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Wedding of James Potter I and Lily Evans

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The wedding of James Potter I and Lily Evans took place sometime between the summer of 1978 and the autumn of 1979.[1] Their close friend Sirius Black served as best man.



Lily's sister Petunia did not attend for she was highly against Lily being a witch and marrying a wizard. It is highly likely that Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew attended, as they were good friends of James. They had a quiet wedding, as this was during the First Wizarding War. Both Fleamont and Euphemia Potter, James's parents, attended the wedding[2]; it is unknown as to whether either of Lily's parents attended the wedding.


"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies...."
— Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy [src]

Lily and james with their son Harry, a product of the marriage

Following their marriage, James and Lily moved to Godric's Hollow. They then defied Lord Voldemort three times. On 31 July, 1980, James and Lily had their only child, Harry Potter. Albus Dumbledore put the Fidelius Charm on the Potters' cottage to protect them. Their first secret Keeper was Sirius Black, but this was shortly changed to Peter Pettigrew after Sirius convinced them to change, as little Peter would be a less likely target for Voldemort to assume. Unfortunately this double bluff ended in tragedy.

Godric flash

The Potter family home under attack

James and Lily made Sirius Harry's godfather. Peter betrayed the Potters' location to Lord Voldemort out of cowardice. On the night of 31 October, 1981 Voldemort went to the Potters' house with the intent to murder Harry, as he believed he would be fulfilling a prophecy and eliminating his biggest threat. He murdered James, then Lily, while they attempted to protect their infant son. Harry survived Voldemort's killing curse, while Voldemort's powers were destroyed and his mangled soul fled the scene.

Known attendees


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33, Dumbledore refers to James as Lily's "husband" in the scene where Snape asks him to protect Lily. This scene can be determined as having occurred in autumn 1979, based on 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..."), as well as J. K. Rowling's statement during her 2007 Carnegie Hall appearance that the Potters went into hiding when Lily was pregnant. James and Lily must have thus married sometime between leaving Hogwarts in June 1978 and autumn 1979.
  2. Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Potter Family"
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