Lily Evans Potter (1960-1981)
Born: 30 January 1960 (DH16).
Died: 31 October 1981 (CR, PS1) at the age of 21.
Eyes: brilliant green and almond-shaped, like those of her only son (OP28).
Hair: dark red, long and thick (OP28).
Distinguishing features: very pretty.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
Ancestry: Muggle-born witch .
Mother: A Muggle, died before 1981.
Father: A Muggle, died before 1981.
James Potter; they married very quietly sometime between summer of 1978
and fall of 1979. Sirius Black was their best man. James was killed the
same night as Lily, 31 October 1981, by Lord Voldemort at Godric’s
Siblings: An older sister (DH33), Petunia (Evans) Dursley.
Location of childhood home: Near Spinners End in a rundown industrial area of Northern England.
Childhood: According to Petunia, their parents were delighted to discover that Lily was a witch.
Affiliations: Slug Club, Order of the Phoenix.
LILY AT HOGWARTS
Years: 1971 - 1978.
Awards: Head Girl her 7th year at Hogwarts.
SKILLS, MAGICAL DEVICES, ETC.
Wand: Willow, 10 1/4", swishy (nice wand for charm work) (PS5).
Charms, possibly (PS5), or Potions (HBP9). According to Horace
Slughorn, Lily had an "intuitive grasp of potion-making." (HBP18).
Unusual abilities: one of the few members of the Order of the Phoenix to defy Voldemort personally three times and survive (OP37).
Gringotts' Vault: 687 (PS/film).
PROFILE by Steve Vander Ark and Lisa Bunker
mother of Harry Potter, who shared with Harry the most striking aspect
of her appearance, her brilliant green, almond-shaped eyes (OP28). Lily
was born to a Muggle family and grew up with her sister, Petunia, not far from Spinner’s End.
she was 8 or 9 years old, Lily met an odd, intense neighborhood boy
named Severus Snape. It was through Severus that Lily discovered that
she was a witch (DH33), a fact which allowed her to attend Hogwarts and
made her parents very proud (PS4), though Petunia was quite jealous.
young girls, Lily and Petunia were very close; however, once Lily was
invited to Hogwarts and Petunia told she couldn’t attend, a rift grew
between them that never healed. Lily’s best friend soon became Severus
Snape, even though he was a Slytherin, and fascinated by the Dark Arts.
Lily and Severus remained friends until it became clear to her at the
end of their fifth year that he had been seduced by Voldemort's notion
of pureblood supremacy. At Hogwarts, she also met James Potter, a very
popular and talented student who was thought to be "the height of cool"
-- except by Lily, who considered him to be conceited and was disgusted
by his rather trigger-happy attitude toward jinxing people. For his
part, by the end of their fifth year James was very taken with Lily.
Though Lily didn’t know it, Snape was deeply in love with her, and his
heart broken when she started dating James in her seventh year (DH33).
was considered by her teachers to be “bright,” “vivacious,” and a very
gifted witch, especially at Potions (HBP4). She was Head Girl of
Hogwarts her seventh year (PS4), and also very pretty (DH34).
Dumbledore believed that though Harry looked very much like James, his
deepest nature was one he had inherited from Lily, along with the color
of his eyes (DH33).
After finishing Hogwarts, joined the Order
of the Phoenix, together with James' three closest friends: Sirius
Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. Reckoned among the best of
Dumbledore's loyal supporters in the first war against Voldemort, Lily
and James were remarkable in that they defied Voldemort personally on
three occasions and escaped each time, though narrowly. Lily and James
probably married during the summer or fall of 1979. Lily did not see
her sister Petunia after graduation, although some minimal contact
appears to have existed between the sisters.
A prophecy made
in the fall of 1979 by Sybill Trelawney changed everything when it was
partially overheard by Severus Snape and reported to Voldemort. The
prophecy foretold the birth of a boy "with the power to vanquish the
Dark Lord" at the end of July, so as soon as Lily became pregnant the
Potters went into hiding. Voldemort waited to see what children were
born, and began planning the murder of the Potter family (OP37, HBP25).
Snape got wind of this and begged Voldemort to spare Lily, though he
could not trust his assurances. Snape realized that in order to really
protect his precious Lily, he needed Dumbledore's help. Snape altered
his own life and Voldemort's when he offered Dumbledore his complete
allegiance and informed the Headmaster that the Potters would be
attacked soon by Voldemort himself.
However, even Dumbledore
could not guard against treachery. When Voldemort arrived at Godric's
Hollow on October 31, 1981, he quickly killed James, and headed for
Harry's cot. The Dark Lord remembered Snape's pleas, but Lily would not
stand aside. She shielded her child with her body and Voldemort was
forced to kill her. Her sacrifice unexpectedly created "old magic"
protection for her son that could ward off even an Avada Kedavra curse,
so when Voldemort tried to kill Harry, his spell rebounded on him and
destroyed his body. Lily's sacrificial magic was so deep and strong
that Harry was given the tools he needed to live under his mother’s
protection for sixteen years, and eventually defeat Voldemort for good.
Voldemort had created the very menace he was seeking to destroy (OP37,
After the deaths of Lily and James, Dumbledore
stepped in, setting aside the legal arrangements the Potters had made
for Harry's care. (Since Sirius Black was almost immediately condemned
to Azkaban without trial, however, changes would have been required in
any case.) Dumbledore, feeling that Harry's physical safety from
Voldemort overrode any other consideration, chose the course he
considered right over what would have been easier for him to live with:
arranging for the strongest possible magical protection over the child
rather than a loving home for him. Dumbledore cast a charm to reinforce
the protection Harry gained from the shedding of his mother's blood as
long as Harry lived with someone of that blood. Ironically, this made
the Dursleys -- otherwise unfit as guardians in any other sense for the
child -- the only possible guardians to seal the charm and thus help
keep the boy alive (OP37).
LILY in the FILMS
In the film of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the role of Lily Potter at the time of her death is played by Geraldine Somerville; in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," young Lily Potter is played by Susie Shinner (IMDb).