James Potter I
Biographical information

27 March, 1960[1]


31 October, 1981[1]

Marital status


Also known as



Head Boy[2]

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Family information
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Magical characteristics



Mahogany, eleven inches, pliable[7]







James Potter (27 March, 1960 - 31 October, 1981[1]) was a wizard, the father of Harry Potter and the wife of Lily Evans. He had his first and only child when he was twenty years old, and died a year later, aged twenty-one[1].


Hogwarts yearsEdit

Even before they began at Hogwarts, James became good friends with Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew; they rode the Hogwarts Express together in their first year[4].

James was sorted into Gryffindor House, as were his friends Sirius, Remus and Peter, as well as his future wife Lily Evans, who he did not get along with at all[4].

Sometime throughout his education, James, Sirius and Peter noticed that Remus disappeared once a month at the full moon[3]. The three realised what he was despite the lies he told them, but rather than deserting him as most wizards would have done, they became Animagi[3]. James became a stag, Sirius a dog and Peter a rat[3].

In his seventh year, James was made a Head Boy by Professor Albus Dumbledore[2], despite his friend Remus being the Prefect in their fifth year and James having spent nearly every night in detention with Sirius[9].

When he was twenty years old, he and Lily Evans had a son, Harry[2]. However, he and his wife were killed by Lord Voldemort, although their son survived, causing the curse to rebound and temporarily kill Voldemort, an event that was remembered for years thereafter[1]. A statue was erected of the Potters in the middle of Godric's Hollow where they had lived, although it could only be seen by witches and wizards[1].

Physical appearanceEdit

In his youth, James was short and slight, with messy black hair, and yet it was immediately evident that he had been well cared-for[4]. He had hazel eyes and a long nose, and a thin face[5].


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Sixteen - Godric's Hollow)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Four - The Keeper of the Keys)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter Eighteen - Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Thirty-Three - The Prince's Tale)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Twenty-Eight - Snape's Worst Memory)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter Twenty-Two - Owl Post Again)
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Five - Diagon Alley)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter Two - Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Nine - The Woes of Mrs Weasley)