Lily Evans Potter

While at Hogwarts, James met his future wife Lily Evans (30 January, 1960 - 31 October, 1981), who was also in her first year. Lily's wand was 10 1/4 inches, made of willow, swishy and excellent for Charms. She was described as having startlingly green, almond-shaped eyes and thick, shoulder-length dark red hair. She was described by Professor Slughorn as having a natural and intuitive ability at Potions. She was, according to Slughorn, very brave, very funny and very charming, and he could not imagine that anyone who met her would not have liked her. She became a member of the Slug Club, which was run by Slughorn for promising students. Lily was very pretty, and it is evident that James was very taken with her, at least since their fifth year. Lily was Muggle-born, and at home, her sister despised Lily for being a witch and saw her as a "freak," because she was jealous of how their parents favoured Lily and her desire to attend Hogwarts with her sister. Petunia told Harry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that, "But for my mother and father, oh no, it was 'Lily this' and 'Lily that', they were proud of having a witch in the family!"

Lily's sister Petunia did not care for James, as is demonstrated by her snide remarks and references to him throughout the series. However, there is one remark that Petunia made about Lily and a young male wizard that was misinterpreted by Harry to mean his father rather than her best friend, Severus Snape. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Petunia hears someone ask what a Dementor is, to which she responds, "They guard the wizard prison, Azkaban". When Harry and the rest of her family look at her strangely for knowing this magical information, she responds that she heard "that awful boy" telling Lily about them years ago. Harry angrily retorts that if she's going to talk about his parents, she could at least use their names, but she does not respond to his retort. Snape had in fact informed both Lily and Petunia, "Dementors guard the wizard prison, Azkaban". Petunia overheard the exchange and remembered Snape's explanation.

It is revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that Lily and Severus Snape had been childhood friends, with Snape harbouring unrequited romantic feelings for Lily from the start. Rowling revealed that Lily might have returned the feelings if Snape had not dabbled in the Dark Arts. During their first years at Hogwarts, Lily expressed her concerns that Snape's lure towards the Dark Arts and his choices in Death Eaters-to-be as friends and their opinions of her; (along with her fellow Gryffindors' disbelief that Lily Evans could be friends with Severus Snape), it all put a most notable strain on their friendship, which itself came to an end in their fifth year at Hogwarts; Snape, in a moment of humiliation, called Lily a "Mudblood" without thinking when she had stood up to defend him from James and Sirius. After that Lily ended their friendship despite Snape offering his deepest apologies for the incident, also pointing out further that Snape's other friends felt similarly about her parentage.

Snape refused to use the word "Mudblood" ever since the event and severely disliked having it said in his presence, as was shown in book seven when Phineas Nigellus refers to Hermione Granger as "Mudblood". After their parting of ways, Snape, now a Death Eater, informed Lord Voldemort of a prophecy, which Voldemort took to refer to Lily and her son, Harry. Snape subsequently joined the Order as a spy for Dumbledore, in exchange for protection by Dumbledore for Lily and her family. After Lily's death, he was persuaded by Albus Dumbledore into devoting his life to protecting Harry in order to honour the sacrifice of the woman he never ceased to love.

Lily was Head Girl when she was in her final year. For most of the time they were at Hogwarts, Lily appeared to have regarded James as an arrogant bully and she and James addressed each other only by each other's surnames. James was shown doodling Lily's initials during an examination in their fifth year, while Sirius recalled that he couldn't resist showing off (and making a fool of himself) whenever she was around. However, Lily defended Snape against James's bullying (at least until Snape called her a "Mudblood") and expressed contempt for his behaviour, looking at him with "great dislike" and calling him "an arrogant bullying toerag". After he asked her out in their fifth year, she replied that she wouldn't go out with him if it was a choice between him and the giant squid and remarked that, "I'm surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK!" From this, Harry gathered the impression that Lily hated James, but Sirius and Lupin assured him that she didn't hate her future husband, they "simply got off on the wrong foot".

Lily's patronus is a doe, presumably to pair with James' animagus shape of a stag. Severus Snape also has the doe as his patronus to match Lily.

After James matured and changed his attitude, Lily started dating him in their seventh year, eventually falling in love and marrying him, with Sirius as best man at their wedding.

Lupin told Harry that his parents only became attached in their seventh year, and married soon after leaving Hogwarts. It is not known what careers they took up after leaving school. Rowling said in an interview that "James inherited plenty of money, so he didn't need a well-paid profession".

Rowling stated on her site that Lily did receive warning letters for testing the limits of the statute of secrecy.

Though Harry bears a great resemblance to his father, it is often noted that he has Lily's eyes. In an interview from 1999, Rowling stated that, "Harry has his father and mother's good looks. But he has his mother's eyes and that's very important in a future book". That "future book" appears to be Deathly Hallows. In Snape's death scene in that novel, after having passed his memories onto Harry, he whispers to Harry: "Look... at... me..." His dying wish, it appears, was to see the green eyes Harry inherited from Lily one last time. In one of Snape's memories that Harry visits, it is also revealed that Dumbledore convinces Snape to protect Harry after Lily's death, by mentioning the fact that he has the same eyes as his mother.

In the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry has a daughter, who is named after Lily, and also a son whom he names Albus Severus. Albus's first name comes from Hogwarts's greatest headmaster and Harry's biggest supporter, Albus Dumbledore; his middle name is taken from the man who loved Harry's mother so much he dedicated his life to protecting her son and whom Harry refers to as "probably the bravest man I ever knew" in reference to Snape's covert protection of Harry. It is also mentioned that Albus is the only one of Harry's children who has Harry's mother Lily's almond-shaped green eyes.

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