Sirius and James used their wands to raise the police car that had been chasing them, and their attackers crashed into it. The first was when they refused to join Voldemort's side when he attempted to recruit them. At some point between and , James' parents died of Dragon Pox , and he inherited the vast Potter family fortune from them, which enabled him to comfortably support his family without the need for a paying job. James also used his wealth to support Remus, who was unemployable due to his status as a werewolf. In the autumn of , Lily became pregnant, which caused her and her husband to go into hiding.
On 31 July , , Lily gave birth to their son, Harry James Potter , but it was not long before Albus Dumbledore found out that they were in the gravest of dangers: Harry had become a target of Lord Voldemort himself due to a prophecy concerning the one who could ultimately defeat him for good. In , Dumbledore told the Potters that their best chance of remaining safe against Voldemort was the Fidelius Charm. James insisted on using Sirius as their Secret-Keeper , even though Dumbledore himself had offered to fill the position. They agreed and Dumbledore cast the charm in secret, but this attempt at a double-bluff ended in tragedy.
The only people to know about the switch were James, Lily, Sirius, and Peter. Even Albus and Remus were kept in the dark. Less than a week later, Peter betrayed the Potters to Voldemort. A deceased James after being murdered by Lord Voldemort. After his wife and son were out of the room, he stood to face the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time on his own, in order to give his wife and child time to escape the cottage. However, James had made a fatal mistake; he had left his wand in the living room, where he had been entertaining his young son with it before Voldemort's arrival.
Voldemort effortlessly murdered him with the Killing Curse — James " fell like a marionette whose strings were cut ". Voldemort murdered Lily who died protecting Harry, but thanks to her loving sacrifice , the Killing Curse Voldemort cast at Harry rebounded and destroyed the Dark Lord's body leaving Harry with only a lightning-bolt scar. Thus, Harry became known as "the Boy Who Lived" and whose name would be famous. After James' and Lily's deaths, their son was raised by Lily's unloving sister, Petunia Dursley , and her grumpy husband, Vernon , along with their gluttonous son, Dudley.
Despite not remembering his parents, Harry held them in high esteem. This faltered slightly where his father was concerned.
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He learned that James had been something of a bully in his youth, witnessing a memory of Snape's, in which James and Sirius picked on and humiliated Snape simply because they were bored. James and Lily as seen by Harry in the Mirror of Erised. Harry saw a vision of his parents in the Mirror of Erised in About three-and-a-half years later, on 24 June while duelling with Voldemort in the Little Hangleton graveyard , Harry experienced Priori Incantatem ; shades of his mother and father, and others which Voldemort's wand had murdered, came out of Voldemort's wand to help Harry in his escape from the graveyard.
James had suspended Snape in the air and went as far as taking Snape's trousers off in front of a large crowd of students. In , Harry learned he was a Horcrux of Voldemort's, and walked toward his death in the Forbidden Forest. Upon entering, he used the Resurrection Stone to summon James and others who had perished in the war against Voldemort. James and Lily told Harry that they were tremendously proud of him, proud of his outstanding courage and strength, and assured him that they would stay with him until the very end. Harry described their very presence as his courage, the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other, with Lily smiling at him, and James nodding in encouragement.
Harry eventually named his eldest child after his late father. James was a tall, thin man with hazel eyes and untidy black hair that stuck up at the back. As late as his fifth year, he started wearing glasses, though he had not in his first year. His son, Harry , was constantly noted to look very much like him, having the same untidy hair, thin face, mouth, eyebrows, and even hands.
However, as observed by Harry in Snape's worst memory, James' nose was slightly longer than his son's. In his Animagus form, James was a tall and powerful red stag, large enough to subdue an adolescent werewolf alongside Sirius' bear-like black dog form. James was a clever and talented wizard, but very mischievous in his youth.
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He was arrogant and boastful, and occasionally bullied and jinxed other students just for fun, particularly his long-time rival, Severus Snape. However, even in this stage of arrogance, he still displayed some positive qualities of character. Despite being a pure-blood , he strongly disagreed with the concept of blood purity and was disgusted with any prejudice towards Muggle-borns , and did not hold prejudice towards werewolves such as Remus Lupin , who was one of his dearest friends.
This loyalty would extend to his adulthood when he used his wealth to support the unemployable Remus. James ultimately matured and changed his ways; he lost some of his arrogance and stopped using his magic irresponsibly on others.
He became enough of a responsible student and leader to be Head Boy in his final year, and later a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. Though he never completely lost his rebellious side, it was clear James had left Hogwarts a far better person than he had been upon entering it. His best quality was his willingness to sacrifice himself for his wife and son, as demonstrated when he told Lily to take Harry and run while he held off Voldemort , proving himself to be a true Gryffindor.
James's stag Patronus and Animagus form. Since James was once asked by Voldemort to join his Death Eaters, this was clear proof that James was a highly powerful and accomplished wizard.
Remus once stated that James had been one of the cleverest Hogwarts students of his time, and he was able to conjure a corporeal stag Patronus a mark of superior magical ability . James was born into a very wealthy pure-blood family. He had an excellent relationship with his parents, who loved him very much. His father was Sorted in Gryffindor and used to tell him about how the house prized bravery and boldness above all other qualities.
James' parents were on the older side when he was born and died before he was murdered in Lily Evans , his wife and mother of his son.
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James's relationship with Lily Evans was initially a rocky one. While James was a popular student and talented Quidditch player, well-liked by most, Lily was unimpressed with him.
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This had to do with James' hostile relationship with her best friend, Severus Snape and because of James' bad habit of hexing innocent students just for the fun of it. James had developed romantic feelings for Lily by his fifth year. He was always going out of his way to try to impress her, only to end up making a fool out of himself most of the time. She still regarded him as an arrogant bully, treating him with absolute disdain.
In their seventh year, however, Lily was finally willing to go out with James, after he smoothed out and stopped hexing people for the fun of it though she was unaware he still hexed Snape. James and Lily were both members of the Order of the Phoenix , and together defied Voldemort himself three times. Their son, Harry James Potter, was born on 31 July , Harry regarded his parents with great reverence, and fiercely defended their memories. In , he punched Draco Malfoy for insulting his mother and he frequently became furious with Professor Snape , who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be.
Much to Harry's horror, Snape was proven right in the spring of , when Harry accidentally witnessed James bullying Snape in one of his memories during Harry's Occlumency lessons via Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve. However, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black assured him that his father was no longer the bully that he once was. He matured and changed his ways, or he would never have become Head Boy and his mother would have never agreed to go out with him, let alone fall in love and marry him. Harry Potter , his son and only child. It's also seen that James calls Harry by a name of affection, he has on different occasions referred to him as " son ".
Harry eventually named two of his children after his late parents and godfather, James Sirius and Lily Luna Potter. James's first meeting with his brother-in-law Vernon Dursley went badly. Vernon asked James what car he drove, but James described his racing broom , thus Vernon started patronising him and finally offended James by supposing out loud that wizards had to live on unemployment benefit. Having heard from the wizard that he had a fortune in solid gold, he grew angry and stormed out of the restaurant, where they had met with their wives.
After Lily and James' deaths, Vernon and Petunia reluctantly adopted Harry due to the sacrificial protection that shielded Harry from Voldemort. However, the Dursleys spent the following ten years doing everything in their power to prevent Harry from learning about his magical heritage and abilities, such as lying about how Lily and James died by attributing their deaths to a car crash.
He met Sirius on the Hogwarts Express in their first year, and they seemed to bond quickly. In their second year, when the group discovered that Remus was a werewolf , they refused to ostracise him, as most would, instead learning to become Animagi in order to keep him company during his transformations. James insisted that Remus was not abnormal because of his condition, and later used his wealth to support Remus when anti-werewolf legislation made it difficult for him to get a job. The four friends enjoyed untold popularity while at school and particularly liked playing pranks together; they also invented the Marauder's Map and all joined the Order of the Phoenix , after graduating from Hogwarts.
Although he was very close to all of his friends, James was probably closest to Sirius, whom he loved as a brother and who moved in with James and his parents after running away from home at age sixteen. James also chose Sirius as his best man at his wedding to Lily , as well as his son's godfather.
When the Potters became Lord Voldemort 's targets in , James was adamant about Sirius being their Secret-Keeper , though he agreed to Sirius's plan to make Peter the Secret-Keeper instead, to throw off the enemy. James's unshakeable trust in his friends would be his undoing, as Pettigrew betrayed him, his wife, and his son to Voldemort. This betrayal was something Sirius and Remus later attempted to kill him for. The only thing that stopped them was Harry, who thought that his father would not want his best friends to become killers just for a traitor.
Dumbledore later assured Harry that his belief had been right, saying that he knew James very well, both at Hogwarts and later and he was perfectly sure that James would have saved Pettigrew as well. The ending to the three Marauders who had stayed true to their friendship to the very end — James, Sirius, and Remus — was bittersweet: though they all lost their lives to the two wizarding wars, they died as heroes of the Order of the Phoenix, and in the case of James and Lupin, devoted fathers who had tried to give their sons a better world to live in.
Severus Snape , his hated rival. James met Severus Snape on the Hogwarts Express in their first year at Hogwarts, and the two immediately got off on the wrong foot.
James scoffed at Snape's desire that he and Lily Evans would be Sorted into Slytherin house, while Snape sneered at James's hope that he would follow his father's footsteps and end up in Gryffindor. He and Sirius bestowed the mocking nickname of " Snivellus " on Snape at this first meeting.
This enmity would continue for the rest of their school years and on Snape's part well after James's death. According to Sirius, Snape envied James's popularity and Quidditch talents, and always tried to get him and his friends in trouble, while James despised Snape's fascination with the Dark Arts. James also mercilessly bullied Severus Snape during his fifth year in Snape's Pensieve.
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Later, it is revealed that James and Snape would regularly pass snide remarks and taunts towards each other. Although James disliked and bullied Snape, he also saved Snape's life, when Sirius played a potentially lethal prank on him by sending him to the Shrieking Shack when Remus Lupin was there transforming.
Apparently, though James loathed Snape intensely, he never wanted him dead. However, Snape despised being in James's debt and felt, even twenty years later, that James only saved him to avoid expulsion. Most of his dislike of James's son Harry was motivated by seeing his old rival in Harry, as well as a constant reminder that Lily had loved another man.
Snape was also involved in James's death: Snape was the Death Eater who relayed the Prophecy that foretold the birth of the one who would defeat Snape's then-master Lord Voldemort. When Voldemort was informed of this, he chose to get rid of James, his wife, and their son. Snape intervened by pleading for Lily's life, while ignoring the danger into which his actions put James and Harry. However, Snape never forgot James' bullying or earlier arrogance, and constantly projected many of James' flaws unto Harry during their interactions as teacher and student.
This was one of many factors that led to Harry hating Snape during this period, until Harry witnessed many of Snape's repressed memories and gained a better understanding of Snape's loyalties. Ironically, despite their mutual antipathy, James' second grandson was named after Snape years after both of their deaths. Albus Dumbledore , his former headmaster. James always had a good relationship with Albus Dumbledore.
Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts at the time James attended the school. He became fond of James knowing that, despite his being an arrogant, highly mischievous trouble-maker, he was also a kind-hearted, good-natured person. Dumbledore also attempted to protect James, Lily, and Harry from Voldemort, who was out to kill their son by offering to be their Secret Keeper. However, the role of Secret Keeper went instead to Peter Pettigrew , which turned out to be a fatal mistake, as Peter was, unbeknownst to them, a spy for Voldemort.
When James and Lily were murdered by Voldemort, Dumbledore was devastated. After death, Dumbledore was amused and impressed that James, Sirius and Peter became Animagi without his knowledge. In the anorexia drama To The Bone , Lily Collins had a rare chance to dive back into a painful period from her past. In the film, she plays Ellen, an anorexic year-old whose battle with the disorder leads her to a group treatment center led by an unorthodox doctor played by Keanu Reeves.
However, taking on the film presented a unique challenge for the star. When she was younger, she herself had battled with eating disorders. When she received the script for To the Bone , she had just finished writing a chapter about those battles for her memoir, Unfiltered. But while most people might be repelled at the thought of diving into such a personal issue onscreen, Collins saw an opportunity to excavate something true. To The Bone , V. An exclusive image from the film can be seen below.
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