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Lily Evans is a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

Character

Lily Potter (née Evans) (30 January 1960 – 31 October 1981) was a Muggle-born witch, the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Evans and the younger sister of Petunia. She learned that she was a witch as a child, after Severus Snape, a wizard boy who lived nearby, recognised her as a witch and told her of the existence of magic. The two became close friends, but their friendship became strained over the years due to Snape's irrepressible interest in the Dark Arts and his passion in joining the Death Eaters. Lily ended the friendship in their fifth year, after Snape called her a Mudblood. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1971 to 1978 and was sorted into Gryffindor house. A talented student, Lily was a member of the Slug Club and was made Head Girl in her seventh year.

Ships

Het

Jily – the ship between James Potter and Lily
Lilymus – the ship between Lily and Remus Lupin
Snily – the ship between Lily and Severus Snape
Siriusly – the ship between Sirius Black and Lily

Femslash

Emmelily – the ship between Emmeline Vance and Lily
Lilene – the ship between Marlene McKinnon and Lily
Lilissa – the ship between Narcissa Malfoy and Lily
Marily – the ship between Lily and Mary Macdonald
Vanily – the ship between Lily and Emma Vanity

Canon

James Potter

Lily's relationship with James Potter was initially a volatile one. They first met on the train just before the start of their first year at Hogwarts, where Lily was angered by James' and Sirius Black's mockery of her best friend, Severus Snape. Although James was a popular student and a talented Quidditch player, well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. This was likely motivated partly by James' hostile relationship with Snape, and partly by his bad habit of hexing innocent students just for fun. By his fifth year, James started to have romantic feelings for Lily, and would show off to try to impress her, without success. She refused to accept his many invitations to go out with him until their seventh year. It seems that, by that time, James had "deflated his head a bit" and stopped hexing people "for the fun of it". She eventually began going out with him and fell deeply in love with James. The two joined the Order of the Phoenix after graduating, in addition to getting married and having one child: Harry James Potter.

Lily loved her husband, James, dearly as proved when Lily screamed James' name on seeing James being murdered by Voldemort when he entered their house. Her patronus takes the shape of a doe, while her husband's is a stag.

Severus Snape

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Snape's friendship with Lily Evans was probably the only meaningful relationship he ever had. He first met Lily at a very young age, recognising her as a witch one day as she and her sister Petunia played in the park near his house. Longing to escape his humiliating home life, Snape immediately sought to make her his friend. Despite the fact that Lily came from a Muggle family, he never truly saw her as being one of them because he was so smitten with her. In 1971, the two of them were accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and continued a close friendship up until around their fifth year, despite being sorted into different houses.

During this time, Snape began hanging out with people who embraced sadistic magic and pure-blood supremacy, which put a huge strain on their friendship. Lily was offended by many of the views that Snape was beginning to adopt and disliked the qualities that his new cohorts were bringing out in him. Given time over again, Snape would never have done many of the things he did, but at the time he did not truly understand her aversion. He was so insecure and blinded by his attraction to the Dark side that he imagined she would find it impressive if he became a real Death Eater. Ironically, Lily might have grown to love Snape romantically (she certainly loved him as a friend) if he had not loved Dark Magic so much, and been drawn to such loathsome people and acts, yet it was Snape's desire for Lily's admiration that drew him to the dark arts in the first place. When Snape called Lily a "Mudblood" in a fit of anger and humiliation, it was the last straw for Lily. When she later asked him if he still intended to become a Death Eater and he did not deny it, she severed all ties with him, despite Snape's profuse apologies.

When Snape overheard the Prophecy, he immediately relayed its contents to the Dark Lord, not knowing that it would have anything to do with Lily. Upon discovering that Lord Voldemort was planning on targeting the Potter family, Snape pleaded with him to spare Lily in exchange for her husband and son. He later appealed to Albus Dumbledore, asking him to do everything in his power to protect Lily and the rest of her family, if he had to.

Snape was so devastated by Lily's death and ridden with guilt over the circumstances that he wished he were dead as well. At Dumbledore's behest, he became committed to protecting her son Harry and assisting him in defeating the Dark Wizard. Indeed, Snape's Patronus was a doe, just like Lily's, because he loved her throughout his entire life. As Snape died, he asked Harry to look into his eyes; his last wish in his final moments was to die looking into the same green eyes that reminded him so much of Lily.

Harry

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Harry James Potter (b. 31 July 1980) was a half-blood wizard, the only child and son of James Potter and Lily Potter (née Evans), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a prophecy that a boy born at the end of July 1980 could be able to defeat him, Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months old, shortly after murdering Harry's parents as they tried to protect him. This early, unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort's first defeat and the end of the First Wizarding War. One consequence of Lily's protection is that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, Petunia Dursley, where he was neither welcomed nor nurtured, but would stay alive, at least until he was seventeen years old. As the only known survivor of the Killing Curse up to that point, Harry was already famous before he arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Trivia

  • Geraldine Somerville plays Lily as an adult, Susie Shinner plays her as a teenager, and Ellie Darcey-Alden plays an even younger in the film adaptations of Harry Potter.
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Slash BlaicoDrarryGrindeldoreRarryScorbusSnarryWolfstar
Femslash LinnyLumioneQuidditch Girlfriends
Family SeveritusWeasley Family
Friendships Golden Trio
CHARACTERS Male Albus PotterArthur WeasleyCharles WeasleyDraco MalfoyFred WeasleyGeorge WeasleyHarry PotterJames PotterNeville LongbottomPercy WeasleyRemus LupinRon WeasleyScorpius MalfoySeverus SnapeSirius BlackTom RiddleWilliam Weasley
Female Ginny WeasleyHermione GrangerLily EvansLuna LovegoodMolly WeasleyRose Granger-Weasley

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