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The only child and son of Charlus Potter and Dorea Black was a pure-blood wizard.[2] He was a first cousin of Walburga, Alphard and Cygnus Black on his mother's side.[2] He was also related in some way to James Potter and his son, Harry Potter, on his father's side.


  • 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 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.

Behind the scenes[]

  • It was once speculated that James Potter was in fact Charlus Potter's son. However, the actual names of James's parents, Fleamont and Euphemia Potter, were revealed via Pottermore.[3] In spite of this, it is still more than likely that this individual might be a cousin of James Potter and his descendants.
  • Ironically, although it was not James, this man was related to many of those close to Harry Potter, for instance, being first and foremost an obvious relative on his father's side, a first cousin once removed of Sirius and Regulus Black and Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa Black, and so a cousin of Nymphadora and Ted Lupin and Draco and Scorpius Malfoy respectively, a second cousin of Arthur Weasley, and a possible distant relative of Neville Longbottom.[4]
  • If Harry really didn't have any living relatives other than the Dursleys by 1981, it can be assumed that Charlus, and this man were all dead by that date, although it is not fully confirmed. Dorea instead died in 1977.
  • This individual was not featured on the Potter family tree on Pottermore.


Notes and references[]

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived) – Dumbledore: "I’ve come to bring Harry to [Vernon and Petunia Dursley]. They’re the only family he has left now."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Black family tree (see this image)
  3. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Wizarding World
  4. He may be a descendant of Callidora Black and Harfang Longbottom, though this is unconfirmed