Despite only making occasional appearances, Lily and James Potter are vital to the Harry Potter Serie. It is their deaths that set the whole plot in motion when their son is the sole survivor of Voldemort’s attack. For better or for worse, their memories live through Harry, as do their personalities.
While he is constantly reminded of his physical resemblance to his parents, Harry never gets a chance to properly compare how they are and how they are not alike. However, thanks to the memories, flashbacks, and characters like Remus Lupine, Sirius Black, and Albus Dumbledore, it’s clear which traits he inherits from each parent.
10 Like James: he’s a natural breaker
Harry practically starts breaking school rules the day he entered Hogwarts. This is not always intentional, as he tells Ms. Weasley, problems usually find him, not the other way around. Regardless, he loses many points to Gryffindor over the course of six years and racks up numerous arrests.
This talent for trouble is something he inherited from James. As a Marauder, James was constantly breaking the rules, albeit often with much more deliberate and cruel intentions than Harry, as evidenced by his treatment of Snape at school. Regardless, they both have reputations for chaos.
9 Like Lily: she would die for the ones she loves
the Harry Potter series reaches its heroic peak when Harry makes the ultimate sacrifice and surrenders himself to Voldemort in Deathly Hallows. This magic ultimately, and unwittingly, gives his friends and allies some protection against the Dark Lord, allowing good to triumph over evil in the Final Battle.
It’s a full-circle moment, considering that Harry’s story began with a similar choice from his mother. When Voldemort tried to kill a baby Harry, Lily gave her own life to save his. They both share the same courage and selfless nature, not thinking about dying if it means forgiving their loved ones.
8 Like James: naturally talented
Potions, History of Magic, and Divination are low points in Harry’s academic career, but he’s not totally without talent. When Harry has the opportunity to show his strengths, they are exceptional. He is a natural player at Quidditch, becoming the youngest Seeker in a century, and has an aptitude for Defense Against the Dark Arts that dwarfs even Hermione.
Also on the Gryffindor house team, various characters comment on James’ ability on the Quidditch pitch throughout the series, and Sirius directly compares them to Harry’s. Harry also has James’s aptitude for defensive wand work, as James was skilled enough to take on Snape (who had dark magic on his side) and stood his ground against Voldemort on three separate occasions.
7 Like Lily: her strong sense of justice
From the moment Harry turns down Malfoy’s offer to befriend the right kind of wizards in sorcerer’s stoneIt is clear that he has strict morals and expects the same from others. He has a clear sense of right and wrong, and he won’t hesitate to take on those (like Malfoy) who don’t.
This habit is something that readers Order of the Phoenix you will recognize from “Snape’s Worst Memory”. When James taunts and attacks Snape to amuse his friends, Lily publicly calls him out for being a bully. Harry leaves this disappointed memory of his father and definitely on the maternal side of events, which speaks volumes about his own principles.
6 Like James: hold a grudge
Despite Voldemort trying to kill him almost every year, Harry considers Malfoy to be his most hated rival. The two are totally opposites and Harry hates everything Malfoy stands for: his mania for pure blood, arrogance, ruthlessness, and natural inclination to bully anyone remotely different.
Sometimes this grudge goes too far, as evidenced by Harry’s (fully justified) obsession with Malfoy in Half-Blood Prince. James could attest that this is often the case with his own hatred of Snape, a conflict that mirrors Harry and Malfoy, nearly causing his death. Stubborn like his son, James maintained this rivalry throughout his years at Hogwarts, regardless.
5 Like Lily: it’s cheeky
Book purists have long lamented Harry’s absence of cheekiness in the movies. Casting out some of the murkiest burns of all Harry PotterHarry’s book is not as hilariously funny as Fred and George, but he is extremely witty and not afraid to use this to his advantage.
We never got to see Lily put her own cheek to bear, but according to Slughorn, it was a sight to behold. As a student, she was “lively” with many “cheeky answers” up her sleeve. It’s a shame fans have never seen this cheeky Potter duo in action.
4 Like James: he puts a lot of faith in his friends
Being the infamous Boy Who Lived, Harry could befriend anyone. In the end, he is close to a small group of people he would rather die for than betray. He cannot understand why no one feels different, when all the evidence points to one of the members of the Order of the Phoenix sold him in Deathly Hallows, refuses to believe that it is possible.
As Lupine later points out, his father would feel exactly the same and would have seen the mistrust of his friends as the “height of dishonor.” From what fans know about James, this is true. He never doubts Pettigrew’s suitability as a Secret Keeper, and this unwavering confidence is what ultimately led to his death.
3 Like Lily: her muggle upbringing
As the son of a witch and a wizard, Harry should never have been raised by Muggles. However, when he was orphaned, he had no choice but to be raised by his aunt and uncle. As a result, he begins Hogwarts with very little understanding of magic and expresses his fears to Ron that this will hold him back.
While Lily at least had one magical friend in Snape as a child, as a Muggle-born, she still grew up in a Muggle environment. When Harry sees her in Snape’s memories, she is just as in awe of magic as he was at the age of 11. Of course, the irony that they are both newcomers to the wizarding world is that they both ended up saving it.
2 Like James: his wealth
After 10 years in a closet under the stairs, Harry discovers that he is both a wizard and heir to a considerable fortune on the same day. As if a vault full of galleons weren’t enough to sustain him, he later also inherits Sirius money as well as property, making him one of the richest characters in the entire world. Harry Potter Serie.
He is generous with this money, he treats Ron and Hermione on a regular basis, just as his father used to treat his own friends. When Remus struggled financially due to the stigma of his lycanthropy, James also relied on Potter’s riches to support him. The Potters have long been a wealthy wizarding family, but neither James nor Harry are too flashy with their money.
1 Like Lily: he is humble
Although Harry has more fame and wealth as a child than most people in his life, it never went to his head. He is modest about his accomplishments, downplaying the fact that he has fought Voldemort multiple times, can cast a Patronus, and won the Triwizard Tournament at the first meeting of Dumbledore’s Army.
It’s hard to imagine James Potter (who was once described with a head so fat it’s a miracle his broom lifts off the ground) handling this kind of attention as well as a teenager. Considering that Lily is the one who calls him, humility is a trait that he values very much and, thankfully, he passed it on to his son.