Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry’s mother and James’s wife. Harry is often described as having his mother’s eyes, which are bright green. Voldemort murdered Lily when Harry was just a baby. In sacrificing her own life in order to save Harry’s, Lily’s love imbued Harry with a special form of magical protection. This, Dumbledore explains at the end of the story, is why Voldemort couldn’t kill Harry, as well as why Quirrell couldn’t touch him without being terribly burned. When Harry looks in the Mirror of Erised, his deepest desire is to see his parents again, proving how vital their love is to him.

Lily Potter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“He’ll be famous—a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!”

“Exactly,” said Dumbledore, looking very seriously over the top of his half-moon glasses. “It would be enough to turn any boy’s head. Famous before he can walk and talk! Famous tor something he won’t even remember! Can’t you see how much better off he’ll be, growing up away from all that until he’s ready to take it?”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“Then she met that Potter at school and they left and got married and had you, and of course I knew you’d be just the same, just as strange, just as — as — abnormal— and then, if you please, she went and got herself blown up and we got landed with you!”

Page Number: 53
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“See, there was this wizard who went…bad. As bad as you could go. Worse. Worse than worse. […] This wizard, about twenty years ago now, started lookin’ fer followers. Got ’em, too — some were afraid, some just wanted a bit o’ his power, ’cause he was gettin’ himself power, all right. Dark days, Harry.”

Page Number: 54
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.”

Related Symbols: The Mirror of Erised
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 299
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Lily Potter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The timeline below shows where the character Lily Potter appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived
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...drilling firm. Petunia Dursley is thin and blonde and tall. Mrs. Dursley has a sister, Lily Potter, whom she pretends doesn’t exist, because she and her husband are as “unDursleyish” as... (full context)
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...as well as odd weather like shooting stars. Vernon asks Petunia if she’s heard from Lily, wondering if the news might have anything to do with “her crowd,” but Petunia sharply... (full context)
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Professor McGonagall explains to Dumbledore that Lily and James Potter are dead, and that Voldemort tried to kill their son, Harry, as... (full context)
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...Voldemort’s curse. Hagrid gives a tearful goodbye to Harry, howling in sorrow over James and Lily’s deaths. (full context)
Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys
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Petunia flies into a rage, saying that Lily had been a “freak.” She explains after Lily met James and they had baby Harry,... (full context)
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...just a year old, You-Know-Who went to Harry’s home—maybe because he thought he could persuade Lily and James to join him, or perhaps he just wanted them out of the way.... (full context)
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...there might be something strange about Harry, a good beating could cure him. As for Lily and James, he says, they were “weirdos,” and the world is better off without them.... (full context)
Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
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...but even if he were, some of the best witches and wizards had Muggle parents—like Lily. (full context)
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...very air “tingle with some secret magic.” Ollivander greets Harry, immediately noticing that he has Lily’s eyes—and that he still remembers when she was in his shop buying her first wand.... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised
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...to her has glasses and untidy black hair. Harry realizes that these are his parents, Lily and James, and that the people around them are his extended family. They smile at... (full context)
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That night, Ron and Harry return to the Mirror. Harry once again sees Lily and James. But Ron can’t see anything, so Harry places him alone in front of... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces
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...tells Harry not to be a fool, or he will meet the same end as Lily and James, who died trying to save Harry from Voldemort. He warns Harry not to... (full context)
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...why Quirrell couldn’t touch him; Dumbledore explains that the kind of love and sacrifice that Lily made in dying for Harry gives a person some protection forever. Quirrell, who is “full... (full context)
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...a present for Harry: a leather-bound book of wizard photographs, all of which are of Lily and James. Hagrid had asked all of their school friends for photos, knowing that Harry... (full context)