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Extant in male line
Potter is the surname of an old wizarding family. They were once pure-bloods, but James Potter married Muggle-born witch Lily Evans, thus their son Harry and his three children were half-bloods. The Potters have traditionally been sorted into Gryffindor house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and are very wealthy, with a vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank containing a great deal of gold. They are related to the wizarding Black, Weasley and Peverell families, as well as the Muggle Evans and Dursley families, as well as the Malfoy and Longbottom families by marriage.
During the First and Second Wizarding Wars, the Potters supported the Order of the Phoenix and opposed Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. James and Lily Potter were both Order members who defied Voldemort three times, and their son went on to be the leader of Dumbledore's Army and the one to defeat Voldemort once and for all.
Recent generations of PottersEdit
James Potter was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Potter. They may be Charlus Potter and Dorea Potter née Black, although, alternatively, these individuals may have been relatives of James's parents. James and Lily had one child, Harry, who famously defeated Lord Voldemort. He eventually married Ginny Weasley, and they had three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter.
Known members Edit
- James Potter- A pure-blood Gryffindor who joined the Order of the Phoenix. He and his wife were murdered by Voldemort on the night of 31 October, 1981. Survived by his son, two grandsons, one granddaughter, a daughter-in-law, a Muggle sister-in-law, a Muggle brother-in-law and a Muggle nephew.
- Lily Potter (née Evans)- A muggle-born Gryffindor who joined the Order of the Phoenix. She and her husband were murdered by Voldemort on the night of 31 October, 1981. Survived by her son, two grandsons, one granddaughter, a daughter-in-law, a Muggle sister, a Muggle brother-in-law, and a Muggle nephew. Married into the Potter family.
- Harry Potter- A half-blood Gryffindor who famously defeated Lord Voldemort. He is the leader of Dumbledore's Army, a group of wizards he founded during his 5th year at Hogwarts to help learn how to be ready for the outside world. He has a wife, two sons, a daughter, two late parents, a godson, a Muggle aunt, a Muggle uncle, and a Muggle cousin. He has many nieces, nephews, and in-laws through his wife.
- Ginny Potter (née Weasley)- A pure-blood Gryffindor who is the wife of Harry Potter. She has two parents, six older brothers, many nieces and nephews, and four sisters-in-law. She was a member of Dumbledore's Army. She has two sons and one daughter. She married into the Potter family.
- James Sirius Potter- A half-blood and the first son (eldest child) of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter. He has a younger brother and a younger sister, whom he teases. He is named for his paternal grandfather and his father's godfather.
- Albus Severus Potter- A half-blood who is to be Sorted in 2017. He is the second son (middle child) of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter. He has an older brother and a younger sister. He is named after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
- Lily Luna Potter- A half-blood who is the only daughter (youngest child) of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter. She has two older brothers. She is named after her paternal grandmother and one of her parent's oldest friends.
- Dorea Potter (née Black)- The wife of Charlus Potter. Daughter of Cygnus Black II and Violetta Bulstrode. A member of the House of Black. She has one son.
- Charlus Potter- The husband of Dorea Black. He has a son.
- Charlus Potter's son- The son of Charlus Potter and Dorea Black.
- Mr. Potter - A pure-blood wizard, father of James Potter, and grandfather of Harry Potter.
- Mrs. Potter - A pure-blood witch, mother of James Potter, and grandmother of Harry Potter.
Ignotus Peverell │ ? │ Potter Evans Dursley │ │ │ │ ┌───────┴───────┐ ┌────────┴────────┐ │ │ │ │ │ James Potter ┬ Lily Evans Petunia Evans ┬ Vernon Dursley Marjorie Dursley │ │ │ (See Weasley Family Tree) │ │ │ │ Harry Potter ┬ Ginny Weasley Dudley Dursley │ ┌─────────┴────────┬──────────────────┐ │ │ │ James Sirius Potter Albus Severus Potter Lily Luna Potter
It is known that James's parents were older when they had him, and Dorea would have been forty years old when she had a child if James was her son. However, it is also known that the Potters died of natural causes when they were old in wizarding terms, but Dorea Potter was only fifty-seven years old when she died.
If Charlus and Dorea Potter were James's parents, James and his best friend Sirius Black would have been first cousins, once removed. Harry and Sirius, his godfather, would have been second cousins. Also, Harry's best friend/brother-in-law, Ron and wife, Ginny Weasley would be his third cousins. Harry would also be related, albeit distantly, to the Malfoys, Longbottoms, and Lestranges.
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Recent family historyEdit
First Wizarding WarEdit
Harry Potter was born during the height of the First Wizarding War. His parents, James and Lily Potter (née Evans), were both members of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation created and led by Albus Dumbledore for those who wanted to battle Lord Voldemort and his followers, the Death Eaters. In 1979, Dumbledore witnessed a prophecy made by Sybill Trelawney that predicted that a child with the power to defeat the Dark Lord would be born to parents who had defied him three times "as the seventh month dies". Voldemort was told part of the prophecy by Severus Snape, who had been caught outside the door after the prophecy was heard.
At the end of July in 1980, two infants were born matching this description: Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom. Voldemort went after Harry, resolving to kill him, and thus marked Harry as his equal, as the prophecy foretold. The Potters went into hiding through use of the Fidelius Charm, first choosing their close friend Sirius Black as Secret-Keeper, but Black persuaded the Potters to use Peter Pettigrew instead, thinking that this less obvious choice would further protect the Potters. Pettigrew, however, betrayed the Potters to Voldemort, who attacked the family in Godric's Hollow on 31 October, 1981. Voldemort slaughtered James and then Lily with the Killing Curse, but he first gave Lily the opportunity to save herself, at the request of Snape, who had been in love with Lily for years. When she refused, Voldemort killed her, unknowingly invoking ancient magic that protected Harry when Voldemort then attempted to murder him. The Killing Curse rebounded, leaving Harry its only known survivor and Voldemort temporarily defeated. The incident also caused a piece of Voldemort's soul to be embedded in the scar on Harry's forehead, inadvertently making him into a Horcrux.
Sirius soon discovered what had happened and pursued Pettigrew, who faked his own death and escaped. Sirius was subsequently framed and imprisoned in Azkaban for Pettigrew's crimes. Harry, who became known as "The Boy Who Lived" for his miraculous survival, was taken in by his mother's sister, Petunia Dursley, her husband Vernon and their son Dudley. Harry was raised in the Muggle world by the Dursleys, who treated him poorly and never told him about his wizarding heritage. Because they were blood relatives of his mother, however, Harry benefited from magical protections as long as he could call Number 4 Privet Drive "home."
Second Wizarding WarEdit
Despite his relatives' efforts to force him to be "normal", Harry was a wizard, and was informed of this fact by Rubeus Hagrid when it came time for him to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. He entered the wizarding world, learned his family's history, and once again became a target of Lord Voldemort, who was still alive but in non-corporeal form and seeking to return to power.
Voldemort's inability to touch Harry, due to the lingering protection from his late mother, continued all the way up to his resurrection in 1995. Professor Quirrell, acting as host to Voldemort's soul, attempted to attack Harry to gain the Philosopher's Stone in 1992, but was prevented from stealing the Stone when he came into contact with Harry's skin, leaving Voldemort forced to return to his non-corporeal state.
Voldemort eventually overcame this by using Harry's blood to regenerate his own body in 1995. Unbeknownst to Voldemort, this act also anchored Harry's life to his own. This was brought to light when Harry and Voldemort had their final confrontation in 1998 during the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry had spent almost a year destroying Voldemort's Horcruxes with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, only to discover during the Battle of Hogwarts that he himself was a Horcrux Voldemort made accidentally that fateful Halloween night in 1981. Harry willingly stood before Voldemort and was struck with the Killing Curse. Because of this, the part of Voldemort's soul within him was destroyed. Because Voldemort had taken some of Harry's blood -- and thus Lily's blood, with its magical protections for Harry -- within himself, Harry survived the Killing Curse for a second time.
After the WarEdit
After the end of the Second Wizarding War, Harry Potter became an Auror and married Ginny Weasley. The couple had three children — James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter — and thus a new generation of Potters was born into a more peaceful world.
The Potters descend from Ignotus Peverell, whose Cloak of Invisibility is one of the three Deathly Hallows. Unlike most Invisibility cloaks, it has remained intact for centuries, passed on from generation to generation until it reached Harry Potter. Harry temporarily became the "Master of Death" in 1998, as he was in possession of the Invisibility Cloak, the Resurrection Stone, and the Elder Wand. The last item's loyalty to Harry was crucial to his defeat of Lord Voldemort, as the Elder Wand refused to harm its true owner and caused Voldemort's Killing Curse to backfire. Of the three Hallows, Harry only kept the Invisibility Cloak for himself, as it rightfully belongs to his family.
Through the Peverell family, Harry and Voldemort are distantly related, as the Gaunt family descended from Ignotus's brother Cadmus Peverell, who passed the Resurrection Stone to his descendants in a signet ring.
Potter is a very common surname of English origin. It traditionally refers to the occupation of making pottery. Beatrix Potter was a well-known English children's author. Potter's Field is the name for a burial ground for the unknown or unclaimed dead, particularly soldiers and orphans; the Potter family had many members that fit that description. The Potter Box is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University. J.K. Rowling has also commented that she has liked the name since childhood.
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ In Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows, it is stated that James' father was a Gryffindor. James, Lily, Harry, Ginny, and James II were all Gryffindors as well.
- ↑ Philsopher's Stone, Ch. 5
- ↑ Leaky Cauldron: 30 July 2007 Webchat with J.K. Rowling
- ↑ Black family tree
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Behind the Name: Rankings for 'Potter'
- ↑ MuggleNet: Name Origins