery]], both of whom were aspiring [[Death Eaters]]. Harry would later witness the scene of his father's bullying and his mother's ambiguous intervention twice via a [[pensieve]], as well as other scenes depicting his mother's friendship with Snape.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
   
By Lily's fifth year, James was repeatedly asking her out, but she refused him, calling him an "arrogant toerag" because he bullied other students, particularly Severus Snape. James's best friend [[Sirius Black]] later commented that James could not resist showing off and making a fool of himself whenever she was around. Lily did not, however, hate James. While she did not approve of his bullying, she did admire how James stood up for his friends and other people who were cruelly treated by Snape's aspiring-Death Eater friends.<ref name="OP" />
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[[File:James_harry_Lily.PNG|thumb|left|235px|A memory [[Harry]] sees featuring Lily (in fifth year) standing up to James]]
   
During their [[seventh year]], James matured greatly, proving himself to be responsible and brave. This led to her finally agreeing to go out with him; and Lily's attraction to him grew into genuine affection and eventually love. The young couple were chosen to be [[Head Boy|Head Boy and Head Girl]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 4</ref>
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By Lily's fifth year, James was repeatedly asking her out, but she refused him, calling him an "arrogant toerag" because he bullied other students, particularly Severus Snape. James's best friend [[Sirius Black]] later commented that James could not resist showing off and making a fool of himself whenever she was around. Lily did not, however, hate James. While she did not approve of his bullying, she did admire how James stood up for his friends and other people who were cruelly treated by Snape's aspiring-Death Eater friends.<ref name="OP" />During their [[seventh year]], James matured greatly, proving himself to be responsible and brave. This led to her finally agreeing to go out with him; and Lily's attraction to him grew into genuine affection and eventually love. The young couple were chosen to be [[Head Boy|Head Boy and Head Girl]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 4</ref>
   
 
In late [[1977]], Lily and James had a disastrous first meeting with Petunia and her then-fiancé, [[Vernon Dursley]],<ref name="pottermore">The Dursleys' backstory was shown onscreen during the [[Pottermore]] press conference on 23 June, 2011, as seen in this [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbOmE2Xi88 YouTube video] from the ''Telegraph'' (partial transcription available [http://harrypotterforum.com/discussion/6911/new-info-about-vernon-petunia-lily-and-james-pottermore-spoiler here]).</ref> which presumably took place over [[Christmas]] break, as they were both still at Hogwarts. When Vernon tried to impress James with his car, the wizard in turn boasted of his own material wealth, and a row ensued.<ref name="pottermore" /> The evening ended with both Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant and Lily bursting into tears.<ref name="pottermore" />
 
In late [[1977]], Lily and James had a disastrous first meeting with Petunia and her then-fiancé, [[Vernon Dursley]],<ref name="pottermore">The Dursleys' backstory was shown onscreen during the [[Pottermore]] press conference on 23 June, 2011, as seen in this [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbOmE2Xi88 YouTube video] from the ''Telegraph'' (partial transcription available [http://harrypotterforum.com/discussion/6911/new-info-about-vernon-petunia-lily-and-james-pottermore-spoiler here]).</ref> which presumably took place over [[Christmas]] break, as they were both still at Hogwarts. When Vernon tried to impress James with his car, the wizard in turn boasted of his own material wealth, and a row ensued.<ref name="pottermore" /> The evening ended with both Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant and Lily bursting into tears.<ref name="pottermore" />
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Petunia was married by the end of 1977. Though Lily and James were invited to the wedding, Petunia refused to have Lily as a bridesmaid, upsetting her deeply. <ref name="pottermore" /> At the reception, Vernon would not talk to James, but described him as "some magician" within his earshot.<ref name="pottermore" />
 
Petunia was married by the end of 1977. Though Lily and James were invited to the wedding, Petunia refused to have Lily as a bridesmaid, upsetting her deeply. <ref name="pottermore" /> At the reception, Vernon would not talk to James, but described him as "some magician" within his earshot.<ref name="pottermore" />
   
===Marriage and the Order===
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===First Wizarding War===
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====Marriage and the Order====
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Severus Snape|The — the prophecy ... the prediction ... Trelawney... He thinks it means Lily Evans!|Albus Dumbledore|The prophecy did not refer to a woman. It spoke of a boy born at the end of July —|You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down — kill them all —|[[Severus Snape]] warns Dumbledore of the danger to the Potters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Severus Snape|The — the prophecy ... the prediction ... Trelawney... He thinks it means Lily Evans!|Albus Dumbledore|The prophecy did not refer to a woman. It spoke of a boy born at the end of July —|You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down — kill them all —|[[Severus Snape]] warns Dumbledore of the danger to the Potters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:HpBpH.jpg|thumb|240px|Lily and her husband as a member of the original Order]]
   
 
Sometime after graduating from Hogwarts in [[1978]], Lily and James [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]], with [[Sirius Black]] serving as James' [[best man]].<ref name="poa10">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 10</ref> Petunia and Vernon refused to attend the wedding.<ref name="pottermore" /> Lily had little contact with her sister from that point.
 
Sometime after graduating from Hogwarts in [[1978]], Lily and James [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]], with [[Sirius Black]] serving as James' [[best man]].<ref name="poa10">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 10</ref> Petunia and Vernon refused to attend the wedding.<ref name="pottermore" /> Lily had little contact with her sister from that point.
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Living off James' family fortune, the Potters became full-time members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], an organisation dedicated to fighting [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]], along with their friends Sirius, [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Peter Pettigrew]].<ref name="carnegie">[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 19 October 2007 J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall]</ref> During the [[First Wizarding War|war]], they defied Voldemort on at least three occasions, the first being when they refused to join his cause when he tried 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>
 
Living off James' family fortune, the Potters became full-time members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], an organisation dedicated to fighting [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]], along with their friends Sirius, [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Peter Pettigrew]].<ref name="carnegie">[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 19 October 2007 J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall]</ref> During the [[First Wizarding War|war]], they defied Voldemort on at least three occasions, the first being when they refused to join his cause when he tried 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>
   
===Life in hiding and death===
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====Life in hiding and death====
[[File:The_potters_hp.JPG|thumb|250px|Lily and James with their infant son Harry.]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead —|Lord Voldemort|This is my last warning —|Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... Not Harry! Please — I'll do anything...|Lily Potter stands between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and her [[Harry Potter|son]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Lily|Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead —|Lord Voldemort|This is my last warning —|Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... Not Harry! Please — I'll do anything...|Lily Potter stands between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and her [[Harry Potter|son]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Potters3.gif|thumb|left|235px|Infant Harry with his mother and father]]
   
 
Lily became pregnant in the autumn of [[1979]]. Around the same time,<ref>The timeframe of the prophecy can be determined as late 1979 from J. K. Rowling's statement during her [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 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance] that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant, and the scene in ''Deathly Hallows'', Chapter 33 where Snape goes to ask Dumbledore to protect Lily, which must have taken place in autumn given the description of the setting ("...the sound of the wind in the branches" and "Though leaves and branches still flew through the night air around them...").</ref> [[Sybill Trelawney]] made a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] in front of [[Albus Dumbledore]], predicting that "the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches" and would be born at the end of July to parents who had "thrice defied" him.<ref name="OP" /> The first part of the prophecy was overheard by Lily's ex-friend, Snape, who had since become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]].<ref name="hbp25">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 25</ref> He loyally reported what he had heard to his master, and was horrified when Voldemort came to believe that Lily's son was the subject of the prophecy.<ref name="hbp25" /><ref name="dh33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 33</ref> It was the threat to Lily that led Snape to change sides, warning Dumbledore of the Dark Lord's plans, and vowing to do anything to keep the woman he still loved safe. It was this vow, based upon Snape's continuing devotion to Lily, that made Dumbledore certain of his double agent's true loyalties.
 
Lily became pregnant in the autumn of [[1979]]. Around the same time,<ref>The timeframe of the prophecy can be determined as late 1979 from J. K. Rowling's statement during her [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 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance] that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant, and the scene in ''Deathly Hallows'', Chapter 33 where Snape goes to ask Dumbledore to protect Lily, which must have taken place in autumn given the description of the setting ("...the sound of the wind in the branches" and "Though leaves and branches still flew through the night air around them...").</ref> [[Sybill Trelawney]] made a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] in front of [[Albus Dumbledore]], predicting that "the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches" and would be born at the end of July to parents who had "thrice defied" him.<ref name="OP" /> The first part of the prophecy was overheard by Lily's ex-friend, Snape, who had since become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]].<ref name="hbp25">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 25</ref> He loyally reported what he had heard to his master, and was horrified when Voldemort came to believe that Lily's son was the subject of the prophecy.<ref name="hbp25" /><ref name="dh33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 33</ref> It was the threat to Lily that led Snape to change sides, warning Dumbledore of the Dark Lord's plans, and vowing to do anything to keep the woman he still loved safe. It was this vow, based upon Snape's continuing devotion to Lily, that made Dumbledore certain of his double agent's true loyalties.
   
[[File:Lily protects Harry.jpg|thumb|175px|left|Lily protecting Harry.]]
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The Potters went into hiding while Lily was still pregnant.<ref name="carnegie" /> Their son, [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]], was born on [[31 July]], [[1980]]. Due to the danger they were in, Lily and James chose to keep Harry's christening a "very hurried, quiet affair" with Sirius Black as the only guest.<ref name="edinburghbook">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80 J.K. Rowling at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival]</ref><ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20090427042045/http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm 2005 Leaky Cauldron/MuggleNet interview with J. K. Rowling]</ref> The couple also chose Sirius to be Harry's godfather.<ref name="poa10" /> Lily sent a birth announcement to Petunia; it was to be the last piece of information she ever sent her sister,<ref name="pottermore" /> though Petunia would later send Lily a vase for that Christmas. 
The Potters went into hiding while Lily was still pregnant.<ref name="carnegie" /> Their son, [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]], was born on [[31 July]], [[1980]]. Due to the danger they were in, Lily and James chose to keep Harry's christening a "very hurried, quiet affair" with Sirius Black as the only guest.<ref name="edinburghbook">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80 J.K. Rowling at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival]</ref><ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20090427042045/http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm 2005 Leaky Cauldron/MuggleNet interview with J. K. Rowling]</ref> The couple also chose Sirius to be Harry's godfather.<ref name="poa10" /> Lily sent a birth announcement to Petunia; it was to be the last piece of information she ever sent her sister.<ref name="pottermore" />
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[[File:Lily.gif|thumb|225px|Lily protecting Harry from Lord Voldemort on 31 October, 1981 ]]
   
 
In a [[Lily Evans's letter to Sirius Black|letter]] to Sirius dated around Harry's first birthday in July [[1981]], Lily mentioned that the family had a [[Potters' cat|pet cat]], and relayed a story about Harry flying on the [[toy broomstick]] Sirius had given him as a birthday present.<ref name="DH" /> The [[Fidelius Charm]] was placed on their home in [[Godric's Hollow]]. Their [[Secret-Keeper]], [[Peter Pettigrew]], was chosen as a less likely choice than Sirius Black, but he betrayed the Potters by telling Voldemort of their whereabouts.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
 
In a [[Lily Evans's letter to Sirius Black|letter]] to Sirius dated around Harry's first birthday in July [[1981]], Lily mentioned that the family had a [[Potters' cat|pet cat]], and relayed a story about Harry flying on the [[toy broomstick]] Sirius had given him as a birthday present.<ref name="DH" /> The [[Fidelius Charm]] was placed on their home in [[Godric's Hollow]]. Their [[Secret-Keeper]], [[Peter Pettigrew]], was chosen as a less likely choice than Sirius Black, but he betrayed the Potters by telling Voldemort of their whereabouts.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
{{Quote|The Boy Who Lived. How lies have fed your legend, Harry. Shall I reveal what really happened that night 13 years ago? Shall I divulge how I truly lost my powers? Yes, shall I? It was love. You see, when dear sweet Lily Potter gave her life for her only son...she provided the ultimate protection. I could not touch him. It was old magic. Something I should have foreseen. But no matter, no matter. Things have changed. I can touch you...now!|[[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] reflecting on his first defeat|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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[[File:Lily dead.png|thumb|240x240px|Lily Potter killed by Voldemort|left]]
   
[[File:Lily_Evans_moments_before_her_death.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Lily Potter with her son, Harry, moments before her death.]]
 
 
On [[Halloween|31 October]] in [[1981]], Voldemort entered their home. James told Lily to take Harry and leave while he held him off. James, however, was killed before Lily and Harry could escape the house. Trapping mother and son in Harry's nursery, Voldemort, honouring Snape's request to spare her life, offered Lily a chance to step aside. She steadfastly refused to stop shielding her son, and Voldemort killed her. Because Lily's death was a pure sacrifice (she intended to die, and was not hoping to save herself) Harry was marked with the protection of her [[love]], and Voldemort's [[Killing Curse]] rebounded off the one-year old, destroying the Dark Lord's body and temporarily defeating him. If not for Snape's love for Lily, which led to him to beg Voldemort for Lily's life, her death would not have been a willing sacrifice, and there would have been no Boy Who Lived. <ref name="DH" />
 
On [[Halloween|31 October]] in [[1981]], Voldemort entered their home. James told Lily to take Harry and leave while he held him off. James, however, was killed before Lily and Harry could escape the house. Trapping mother and son in Harry's nursery, Voldemort, honouring Snape's request to spare her life, offered Lily a chance to step aside. She steadfastly refused to stop shielding her son, and Voldemort killed her. Because Lily's death was a pure sacrifice (she intended to die, and was not hoping to save herself) Harry was marked with the protection of her [[love]], and Voldemort's [[Killing Curse]] rebounded off the one-year old, destroying the Dark Lord's body and temporarily defeating him. If not for Snape's love for Lily, which led to him to beg Voldemort for Lily's life, her death would not have been a willing sacrifice, and there would have been no Boy Who Lived. <ref name="DH" />
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
{{Dialogue a-b|Lily|You've been so brave.|James|You are nearly there. Very close. We are . . . so proud of you.|Lily and [[James Potter I|James Potter]] speak to their son through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Lily|You've been so brave.|James|You are nearly there. Very close. We are... so proud of you.|Lily and [[James Potter I|James Potter]] speak to their son through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Lily_dead.jpg|thumb|250px|Lily's dead body]]
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When Lily and James were murdered, Lily's sister, Petunia, was the one to arrange the funeral, as James had no family left; after this, she grudgingly cared for her sister's child. However, his mother's death would not be the last [[Harry Potter|Harry]] would see of his mother. During his [[1991|first year]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he happened to stumble upon the [[Mirror of Erised]] and saw his parents beside him, along with his grandparents and other ancestors. At the end of the first year, Hagrid gave him a photo album filled with pictures of his family. In his [[1993|third year]], whenever he encountered a [[Dementor]], he was forced to relive his parents' deaths.
When Lily and James were murdered, Lily's sister, Petunia, was the one to arrange the funeral, as James had no family left; after this, she grudingly cared for her sister's child. However, his mother's death would not be the last [[Harry Potter|Harry]] would see of his mother. During his [[1991|first year]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], he stumbled upon the [[Mirror of Erised]] and saw his parents beside him, along with his grandparents and other ancestors. At the end of the first year, Hagrid gave him a photo album filled with pictures of his family. In his [[1993|third year]], whenever he encountered a [[Dementor]], he was forced to relive his parents' deaths.
 
   
[[File:16231-26575.gif|thumb|left|Lily appearing to her son in [[Priori Incantatem]].]]
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[[File:Priori_Incantatem_Pottermore.png|thumb|240px|The echos of [[James and Lily Potter]] after being awakened from [[Priori Incantatem]]]]
{{Quote|Sweetheart, you're ready. Let go! Let go!"|Lily to Harry in the Graveyard of Little Hangleton as he prepares to let go of the Priori Incantatem between him and Voldemort.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
   
In Harry's [[1994-1995 school year|fourth year]], while duelling with [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], they experienced [[Priori Incantatem|Pri]][[Priori Incantatem|ori Incantatem]] and shades of his mother and [[James Potter I|father]] and others which [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s wand had killed came out of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s wand to help Harry in his escape from the graveyard.
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In Harry's [[1994-1995 school year|fourth year]], while duelling with [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], they experienced [[Priori Incantatem]], and shades of his mother and [[James Potter I|father]] and others which Voldemort's wand had killed, came out of Voldemort's wand to help Harry in his escape from the graveyard.
   
In Harry's [[1995-1996 school year|fifth year]], he entered [[Severus Snape]]'s memory of being bullied by [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] via the use of [[Pensieve]] and saw his mother standing up for Snape. In [[1998]], he relived that same memory of Snape's, as well as many others containing his mother.
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In Harry's [[1995-1996 school year|fifth year]], he entered [[Severus Snape]]'s memory of being bullied by [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] via the use of [[Pensieve]] and saw his mother standing up for Snape. In [[1998]], he relived that same memory of Snape's, as well as many others containing his mother, in the Pensieve after Snape's death.
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[[File:Resurrection1.gif|frame|left|Harry brings back his family and friends]]
   
[[File:Lily_1998.jpg|thumb|175px|Harry uses the Resurrection Stone to speak to Lily.]]
 
 
Finally, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], when Harry believed himself to be walking to his own death, he used the [[Resurrection Stone]] to bring back the spirits of Lily, [[James Potter I|James Potter]], [[Sirius Black]], and [[Remus Lupin]]. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were so very 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 encouragingly.
 
Finally, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], when Harry believed himself to be walking to his own death, he used the [[Resurrection Stone]] to bring back the spirits of Lily, [[James Potter I|James Potter]], [[Sirius Black]], and [[Remus Lupin]]. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were so very 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 encouragingly.
   
Lily's only [[Lily Potter|granddaughter]] was named after her.<ref name="DH" />
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Lily's only granddaughter, [[Lily Luna Potter]]was named after her.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
==Physical description==
 
==Physical description==
[[File:Lily Potter fullcoloured.jpg|thumb|175px|right|Lily in the [[Mirror of Erised]].]]
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[[File:Lily_Potter1.jpg|thumb|140px|Harry see his mother Lily in the mirror of Erised]]
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Lily was a beautiful woman with thick, dark red hair that fell to her shoulders and bright green almond-shaped eyes.<ref name="DH" /> Apparently, her bright green eyes were extremely distinctive, because every person who knew Lily would always see them in Harry.
 
Lily was a beautiful woman with thick, dark red hair that fell to her shoulders and bright green almond-shaped eyes.<ref name="DH" /> Apparently, her bright green eyes were extremely distinctive, because every person who knew Lily would always see them in Harry.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
[[File:Lilyathogwarts.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Lily, as seen in the Mirror of Erised by Harry.]]
 
{{Quote|Lily. Lovely Lily. She was exceedingly bright... your mother. Even more impressive when one considers she was Muggle-born.|Horace Slughorn told to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
   
Lily was known for being an exceptionally kind-hearted and talented witch, becoming [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] in her final year at Hogwarts. She also was an all-time favourite of her Potions Master, [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Horace Slughorn]], who noted that she was witty and charming, as well as having a knack for potions.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> Remus described her as having a habit of seeing the best in others, even when they could not see it themselves. On at least one occasion she called out James and Sirius for their bullying of [[Severus Snape]] while Remus sat by and did nothing. Her actions were not, however, effective.
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{{Quote|Lily Evans. One of the brightest I ever taught. Vivacious, you know. Charming girl.|[[Horace Slughorn]] in 1996|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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Lily was known for being a kind-hearted and talented witch, becoming [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] in her final year at Hogwarts. She also was an all-time favourite of her Potions Master, [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Horace Slughorn]], who noted that she was witty and charming, as well as having a knack for potions.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> Remus described her as having a habit of seeing the best in others, even when they could not see it themselves. On at least one occasion she called out James and Sirius for their bullying of [[Severus Snape]] while Remus sat by and did nothing. Her actions were not, however, effective.
   
 
When in a temper, Lily had a sharp tongue, and had no trouble standing up to others. She had strong principles, ending her friendship with Snape when she could no longer tolerate his fascination with the [[Dark Arts]] or his devotion to Voldemort's genocidal cause.
 
When in a temper, Lily had a sharp tongue, and had no trouble standing up to others. She had strong principles, ending her friendship with Snape when she could no longer tolerate his fascination with the [[Dark Arts]] or his devotion to Voldemort's genocidal cause.
   
Lily and her husband were also brave and self-sacrificing, defying Voldemort three times as members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], and dying to protect their son. Dumbledore has claimed that she was very much like her son, Harry.
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Lily and her husband were also brave and self-sacrificing, defying Voldemort three times as members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], and dying to protect their son. Dumbledore has claimed that she was very much like her son, [[Harry]].
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
[[File:Lilyptterathogwartshoto.jpg|thumb|Lily Evans, a powerful witch.]]
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[[File:Doe_Patronus.jpg|thumb|160px|Lily's Patronus took the form of a doe.|left]]
Lily Potter was an extremely talented and skilful witch. Her skills were such that, Lord Voldemort was willing to overlook her Muggle-born status and asked that she and her husband join him.<ref name="pottercast130" /><ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80 J K Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival]</ref>
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*'''[[Love]]''': Lily displayed a tremendous amount of love during her life. She sacrificed herself for her only son when she was twenty-one years old, and it was this sacrifice, fuelled by her love for him, that enabled Harry to survive the Killing Curse. Not only this, but Lily's loving sacrifice continued to protect Harry for almost sixteen years after her death.
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Lily Potter was a talented and skilful witch, so much so that even Lord Voldemort was willing to overlook her Muggle-born status and ask that she and her husband join him.<ref name="pottercast130" /><ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80 J K Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival]</ref>
*'''Control of [[Underage magic|under-age magic]]''': Before attending Hogwarts, Lily was revealed to already have a level of control over her magic, which was a rare skill. She was able to slow her descent through the air after jumping off a swing, and control the petals of a flower.
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*'''[[Love]]''': Lily displayed a tremendous amount of love throughout her life. She sacrificed herself for her only son when she was twenty-one years old, and it was this sacrifice, fuelled by her love for him, that enabled Harry to survive the Killing Curse. Besides this, Lily's loving sacrifice continued to protect Harry for almost sixteen years after her death.
*'''[[Potioneer]]''': According to Horace Slughorn, Lily was an excellent potioneer.
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*'''[[Potions]]''': According to Horace Slughorn, Lily was an excellent potioneer. She had an "instinctual" understanding of the subject.
*'''[[Charms]]''': Her wand was said to have been good for Charms work, which meant that Lily must have been talented at Charms. Also, she was able to [[Cantis|make a teapot sing]], which is generally regarded as a type of charm.<ref>It is stated on ''[[Pottermore]]'' that Petunia is free from houses with teapots that sang when you walked past, and as Lily was the only witch in the family it makes sense she'd be the one to cast the spell.</ref>
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*'''[[Charms]]''': Her wand was said to have been good for Charms work, which meant that Lily must have been talented at Charms. According to [[Petunia Dursley]], she came home from Hogwarts with "singing teapots", which might or might not be true, but it does show her unique skill in Charms.<ref>It is stated on ''[[Pottermore]]'' that Petunia is free from houses with teapots that sang when you walked past, and as Lily was the only witch in the family it makes sense she'd be the one to cast the spell.</ref>''' '''Lily could also effectively cast the highly advanced [[Patronus Charm|Patronus charm]]: conjuring a corporeal Patronus in the shape of a doe, which is identical to [[Severus Snape]]'s Patronus and the female counterpart to her husband's Patronus and Animagus form, as well as her son's Patronus: a stag.
*'''[[Patronus Charm]]''': Lily could conjure a Patronus in the shape of a doe, which is identical to Severus Snape's Patronus and the female counterpart to her husband's Patronus and Animagus form, as well as her son's Patronus.
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*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Lily, along with her husband, [[James Potter I|James]], was able to defy and escape Lord Voldemort three times. On the fourth encounter, however, she was killed (though it must be noted that she was not carrying her wand at the time).
[[File:HP7P1.rmvb_Alta_qualidade_e_tamanho_Alrrtrtrta_qualidade_e_tamanho_~2_0001.jpg|thumb|right|Lily's Patronus was a doe (The Patronus in the picture is [[Severus Snape]]'s)]]
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*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Lily had at least some skill in Transfiguration. According to Petunia, Lily had performed some Transfiguration spells (turning teacups into rats) when she came home during the school holidays, though whether or not this is true is debatable, especially given Petunia's deep resentment towards Lily. She also once gave [[Horace Slughorn]] a present: a lily petal floating in a bowl, and as he witnessed the petal fall towards the bottom of the bowl, it was transformed into a fish, which he kept as a pet. However, on the day she was killed by Voldemort, it disappeared.
*'''[[Duel]]ling:''' Lily, along with her husband, [[James Potter I|James]], was able to defy and escape Lord Voldemort three times. On the fourth encounter, however, she was killed (though it must be noted that she was not carrying her wand at the time).
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*'''Control of [[Underage magic]]''': Before attending Hogwarts, Lily was revealed to already have a level of control over her magic, which was a rare skill. She was able to slow her descent through the air after jumping off a swing, and control the petals of a flower.
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Lily also had at least some skill in Transfiguration. During her youth, she performed some Transfiguration spells in front of her sister Petunia during the holidays, doing illegal under-age magic. She gave Horace Slughorn a present, a lily petal floating in a bowl, and as he witnessed the petal fall towards the bottom of the bowl, it was transformed into a fish that he kept as a pet, until it disappeared on the day she was killed by Voldemort.
 
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
 
===Family===
 
===Family===
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====Petunia Dursley====
 
{{Quote|[[Harry Potter|You]] didn't just lose a mother that [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|night]] in [[Godric's Hollow]], you know. I lost a sister.|Petunia showing her affection for Lily.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1}}
 
{{Quote|[[Harry Potter|You]] didn't just lose a mother that [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|night]] in [[Godric's Hollow]], you know. I lost a sister.|Petunia showing her affection for Lily.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1}}
[[File:Petunia_DH.png|thumb|left|150px|Lily's sister Petunia, with whom she had a strained relationship.]]
 
   
Lily had a close relationship with her [[Lily Evans's mother|mother]] and [[Lily Evans's father|father]] and, initially, with her older sister, [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]]. The two girls played together, and when Lily began demonstrating [[magic]]al ability, Petunia was "torn between curiosity and disapproval." Petunia was disdainful of the friendship Lily struck up with [[Severus Snape]], the poor, young wizard who had taken to spying on Lily and who first informed her that she was a [[Wizards|witch]]; in turn, Snape was quite insulting to Petunia for being a [[Muggle]]. When Lily was invited to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], Petunia wrote to the headmaster, [[Albus Dumbledore]], requesting that she be permitted to do the same. Although his refusal was kind, Petunia became very bitter, and jealously deemed her sister a "freak".<ref name="DH" /> Their relationship seems to have deteriorated greatly afterwards, and even as an adult, Petunia resented that her parents were proud of Lily's magical abilities and took out her enmity on Lily's son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. However, despite the bitterness on Petunia's end, the two appeared to still be in contact; Harry, as an infant, was said to have "smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent [Lily] for Christmas."<ref name="DH" /> Petunia also grudgingly took Harry in, at Dumbledore's request, after Lily's death.
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[[File:Petunia_Dursley.jpg|thumb|155px|Petunia Dursley, her older sister]]
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Initially, with her older sister, [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]]. The two girls played together, and when Lily began demonstrating [[magic]]al ability, Petunia was "torn between curiosity and disapproval." Petunia was disdainful of the friendship Lily struck up with [[Severus Snape]], the poor, young wizard who had taken to spying on Lily and who first informed her that she was a [[Wizards|witch]]; in turn, Snape was quite insulting to Petunia for being a [[Muggle]]. When Lily was invited to attend [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], Petunia wrote to the headmaster, [[Albus Dumbledore]], requesting that she be permitted to do the same. Although his refusal was kind, Petunia became very bitter, and jealously deemed her sister a "freak".<ref name="DH" />
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Their relationship seems to have deteriorated greatly afterwards, and even as an adult, Petunia resented that her parents were proud of Lily's magical abilities and took out her enmity on Lily's son, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. However, despite the bitterness on Petunia's end, the two appeared to still be in contact; Harry, as an infant, was said to have "smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent [Lily] for Christmas."<ref name="DH" /> Petunia also grudgingly took Harry in, at Dumbledore's request, after Lily's death.
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Harry|How come she married him? She hated him!|Sirius|Nah, she didn't.|Remus|She started going out with him in seventh year.|[[Sirius Black]] and [[Remus Lupin]] telling [[Harry Potter]] about his parents|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Thebestmainimageofjamespotter.jpg|thumb|145px|James Potter, her husaband and father of her [[Harry|son]]|left]]
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Lily's relationship with [[James Potter I|James Potter]] was initially a volatile one. They first met on the [[Hogwarts Express|train]] just before the start of their first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], where Lily was angered by James' and [[Sirius Black]]'s mockery of her best friend, [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH" />. Although James was a popular student and a talented [[Quidditch]] player, well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. This was likely motivated partly by James' hostile relationship with Snape, and partly by his bad habit of hexing innocent students just for fun.
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By his fifth year, James started to have romantic feelings for Lily, and would show off to try to impress her, without success.<ref name="OP" /> She refused to accept his many invitations to go out with him until their seventh year. It seems that, by that time, James had "deflated his head a bit" and stopped hexing people "for the fun of it"<ref name="OP" />. She eventually began going out with him and fell deeply in love with James. The two joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] after graduating, in addition to getting [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] and having one child: [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]].
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Lily loved her husband, James, dearly as proved when Lily screamed his name on seeing him being murdered by Voldemort when he entered their house. Her patronus takes the shape of a doe, while her husband's is a stag.
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====Harry Potter====
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{{Quote|Harry, you are so loved. Mama loves you. Dada loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong.|Lily's last words to her son|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2}}
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[[File:PromoHP7_Harry_Potter.jpg|thumb|145px|[[Harry Potter]], her son]]
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James and Lily loved their son more than anything, sacrificing themselves in order to save him when he was but one year old. Harry barely knew them, but nevertheless regarded them with great reverence and fiercely defended their memory if anyone spoke ill of them. In [[1995]], he punched [[Draco Malfoy]] for insulting his mother, and he was frequently at odds with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. An incident that Snape would have delightfully used as an example was witnessed by Harry in the spring of [[1996]], when Harry accidentally watched James bullying Snape with no provocation (other than the already-existing animosity between them,) in one of Snape's own memories, during Harry's Occlumency lessons. Harry began to question how his mother even came to marry James when she clearly despised him for acting in such a way, though Remus and Sirius later assured Harry that his father had changed his ways, having matured enough to become [[Head Boy]] and eventually win Lily over.
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The few times he ever saw his parents were in pictures given to him by [[Rubeus Hagrid]], through a vision within the [[Mirror of Erised]], as spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'', as stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], by using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. Lily's spirit was described as looking at Harry as if she couldn't do so enough, and Harry asked his mother to stay close to him as he approached the [[Death Eaters]]' camp, and certain doom. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had endured, and gave him the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.
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Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents and godfather, [[James Potter II|James Sirius]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]].
   
 
===Severus Snape===
 
===Severus Snape===
[[File:Lily_and_Severus.jpg|thumb|Lily with Severus]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Lily|Does it make a difference, being Muggle-born?|Snape|No. It doesn't make any difference.|[[Severus Snape]] discussing Lily's Muggle-born status as children|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Lily|Does it make a difference, being Muggle-born?|Snape|No. It doesn't make any difference.|[[Severus Snape]] discussing Lily's Muggle-born status as children|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[Severus Snape]] lived near the [[Evans family]] when he was a child, and soon began spying on Lily after he noticed that she was a [[Wizards|witch]]. The two became friends when he started telling her about the [[wizarding world]], and were best friends until their fifth year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], despite being sorted into different houses. Lily became increasingly dismayed by Snape's friendships with people such as [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery]] and [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber]], who practised the [[Dark Arts]] and disdained [[Muggle-born]]s. Ironically, Lily might have grown to love Snape romantically (she certainly loved him as a friend) if he had not loved Dark Magic so much, and been drawn to such loathsome people and acts, yet it was Snape's desire for Lily's admiration that drew him to the dark arts in the first place. When Snape called Lily a "[[Mudblood]]" in a fit of anger and humiliation, it was the last straw for Lily. When she later asked him if he still intended to become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] and he did not deny it, she severed all ties with him.
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[[File:Severus_Snape_Profile.JPG|thumb|145px|Severus Snape, her once best friend|left]]
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[[Severus Snape]] lived near the [[Evans family]] when he was a child, and soon began spying on Lily after he noticed that she was a [[Wizards|witch]]. The two became friends when he started telling her about the [[wizarding world]], and were best friends until their fifth year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], despite being sorted into different houses. Lily became increasingly dismayed by Snape's friendships with people such as [[Avery (Marauder-era)|Avery]] and [[Mulciber (Marauder-era)|Mulciber]], who practised the [[Dark Arts]] and disdained [[Muggle-born]]s. There is no evidence to suggest that Lily replicated the romantic feelings felt by Snape and she just saw him as a friend. When Snape called Lily a "[[Mudblood]]" in a fit of anger and humiliation, it was the last straw for Lily. When she later asked him if he still intended to become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] and he did not deny it, she severed all ties with him.
   
 
Despite the ending of their friendship, Snape still loved Lily. When he realised that it was Harry who Voldemort had fixated on as his enemy mentioned in [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]], Snape begged him to spare Lily's life. He, however, showed no concern for the life of her son or husband. Voldemort agreed to this request and offered Lily several chances to step aside. Her refusal to do so even though she had a choice is what created the magic that protected Harry.
 
Despite the ending of their friendship, Snape still loved Lily. When he realised that it was Harry who Voldemort had fixated on as his enemy mentioned in [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]], Snape begged him to spare Lily's life. He, however, showed no concern for the life of her son or husband. Voldemort agreed to this request and offered Lily several chances to step aside. Her refusal to do so even though she had a choice is what created the magic that protected Harry.
   
Lily loved Snape as a friend, and, tragically for him, might have returned his romantic love if he had not once been consumed by the [[Dark Arts]]<ref name="bloomsbury" />. The deep, unrequited [[love]] Snape held for Lily for almost all of his life also influenced his [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]], which took the form of a silver doe-- the same as hers, caused him to spy on Voldemort for Albus Dumbledore, and protect her son, Harry, until his own death, where he told Harry to ‘Look at me’, wishing to see Lily’s eyes once more before he died as it was the only part of Harry that resembled his mother, the rest looking very much like his father.
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Lily loved Snape as a friend, and, tragically for him, might have returned his romantic love if he had not once been consumed by the [[Dark Arts]]<ref name="bloomsbury" />. The deep, unrequited [[love]] Snape held for Lily for almost all of his life also influenced his [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]], which took the form of a silver doe the same as hers, caused him to spy on Voldemort for Albus Dumbledore, and protect her son, Harry, until his own death, where he told Harry to ‘Look at me’, wishing to see Lily’s eyes once more before he died as it was the only part of Harry that resembled his mother, the rest looking very much like his father.
   
 
Lily's grandson, Albus, has both Lily's eyes (like Harry) and the middle name Severus.
 
Lily's grandson, Albus, has both Lily's eyes (like Harry) and the middle name Severus.
   
===James Potter===
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===The Marauders===
[[File:James&LilyDancing.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[James Potter I|James]] and Lily dancing in autumn.]]
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[[File:The_Marauders.png|thumb|240px|Sirius, James, Remus, and Peter]]
{{Dialogue a-b-c|Harry|How come she married him? She hated him!|Sirius|Nah, she didn't.|Remus|She started going out with him in seventh year.|[[Sirius Black]] and [[Remus Lupin]] telling [[Harry Potter]] about his parents|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
Lily's relationship with [[James Potter I|James Potter]] was initially a volatile one. They first met on the [[Hogwarts Express|train]] just before the start of their first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], where Lily was angered by James' and [[Sirius Black]]'s mockery of her best friend, [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH" />. Although James was a popular student and a talented [[Quidditch]] player, well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. This was likely motivated partly by James' hostile relationship with Snape, and partly by his bad habit of hexing innocent students just for fun. By his fifth year, James started to have romantic feelings for Lily, and would show off to try to impress her, without success.<ref name="OP" /> She refused to accept his many invitations to go out with him until their seventh year. It seems that, by that time, James had "deflated his head a bit" and stopped hexing people "for the fun of it"<ref name="OP" />. She eventually began going out with him and fell deeply in love with James. The two joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]] after graduating, in addition to getting [[Wedding of James Potter and Lily Evans|married]] and having one child: [[Harry Potter|Harry James Potter]].
 
 
Lily loved her husband, James, dearly as proved when Lily screamed James' name on seeing James being murdered by Voldemort when he entered their house. Her patronous takes the shape of a doe, while her husband's is a stag.
 
 
===The Marauders===
 
[[File:The_Marauders.png|thumb|250px|The [[Marauders]].]]
 
 
Lily met [[Sirius Black]] on the [[Hogwarts Express]] at the same time she met James. She disliked them both, as they quickly began teasing Severus Snape, Lily's best friend at the time, though it was Snape who had initiated the argument by mocking the other boys' preference of [[Gryffindor|House]]. When Lily and Sirius were both sorted into Gryffindor House, Lily remembered him from the train, and turned her back on him when he made room for her at the Gryffindor table. However, during their later school years, they became good friends, and Lily eventually married Sirius's best friend, James. The Marauders themselves did not seem to be aware of Lily's friendship with Severus, due to the animosity that existed between the four of them and Snape, particularly James. Sirius, Lily and the Marauders became members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]] and fought in several battles against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. When James and Lily cast a [[Fidelius Charm]] to hide from Voldemort, they originally wanted to make Sirius their Secret Keeper, as they knew him to be completely and utterly trustworthy, and Lily sent him at least one letter and a photograph of her family during her time in hiding. However, Sirius had proposed that Peter be made Secret Keeper instead, thinking that Voldemort would not expect a "weak, talentless thing" like Peter to be given a such crucial role. This turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter had turned traitor and become a spy for the [[Death Eaters]]; thus Peter betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort one week after becoming their Secret Keeper, leading to them being tragically killed. Sirius was deeply devastated; he attacked Peter and attempted to kill him.
 
Lily met [[Sirius Black]] on the [[Hogwarts Express]] at the same time she met James. She disliked them both, as they quickly began teasing Severus Snape, Lily's best friend at the time, though it was Snape who had initiated the argument by mocking the other boys' preference of [[Gryffindor|House]]. When Lily and Sirius were both sorted into Gryffindor House, Lily remembered him from the train, and turned her back on him when he made room for her at the Gryffindor table. However, during their later school years, they became good friends, and Lily eventually married Sirius's best friend, James. The Marauders themselves did not seem to be aware of Lily's friendship with Severus, due to the animosity that existed between the four of them and Snape, particularly James. Sirius, Lily and the Marauders became members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]] and fought in several battles against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. When James and Lily cast a [[Fidelius Charm]] to hide from Voldemort, they originally wanted to make Sirius their Secret Keeper, as they knew him to be completely and utterly trustworthy, and Lily sent him at least one letter and a photograph of her family during her time in hiding. However, Sirius had proposed that Peter be made Secret Keeper instead, thinking that Voldemort would not expect a "weak, talentless thing" like Peter to be given a such crucial role. This turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter had turned traitor and become a spy for the [[Death Eaters]]; thus Peter betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort one week after becoming their Secret Keeper, leading to them being tragically killed. Sirius was deeply devastated; he attacked Peter and attempted to kill him.
   
Sirius was also godfather to Lily's son, [[Harry Potter]], and they shared an intimate relationship; Harry regarded Sirius as a mixture of father and older brother, and Sirius viewed Harry as an exceptionally brave and matured adult with rights to knowing difficult truths, fully capable of shouldering burdens that many wizards much older and wiser than he could not.
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Sirius was also godfather to Lily's son, [[Harry Potter]], and they shared an intimate relationship; Harry regarded Sirius as a mixture of father and older brother, and Sirius viewed Harry as an exceptionally brave and matured adult with rights to knowing difficult truths, fully capable of shouldering burdens that many wizards much older and wiser than he could not.
[[File:Lilypeter.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Lily with Peter in a photo of the original Order of the Phoenix]]
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Lily was also a good friend of [[Remus Lupin]], paying no mind to the stigma surrounding his condition as a werewolf. Unlike his friends, Remus rarely if ever took part in bullying students out of either dislike or boredom, including [[Severus Snape]], though he also did nothing to stop it. When Snape insisted there was something strange about Remus, Lily answered that she didn't care about what the Marauders did; most likely, she had also realised that Remus was a werewolf, but didn't want others to know. After graduating from Hogwarts, Remus helped James and Lily hide, and would have willingly died for his friends rather than betray them to save his own skin. When James and Lily died, Remus was devastated, and initially believed, along the rest of the [[wizarding world]], that Sirius had been a traitor.
 
Lily was also a good friend of [[Remus Lupin]], paying no mind to the stigma surrounding his condition as a werewolf. Unlike his friends, Remus rarely if ever took part in bullying students out of either dislike or boredom, including [[Severus Snape]], though he also did nothing to stop it. When Snape insisted there was something strange about Remus, Lily answered that she didn't care about what the Marauders did; most likely, she had also realised that Remus was a werewolf, but didn't want others to know. After graduating from Hogwarts, Remus helped James and Lily hide, and would have willingly died for his friends rather than betray them to save his own skin. When James and Lily died, Remus was devastated, and initially believed, along the rest of the [[wizarding world]], that Sirius had been a traitor.
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Despite [[Peter Pettigrew]]'s cowardly nature, Lily became more friendly with him as she warmed to [[James Potter I|James]], even affectionately referring to Peter as "Wormy," from his nickname "Wormtail." When James and Lily went into hiding from [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Lily and James trusted Peter enough to make him their Secret Keeper, though only at Sirius' suggestion to use someone less obvious than himself for the role. By then, however, Peter had already become a spy for Voldemort, and he betrayed his dearest friends out of fear for his own life; one time Peter saw Lily and James while they were in hiding, Lily noted that he "seemed down." After Voldemort killed Lily and James, it is possible that Pettigrew felt some regret for his treacherous, heartless betrayal; in [[1998]], Pettigrew unintentionally saved Harry from [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who was trying to kill the boy through Pettigrew's [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]], by briefly hesitating when Harry reminded him of his [[life debt]]. This one, tiny impulse of mercy, however, led to Pettigrew being killed by the same hand.
 
Despite [[Peter Pettigrew]]'s cowardly nature, Lily became more friendly with him as she warmed to [[James Potter I|James]], even affectionately referring to Peter as "Wormy," from his nickname "Wormtail." When James and Lily went into hiding from [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Lily and James trusted Peter enough to make him their Secret Keeper, though only at Sirius' suggestion to use someone less obvious than himself for the role. By then, however, Peter had already become a spy for Voldemort, and he betrayed his dearest friends out of fear for his own life; one time Peter saw Lily and James while they were in hiding, Lily noted that he "seemed down." After Voldemort killed Lily and James, it is possible that Pettigrew felt some regret for his treacherous, heartless betrayal; in [[1998]], Pettigrew unintentionally saved Harry from [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who was trying to kill the boy through Pettigrew's [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]], by briefly hesitating when Harry reminded him of his [[life debt]]. This one, tiny impulse of mercy, however, led to Pettigrew being killed by the same hand.
   
===Harry Potter===
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===Horace Slughorn===
[[File:HarryPOA.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[Harry Potter|Harry]], her son.]]
 
{{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 loved their son more than anything, sacrificing themselves in order to save him when he was but one year old. Harry barely knew them, but nevertheless regarded them with great reverence and fiercely defended their memory if anyone spoke ill of them. In [[1995]], he punched [[Draco Malfoy]] for insulting his mother, and he was frequently at odds with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. An incident that Snape would have delightfully used as an example was witnessed by Harry in the spring of [[1996]], when Harry accidentally watched James bullying Snape with no provocation (other than the already-existing animosity between them,) in one of Snape's own memories, during Harry's Occlumency lessons. Harry began to question how his mother even came to marry James when she clearly despised him for acting in such a way, though Remus and Sirius later assured Harry that his father had changed his ways, having matured enough to become [[Head Boy]] and eventually win Lily over.
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{{Quote|Your mother was one of my absolute favourites!|Horace Slughorn to Harry Potter in 1996.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
   
The few times he ever saw his parents were in pictures given to him by [[Rubeus Hagrid]], through a vision within the [[Mirror of Erised]], as spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'', as stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], by using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. Lily's spirit was described as looking at Harry as if she couldn't do so enough, and Harry asked his mother to stay close to him as he approached the [[Death Eaters]]' camp, and certain doom. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had endured, and gave him the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.
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[[File:Horace_Slughorn.jpg|thumb|135px|[[Professor Slughorn]], her former teacher]]
   
Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents and godfather, [[James Potter II|James Sirius]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]].
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During her time at Hogwarts, Lily demonstrated extraordinary talent in potions, becoming one of [[Potions master]] [[Horace Slughorn]]'s "all-time favourites" and a member of his [[Slug Club]]. Slughorn considered her to be one of the brightest students he had ever taught, and knew her to be a vivacious, charming, talented, if sometimes cheeky, girl; he even stated, "I don't imagine anyone who met her wouldn't have liked her...very brave...very funny...", though he was surprised by her Muggle lineage.
   
===Horace Slughorn===
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Lily also gave Slughorn a present, probably as a token of her respect and love for him as her teacher: a bowl of water, on which a petal from a lily floated, and as the petal sank, it transformed into a fish, just before it reached the bottom. He described it as "beautiful magic, wondrous to behold", and named the fish [[Francis]]. When Francis suddenly disappeared one day, Slughorn realised that Lily had died<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]</ref>, and her death haunted him for many years. [[Harry Potter]] used Slughorn's sympathy and grief for his mother's death to his advantage while under the effects of [[Felix Felicis]], persuading Slughorn to give him the true memory of [[Tom Riddle]]'s inquiry about [[Horcrux]]es, by encouraging him to be as brave as his mother was, and claiming that it would undo whatever great wrong he had done.
[[File:LilyandSlughorn.jpg|right|200px|thumb|Lily with [[Horace Slughorn]] and other members of the [[Slug Club]].]]
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Slughorn|Lily. Lovely Lily. She was exceedingly bright, your mother. Even more impressive considering she was Muggle-born...|Harry|One of my best friends is Muggle-born, and she's the best in our year.|No, no! You mustn't think I'm prejudiced! Your mother was one of my absolute favourites!|Horace Slughorn to Harry Potter in 1996.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
 
During her time at Hogwarts, Lily demonstrated brilliance in potions, becoming one of [[Potions master]] [[Horace Slughorn]]'s "all-time favourites" and a member of his [[Slug Club]]. Slughorn considered her to be one of the brightest students he had ever taught, and knew her to be a vivacious, charming, talented, if sometimes cheeky, girl; he even stated, "I don't imagine anyone who met her wouldn't have liked her...very brave...very funny...", though he was surprised by her Muggle lineage. Lily also gave Slughorn a present, probably as a token of her respect and love for him as her teacher: a bowl of water, on which a petal from a lily floated, and as the petal sank, it transformed into a fish, just before it reached the bottom. He described it as "beautiful magic, wondrous to behold", and named the fish [[Francis]]. When Francis suddenly disappeared one day, Slughorn realised that Lily had died<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]</ref>, and her death haunted him for many years. [[Harry Potter]] used Slughorn's sympathy and grief for his mother's death to his advantage while under the effects of [[Felix Felicis]], persuading Slughorn to give him the true memory of [[Tom Riddle]]'s inquiry about [[Horcrux]]es, by encouraging him to be as brave as his mother was, and claiming that it would undo whatever great wrong he had done.
 
   
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
[[File:Albus_Dumbledore_Half-Blood_Prince_Promo.JPG|thumb|left|[[Albus Dumbledore]]]]
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] was Lily's Headmaster when she was a student at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. When Dumbledore invited Lily to attend Hogwarts, her sister, [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]], became jealous, and sent a letter to Dumbledore requesting to be enrolled in Hogwarts as well. Dumbledore answered Petunia that she could not, though in a way Lily found to be "very kind". During Lily's years at Hogwarts, Dumbledore became very fond of her, seeing her as an extremely talented witch with a pure, kind heart, and eventually appointing her [[Head Girl]]. After Lily and her friends graduated from Hogwarts, they became members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], an organisation Dumbledore founded and led. When James and Lily became targets of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Dumbledore offered to be their Secret Keeper in an attempt to protect them, but the role went to [[Peter Pettigrew]] instead, at Sirius' suggestion. This turned out to be the couple's death sentence, as Peter betrayed them to Voldemort, who found them and killed them. Dumbledore was deeply upset by their deaths, and dedicated the rest of his life to keeping their [[Harry Potter|son]] safe. During a conversation with Severus Snape shortly after Lily's death, Dumbledore appeared to be extremely cold and angry, emphasising how much he cared for Lily and how distressed he was about her murder. He eventually became Harry's mentor, often telling Harry of the love and goodness of his parents, and continually insisting that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest strength and a source of incredible power-- ''the power the Dark Lord knows not''.
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] was Lily's Headmaster when she was a student at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. When Dumbledore invited Lily to attend Hogwarts, her sister, [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]], became jealous, and sent a letter to Dumbledore requesting to be enrolled in Hogwarts as well. Dumbledore answered Petunia that she could not, though in a way Lily found to be "very kind". During Lily's years at Hogwarts, Dumbledore became very fond of her, seeing her as a talented witch with a pure, kind heart, and eventually appointing her [[Head Girl]].
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After Lily and her friends graduated from Hogwarts, they became members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], an organisation Dumbledore founded and led. When James and Lily became targets of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Dumbledore offered to be their Secret Keeper in an attempt to protect them, but the role went to [[Peter Pettigrew]] instead, at Sirius' suggestion. This turned out to be the couple's death sentence, as Peter betrayed them to Voldemort, who found them and killed them. Dumbledore was deeply upset by their deaths, and dedicated the rest of his life to keeping their [[Harry Potter|son]] safe. He eventually became Harry's mentor, often telling Harry of the love and goodness of his parents, and continually insisting that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest strength and a source of incredible power-- ''the power the Dark Lord knows not''.
   
 
===Minerva McGonagall===
 
===Minerva McGonagall===
 
{{Quote|Lily and James... I can't believe it... I don't want to believe it...|McGonagall on hearing the death of Lily and [[James Potter I|James]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|Lily and James... I can't believe it... I don't want to believe it...|McGonagall on hearing the death of Lily and [[James Potter I|James]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
[[File:McGoni.PNG|thumb|right|150px|[[Minerva McGonagall]].]]
 
   
[[Minerva McGonagall]] appeared to have a very close relationship with Lily during the [[First Wizarding War]]. McGonagall was the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] Professor and also the [[Head of Gryffindor House]] while Lily attended Hogwarts. During Lily's years at Hogwarts, she presumably became a favourite of McGonagall, as she was an extremely talented witch with a pure kind heart, and would neither participate in nor tolerate bullying, the qualities that McGonagall undeniably would have favoured in a student. After Lily left Hogwarts, both she and McGonagall became members of the first [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought against Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]]. After Voldemort found and killed the Potters, McGonagall was devastated to learn of Lily's death, and that of her husband, James, to which she actually broke down into tears. Professor McGonagall was fond of [[Harry Potter|Lily's son]], and protected him as best as she could throughout his time at Hogwarts.
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[[File:Mcgonagall.jpg|thumb|140px|[[Minerva McGonagall]], her former head of house and teacher]]
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[[Minerva McGonagall]] appeared to have a close relationship with Lily during the [[First Wizarding War]]. McGonagall was the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] Professor and also the [[Head of Gryffindor House]] while Lily attended Hogwarts. During Lily's years at Hogwarts, she presumably became a favourite of McGonagall, as she was a talented witch with a pure kind heart, and would neither participate in nor tolerate bullying, the qualities that McGonagall undeniably would have favoured in a student.
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After Lily left Hogwarts, both she and McGonagall became members of the first [[Order of the Phoenix]] and fought against Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]]. After Voldemort found and killed the Potters, McGonagall was devastated to learn of Lily's death, and that of her husband, James, to which she actually broke down into tears. Professor McGonagall was fond of [[Harry Potter|Lily's son]], and protected him as best as she could throughout his time at Hogwarts.
   
 
===Order of the Phoenix members===
 
===Order of the Phoenix members===
[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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[[File:Ootp.png|thumb|240px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]]|left]]
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During the [[First Wizarding War]], Lily was a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and would have fought alongside many of its members during the [[First Wizarding War]]. She appeared to be friendly with some members, such as [[Rubeus Hagrid]], [[Elphias Doge]] and the [[McKinnon family|McKinnons]]; she also appeared to be very upset when she learned about the McKinnons' death, crying all night.
 
During the [[First Wizarding War]], Lily was a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and would have fought alongside many of its members during the [[First Wizarding War]]. She appeared to be friendly with some members, such as [[Rubeus Hagrid]], [[Elphias Doge]] and the [[McKinnon family|McKinnons]]; she also appeared to be very upset when she learned about the McKinnons' death, crying all night.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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The given name ''Lily'' comes from the name of the flower, which is a symbol of purity.<ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/name/lily Behind the Name: Lily]</ref> Specifically, the lily is often associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary; one type of the flower is known as the [[Wikipedia:Madonna lily|Madonna lily]]. Greek mythology also links lilies to the Muses and to the goddess Hera, and the flowers continue to be representative of purity and [[love]] in Europe. In China, lily means "forever in love", and the flowers were thought to be capable of averting evil.<ref>[http://www.flowers.org.uk/flowers/facts/k-r/lily.htm Flower Facts: Lily]</ref>
 
The given name ''Lily'' comes from the name of the flower, which is a symbol of purity.<ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/name/lily Behind the Name: Lily]</ref> Specifically, the lily is often associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary; one type of the flower is known as the [[Wikipedia:Madonna lily|Madonna lily]]. Greek mythology also links lilies to the Muses and to the goddess Hera, and the flowers continue to be representative of purity and [[love]] in Europe. In China, lily means "forever in love", and the flowers were thought to be capable of averting evil.<ref>[http://www.flowers.org.uk/flowers/facts/k-r/lily.htm Flower Facts: Lily]</ref>
   
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Geraldinabehindscenes..jpg|thumb|Lily Potter, played by Geraldine Somerville.]]
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[[File:Geraldinabehindscenes..jpg|thumb|left|150px|Lily Potter, played by Geraldine Somerville.]]
 
*In the films, [[Geraldine Somerville]] plays Lily as an adult, [[Susie Shinner]] plays her as a teenager, and [[Ellie Darcey-Alden]] plays an even younger Lily in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' <ref>http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/08/22/new-casting-information-for-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows/</ref> and so is one of the 14 characters to appear in all 8 film adaptions. J.K. Rowling was asked to play Lily in the [[Mirror of Erised]] scene of the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', but she refused the part because she said that she was "not cut out to be an actress because she'd mess-up somehow."<ref>http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=11</ref>
 
*In the films, [[Geraldine Somerville]] plays Lily as an adult, [[Susie Shinner]] plays her as a teenager, and [[Ellie Darcey-Alden]] plays an even younger Lily in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' <ref>http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/08/22/new-casting-information-for-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows/</ref> and so is one of the 14 characters to appear in all 8 film adaptions. J.K. Rowling was asked to play Lily in the [[Mirror of Erised]] scene of the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', but she refused the part because she said that she was "not cut out to be an actress because she'd mess-up somehow."<ref>http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=11</ref>
 
*Technically, [[Geraldine Somerville]] is one of just over a dozen actors and actresses to have appeared in all eight Harry Potter films and played the same character. However, several films do not feature new footage of her and simply short clips from other films.
 
*Technically, [[Geraldine Somerville]] is one of just over a dozen actors and actresses to have appeared in all eight Harry Potter films and played the same character. However, several films do not feature new footage of her and simply short clips from other films.
*In the Harry Potter novels, Lily is mentioned to have died aged 21, yet in the films she appears much older. This could be that she is seen with Harry in the mirror at the age she would be at the time, had she been alive (31), though this doesn't make sense as she still appears to be older than 21 in flashbacks, photographs and during the Priori Incantatem scene. So it's most likely that just like [[Severus Snape]] in the films (the character is in his 30s, Alan Rickman is in his 60s) the character herself is still in her 20s, however she merely looks like she is in her 30s.
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*In the Harry Potter novels, Lily is mentioned to have died aged twenty-one, yet in the films she appears much older. This could be that she is seen with Harry in the mirror at the age she would be at the time, had she been alive (31), though this doesn't make sense as she still appears to be older than 21 in memory-flashbacks, photographs and during the Priori Incantatem scene. So it's most likely that just like [[Severus Snape]] in the films (the character is in his 30s, Alan Rickman is in his 60s) the character herself is still in her twenties. However she merely looks like she is in her early thirties.
*In the novels it is often mentioned that Lily had green eyes and that Harry had the same eyes. In the films it is often remarked that Harry has his mother's eyes, but it is never stated what colour they are. Also in the films, Harry has blue eyes and young Lily has brown eyes.
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*In the novels it is often mentioned that Lily had bright green eyes and that Harry had the same eyes. In the films it is often remarked that Harry has his mother's eyes, but it is never stated what colour they are. Also in the films, Harry has blue eyes and young Lily has brown eyes.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[Remus Lupin]] mentions that Lily had been there for him at a time when no one else was. This statement may or may not be canon, as the books never imply that Lily knew Lupin well until after she started dating James. However, considering her high academic standing prior to her appointment as Head Girl, it seems likely that Lily and Remus would have served as Gryffindor prefects together.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[Remus Lupin]] mentions that Lily had been there for him at a time when no one else was. This statement may or may not be canon, as the books never imply that Lily knew Lupin well until after she started dating James. However, considering her high academic standing prior to her appointment as Head Girl, it seems likely that Lily and Remus would have served as Gryffindor prefects together.
 
*[[Susie Shinner]] did not appear as Lily in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', although a promotional image showed her in costume.
 
*[[Susie Shinner]] did not appear as Lily in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', although a promotional image showed her in costume.
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Voldemort taunts Harry by calling Lily "your filthy [[Muggle]] mother" rather than "[[Mudblood]]", even though she's a [[Muggle-born]] witch. Note that in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', the [[Tom Riddle]] coming out of his [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] uses the term Mudblood. Although, it should be noted that Voldemort, believing in total blood purity, wouldn't care for technicalities and likely considered muggle-borns as "bad" as muggles themselves
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Voldemort taunts Harry by calling Lily "your filthy [[Muggle]] mother" rather than "[[Mudblood]]", even though she's a [[Muggle-born]] witch. Note that in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', the [[Tom Riddle]] coming out of his [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] uses the term Mudblood. Although, it should be noted that Voldemort, believing in total blood purity, wouldn't care for technicalities and likely considered Muggle-borns as "bad" as Muggles themselves.
*In European folklore and the infamous treatise on witchcraft, ''[[Wikipedia:Malleus Maleficarum|Malleus Maleficarum]]'', the combination of red hair and green eyes was considered the mark of a witch, thus it is notable that Lily Evans possesses this exact colouring.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_hair Wikipedia article on red hair]</ref>
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*In European folklore and in the infamous treatise on witchcraft, ''[[Wikipedia:Malleus Maleficarum|Malleus Maleficarum]]'', the combination of dark red hair and bright green eyes was considered the mark of a witch, thus it is notable that Lily Evans possesses this exact colouring.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_hair Wikipedia article on red hair]</ref>
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', there is an additional sequence after [[Aragog]]'s [[Funeral of Aragog|funeral]] where [[Horace Slughorn]] describes a gift given to him by Harry's mother, Lily. One day, he'd found a bowl in his office with a small amount of water in it, upon which floated a single petal from a lily. As he watched, the petal sank into the water, and just before it reached the bottom, it transformed into a fish. Slughorn was delighted by what he considered a beautiful piece of magic, and kept the fish for many years, naming it [[Francis]]. On the night of [[31 October]], [[1981]], the night Lily Potter died, Francis disappeared from his bowl, and Slughorn knew right then and there what had happened to Lily.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', there is an additional sequence after [[Aragog]]'s [[Funeral of Aragog|funeral]] where [[Horace Slughorn]] describes a gift given to him by Harry's mother, Lily. One day, he'd found a bowl in his office with a small amount of water in it, upon which floated a single petal from a lily. As he watched, the petal sank into the water, and just before it reached the bottom, it transformed into a fish. Slughorn was delighted by what he considered a beautiful piece of magic, and kept the fish for many years, naming it [[Francis]]. On the night of [[31 October]], [[1981]], the night Lily Potter died, Francis disappeared from his bowl, and Slughorn knew right then and there what had happened to Lily.
*Lily's [[Albus Potter|youngest grandson]] and her [[Harry Potter|son]] are the only Potter members to inherit Lily's eyes. It is very clear they are Lily's eyes, most people comment that Harry has her eyes, and looks very much like [[James Potter I|James]]. Harry, when looking into Albus' eyes, comments they were Lily's eyes.
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*Lily's [[Albus Potter|youngest grandson]] and her [[Harry Potter|son]] are the only Potter members to inherit Lily's eyes. It is very clear they are Lily's eyes, most people comment that Harry has her eyes, and looks very much like [[James Potter I|James]]. Harry, when looking into Albus' eyes, comments they were indeed Lily's eyes.
*Lily and [[Order of the Phoenix]] member, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], are very similar. They are the only people who married a Marauder. Lily married James and Nymphadora married Remus Lupin. They both are related to Muggles (Lily's parents and Nymphadora's paternal grandparents) and have one son, Harry Potter and [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]], both sons were only babies when their mothers died fighting Dark forces and both sons have inherited something from their mothers: Harry inherited his mother's eyes, Teddy inherited his mother's Metamorphmagus ability.
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*Lily and [[Order of the Phoenix]] member, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], are very similar. They both married a Marauder; Lily married James, and Nymphadora married Remus Lupin. They both are related to Muggles (Lily's parents and Nymphadora's paternal grandparents) and have one son, Harry Potter and [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]], both sons were only babies when their mothers died fighting Dark forces and both sons have inherited something from their mothers: Harry his mother's eyes, Teddy his mother's Metamorphmagus abilities.
*Lily and her daughter-in-law Ginny, also are very very similar to each other. They both have red hair, they both married a Potter: Lily married James Potter; Ginny married Harry Potter, they both were very popular in school, both weren't afraid to stand up for their friends: Lily when the Marauders harassed Severus Snape, and Ginny when people ridiculed Luna Lovegood by calling her Loony Lovegood.
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*Lily and her daughter-in-law Ginny also are very very similar to each other. They both have bright red hair, they both married a Potter: Lily married James; Ginny married Harry, they both were very popular in school, both weren't afraid to stand up for their friends: Lily when the Marauders harassed Severus Snape, and Ginny when people ridiculed Luna Lovegood by calling her Loony Lovegood.
 
*Rubeus Hagrid revealed that Lord Voldemort tried to recruit James Potter and Lily Evans before they left Hogwarts. While this is understandable for James, it was revealed by Rowling that Muggle-borns such as Lily ''can'' be permitted to join the Death Eaters, but only in extremely rare circumstances.<ref>http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80</ref>
 
*Rubeus Hagrid revealed that Lord Voldemort tried to recruit James Potter and Lily Evans before they left Hogwarts. While this is understandable for James, it was revealed by Rowling that Muggle-borns such as Lily ''can'' be permitted to join the Death Eaters, but only in extremely rare circumstances.<ref>http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80</ref>
 
*J.K. Rowling said that like Ginny, she was a popular girl.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/themes/weaselys.htme</ref>
 
*J.K. Rowling said that like Ginny, she was a popular girl.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/themes/weaselys.htme</ref>
 
*Lily Evans's life bears some resemblances to that of the character Lilias Craven in Marsha Norman's [[Wikipedia:The Secret Garden (musical)|stage musical adaptation]] of Francis Hodgson Burnett's novel ''[[Wikipedia:The Secret Garden|The Secret Garden]]'', having died prematurely, been part of an unrequited love triangle, and having passed her eyes on to a young relative.
 
*Lily Evans's life bears some resemblances to that of the character Lilias Craven in Marsha Norman's [[Wikipedia:The Secret Garden (musical)|stage musical adaptation]] of Francis Hodgson Burnett's novel ''[[Wikipedia:The Secret Garden|The Secret Garden]]'', having died prematurely, been part of an unrequited love triangle, and having passed her eyes on to a young relative.
 
*Lily's name continues a pattern of flower names in the series. For instance, in the generation during the First Wizarding War, there was her and [[Petunia Evans]]. A lily and a petunia are both flowers. In the generation of the Second Wizarding War there was [[Narcissa Malfoy]], [[Pansy Parkinson]], [[Fleur Delacour]], [[Poppy Pomfrey]] and [[Lavender Brown]]. In the generation after the war there was Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's daughter, [[Rose Weasley]]. There was also Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's daughter, [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]].
 
*Lily's name continues a pattern of flower names in the series. For instance, in the generation during the First Wizarding War, there was her and [[Petunia Evans]]. A lily and a petunia are both flowers. In the generation of the Second Wizarding War there was [[Narcissa Malfoy]], [[Pansy Parkinson]], [[Fleur Delacour]], [[Poppy Pomfrey]] and [[Lavender Brown]]. In the generation after the war there was Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's daughter, [[Rose Weasley]]. There was also Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's daughter, [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]].
*Lily is the only known [[Head Boy|Head Girl]], asides from [[Minerva McGonagall]].
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*Other than [[Minerva McGonagall]], Lily is the only known [[Head Boy|Head Girl]]. It can however be assumed that, like prefects, one head girl is chosen out of the 7th years every year by the headmaster.
*Though Harry bears a great resemblance to his father, it is often noted that he has Lily's eyes. In a [http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-bostonglobe-loer.html 1999 interview], Rowling stated, "''Harry has his father's and mother's good looks. But he has his mother's eyes and that's very important in a future book''". That future book was ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. In Snape's death scene in that novel, after having passed on his memories to Harry, he whispers to Harry: "Look... at... me..." In one of Snape's memories, it is revealed that Dumbledore persuades Snape to protect Harry after Lily's death by mentioning the fact that he has "precisely" the same eyes as his mother. His last words to Harry were simply a desire to see Lily's eyes before he died.
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*Though Harry bears a great resemblance to his father, it is often noted that he has Lily's bright green eyes. In a [http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-bostonglobe-loer.html 1999 interview], Rowling stated, "''Harry has his father's and mother's good looks. But he has his mother's eyes and that's very important in a future book''". That future book was ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. In Snape's death scene in that novel, after having passed on his memories to Harry, he whispers to Harry: "Look... at... me..." In one of Snape's memories, it is revealed that Dumbledore persuades Snape to protect Harry after Lily's death by mentioning the fact that he has "precisely" the same eyes as his mother. His last words to Harry were simply a desire to see Lily's eyes before he died.
*Lily's initially negative opinion of James is not shown in the films, and the attraction between them seems to develop much sooner.
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*Lily's initially negative opinion of James is not shown in the films, and the purely strong and close romantic attraction between them seemed to develop much sooner.
 
*[[Ellie Darcey-Alden]] who plays young Lily Potter in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', actually has brown eyes, unlike how Lily's eyes are described, [[Daniel Radcliffe]]'s eyes or [[Geraldine Somerville]]'s eyes.
 
*[[Ellie Darcey-Alden]] who plays young Lily Potter in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', actually has brown eyes, unlike how Lily's eyes are described, [[Daniel Radcliffe]]'s eyes or [[Geraldine Somerville]]'s eyes.
*In the films, particularly Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows Part 2, Lily has a habit of calling Harry "sweetheart".
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*In the films, particularly ''Goblet of Fire'' and ''Deathly Hallows: Part 2'', Lily has a habit of calling Harry "sweetheart".
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*J.K Rowling had said that if Severus wasn't so involved in the Dark Arts, and didn't start to display a very racist and prejudiced attitude toward non pure-bloods, Lily might have considered dating Snape, rather than just being friends. 
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*Interestingly, Lily's surname means "young warrior" this could have been forshadowing the birth of her son, Harry, who was described as a "young warrior".
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*Lily looks remarkably like ''[[w:Star Wars|Star Wars]]'' character [[starwars:Mara Jade Skywalker|Mara Jade]]. Both are described as being attractive with red hair and green eyes. Both loathed their future husbands - James Potter and [[starwars:Luke Skywalker|Luke Skywalker]] respectively - when they first met, and both died defending their only son from a [[starwars:Darth Caedus|Dark Lord]] (Harry Potter and [[starwars:Ben Skywalker|Ben Skywalker]]).
   
 
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Lily DHP1
Lily Potter (née Evans)
Biographical information
Born

30 January[1], 1960,
England

Died

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

Blood status

Muggle-born

Marital status

Widowed

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Dark red

Eye colour

Bright green

Skin colour

Light

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Wand

10¼", Willow, swishy

Patronus

Doe[2]

Affiliation
House

Gryffindor

Loyalty
"Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves."
Remus Lupin[src]

Lily Potter (née Evans) (30 January, 196031 October, 1981) was a Muggle-born witch, the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Evans and the younger sister of Petunia. She learned that she was a witch as a child, after Severus Snape, a wizard boy who lived nearby, recognised her as a witch and told her of the existence of magic. Lily attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1971 to 1978. She was sorted into Gryffindor house and was a member of the Slug Club. In her seventh year Lily was made Head Girl and began dating James Potter.

After Hogwarts she married James and they had a son, Harry James Potter of whom she made Sirius Black the godfather. The couple and their friends Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew) all joined the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War; she and her husband defied Lord Voldemort himself three times. However, Lily and James were forced to go into hiding after a prophecy was made concerning Lord Voldemort and their infant son. James and Lily were betrayed by Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort, thus Lily was murdered by Voldemort in 1981, along with her husband, while they were trying to protect their son.

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

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Lily: "I'm not a freak. That's a horrible thing to say."
Petunia: "That's where you're going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy... weirdos, that's what you two are..."
— Lily and Petunia argue before Lily departs for Hogwarts.[src]
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Snape tells Lily that she is a witch

Lily was born to Mr and Mrs Evans, two Muggles of the Evans family, on 30 January, 1960. She had an older sister named Petunia, and the family lived in Cokeworth,[3] England. At the age of nine, Lily became friends with Severus Snape, who lived down in Spinner's End, which was within walking distance of the Evans' house. However, they were apparently better off, since Petunia sneered at Snape for coming from that poverty-stricken neighbourhood.

Severus was the first person to tell Lily that she was a witch, and he went on to teach Lily a great deal about the wizarding world while the two eagerly awaited the time when they could attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry together. Originally, Petunia and Lily were quite close, but her magical abilities and her friendship with Severus caused problems between the sisters. Envying her sister's abilities, Petunia wrote to Dumbledore, asking if she could attend Hogwarts with Lily.

Lily bought her wand from Ollivanders in Diagon Alley at the age of eleven. The wand was 10¼ inches, willow, "swishy", and, according to Garrick Ollivander, good for charm work.

Hogwarts yearsEdit

Severus Snape: "I never meant to call you Mudblood, it just —"
Lily: "Slipped out? It's too late. I've made excuses for you for years. None of my friends can understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious little Death Eater friends ... You've chosen your way, I've chosen mine."
— The end of Lily's friendship with Severus Snape.[src]
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Lily Evans sorted into Gryffindor in 1971

At the age of eleven, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Gryffindor house. She became quite skilled at Potions, attracting the attention of Professor Horace Slughorn, who made her a member of his Slug Club.

In her fifth year, Lily stood up for her then best friend — Severus Snape — when he was being bullied by James Potter, whom she considered to be an arrogant toe-rag. She had addressed James by his surname — James himself having called Lily by hers — and attempted to stop his bullying. Snape lashed out at her in his humiliation, calling her a "Mudblood." [4] Severus begged for Lily's forgiveness and she, in turn, asked him if he still intended to join the Death Eaters. When he did not deny this, Lily realised that Snape did not understand what was wrong with the Death Eaters.

This led to a parting of ways between Lily and Snape, as the former had already become dismayed by Snape's fascination with the Dark Arts, and his friendship with his Slytherin house-mates Mulciber and Avery, both of whom were aspiring Death Eaters. Harry would later witness the scene of his father's bullying and his mother's ambiguous intervention twice via a pensieve, as well as other scenes depicting his mother's friendship with Snape.[5]

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A memory Harry sees featuring Lily (in fifth year) standing up to James

By Lily's fifth year, James was repeatedly asking her out, but she refused him, calling him an "arrogant toerag" because he bullied other students, particularly Severus Snape. James's best friend Sirius Black later commented that James could not resist showing off and making a fool of himself whenever she was around. Lily did not, however, hate James. While she did not approve of his bullying, she did admire how James stood up for his friends and other people who were cruelly treated by Snape's aspiring-Death Eater friends.[4]During their seventh year, James matured greatly, proving himself to be responsible and brave. This led to her finally agreeing to go out with him; and Lily's attraction to him grew into genuine affection and eventually love. The young couple were chosen to be Head Boy and Head Girl.[6]

In late 1977, Lily and James had a disastrous first meeting with Petunia and her then-fiancé, Vernon Dursley,[7] which presumably took place over Christmas break, as they were both still at Hogwarts. When Vernon tried to impress James with his car, the wizard in turn boasted of his own material wealth, and a row ensued.[7] The evening ended with both Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant and Lily bursting into tears.[7]

Petunia was married by the end of 1977. Though Lily and James were invited to the wedding, Petunia refused to have Lily as a bridesmaid, upsetting her deeply. [7] At the reception, Vernon would not talk to James, but described him as "some magician" within his earshot.[7]

First Wizarding WarEdit

Marriage and the OrderEdit

Severus Snape: "The — the prophecy ... the prediction ... Trelawney... He thinks it means Lily Evans!"
Albus Dumbledore: "The prophecy did not refer to a woman. It spoke of a boy born at the end of July —"
Severus Snape: "You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down — kill them all —"
Severus Snape warns Dumbledore of the danger to the Potters[src]
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Lily and her husband as a member of the original Order

Sometime after graduating from Hogwarts in 1978, Lily and James married, with Sirius Black serving as James' best man.[8] Petunia and Vernon refused to attend the wedding.[7] Lily had little contact with her sister from that point.

Living off James' family fortune, the Potters became full-time members of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, along with their friends Sirius, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew.[9] During the war, they defied Voldemort on at least three occasions, the first being when they refused to join his cause when he tried to recruit them.[10]

Life in hiding and deathEdit

Lily: "Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead —"
Lord Voldemort: "This is my last warning —"
Lily: "Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... Not Harry! Please — I'll do anything..."
— Lily Potter stands between Lord Voldemort and her son.[src]
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Infant Harry with his mother and father

Lily became pregnant in the autumn of 1979. Around the same time,[11] Sybill Trelawney made a prophecy in front of Albus Dumbledore, predicting that "the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches" and would be born at the end of July to parents who had "thrice defied" him.[4] The first part of the prophecy was overheard by Lily's ex-friend, Snape, who had since become a Death Eater.[12] He loyally reported what he had heard to his master, and was horrified when Voldemort came to believe that Lily's son was the subject of the prophecy.[12][13] It was the threat to Lily that led Snape to change sides, warning Dumbledore of the Dark Lord's plans, and vowing to do anything to keep the woman he still loved safe. It was this vow, based upon Snape's continuing devotion to Lily, that made Dumbledore certain of his double agent's true loyalties.

The Potters went into hiding while Lily was still pregnant.[9] Their son, Harry James Potter, was born on 31 July, 1980. Due to the danger they were in, Lily and James chose to keep Harry's christening a "very hurried, quiet affair" with Sirius Black as the only guest.[14][15] The couple also chose Sirius to be Harry's godfather.[8] Lily sent a birth announcement to Petunia; it was to be the last piece of information she ever sent her sister,[7] though Petunia would later send Lily a vase for that Christmas. 

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Lily protecting Harry from Lord Voldemort on 31 October, 1981

In a letter to Sirius dated around Harry's first birthday in July 1981, Lily mentioned that the family had a pet cat, and relayed a story about Harry flying on the toy broomstick Sirius had given him as a birthday present.[5] The Fidelius Charm was placed on their home in Godric's Hollow. Their Secret-Keeper, Peter Pettigrew, was chosen as a less likely choice than Sirius Black, but he betrayed the Potters by telling Voldemort of their whereabouts.[16]

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Lily Potter killed by Voldemort

On 31 October in 1981, Voldemort entered their home. James told Lily to take Harry and leave while he held him off. James, however, was killed before Lily and Harry could escape the house. Trapping mother and son in Harry's nursery, Voldemort, honouring Snape's request to spare her life, offered Lily a chance to step aside. She steadfastly refused to stop shielding her son, and Voldemort killed her. Because Lily's death was a pure sacrifice (she intended to die, and was not hoping to save herself) Harry was marked with the protection of her love, and Voldemort's Killing Curse rebounded off the one-year old, destroying the Dark Lord's body and temporarily defeating him. If not for Snape's love for Lily, which led to him to beg Voldemort for Lily's life, her death would not have been a willing sacrifice, and there would have been no Boy Who Lived. [5]

Post-mortemEdit

Lily: "You've been so brave."
James: "You are nearly there. Very close. We are... so proud of you."
— Lily and James Potter speak to their son through the Resurrection Stone[src]

When Lily and James were murdered, Lily's sister, Petunia, was the one to arrange the funeral, as James had no family left; after this, she grudgingly cared for her sister's child. However, his mother's death would not be the last Harry would see of his mother. During his first year at Hogwarts, he happened to stumble upon the Mirror of Erised and saw his parents beside him, along with his grandparents and other ancestors. At the end of the first year, Hagrid gave him a photo album filled with pictures of his family. In his third year, whenever he encountered a Dementor, he was forced to relive his parents' deaths.

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

In Harry's fourth year, while duelling with Voldemort in the Little Hangleton graveyard, they experienced Priori Incantatem, and shades of his mother and father and others which Voldemort's wand had killed, came out of Voldemort's wand to help Harry in his escape from the graveyard.

In Harry's fifth year, he entered Severus Snape's memory of being bullied by James and Sirius via the use of Pensieve and saw his mother standing up for Snape. In 1998, he relived that same memory of Snape's, as well as many others containing his mother, in the Pensieve after Snape's death.

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Harry brings back his family and friends

Finally, during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Harry believed himself to be walking to his own death, he used the Resurrection Stone to bring back the spirits of Lily, James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were so very 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 encouragingly.

Lily's only granddaughter, Lily Luna Potter, was named after her.[5]

Physical descriptionEdit

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Harry see his mother Lily in the mirror of Erised

Lily was a beautiful woman with thick, dark red hair that fell to her shoulders and bright green almond-shaped eyes.[5] Apparently, her bright green eyes were extremely distinctive, because every person who knew Lily would always see them in Harry.

Personality and traitsEdit

"Lily Evans. One of the brightest I ever taught. Vivacious, you know. Charming girl."
Horace Slughorn in 1996[src]

Lily was known for being a kind-hearted and talented witch, becoming Head Girl in her final year at Hogwarts. She also was an all-time favourite of her Potions Master, Professor Horace Slughorn, who noted that she was witty and charming, as well as having a knack for potions.[17] Remus described her as having a habit of seeing the best in others, even when they could not see it themselves. On at least one occasion she called out James and Sirius for their bullying of Severus Snape while Remus sat by and did nothing. Her actions were not, however, effective.

When in a temper, Lily had a sharp tongue, and had no trouble standing up to others. She had strong principles, ending her friendship with Snape when she could no longer tolerate his fascination with the Dark Arts or his devotion to Voldemort's genocidal cause.

Lily and her husband were also brave and self-sacrificing, defying Voldemort three times as members of the Order of the Phoenix, and dying to protect their son. Dumbledore has claimed that she was very much like her son, Harry.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

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Lily's Patronus took the form of a doe.

Lily Potter was a talented and skilful witch, so much so that even Lord Voldemort was willing to overlook her Muggle-born status and ask that she and her husband join him.[10][18]

  • Love: Lily displayed a tremendous amount of love throughout her life. She sacrificed herself for her only son when she was twenty-one years old, and it was this sacrifice, fuelled by her love for him, that enabled Harry to survive the Killing Curse. Besides this, Lily's loving sacrifice continued to protect Harry for almost sixteen years after her death.
  • Potions: According to Horace Slughorn, Lily was an excellent potioneer. She had an "instinctual" understanding of the subject.
  • Charms: Her wand was said to have been good for Charms work, which meant that Lily must have been talented at Charms. According to Petunia Dursley, she came home from Hogwarts with "singing teapots", which might or might not be true, but it does show her unique skill in Charms.[19] Lily could also effectively cast the highly advanced Patronus charm: conjuring a corporeal Patronus in the shape of a doe, which is identical to Severus Snape's Patronus and the female counterpart to her husband's Patronus and Animagus form, as well as her son's Patronus: a stag.
  • Duelling: Lily, along with her husband, James, was able to defy and escape Lord Voldemort three times. On the fourth encounter, however, she was killed (though it must be noted that she was not carrying her wand at the time).
  • Transfiguration: Lily had at least some skill in Transfiguration. According to Petunia, Lily had performed some Transfiguration spells (turning teacups into rats) when she came home during the school holidays, though whether or not this is true is debatable, especially given Petunia's deep resentment towards Lily. She also once gave Horace Slughorn a present: a lily petal floating in a bowl, and as he witnessed the petal fall towards the bottom of the bowl, it was transformed into a fish, which he kept as a pet. However, on the day she was killed by Voldemort, it disappeared.
  • Control of Underage magic: Before attending Hogwarts, Lily was revealed to already have a level of control over her magic, which was a rare skill. She was able to slow her descent through the air after jumping off a swing, and control the petals of a flower.

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

Petunia DursleyEdit

"You didn't just lose a mother that night in Godric's Hollow, you know. I lost a sister."
—Petunia showing her affection for Lily.[src]
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Petunia Dursley, her older sister

Initially, with her older sister, Petunia. The two girls played together, and when Lily began demonstrating magical ability, Petunia was "torn between curiosity and disapproval." Petunia was disdainful of the friendship Lily struck up with Severus Snape, the poor, young wizard who had taken to spying on Lily and who first informed her that she was a witch; in turn, Snape was quite insulting to Petunia for being a Muggle. When Lily was invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Petunia wrote to the headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, requesting that she be permitted to do the same. Although his refusal was kind, Petunia became very bitter, and jealously deemed her sister a "freak".[5]

Their relationship seems to have deteriorated greatly afterwards, and even as an adult, Petunia resented that her parents were proud of Lily's magical abilities and took out her enmity on Lily's son, Harry. However, despite the bitterness on Petunia's end, the two appeared to still be in contact; Harry, as an infant, was said to have "smashed a horrible vase Petunia sent [Lily] for Christmas."[5] Petunia also grudgingly took Harry in, at Dumbledore's request, after Lily's death.

James PotterEdit

Harry: "How come she married him? She hated him!"
Sirius: "Nah, she didn't."
Remus: "She started going out with him in seventh year."
Sirius Black and Remus Lupin telling Harry Potter about his parents[src]
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James Potter, her husaband and father of her son

Lily's relationship with James Potter was initially a volatile one. They first met on the train just before the start of their first year at Hogwarts, where Lily was angered by James' and Sirius Black's mockery of her best friend, Severus Snape[5]. Although James was a popular student and a talented Quidditch player, well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. This was likely motivated partly by James' hostile relationship with Snape, and partly by his bad habit of hexing innocent students just for fun.

By his fifth year, James started to have romantic feelings for Lily, and would show off to try to impress her, without success.[4] She refused to accept his many invitations to go out with him until their seventh year. It seems that, by that time, James had "deflated his head a bit" and stopped hexing people "for the fun of it"[4]. She eventually began going out with him and fell deeply in love with James. The two joined the Order of the Phoenix after graduating, in addition to getting married and having one child: Harry James Potter.

Lily loved her husband, James, dearly as proved when Lily screamed his name on seeing him being murdered by Voldemort when he entered their house. Her patronus takes the shape of a doe, while her husband's is a stag.

Harry PotterEdit

"Harry, you are so loved. Mama loves you. Dada loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong."
—Lily's last words to her son[src]
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Harry Potter, her son

James and Lily loved their son more than anything, sacrificing themselves in order to save him when he was but one year old. Harry barely knew them, but nevertheless regarded them with great reverence and fiercely defended their memory if anyone spoke ill of them. In 1995, he punched Draco Malfoy for insulting his mother, and he was frequently at odds with Professor Snape, who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. An incident that Snape would have delightfully used as an example was witnessed by Harry in the spring of 1996, when Harry accidentally watched James bullying Snape with no provocation (other than the already-existing animosity between them,) in one of Snape's own memories, during Harry's Occlumency lessons. Harry began to question how his mother even came to marry James when she clearly despised him for acting in such a way, though Remus and Sirius later assured Harry that his father had changed his ways, having matured enough to become Head Boy and eventually win Lily over.

The few times he ever saw his parents were in pictures given to him by Rubeus Hagrid, through a vision within the Mirror of Erised, as spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem, as stored memories within the Pensieve, and again as spectral forms when he "recalled" them during the Battle of Hogwarts, by using the Resurrection Stone. Lily's spirit was described as looking at Harry as if she couldn't do so enough, and Harry asked his mother to stay close to him as he approached the Death Eaters' camp, and certain doom. Both James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him for being so brave and strong despite all the pain and suffering he had endured, and gave him the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort.

Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents and godfather, James Sirius and Lily Luna.

Severus SnapeEdit

Lily: "Does it make a difference, being Muggle-born?"
Snape: "No. It doesn't make any difference."
Severus Snape discussing Lily's Muggle-born status as children[src]
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Severus Snape, her once best friend

Severus Snape lived near the Evans family when he was a child, and soon began spying on Lily after he noticed that she was a witch. The two became friends when he started telling her about the wizarding world, and were best friends until their fifth year at Hogwarts, despite being sorted into different houses. Lily became increasingly dismayed by Snape's friendships with people such as Avery and Mulciber, who practised the Dark Arts and disdained Muggle-borns. There is no evidence to suggest that Lily replicated the romantic feelings felt by Snape and she just saw him as a friend. When Snape called Lily a "Mudblood" in a fit of anger and humiliation, it was the last straw for Lily. When she later asked him if he still intended to become a Death Eater and he did not deny it, she severed all ties with him.

Despite the ending of their friendship, Snape still loved Lily. When he realised that it was Harry who Voldemort had fixated on as his enemy mentioned in the Prophecy, Snape begged him to spare Lily's life. He, however, showed no concern for the life of her son or husband. Voldemort agreed to this request and offered Lily several chances to step aside. Her refusal to do so even though she had a choice is what created the magic that protected Harry.

Lily loved Snape as a friend, and, tragically for him, might have returned his romantic love if he had not once been consumed by the Dark Arts[2]. The deep, unrequited love Snape held for Lily for almost all of his life also influenced his Patronus, which took the form of a silver doe — the same as hers, caused him to spy on Voldemort for Albus Dumbledore, and protect her son, Harry, until his own death, where he told Harry to ‘Look at me’, wishing to see Lily’s eyes once more before he died as it was the only part of Harry that resembled his mother, the rest looking very much like his father.

Lily's grandson, Albus, has both Lily's eyes (like Harry) and the middle name Severus.

The MaraudersEdit

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Sirius, James, Remus, and Peter

Lily met Sirius Black on the Hogwarts Express at the same time she met James. She disliked them both, as they quickly began teasing Severus Snape, Lily's best friend at the time, though it was Snape who had initiated the argument by mocking the other boys' preference of House. When Lily and Sirius were both sorted into Gryffindor House, Lily remembered him from the train, and turned her back on him when he made room for her at the Gryffindor table. However, during their later school years, they became good friends, and Lily eventually married Sirius's best friend, James. The Marauders themselves did not seem to be aware of Lily's friendship with Severus, due to the animosity that existed between the four of them and Snape, particularly James. Sirius, Lily and the Marauders became members of the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War and fought in several battles against Lord Voldemort. When James and Lily cast a Fidelius Charm to hide from Voldemort, they originally wanted to make Sirius their Secret Keeper, as they knew him to be completely and utterly trustworthy, and Lily sent him at least one letter and a photograph of her family during her time in hiding. However, Sirius had proposed that Peter be made Secret Keeper instead, thinking that Voldemort would not expect a "weak, talentless thing" like Peter to be given a such crucial role. This turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter had turned traitor and become a spy for the Death Eaters; thus Peter betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort one week after becoming their Secret Keeper, leading to them being tragically killed. Sirius was deeply devastated; he attacked Peter and attempted to kill him.

Sirius was also godfather to Lily's son, Harry Potter, and they shared an intimate relationship; Harry regarded Sirius as a mixture of father and older brother, and Sirius viewed Harry as an exceptionally brave and matured adult with rights to knowing difficult truths, fully capable of shouldering burdens that many wizards much older and wiser than he could not.

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Lily with Peter in a photo of the original Order of the Phoenix.

Lily was also a good friend of Remus Lupin, paying no mind to the stigma surrounding his condition as a werewolf. Unlike his friends, Remus rarely if ever took part in bullying students out of either dislike or boredom, including Severus Snape, though he also did nothing to stop it. When Snape insisted there was something strange about Remus, Lily answered that she didn't care about what the Marauders did; most likely, she had also realised that Remus was a werewolf, but didn't want others to know. After graduating from Hogwarts, Remus helped James and Lily hide, and would have willingly died for his friends rather than betray them to save his own skin. When James and Lily died, Remus was devastated, and initially believed, along the rest of the wizarding world, that Sirius had been a traitor.

Later on, Remus grew close to Lily's son, Harry Potter. He taught Harry the Patronus Charm, and protected him throughout the Second Wizarding War, while Harry ended up becoming godfather to Remus's son Teddy.

Despite Peter Pettigrew's cowardly nature, Lily became more friendly with him as she warmed to James, even affectionately referring to Peter as "Wormy," from his nickname "Wormtail." When James and Lily went into hiding from Lord Voldemort, Lily and James trusted Peter enough to make him their Secret Keeper, though only at Sirius' suggestion to use someone less obvious than himself for the role. By then, however, Peter had already become a spy for Voldemort, and he betrayed his dearest friends out of fear for his own life; one time Peter saw Lily and James while they were in hiding, Lily noted that he "seemed down." After Voldemort killed Lily and James, it is possible that Pettigrew felt some regret for his treacherous, heartless betrayal; in 1998, Pettigrew unintentionally saved Harry from Lord Voldemort, who was trying to kill the boy through Pettigrew's silver hand, by briefly hesitating when Harry reminded him of his life debt. This one, tiny impulse of mercy, however, led to Pettigrew being killed by the same hand.

Horace SlughornEdit

"Your mother was one of my absolute favourites!"
—Horace Slughorn to Harry Potter in 1996.[src]
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Professor Slughorn, her former teacher

During her time at Hogwarts, Lily demonstrated extraordinary talent in potions, becoming one of Potions master Horace Slughorn's "all-time favourites" and a member of his Slug Club. Slughorn considered her to be one of the brightest students he had ever taught, and knew her to be a vivacious, charming, talented, if sometimes cheeky, girl; he even stated, "I don't imagine anyone who met her wouldn't have liked her...very brave...very funny...", though he was surprised by her Muggle lineage.

Lily also gave Slughorn a present, probably as a token of her respect and love for him as her teacher: a bowl of water, on which a petal from a lily floated, and as the petal sank, it transformed into a fish, just before it reached the bottom. He described it as "beautiful magic, wondrous to behold", and named the fish Francis. When Francis suddenly disappeared one day, Slughorn realised that Lily had died[20], and her death haunted him for many years. Harry Potter used Slughorn's sympathy and grief for his mother's death to his advantage while under the effects of Felix Felicis, persuading Slughorn to give him the true memory of Tom Riddle's inquiry about Horcruxes, by encouraging him to be as brave as his mother was, and claiming that it would undo whatever great wrong he had done.

Albus DumbledoreEdit

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Albus Dumbledore, her former headmaster

Albus Dumbledore was Lily's Headmaster when she was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Dumbledore invited Lily to attend Hogwarts, her sister, Petunia, became jealous, and sent a letter to Dumbledore requesting to be enrolled in Hogwarts as well. Dumbledore answered Petunia that she could not, though in a way Lily found to be "very kind". During Lily's years at Hogwarts, Dumbledore became very fond of her, seeing her as a talented witch with a pure, kind heart, and eventually appointing her Head Girl.

After Lily and her friends graduated from Hogwarts, they became members of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation Dumbledore founded and led. When James and Lily became targets of Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore offered to be their Secret Keeper in an attempt to protect them, but the role went to Peter Pettigrew instead, at Sirius' suggestion. This turned out to be the couple's death sentence, as Peter betrayed them to Voldemort, who found them and killed them. Dumbledore was deeply upset by their deaths, and dedicated the rest of his life to keeping their son safe. He eventually became Harry's mentor, often telling Harry of the love and goodness of his parents, and continually insisting that Harry's love for his parents was his greatest strength and a source of incredible power-- the power the Dark Lord knows not.

Minerva McGonagallEdit

"Lily and James... I can't believe it... I don't want to believe it..."
—McGonagall on hearing the death of Lily and James[src]
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Minerva McGonagall, her former head of house and teacher

Minerva McGonagall appeared to have a close relationship with Lily during the First Wizarding War. McGonagall was the Transfiguration Professor and also the Head of Gryffindor House while Lily attended Hogwarts. During Lily's years at Hogwarts, she presumably became a favourite of McGonagall, as she was a talented witch with a pure kind heart, and would neither participate in nor tolerate bullying, the qualities that McGonagall undeniably would have favoured in a student.

After Lily left Hogwarts, both she and McGonagall became members of the first Order of the Phoenix and fought against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. After Voldemort found and killed the Potters, McGonagall was devastated to learn of Lily's death, and that of her husband, James, to which she actually broke down into tears. Professor McGonagall was fond of Lily's son, and protected him as best as she could throughout his time at Hogwarts.

Order of the Phoenix membersEdit

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The original Order of the Phoenix

During the First Wizarding War, Lily was a member of the Order of the Phoenix and would have fought alongside many of its members during the First Wizarding War. She appeared to be friendly with some members, such as Rubeus Hagrid, Elphias Doge and the McKinnons; she also appeared to be very upset when she learned about the McKinnons' death, crying all night.

EtymologyEdit

The given name Lily comes from the name of the flower, which is a symbol of purity.[21] Specifically, the lily is often associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary; one type of the flower is known as the Madonna lily. Greek mythology also links lilies to the Muses and to the goddess Hera, and the flowers continue to be representative of purity and love in Europe. In China, lily means "forever in love", and the flowers were thought to be capable of averting evil.[22]

Lily's maiden name was Evans. Evans is a Welsh or English surname derived from the given name Evan[23]. As a Welsh name, Evan means "young warrior"; it can also be considered a form of the name John, (named after the apostle John) meaning "God is gracious and merciful"[24].

Lily's married surname is Potter. Potter is a very common surname of English origin.[25] It traditionally refers to the occupation of making pottery. Beatrix Potter was a well-known English children's author. Potter's Field is the name for a burial ground for the unknown or unclaimed dead, particularly soldiers and orphans; It is first mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, the Potter family had many members that fit that description. The Potter Box is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University. J. K. Rowling has also commented that she has liked this name since childhood, due to a relationship with two friends who were named Ian and Vikki Potter.[26]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Lily Potter, played by Geraldine Somerville.

  • In the films, Geraldine Somerville plays Lily as an adult, Susie Shinner plays her as a teenager, and Ellie Darcey-Alden plays an even younger Lily in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [27] and so is one of the 14 characters to appear in all 8 film adaptions. J.K. Rowling was asked to play Lily in the Mirror of Erised scene of the film version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but she refused the part because she said that she was "not cut out to be an actress because she'd mess-up somehow."[28]
  • Technically, Geraldine Somerville is one of just over a dozen actors and actresses to have appeared in all eight Harry Potter films and played the same character. However, several films do not feature new footage of her and simply short clips from other films.
  • In the Harry Potter novels, Lily is mentioned to have died aged twenty-one, yet in the films she appears much older. This could be that she is seen with Harry in the mirror at the age she would be at the time, had she been alive (31), though this doesn't make sense as she still appears to be older than 21 in memory-flashbacks, photographs and during the Priori Incantatem scene. So it's most likely that just like Severus Snape in the films (the character is in his 30s, Alan Rickman is in his 60s) the character herself is still in her twenties. However she merely looks like she is in her early thirties.
  • In the novels it is often mentioned that Lily had bright green eyes and that Harry had the same eyes. In the films it is often remarked that Harry has his mother's eyes, but it is never stated what colour they are. Also in the films, Harry has blue eyes and young Lily has brown eyes.
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin mentions that Lily had been there for him at a time when no one else was. This statement may or may not be canon, as the books never imply that Lily knew Lupin well until after she started dating James. However, considering her high academic standing prior to her appointment as Head Girl, it seems likely that Lily and Remus would have served as Gryffindor prefects together.
  • Susie Shinner did not appear as Lily in the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, although a promotional image showed her in costume.
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort taunts Harry by calling Lily "your filthy Muggle mother" rather than "Mudblood", even though she's a Muggle-born witch. Note that in the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Tom Riddle coming out of his diary uses the term Mudblood. Although, it should be noted that Voldemort, believing in total blood purity, wouldn't care for technicalities and likely considered Muggle-borns as "bad" as Muggles themselves.
  • In European folklore and in the infamous treatise on witchcraft, Malleus Maleficarum, the combination of dark red hair and bright green eyes was considered the mark of a witch, thus it is notable that Lily Evans possesses this exact colouring.[29]
  • In the film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there is an additional sequence after Aragog's funeral where Horace Slughorn describes a gift given to him by Harry's mother, Lily. One day, he'd found a bowl in his office with a small amount of water in it, upon which floated a single petal from a lily. As he watched, the petal sank into the water, and just before it reached the bottom, it transformed into a fish. Slughorn was delighted by what he considered a beautiful piece of magic, and kept the fish for many years, naming it Francis. On the night of 31 October, 1981, the night Lily Potter died, Francis disappeared from his bowl, and Slughorn knew right then and there what had happened to Lily.
  • Lily's youngest grandson and her son are the only Potter members to inherit Lily's eyes. It is very clear they are Lily's eyes, most people comment that Harry has her eyes, and looks very much like James. Harry, when looking into Albus' eyes, comments they were indeed Lily's eyes.
  • Lily and Order of the Phoenix member, Nymphadora Tonks, are very similar. They both married a Marauder; Lily married James, and Nymphadora married Remus Lupin. They both are related to Muggles (Lily's parents and Nymphadora's paternal grandparents) and have one son, Harry Potter and Teddy Lupin, both sons were only babies when their mothers died fighting Dark forces and both sons have inherited something from their mothers: Harry his mother's eyes, Teddy his mother's Metamorphmagus abilities.
  • Lily and her daughter-in-law Ginny also are very very similar to each other. They both have bright red hair, they both married a Potter: Lily married James; Ginny married Harry, they both were very popular in school, both weren't afraid to stand up for their friends: Lily when the Marauders harassed Severus Snape, and Ginny when people ridiculed Luna Lovegood by calling her Loony Lovegood.
  • Rubeus Hagrid revealed that Lord Voldemort tried to recruit James Potter and Lily Evans before they left Hogwarts. While this is understandable for James, it was revealed by Rowling that Muggle-borns such as Lily can be permitted to join the Death Eaters, but only in extremely rare circumstances.[30]
  • J.K. Rowling said that like Ginny, she was a popular girl.[31]
  • Lily Evans's life bears some resemblances to that of the character Lilias Craven in Marsha Norman's stage musical adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden, having died prematurely, been part of an unrequited love triangle, and having passed her eyes on to a young relative.
  • Lily's name continues a pattern of flower names in the series. For instance, in the generation during the First Wizarding War, there was her and Petunia Evans. A lily and a petunia are both flowers. In the generation of the Second Wizarding War there was Narcissa Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, Fleur Delacour, Poppy Pomfrey and Lavender Brown. In the generation after the war there was Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's daughter, Rose Weasley. There was also Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's daughter, Lily Luna Potter.
  • Other than Minerva McGonagall, Lily is the only known Head Girl. It can however be assumed that, like prefects, one head girl is chosen out of the 7th years every year by the headmaster.
  • Though Harry bears a great resemblance to his father, it is often noted that he has Lily's bright green eyes. In a 1999 interview, Rowling stated, "Harry has his father's and mother's good looks. But he has his mother's eyes and that's very important in a future book". That future book was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In Snape's death scene in that novel, after having passed on his memories to Harry, he whispers to Harry: "Look... at... me..." In one of Snape's memories, it is revealed that Dumbledore persuades Snape to protect Harry after Lily's death by mentioning the fact that he has "precisely" the same eyes as his mother. His last words to Harry were simply a desire to see Lily's eyes before he died.
  • Lily's initially negative opinion of James is not shown in the films, and the purely strong and close romantic attraction between them seemed to develop much sooner.
  • Ellie Darcey-Alden who plays young Lily Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, actually has brown eyes, unlike how Lily's eyes are described, Daniel Radcliffe's eyes or Geraldine Somerville's eyes.
  • In the films, particularly Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Lily has a habit of calling Harry "sweetheart".
  • J.K Rowling had said that if Severus wasn't so involved in the Dark Arts, and didn't start to display a very racist and prejudiced attitude toward non pure-bloods, Lily might have considered dating Snape, rather than just being friends. 
  • Interestingly, Lily's surname means "young warrior" this could have been forshadowing the birth of her son, Harry, who was described as a "young warrior".
  • Lily looks remarkably like Star Wars character Mara Jade. Both are described as being attractive with red hair and green eyes. Both loathed their future husbands - James Potter and Luke Skywalker respectively - when they first met, and both died defending their only son from a Dark Lord (Harry Potter and Ben Skywalker).

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  2. 2.0 2.1 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Live Chat with J.K. Rowling
  3. http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8983645876/uncle-and-aunt-dursley-the-love-story-pottermore
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 The Dursleys' backstory was shown onscreen during the Pottermore press conference on 23 June, 2011, as seen in this YouTube video from the Telegraph (partial transcription available here).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10
  9. 9.0 9.1 19 October 2007 J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall
  10. 10.0 10.1 J. K. Rowling interview on PotterCast #130
  11. The timeframe of the prophecy can be determined as late 1979 from J. K. Rowling's statement during her 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant, and the scene in Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 where Snape goes to ask Dumbledore to protect Lily, which must have taken place in autumn given the description of the setting ("...the sound of the wind in the branches" and "Though leaves and branches still flew through the night air around them...").
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33
  14. J.K. Rowling at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival
  15. 2005 Leaky Cauldron/MuggleNet interview with J. K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  18. J K Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival
  19. It is stated on Pottermore that Petunia is free from houses with teapots that sang when you walked past, and as Lily was the only witch in the family it makes sense she'd be the one to cast the spell.
  20. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  21. Behind the Name: Lily
  22. Flower Facts: Lily
  23. Behind the Name: Evans
  24. Behind the Name: Evan
  25. Behind the Name: Rankings for 'Potter'
  26. MuggleNet: Name Origins
  27. http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/08/22/new-casting-information-for-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows/
  28. http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rumours_view.cfm?id=11
  29. Wikipedia article on red hair
  30. http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=80
  31. http://www.accio-quote.org/themes/weaselys.htme
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Founder:
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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
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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
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