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"Henry's son was called Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry's mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out. He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at duelling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name. "
— Description of Fleamont and his name[src]

Fleamont Potter (pre-1909[1]–c.1979)[2] was a pure-blood[3] wizard and the son of Henry Potter. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Gryffindor House. At some point after graduating Hogwarts, he married a witch, Euphemia.

Fleamont had only one son later in life, James Potter. He is the paternal grandfather of the famous Harry Potter, though he did not live long enough to meet him. He is also the great-grandfather of James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter.


Early life[]

Fleamont was born into the wealthy pure-blooded Potter family, to Henry Potter, a prominent Wizengamot member. He was named after his paternal grandmother's maiden name, as it was her dying wish that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out.[4]

Hogwarts years[]

He started at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the age of eleven and was Sorted into Gryffindor House.[5] Due to the teasing he got for his first name, he often got into fights over it, to which he would later attribute his dexterity at duelling.

At some point and per the family tradition, he inherited the Cloak of Invisibility from his father Henry Potter, who was a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell.[4]

After Hogwarts[]

Sleekeazy's Hair Potion[]

After his graduation, Fleamont developed Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, sales of which quadrupled the family gold.[4] On 29 November 1926, the Daily Prophet ran a front page story on how his hair potion had wooed American wizards.[6]

Upon retirement, he sold the company that made the potion. He made a vast profit from selling his company.[4]


Fleamont married a witch named Euphemia, and although the family prospered, they had difficulty in having children. They eventually gave up the hope of having a son or daughter of their own. However, in 1959, to the couple's shock and surprise, Euphemia became pregnant.[4] Their son, James, was born on 27 March 1960.[7] Since the Potters had James later in their lives, he was their only child, and was pampered and cherished accordingly.[8]

Around 1976, Fleamont and Euphemia took in their son's best friend, Sirius Black, who had run away from home at age 16, because his family hated him. They treated Sirius like a second son. Though Sirius stayed in the Potter home for only a year, eventually using money inherited from his uncle, Alphard Black, to buy his own flat, Mr and Mrs Potter always welcomed him over for Sunday dinner thereafter.[9]


James later married the Muggle-born witch, Lily Evans, in around 19781979. Shortly after their son's wedding, both Fleamont and Euphemia (who were advanced in age) succumbed to Dragon Pox, dying within days of each other.[4][8]

However, they had presumably died happy, for they have had the satisfaction of living long enough to see their son settled in life and married to a fine young woman.


With their deaths, James inherited an Invisibility Cloak that had been passed down through the Potter family for many generations,[10][11] and the considerable Potter fortune (which enabled him and his wife to lead a comfortable but all too brief life).[10]

Fleamont's and Euphemia's deaths also meant that they did not meet their grandson, Harry James Potter, who would be born on 31 July 1980, nor did they realise tragedy would befall the Potter family soon thereafter.

Since Harry was, himself, orphaned at a very young age, it soon became his heart's desire to meet his family. When, in 1991, he glimpsed into the Mirror of Erised, Harry saw his grandparents, on both his father's and his mother's side, among a number of other relatives he had never met.[12]

Physical description[]

When Fleamont's grandson Harry looked into the Mirror of Erised and saw his family, he noted several individuals who had "green eyes like his, other noses like his, [and] even a little old man who looked as though he had Harry's knobbly knees".

It is unlikely that he had green eyes as Harry inherited his eyes from his mother, Lily Evans, and it seems to be an Evans family trait. However, he may have been one of the other individuals who shared traits with his descendant.

Magical abilities and skills[]

  • Duelling: Due to the numerous times he had to magically fight people at Hogwarts after they had mocked his name, Fleamont was a skilful duellist.
  • Potions: Fleamont was an accomplished potioneer. After his graduation from Hogwarts, he invented the Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, in doing so founded a potion-making company.
  • Entrepreneurship and business acumen: Fleamont was known to have quadrupled his family's fortune with his potion-making company, and had sold his company upon his retirement for a vast profit. This showcased his skills as an accomplished businessman.



Fleamont is a name composed of the words flea and mont, from Latin and French roots respectively. Flea comes from the Latin fleon, which means to flee, to escape, while mont is French for mountain. Together they mean to flee mountain.

Fleamont could also be derived from Fleaman, which comes from Fleeman, derived from an old Anglo-French word, fleming. Fleming is a term used as a slang term for people born or living in Flanders, a region in Europe roughly corresponding to the area of Western Europe now known as Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and neighbouring parts of France and Germany, where the population speaks Dutch.

Behind the scenes[]

  • It was once presumed that Charlus Potter and Dorea Black, who appeared on the Black family tree, might have been James's parents (since it was known that Charlus and Dorea also had one son). However, J. K. Rowling revealed via Pottermore that that is not the case. Either way, Fleamont and Charlus were indeed related; how they were, however, remains a mystery.
  • Harry's view of his paternal grandparents was the polar opposite of Voldemort's. Whereas Tom Riddle had hatred for both sides of his family, particularly his patrilineal descent, Harry, who lost his father at a young age, was also saddened by never getting the chance to meet his father's parents. The Mirror of Erised showing Harry having a family reunion reflected his love for the idea of grandparents, and of a caring family in general. As Harry knew nothing about them, whether this feeling of love and respect for Fleamont and Euphemia Potter would have born out had he known them is likely, but debatable.
  • Given that his mother is listed as "unknown" in the Potter family tree, it is likely that Fleamont was conceived out of wedlock, although this is not confirmed.
  • According to Lupin, James was already wearing the Invisibility Cloak at school. This implies that Fleamont had given it to his son well before his death.
  • Fleamont may have been a member of the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers, given his remarkable skill as a potioneer and his contributions to the field, the best known being his cosmetic potion sold by his potion-making company under the brand name Sleekeazy, although this is unconfirmed.
  • Interestingly, Abraxas Malfoy, the grandfather of his grandson's Hogwarts rival, Draco Malfoy, also died of Dragon Pox. In addition, Charlus Potter and Dorea Black, relatives of some sort of Fleamont, are the great-uncle and great-aunt of Narcissa Black, Abraxas's daughter-in-law, indicating that, above and beyond any animosity, the Potters and the Malfoys are at least distantly related.


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - As his hair potion was mentioned in the Daily Prophet in 1926, he was most likely of age by this time. (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Wizarding World - "Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Wizarding World - The Potters were excluded from the Sacred Twenty-Eight due to having a common Muggle surname. The actual blood status of the family was not mentioned as a reason, therefore, Fleamont can presumingly be a pureblood.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Wizarding World
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - (see this image)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview, 16th July 2005
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  10. 10.0 10.1 America Online chat, 19 October 2000
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 35 (King's Cross)
  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
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