Lily Evans

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Name: Lily Evans Potter
Occupation: witch, Order member
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Location: Hogwarts (Britain)
Godric's Hollow (Britain)
Status: muggle-born; deceased
Relationships: James Potter (husband)
Harry Potter (son)

Ginny Weasley (daughter-in-law)
James Sirius Potter (grandson)
Albus Severus Potter (grandson)
Lily Luna Potter (granddaughter)

Petunia Dursley (sister)
Vernon Dursley (brother-in-law)
Dudley Dursley (nephew)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born 30 January 1960, died 31 October 1981[1]
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Lily Evans was the mother of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series.


Lily is a muggle-born witch, the younger sister of Petunia. A childhood friend of Severus Snape, she repudiates him when he shows Death Eater sympathies and later marries wealthy pureblood James Potter, to become Lily Potter (not to be confused with her granddaughter of the same name). With James, she works as an Auror in the first wizarding war. They are betrayed by supposed friend Peter Pettigrew and both are murdered by Voldemort. Lily's loving maternal sacrifice mysteriously protects her infant son Harry, a protection that lasts until he's an adult as long as he lives with her blood relatives.


Considering how little is known about her, Lily receives a lot of fannish attention. Meta focuses on her relationships with Snape and James, and particularly why she switches allegiance between them. There's also speculation on why her sacrifice protects Harry and discussion of her as a (anti-)feminist character.


Some fans identify this as Snape and Hermione even though on the artist's WIKTT account it is identified as Snape and Lily Evans. Because not all Harry Potter fan art is photo realistic, fans sometimes confuse Hermione with Lily (and vice versa), particularly where they are depicted in intimate situations with Snape. Artist: Marquise

Most fanfiction featuring Lily involves her eventual relationship with James Potter during her Hogwarts years. In AUs where Lily and James both survive, she mostly remains with James to raise Harry, and is usually portrayed as an excellent mother. She is also often paired with Severus Snape, who was canonically in love with her for many years. Other common ships include Marauders Sirius Black & Remus Lupin. In threesome pairings, she is often paired with the above characters (for example Lily/Remus/Severus and Lily/Remus/Sirius).


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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  1. Harry Potter Lexicon. HPL: Lily Potter. (Accessed 23 February 2011.)
  2. crack-broom: open rec - Snape/Harry, "The White Road" by perverse_idyll (accessed 29 April 2015)
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