One of the greatest mysteries of the Harry Potter book series has to do with Harry's parents. We know they were called James and Lily Potter, but what else do we know about them? Very little, in fact, and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling’s has revealed little information about Harry's parents. The rumor mill reports that readers will finally get to know more about Harry's parents. But for now, what do we know about said James and Lily Potter? What kind of parents were they? And what sort of students were they when they attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as young wizards in training?
Here is what we know about James Potter, Harry's father: he was born in 1958 in Great Britain, although no specific city or region is mentioned. Physically, James Potter is described as having hazel eyes, a rather thin face, messy black hair that always sticked up at the back, a nose slightly longer than Harry's, and about the same height as Harry during his own Hogwarts school days. James Potter attended Hogwarts School from approximately 1969 to 1976. He belonged to the Gryffindor house, and we understand that his best friends at school included Sirius Black (who we find out is Harry's godfather), Peter Pettigrew, and Remus Lupin. Sirius Black became like a member of James Potter's family.
In addition, we learn that he had a disagreement with his family, and eventually moved in with James Potter's family when he was sixteen years old. Eventually, the Potters began to view Sirius as their second son. It is said that James Potter's parents were older, nearly elderly, and he was an only child who found him being pampered as a child. How did James Potter get along with his schoolmates at Hogwarts? Some are surprised to find out that James was sometimes viewed as arrogant and a bully, although his close friends describe him simply as very cool. But it appears that the young James Potter found himself maturing during his school days. He was also a brilliant student who loved playing Quidditch.
What about James mother, Lily? Lily Potter, before meeting future husband James, was named Lily Evans. She was said to be born in 1958, and died in 1981, when Harry was still an infant. Physically, Lily is described as having almond-shaped eyes that are a striking green in color. She had dark red hair, and she wore it down to her shoulders. She was well-liked by her classmates and professors at Hogwarts school. She was described as a bit cheeky, funny, excitable, and exceedingly charming. She was a member of the Slug Club, a club that Slughorn ran that was developed especially for exceptional students. Lily was considered to be a very pretty little girl.
It is believed that James Potter was taken with her nearly immediately. It is said that Lily was muggle-born, and she had a sister named Petunia. Petunia tells Harry that there parents were always very proud to have a witch in the family. It is known that in her final year, Lily was appointed head girl. Lily famously rejected James when he first asked her out during their fifth year. She fastidiously rejected him for his arrogance, but a spark of attraction always appeared to be present. Moreover, as James began to mature, Lily was able to give him a second chance.
Soon after James and Lily married, they had a young son who they named Harry. He was born on July 31, 1980. It is said that the Potter family belonged to the Order of the Phoenix, an organization dedicated to battling Lord Voldemort and his dangerous death eaters.
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