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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]

Mrs Evans (died between 1 September 1971 and 31 October 1981[2][3][4]) was a Muggle woman and the mother of Petunia and Lily Evans. Through Petunia, she was the maternal grandmother of Dudley Dursley, and through Lily, the maternal grandmother of Harry Potter and great-grandmother of Lily Luna, Albus Severus and James Sirius Potter.


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

While Petunia was a Muggle like her parents, Lily turned out to be a Muggle-born witch, something that made Mr and Mrs Evans proud.[8] Petunia, on the other hand, was jealous, considering her sister a "freak."[8] According to Petunia, Mr and Mrs Evans favoured Lily, talking about her constantly.[8]

On 1 September 1971, Mrs Evans and her husband 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

Mrs Evans and her husband 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 by Lily, 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 a child in 1960, she would have to be 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 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)