James Potter I
Biographical information

27 March, 1960[1]


31 October, 1981[1]

Marital status





Head Boy[2]

Physical information








Family information
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

First yearEdit

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].

Second yearEdit

It was in their second year that 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 started training to become Animagi, which they did by their fifth year[3]. James became a stag, Sirius a dog and Peter a rat[3].

Third yearEdit

From his third year onwards, James and Sirius came together to Hogsmeade and were never seen apart[9]. The patrons at Hogsmeade found the duo quite amusing, as Madam Rosmerta remembered even after twenty years[9].

Fifth yearEdit

James and his friends sat their Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations in their fifth year, as most other students did[5]. He was rather bored, however, yawning often and frequently turning around to grin at his friends[5]. He spent the last few minutes sketching a Snitch and then writing "L. E.", and embellishing it before hastily crossing it out[5].

Afterwards, he and his friends sat underneath a large beech tree, where James played with a Snitch he had stolen from the school, causing Peter such excitement that Sirius worried he might wet himself[5]. He also continuously messed up his hair so as to attempt to attract the attention of the girls by the nearby lake[5]. Soon thereafter, they began bulling Severus Snape, by jinxing him and making fun of his greasy hair[5].

Seventh yearEdit

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[10].


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 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 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. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter Ten - The Marauder's Map)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Nine - The Woes of Mrs Weasley)