Lily Evans

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Name: Lily Evans Potter
Occupation: witch, Order member
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 is the mother of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series. She marries James Potter to become Lily Potter (not to be confused with her granddaughter of the same name)


Lily on the cover of the doujinshi Zero by Choco Box (2007).

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, who is shown to have pursued her since fifth year, though she initially refused to date him. After Hogwarts, she and James join the Order of the Phoenix to fight Voldemort. 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.

Lily's maiden name was first revealed in an interview with J.K. Rowling in 2000, and then appeared in Order of the Phoenix. In a 2001 interview, Rowling established Snape's age and thereby also Lily and James's; from this fans first concluded that Lily and James died at age 21 and married shortly after leaving school.[2] Their ages were confirmed in Deathly Hallows.


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.

Lily is also often headcannoned as plus-sized.


Snape/Lily fanart by Marquise. Despite the artist's intentions to depict Snape and Lily, this art is frequently recced or reposted as Snape/Hermione art: 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.

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).

There are also several fanfics headcannoning Lily as queer. With popular ships being, Marylily (Lily Evans/Mary MacDonald) and Pandora Lovegood/Lily Evans.

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