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Harry may be the hero of the "Harry Potter" series, but not that much is known about his family.
Harry's grandfather made his fortune from a hair potion, which Hermione used for the Yule Ball.
James and Lily were recruited to be Death Eaters, and they defied Voldemort at least three times.
James and Lily Potter, Harry's parents, were murdered at the very beginning of the fantasy series, so information about their lives and characteristics are largely shared through stories and the occasional flashback.
Because of this, there are likely some major details that fans may not remember about the Potter family.
Before using her platform to spread transphobic messages, the series' controversial author, JK Rowling, was known to use Twitter, interviews, and the official Wizarding World website to expand the "Harry Potter" canon beyond the seven books.
With this information and the original series in mind, read on for some facts about James, Lily, and Harry that even the biggest "Harry Potter" fans might not know.
Lily and James were recruited to become Death Eaters
During an interview at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival, originally transcribed on JKRowling.com, Rowling said, "Muggle-borns are not allowed to be Death Eaters, except in rare circumstances."
But the author also told The Leaky Cauldron's "PotterCast" podcast in 2007 that Voldemort tried to recruit Muggle-born Lily Potter, along with James, to join the group.
She said it was established in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" that, "He wanted them, and they wouldn't come over."
James was conceived very late in his parents' lives
James was an only child born to Fleamont and Euphemia Potter, according to Wizarding World.
During a 2005 interview with The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet, Rowling said the pair had struggled to conceive for years and were "elderly" when they found out they were pregnant with James.
The miraculous nature of it, along with being an only child, led Fleamont and Euphemia to dote on James. But they died of natural causes before Harry was born.
There's a reason Harry's eyes are different in the books and the movies
Harry hears that he has his "mother's eyes" multiple times throughout the series.
The filmmakers tried to remedy that by using colored contact lenses, but according to a tweet from the official Wizarding World Twitter, Radcliffe had an allergic reaction to them.
James' first meeting with the Dursleys didn't go so well
Lily's relationship with her sister, Petunia, was strained from the moment Lily began developing her powers — and the pair never truly recovered.
And the relationship between James and Petunia's husband, Vernon Dursley, was apparently no better.
In a 2015 feature on Pottermore (now called Wizarding World), Rowling said that the first meeting between the two men was disastrous, with Vernon taking offense at everything from James's broom to his family fortune being held at Gringotts.
The evening ended in tears, and the men never reconciled.
Rowling gave Harry her own birthday
Authors often embed bits of themselves into their characters, and it was no different with Rowling and "Harry Potter."
The titular character was born on June 31, the same date as Rowling's own birthday.
Harry's grandfather, and his fortune, are connected to Hermione Granger
The Potter family got its wealth, in part, due to Fleamont Potter's Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, which was said to tame "even the most bothersome" hair, according to Wizarding World.
The potion was wildly popular and quadrupled the family fortune.
While primping for the Yule Ball in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Hermione uses Sleekeazy's Hair Potion to tame her frizzy mane.
James and Lily defied Voldemort 3 times
The infamous prophecy Sybil Trelawney made mentions a child "born to those who have thrice defied him."
In the same 2007 podcast interview with "PotterCast," Rowling clarified the portion of the prophecy, which could've been true about Harry or Neville Longbottom's parents.
"If you're counting, which I do, any time you arrested one of his henchmen, any time you escaped him, any time you thwarted him. That's what he's looking for," she said. "And both couples qualified because they were both fighting."
The author also said James and Lily's refusal to join the Death Eaters counted as a strike against them.
James and Lily were Head Boy and Head Girl at Hogwarts
Each year at Hogwarts, two seventh-year students are named Head Boy and Head Girl. These students are usually chosen from the previous batch of prefects and have miscellaneous duties and responsibilities throughout the school.
When he meets Harry, Hagrid tells him that his parents were "Head boy an' girl at Hogwarts in their day."
Although Lily was a Gryffindor prefect, Remus Lupin was the male prefect their year, so it's a little confusing to understand how James became Head Boy.
But Hermione tells Harry in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that his status as quidditch captain puts him on par with the prefects, and since James was also the captain in his years at Hogwarts, that could've helped land him the role.
Harry's parents married young
Although there is no exact wedding anniversary for James and Lily in "Harry Potter" canon, we know that their nuptials took place sometime between the summer of 1978, when they graduated from Hogwarts, and the fall of 1979, when Harry was conceived.
That means the pair was married before they turned 20.
Harry eventually lost his ability to speak Parseltongue
When Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby and instead unknowingly turned him into a Horcrux, Harry was left with the ability to speak to snakes in Parseltongue — an innate, hereditary skill that's rare outside of the bloodline of Salazar Slytherin.
But according to Wizarding World, when the bit of Voldemort's soul inside Harry was destroyed during the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry stopped being a Parselmouth.
Harry and Voldemort are distantly related through the Peverell family
The Peverell family is very important in the Wizarding World. The three Peverell brothers — Antioch, Cadmus, and Ignotus — were the original owners of the Deathly Hallows.
Although not necessarily surprising given the small community of wizarding families in the UK, both Harry and Voldemort are distantly connected to the Peverell line.
Harry is related to Ignotus on his father's side, which is how he ended up with the invisibility cloak. And Cadmus's line led to the Gaunt family, which is Voldemort's mother's bloodline.
Harry eventually got his own Chocolate Frog trading card
On Harry's first trip on the Hogwarts Express in "Sorcerer's Stone," Ron introduced him to Chocolate Frogs, and the collectible trading cards featuring historically significant witches and wizards that come with them.
Given everything that Harry did to protect Hogwarts and defeat Voldemort, it makes sense that he'd eventually get his own Chocolate Frog card.
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