Harry may have grown up with just the Dursleys for company, but the Potter family were a vibrant and bountiful lot, had he met them. We delve further into Harry’s ancestry with his family tree.
In Deathly Hallows, Harry learns of ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ by the fairy-tale writer Beedle the Bard. However, we now know that these brothers were based on real people, one of whom ended up being a very distant ancestor of Harry’s, after his granddaughter Iolanthe married into the family line. Ignotus was the ‘third brother’ from the story who evaded Death with an Invisibility Cloak. Yes, the same cloak that would one day be passed all the way down to Harry.
Linfred ‘the Potterer’ of Stinchcombe
The name ‘Potter’ dates back to Linfred of Stinchcombe, whose was nicknamed ‘the Potterer’ by his Muggle neighbours. Known as an eccentric chap who liked to dabble in plants and medicinal services, Linfred’s Muggle friends had no idea he was, in fact, a wizard. Some of the things Linfred used to ‘potter’ with included remedies that evolved into famous potions such as Skele-Gro – a potion that his descendent, Harry, would one day need himself.
Iolanthe was a beautiful young witch from Godric’s Hollow, who married Linfred of Stinchcombe’s eldest son, Hardwin. When she came together with Hardwin, her grandfather’s Invisibility Cloak began to be passed down the Potter family line.
Hardwin was the eldest son of Linfred of Stinchcombe, and was an integral part of the Potter family tree. By marrying Iolanthe Peverell, he inadvertently brought one of the three Deathly Hallows into the family, which eventually became an heirloom.
Ms Fleamont, the mother of Henry Potter, asked that her maiden name be passed down to her grandson as a dying wish. Fleamont Potter subsequently became a fantastic duelling expert, due to the amount of people he had to fight who made fun of his odd name.
Henry Potter was a direct descendent of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and was actually known as ‘Harry Potter’ to his nearest and dearest. Sound familiar? Henry, or Harry, became a rather outspoken and political member of wizarding society, when he condemned the current Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, for failing to help Muggles during World War I.
Fleamont made the Potter family considerably richer by creating Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion, a popular beauty product in wizarding society. You may remember this is the same potion that Hermione uses for the Yule Ball. Fleamont and his wife eventually had a son, James, but never lived long enough to meet his grandson, Harry.
Euphemia was Fleamont’s wife, and shared in the wealth of Fleamont’s booming Sleakeazy’s business. After years struggling to have a child, Euphemia eventually gave birth to a boy, James. Fleamont and Euphemia both died of dragon pox within days of each other before they got to meet their eventual grandson.
James Potter started out as young, carefree and a little arrogant. During his Hogwarts days, he was sorted into Gryffindor and formed a friendship group with fellow students, Sirius, Remus and Peter. James, along with Peter and Sirius, learned Animagus magic to accompany their unfortunate friend Remus, who was a werewolf. For James, he became a stag, which would later be honoured by his son Harry, who would discover his Patronus took on the same animal. James would eventually fall in love with a young witch called Lily. After they married and had a son, Harry, they both perished at the hands of Lord Voldemort.
Lily Evans came from a Muggle family from Cokeworth, but learned all about the importance of being a witch from her childhood friend Severus Snape. While Snape fell in love with her, Lily eventually went on to marry James Potter, Snape’s sworn Hogwarts enemy. Lily was a talented and beautiful witch, known to be good at Potions. After giving birth to her son, Harry, Lily soon gave her life to save him, transferring a powerful protective magic within Harry, born out of her love.
Harry became a legend at only one years old, when he was dubbed ‘The Boy Who Lived’ after somehow surviving an attack from Lord Voldemort. After losing both of his parents in the attack, Harry grew up with Muggle relatives who weren’t exactly fans of magic. When Harry learned exactly what he was, he spent his Hogwarts years becoming a great wizard, eventually vanquishing Lord Voldemort, just as a prophecy, told to Albus Dumbledore, foretold.
Ginevra ‘Ginny’ Weasley
Ginny, the only girl in a mostly all-male Weasley household, always managed to hold her own. A talented Quidditch player and rather skilful at Bat-Bogey Hexes, her defiant nature eventually attracted Harry Potter while she was studying at Hogwarts. After playing professional Quidditch for the Holyhead Harpies, Ginny went on to work at the Daily Prophet, and had three children: Albus, Lily and James.
Albus Severus Potter
Albus Potter was Harry and Ginny’s middle-child, and was particularly nervous about going to Hogwarts. Taunted by his older brother, James, Albus seemed terrified at the thought of being put into Slytherin, but was eventually comforted by his dad. Albus was named after two hugely significant forces in Harry’s life: Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. He was also known to have inherited his grandmother Lily’s green eyes.
Lily Luna Potter
Lily Potter was the youngest daughter of Ginny and Harry, and just like her brother, was named after one of Harry’s parents. Her middle name, Luna, was presumably inspired by Harry’s Hogwarts friend, Luna Lovegood. Her red hair could have either been inherited from her mum, Ginny, or her grandmother, Lily.
James Potter, so named after Harry’s deceased father, was the eldest son of Harry and Ginny. Confident and comical, he certainly retained the cheekiness of his late grandfather, taunting his little brother Albus about scary Thestrals and being sorted into Slytherin.