Character Connection (10): James & Lily Potter

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It’s where we get to discuss our favorite book characters and what we love about them!

James & Lily Potter are Harry’s parents in the Harry Potter series. They are murdered before the series starts, but their influence can be found countless places throughout the series. Watch this post for big HP spoilers!

One of the first things you learn is that Lily sacrificed her life to save Harry. Doing this also brought down Moldy Voldy temporarily. I love the fact that she was a Muggleborn. Take that, Death Eaters! I have always imagined that she and Hermoine would have had a pretty strong bond; Hermoine could have used her as a major role model since they’re both Muggleborns.

You really start to understand more about James after Sirius comes into the story. It is so easy to picture him and Sirius causing all sorts of problems during their days at Hogwarts. He might have been an enormous troublemaker, but he was first and foremost a loyal friend.

In fact, I think the first thing that comes to mind when you think of James and Lily is loyalty. To their family…friends…and to Dumbledore and the Order. Even though they are never actually live characters in the story (with a couple of notable exceptions), I still consider them two of the main characters of the series, as well as the most influential. If they hadn’t been the people they were and hadn’t sacrificed their lives, Harry wouldn’t have been Harry, and the Wizarding World would have been pretty screwed.

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  • Natalie (Mindful Musings) August 12, 2010, 5:32 am

    Awesome choice! And you're right. Harry wouldn't have been Harry without their sacrifice!

  • IntrovertedJen August 12, 2010, 8:09 am

    Ooh, you're right, Hermione and Lily would probably have loved each other! One more reason to be sad that they were killed off.

    I really do wish we had gotten to see more of James after he grew out of his troublemaker phase. He pulled some not-so-nice crap on Snape.

    Oh, that picture! Whenever I come across the early movies on tv, I'm always surprised by how very young the actors are.

  • JessiKay89 August 12, 2010, 1:04 pm

    I love that you think Hermione and Lily would have been close. I never thought of that before, but you know, you're probably one hundred percent right!

    I agree with JG, too. I wish we would have seen more of James than just his troublemaker phase. It would have been so nice to see just why Lily picked James over Snape in the end.

    Oh, these are two characters that I dearly, dearly wish would have been living through the series!

  • jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World August 12, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Lovely choice. I love both characters. I almost wished Harry could have met Lily so he would have a mother complex and marry Lily 2.0 Ginny *blah*.



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