Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry's mother. She died at age twenty-one and sacrificed herself to protect baby Harry, giving Harry protection from Voldemort as long as Harry lives with Lily's sister, Petunia. Through old letters that Harry finds, he discovers that Lily was a bright and happy young woman, even when she was cooped up in hiding from Voldemort. From Snape's final memories, Harry gets insight into who Lily was as a child. Lily's parents were Muggles, and Snape introduced Lily to what she was and the Wizarding world. The two remained friends most of the way through school, and Lily acted as Snape's conscience as he began to spend time with students who would later become Death Eaters. Snape was secretly in love with Lily and loves her until he dies.

Lily Potter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Lily Potter or refer to Lily Potter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Sixteen Quotes

"'The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death'..." A horrible thought came to him, and with it a kind of panic. "Isn't that a Death Eater idea? Why is that there?"

"It doesn't mean defeating death in the way the Death Eaters mean it, Harry," said Hermione, her voice gentle. "It means...you know...living beyond death. Living after death."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Lily Potter, James Potter
Page Number: 328
Explanation and Analysis:
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Lily Potter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Lily Potter appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...still spy on Harry using his Trace, they're going to break the protection guaranteed by Lily's sacrifice early by moving to one of several secure locations. To throw off any waiting... (full context)
Chapter Ten
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...through the detritus on the floor, Harry finds the first page of a letter that Lily wrote to Sirius, thanking him for a toy broomstick that he sent Harry for his... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...from downstairs, and she and Ron are angry and relieved to find him. She reads Lily's letter and then they discuss who ransacked the house. Harry suggests they go to Godric's... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
As they start across the square, the memorial transforms into a sculpture of James, Lily, and baby Harry. They continue to the graveyard and start to look through the headstones.... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...that the house has been left a ruin as a monument to Harry, James, and Lily. Harry reads graffiti on the sign wishing him luck. The happiness Harry feels disappears when... (full context)
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...Harry walks through the village, scowling at children dressed as pumpkins, and sees James and Lily playing with baby Harry through the window. James doesn't have his wand and Voldemort kills... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Young Snape looks unkempt. From a hiding place, he watches young Lily and Petunia play. Lily giggles and makes a flower open and close its petals. Petunia... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
The scene changes and Harry and Snape watch Lily apologizing to Petunia on platform 9 3/4. Lily assures Petunia that she'll talk to Dumbledore... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Harry finds himself following Snape and Lily across the grounds a few years later. Lily hates Snape's friends, who are interested in... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...Dumbledore meets adult Snape and Snape shares that Voldemort thinks that the prophecy refers to Lily Potter and her son. He asks that Dumbledore help save Lily and offers to give... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...if Snape cares for Harry, and Snape conjures his Patronus: a doe. He still loves Lily. The scene shifts, and Dumbledore's portrait tells Snape to plant the idea for the seven... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...in the two halves, and Harry turns it over three times. James, Sirius, Lupin, and Lily all greet Harry. They say that dying is painless and praise Harry's bravery. Harry apologizes... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...love, loyalty, house-elves, and children's stories. He says that taking Harry's blood and with it, Lily's sacrifice, keeps her sacrifice alive. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
...explains that Dumbledore orchestrated his own death, that Snape served Dumbledore, and that Snape loved Lily. Voldemort insists that Dumbledore just wanted to keep the Elder Wand from him and pass... (full context)