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"I was the only one who saw her for what she was... a freak! But for my mother and father, oh no, it was Lily this and Lily that, they were proud of having a witch in the family!"
Petunia Dursley on her parents[src]

Mr Evans (died between 1 September 1971 and 31 October 1981[2][3][4]) was a British Muggle and the father of Petunia and Lily Evans. He had two grandsons, Dudley Dursley and Harry Potter, through his daughters' marriages to Vernon Dursley and James Potter.


Mr Evans and his wife lived in Cokeworth, England.[5] The couple had two daughters: Petunia, born in the late 1950s, and Lily, born 30 January 1960.[6][7]

The couple's elder daughter was a Muggle like them.[8] Their younger daughter, on the other hand, turned out to be a Muggle-born witch.[8] Mr Evans and his wife were proud to have a magical daughter, but Petunia thought differently, considering her sister to be a "freak."[8] According to Petunia, Mr and Mrs Evans favoured Lily, talking about her constantly.[8]

On 1 September, 1971, Mr Evans and his wife took Lily and Petunia to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, in order to see Lily off to her first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[7]

Death and legacy

Mr Evans and his wife died "normal Muggle death[s]" sometime before the murder of their daughter Lily and son-in-law James Potter, on the night of 31 October, 1981.[2][3][4] This meant that their grandson, Harry Potter was left in the care of Petunia, his only surviving blood relation.[9]

Harry standing before the Mirror of Erised and seeing his family for the first time

When Harry looked into the Mirror of Erised in 1991, he saw both his maternal and paternal grandparents, among a number of other relatives he had never met.[10]


Notes and references

  1. In order to have had Lily in 1960, he would have to have been born before this date.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2004 World Book Day webchat
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2005 interview with Emerson Spartz and Melissa Anelli
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy), it is stated that, at the time of Lily's death on 31 October 1981, Petunia was "her only remaining relative," and thus the sisters' parents must have died sometime before that date.
  5. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Cokeworth" at Wizarding World
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)