31 July, 1837 Godric's Hollow, Somerset, England
20 November, 1912 (aged 75) Godric's Hollow, Somerset, England
Ophelius Potter (31 July, 1837 - 20 November, 1912) was a pure-blood English wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1848 to 1855. He was a member of the Potter family and was alive during much of the 19th Century.
He was married to Elowen Potter (née Fleamont), and had two children with her, Henry Potter and Elspeth Abbott (née Potter). He was the grandfather of Fleamont Potter, best known for inventing Sleekeasy's Hair Potion, and he was the paternal third great-grandfather of the wizard Harry Potter, better known as The Boy Who Lived.
Early life (1837-1848)
Ophelius Potter was born into the wealthy Potter family on 31 July, 1837 in the village of Godric's Hollow, Somerset, England. Godric's Hollow is one of a number of villages where wizards settled in relatively large numbers after the ratification of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1689. Large number of witches and wizards grouped together to provide support for each other, after facing many years of persecution at the hands of Muggles, they found safety in numbers. He was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe Potter on his father's side.
Hogwarts years (1848-1855)
He received his Hogwarts letter in the summer of 1848. He began attending his first year that September, and was sorted into Gryffindor House, like most of the members of his family had been before him.
He completed his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in June of 1855.
Ophelius Potter married Elowen Fleamont, a Scottish witch, on 25 August, 1856, just a year after leaving school. Their first child, Elspeth Potter, was born the following August, in 1857. Then, a son, Henry, followed in July of 1859.
Later life (1857-1912)
His daughter Elspeth, also known as "Elsie," was sorted into Gryffindor on 1 September, 1868. Two years later, in 1870, so was Henry. Ophelius was very encouraging to both of his children, and his son Henry wanted a career in politics.
His daughter married Ernest Abbott in 1877. She had three children by him: Cornelius, Phineas, and Juliet. His grandson Cornelius would later marry Tessie Macmillan, and Juliet would later marry Tessie's brother, Caius, and become the mother to Mary Ann Prewett (née Macmillan), mother of Fabian, Gideon, and Molly.
Death and legacy
Ophelius Potter died on 20 November, 1912. After his death, his son, Henry, would serve as a member of the Wizengamot from 1913 to 1921. He later caused a minor controversy by publicly condemning the then-Minister for Magic Archer Evermonde's decision to forbid the wizarding community from aiding Muggles during the First World War. Henry's outspoken pro-Muggle views were one of the chief reasons for the Potter family's exclusion from the Sacred Twenty-Eight.
Ophelius is the masculine form of the name Ophelia, derived from Greek to meaning "help, advantage".