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Charlus Potter was a pure-blood[3] wizard and a member of the Potter family. He married Dorea Black and together they had a son.

Etymology

  • Charlus could refer back to the name Charles. It is derived from the Germanic karl or hari. It can mean "man", "army" or "warrior". This can relate to many members of the Potter family.
  • 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. J. K. Rowling has also commented that she has liked the name since childhood, as a family that had lived near her carried this surname.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • There was some speculation that Charlus Potter was the father of James Potter and the paternal grandfather of Harry Potter. Later, Pottermore has revealed that Fleamont Potter, not Charlus, is Harry's grandfather. In spite of this, it is still more than likely that Charlus was an uncle or cousin of James Potter and his descendants.
  • Charlus was not Featured on the Potter family tree on Pottermore. So it is possible he is not closely related to any of the Potters that are featured on that tree.
  • Rowling has stated that Harry had no family remaining other than the Durselys at the time of Lord Voldemort's attack on Godric's Hallow, suggesting that Charlus, and any descendants he might have had otherwise, were dead by this time.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Petunia, as said by Dumbledore, is "the only family [he] has left", implying that Charlus is dead by 31st October 1981.
  2. Since Dorea Black was not disowned by her family (who believed strongly in the importance of blood purity), it can be assumed that Charlus was a respectable pure-blood wizard it was also stated that the Potters were a pure-blood family, until the birth of Harry Potter.
  3. Since Dorea Black was not disowned by her family (who believed strongly in the importance of blood purity), it can be assumed that Charlus was a respectable pure-blood wizard it was also stated that the Potters were a pure-blood family, until the birth of Harry Potter.
  4. Barnes and Noble interview, March 19, 1999
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