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Lily Potter Character Analysis: Loving Mother

Lily Potter Character Analysis: Loving Mother

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Lily Evans was a muggle-born witch who married James Potter and became the mother of Harry Potter. A member of the Order of the Phoenix, she sacrificed her life to try and protect her son Harry from Lord Voldemort. Her loving sacrifice protected Harry from any attack by the Dark Lord until he came of age in the wizarding world at 17.

About Lily Potter

Born30 January 1960 – 31 October 1981
Blood StatusMuggle-born
OccupationStudent
Head Girl
Order of the Phoenix
PatronusDoe (assumed)
HouseGryffindor
Wand10 ¼ inch willow with unknown core
Zodiac SignAquarius

Lily Evans Early Life

Lily was born into a Muggle family in January 1960, the younger sister of Petunia. The two girls were very close when they were young. Lily soon revealed magical abilities and had a surprising level of control over them. Her parents warned her not to do magic, but she would occasionally do tricks for her sister.

When Lily was nine years old, she met Severus Snape, a young wizard from a wizarding family who had just moved into the area. He noticed Lily doing magic and immediately became infatuated with her as someone else “like him”.

Severus ambushed the girls one day and revealed to Lily that she was a witch. While this initially scared both Lily and Petunia, Lily soon developed a friendship with Severus, who told her many things about the wizarding world. This drove a wedge between Lily and her sister, as Petunia was excluded from this magical world.

Shortly before Lily was set to leave for Hogwarts, Petunia wrote to Albus Dumbledore asking if she could attend the school with her sister. While Dumbledore was forced to decline, he was kind in his response. When Severus saw that Petunia had received a letter from Hogwarts, he convinced Lily that they should intercept and read the letter.

When Lily and Petunia were saying goodbye to one another, Lily mentioned to Petunia that she had seen the letter. This greatly upset Petunia, who called Lily a freak and claimed that she would never want anything to do with the wizarding world. The two girls were never close after this.

Young Lily and Severus

Lily Evans at Hogwarts

Much to the disappointment of her friend Severus, who was in Slytherin, Lily was sorted into Gryffindor. However, the two managed to maintain their close friendship during their early years at Hogwarts. Meanwhile, Lily was unimpressed by fellow Gryffindors in her year James Potter and Sirius Black, who she considered arrogant and selfish.

Despite her muggle upbringing, Lily soon showed that she was a talented witch. In particular, she attracted the attention of potions master Professor Slughorn, who would always say that Lily was one of the best students he ever had. She became a member of his “Slug Club” for talented students.

Things began to change for Lily in her fifth year when she stood up for her friend Severus when he was being bullied by James Potter. Embarrassed and emotionally overwrought by the incident, Severus responded by saying that he did not need help from a “mudblood”. James demanded that Severus apologize for the slur, but Lily replied to James saying that he was just as bad in the way he bullied others.

Nevertheless, this damaged Lily and Severus’ friendship. She noted that this kind of language resulted from his closeness with Death Eater sympathizers in Slytherin. She asked Severus if he was planning on joining them. When Severus did not say no, Lily distanced herself from her old friend.

Lily Evans and James Potter

James seems to have had a crush on Lily from at least their fifth year. He once said that he would stop tormenting Severus if she agreed to go out with him. Her response was that she would rather date the giant squid in the lake. Lily thought that James was an arrogant toerag.

But, by his seventh year, James had matured, and James and Lily were made head boy and girl. As they got to know each other better, romance blossomed, and they soon started dating. They even got engaged before completing their studies at Hogwarts.

Before the end of the final year, Lily took James to meet her sister Petunia and her fiancé Vernon Dursley. The meeting was a disaster and would be the final nail in the coffin for relations between Lily and Petunia.

Vernon tried to impress James with his car, while James tried to impress Vernon with his wealth in the wizarding world. The two quickly developed a dislike for one another as they found no common ground. Eventually both Petunia and Vernon stormed out of the restaurant, leaving Lily in tears. James promised to apologize and make up with the pair, but he never seems to have done this.

When Petunia and Vernon married in that same year, James and Lily were invited, but Lily was not a bridesmaid. James and Lily’s own wedding not long after was a small affair due to the dangers of the Wizarding War. Petunia chose not to attend.

Lily and James

Lily Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Lily Potter joined the Order of the Phoenix alongside James and his friends to fight against Lord Voldemort. While James and Sirius were probably attracted to the order by the excitement, Lily was a more serious soul.

Nevertheless, together the couple defied Lord Voldemort three times, the first time being when they refused to join the Death Eaters when the Dark Lord tried to recruit them.

Despite the dangers of the time, Lily became pregnant, and on 31 July 1980, she gave birth to their son Harry. She sent the birth announcement to her sister Petunia, and this was the last contact she had with her sister before she died.

At around the same time, Sybill Trelawney revealed a prophecy about the Dark Lord and a boy that would be born at the end of July whose parents had defied Lord Voldemort three times. While this boy could have been Harry, or another child called Neville Longbottom, Voldemort thought that Harry was the threat.

When Lily’s old friend Severus Snape, who was now a Death Eater, realized that the prophecy (that he himself had relayed to Lord Voldemort) put Lily in danger, he immediately went to Albus Dumbledore to see if he could protect them.

The Potters were in hiding in James’ family home in Godric’s Hollow. Dumbledore advised them to use the Fidelius Charm to protect their location. They had originally chosen Sirius Black as their secret keeper to protect their location. But Sirius convinced them to choose Peter Pettigrew instead, as he would be a less obvious choice.

This change proved a fatal mistake as Peter was a spy for Lord Voldemort within the Order of the Phoenix. Peter revealed the Potters’ location and Lord Voldemort arrived on 31 October 1981.

Death of Lily Potter

When the Potters realized that their security had been breached, James told his wife Lily to flee with Harry while he held him off. But James had left his wand in the living room and was defenseless when he encountered Lord Voldemort. The Dark Lord struck him down with the Killing Curse.

Lord Voldemort then turned his attention to Lily, who was with the young Harry. Voldemort told her that she need not die; he just wanted the boy. But Lily begged for Harry’s life, saying that she would do anything to save her son. When she would not step aside, the Dark Lord used the Killing Curse on her as well.

But Lily’s act of love and bravery in shielding her son created a spell of protection that prevented Lord Voldemort from being able to kill the baby Harry. Instead, his curse bounced back on him, robbing him of his physical form. He did not die as parts of his soul were preserved in Horcruxes. During the act, he also inadvertently made Harry into another Horcrux for his soul.

These tragic events ushered in a period of peace in the wizarding world until the Dark Lord would return again.

Lily protecting her son from Lord Voldemort

Lily’s Son

After the deaths of James and Lily Potter, Harry was sent to live with his aunt Petunia, his mother’s only surviving relative. Albus Dumbledore realized or suspected what had happened when Lord Voldemort tried to kill Harry. He was able to extend the protection that Lily gave Harry for as long as he could call his mother’s blood home.

Harry’s memories of his parents were very limited, as he was only a year old when they died. His aunt and uncle also lied to him about his parents, saying that they had died in a car accident. Harry only discovered on his 11th birthday that he was a wizard and what had really happened to James and Lily.

Nevertheless, Harry would have several contacts with his parents from beyond the grave.

Lily’s Appearances After Death

In his first year, Harry came across an enchanted mirror that Albus Dumbledore was using to protect the Philosopher’s Stone at Hogwarts. The mirror showed the viewer their greatest desire, and for Harry, this was to be reunited with his parents.

When Harry was exposed to Dementors, he was forced to relive the horrible memory of the night that his parents had died.

When Lord Voldemort brought Harry to the cemetery in Little Hangleton to restore his body in 1995, the two dueled. Due to the connection between Harry and Lord Voldemort, and between their wands, during the duel, Lord Voldemort’s wand performed a Priori Incantanem spell. This meant that phantasms of his most recent victims emerged from his wand. These included James and Lily. They gave Harry encouragement and distracted the Dark Lord so that he could escape.

The following year, when Harry was taking Occlumency lessons with Severus Snape, he was also able to see his school-age mother and father through Snape’s eyes. Again, shortly before Snape’s death, he shared his childhood memories of Lily with Harry, revealing the close bond that existed between him and Lily and the motivations for his actions.

Finally, during the final stages of the Wizarding War in 1998, Albus Dumbledore had given Harry the Resurrection Stone to give him the courage to face Lord Voldemort and sacrifice his own life to destroy the Horcrux inside him. When Harry used the Resurrections Stone, he saw James and Lily, as well as some other loved ones. They supported him during this difficult moment.

The shade of Lily Potter

Lily Potter Personality Type & Traits

Lily comes across as a strong-minded person who makes up her own mind about things and always does what she thinks is right. She is loving and protective, but also open-minded and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. Remus Lupin described her as uncommonly kind and able to see the best in people, even when they could not see it in themselves.

Lily Potter Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Lily was born on 30 January 1960, which means her zodiac sign is Aquarius. People born under this sign are naturally intelligent and always march to the beat of their own drum. They trust their instincts and never follow the crowd. They can be quite isolated since few people live up to their standards. We see this with Lily, who, aside from Severus, mostly shared James’ friends rather than having her own close circle.