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“I wouldn’t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid”
— Lily to James, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jily is the het ship between James Potter and Lily Evans from the Harry Potter fandom.


Lily's relationship with James Potter was initially a volatile one. They first met on the train just before the start of their first year at Hogwarts, where Lily was angered by James' and Sirius Black's mockery of her best friend, Severus Snape. Although James was a popular student and a talented Quidditch player, well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. This was likely motivated partly by James' hostile relationship with Snape, and partly by his bad habit of hexing innocent students just for fun. By his fifth year, James started to have romantic feelings for Lily, and would show off to try to impress her, without success.

In the fifth year,  Lily defended her friend Snape from his bullies, that included James and Sirius, though Snape called Lily the slur "filthy Mudblood" in a fit of anger and humiliation, when she talked more with James, and was the last straw of their friendship for Lily. Years later, their future son Harry, would witness this event, through one of Snape's own memories. Harry began to question how his mother even came to marry James, but their old friend, Lupin, assured that James and Lily loved each other and that he somewhat matured through the years. However, it is implied that James still had the desire to bully Snape and that both boys cursed each other, but James was willing to stop doing it in front of Lily.

Even in the fifth year, Lily was already attracted to James, but even so she refused to accept his many invitations to go out with him until their seventh year. It seems that, by that time, James had "deflated his head a bit" and stopped hexing people "for the fun of it". She eventually began going out with him and fell deeply in love with James. In 1977, while both were still students in Hogwarts, James met Lily's sister, Petunia, for the first time. The encounter was disastrous since Petunia's then boyfriend, Vernon, showed off his car, and James in turn boasted about his fortune, resulting on a huge fight and Lily bursting into tears. This was the triggering event that resulted in Lily and Petunia resenting each other and cutting ties.

Between 1978 and autumn of 1979, Lily and James got married, soon after graduating Hogwarts. The two joined the Order of the Phoenix and went in hiding in their cottage Godric's Hollow, living from the Potter's inheritance fortune, while dedicating exclusively to oppose Voldemort's war. In this situation Lily gave birth their first and only son: Harry Potter.

Lily loved her husband, James, dearly as proved when Lily screamed James' name on seeing James being murdered by Voldemort when he entered their house. Her patronus took the shape of a doe, to match her husband's that is a stag. Lily's love sacrifice saved her son from Voldemort's murder attempt, and a statue of the couple named "Potter's memorial" was raised in Godric Hollows, in homage to their heroic death.


Jily is a popular pairing in the Harry Potter fandom and its most notable rival ship is Snily. Jily shippers usually point out that while James changed for the better during his school years, Snape changed for the worse as he joined the Death Eaters. Most fanwork of Jily takes place during their school years, although there are also AUs where they survived.

Fanfictions often explore how exactly James and Lily got together, and some speculate that Lily could had married pregnant. Other parts of the fandom like to delve into their time during he war in which they were living in hide and heroically fought against the Death Eaters.


Harry Potter

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Harry James Potter (b. 31 July 1980) was a half-blood wizard, the first and only son of James Potter and Lily Evans, and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a prophecy that a boy born at the end of July 1980 could be able to defeat him, Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months old, shortly after murdering Harry's parents as they tried to protect him. This early, unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort's first defeat and the end of the First Wizarding War. One consequence of Lily's protection is that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, Petunia Dursley, where he was neither welcomed nor nurtured, but would stay alive, at least until he was seventeen years old. As the only known survivor of the Killing Curse up to that point, Harry was already famous before he arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.



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