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Potter is the surname of an old English wizarding family descended from Ignotus Peverell and Linfred of Stinchcombe. They were once notoriously pure-blood, but the union of James Potter and Muggle-born witch Lily Evans marked the beginning of the family's half-blood history. The Potters have traditionally been sorted into Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with few exceptions; they are also very wealthy, with a vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank containing vast amounts of gold that have lasted them centuries.

Family history

Early history

"The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, the Potterer, became corrupted in time to Potter."
—The origins of the Potter name
The Potter family descended from twelfth-century pure-blood wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, the Potterer, became corrupted over time to Potter. Linfred was an absent-minded man with Muggle neighbours who called upon his medicinal services, none of whom realising that Linfred’s cures were magical; they all thought him a harmless old man, often found pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-Gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards also enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon death.

Hardwin Potter, Linfred's eldest son, moved the family to the village of Godric’s Hollow, where he married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell. She was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell and, as the eldest of her generation, inherited her grandfather’s Cloak of Invisibility. It was a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.

Other descendants of the Potter lineage include Ralston Potter, a staunch supporter of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, and Abraham Potter, who derived from the American branch of the family and was considered one of the original twelve Aurors trained and appointed by the first President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Henry Potter (known as Harry to his friends), great-great-great-great grandson to Ralston Potter, also served in the Wizengamot from 1913 to 1921. His outspokenness on behalf of the Muggle community, along with Potter being a relatively common Muggle surname, led to the exclusion of the Potter family from the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" list.

Fleamont Potter, Henry's son, would then go on to pursue a potioneering career in which he invented Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, the sale of which quadrupled the family gold and wooed even American witches by 1926. He retired with his wife Euphemia a few years later, but sold the company at a vast profit, using the money made to pamper their only son, James. A Gryffindor like his father, James was very aware of his talents, and became leader of a small gang of Gryffindors in his year known as the Marauders. He was an accomplished Animagi and creator of the Marauder's Map, a piece of parchment enchanted with a Homonculous Charm to display a map of the Hogwarts Castle and grounds, and all the school's inhabitants in great detail.

Recent history

Family members

Main family

Relatives by marriage

Potter relatives

Family tree

Physical appearances



  • Cloak of Invisibility:
  • Vault 687:


Potter is a very common surname of English origin. It traditionally refers to the occupation of making pottery. Beatrix Potter was a well-known English children's author. Potter's Field is the name for a burial ground for the unknown or unclaimed dead, particularly soldiers and orphans; the Potter family had many members that fit that description. The Potter Box is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University.


  • According to Jamie Jordan, the Potters are a constant curse on not only the Jordan family, but everyone else. This is possibly due to incidents that have occurred throughout the First and Second Wizarding Wars.