I'm not just chaos. I've got ambition. I'm more than that — I'll always be more than that.
— Elliot to Grady
Elliot Barrett Potter (b. 16 November) is a half-blood wizard of the Potter family, the only child born to the estranged Philip Potter and Urya Quint. He was born and grew up in a Muggle council estate in Harpurhey, Greater Manchester, which often lead him to feel some detachment from the rest of his family due to being the poorest. He faced many difficulties while growing up, with the most significant being his mother's abandonment when he was merely four years old, leaving Elliot and his father alone. As a result, he was forced to become more independent and purposive with his actions.
Upon attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Elliot was Sorted into Gryffindor House for his determination and strong will (though it took the Sorting Hat several minutes to determine whether he might be a Slytherin on account of his ambition, almost deeming him a Hatstall). He quickly became best friends with Ivory Cauldwell and Don Roberto Constance. Throughout his school years, Elliot also proved himself to be determined and orderly with an excellent work ethic, streaming through various jobs from a young age in order to support himself and his father. He held a particular proclivity for duelling and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and prioritised his dream of becoming an Auror as means of future escape. He was also a Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team and later Captain of Gryffindor Duelling Club, as well as a dedicated member of Dumbledore's Army and one-time member of Slug Club.
Elliot's journey during adolescence was marked mainly by his goal of becoming an Auror, his struggles with poverty, and his battle with mental illness. He began to withdraw himself near the end of his fifth year, at the end of which he ran away from home with the intentions to seek out his mother. After his negligent and self-destructive behaviour throughout the following sixth year, Elliot chose not to return to Hogwarts for his final year of studies, which lead to him falling into a deep depression and eventually being institutionalised following an attempt on his own life.
Later in life, Elliot pursued his talent for Healing magic and became a Mediwizard at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. He would also occasionally deliver talks on health, helping to reform and revolutionise the way wizarding folk thought about mental illness. In his early twenties, he married Jamie Jordan, with whom he adopted four children: Kalysta, Leo, Margaret and later Lucas. He was also considered something akin to a godfather of Claudia Cabdi, as well as a mentor to Albus Cauldwell. In addition, Kalysta would also go on to name her son in honour of him, a tribute to his being the one to discover her after she was abandoned as a baby.
- Jamie Jordan: "Why do you keep doing that... saving the day?"
- Elliot: "It's a bit of a thing for our family."
- — Elliot regarding the notorious Potter saviour complex
The Potters were also descended from Ignotus Peverell, one of the creators of the Deathly Hallows who passed the Cloak of Invisibility down to his descendants as a family heirloom. However, this also tied them to the House of Gaunt — who were linked to Cadmus Peverell — and by extension the infamous Lord Voldemort. Unbeknownst to many, there was also an American branch of the Potter family that was formed after several members migrated to the U.S., establishing them strong ties with the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Genealogists uncovered that the family were indeed of close relation to Abraham Potter, one of the original twelve Aurors of MACUSA. Still, the American branch of the family have never been anywhere near as reported nor celebrated as much as their British counterparts.
Throughout history, the Potter family have been recognised for producing an almost disproportionate number of either successful businessmen, extremely powerful wizards, or active specialists in law enforcement; history books have claimed that the family would be forever "feared by those who oppose all that is good and just". Earlier and more notable members of the family include Fleamont Potter, inventor of Sleekeazy's Hair Potion; James Potter I, the last known pure-blood Potter and inventor of the Marauder's Map; and Harry James Potter, the Boy Who Lived and one of the famous wizards of modern times. Harry's monumental conservation of the wizarding world managed to earn the family soldier-like status and enough reverence to last for generations, while the birth of Lily Potter II marked the arrival of more prominent female witches within the family. For these reasons, the Potter family have remained very much present in the public eye over the years, continually making headlines in tabloids and even having their own weekly slot assigned on The Witching Hour. However, as of the Third Generation, the media began to display a more reckless temerity towards the family; the Daily Prophet have been known to profit off of their sensationalist articles about the family, and argued on more than one occasion that more recent generations of the family were purportedly lazy and leeching off of the famous family name.
As the Potters had once been considered pure-bloods, Elliot was related paternally to various other wizarding families, such as: the Blacks, Malfoys, Weasleys, Longbottoms, Leanders, and more. His father Philip, a former Hufflepuff and member of the Potter family, had struggled immensely during school and left Hogwarts with little to no qualifications, reinforcing the media's adverse claims about the family. Through him, Elliot had an aunt Persia, who often fulfilled the role of a surrogate mother for him as he was growing up. Persia was married to Theodore Flume, and together they adopted Elliot's cousin Kouadio from abroad.
Elliot's only known maternal relatives were the Quint family, who were Muggles. His mother Urya Quint was a Muggle-born Slytherin and the first witch in her family. She had earned the nickname of Crazy Quint during her Hogwarts years as a result of students teasing her about her strange and spacey temperament. However, in reality, Urya had been struggling with depression from a young age and had even made an attempt on her own life during her Hogwarts years. Urya also had a younger sister Udele, who had two children of her own: Imogen and Declan, who Elliot did not meet until his late teens.
Elliot was also the paternal grandson of late former Auror Nicodemus Potter, the paternal great-nephew of Wizengamot member Ronan Potter, and a great-grandnephew of Lily Luna and James Sirius Potter. His paternal grandmother Lydia Newman divorced Nicodemus and remarried into a Muggle family, cutting off all contact with the Potters sometime prior to Elliot's birth. His paternal great-grandfather was Albus Potter, making Elliot the great-great-grandson of the renowned Harry and Ginny Potter.
- Philip Potter: "Those things she did to me, the things you've been holding over her, I'd done myself... it happened not long after you were born. I was confused — I left. You were just a baby, and your mother waited for me... she waited a week, Elliot. And when I realised how selfish I'd been..."
- Elliot: "She waited a week, dad. You've been waiting ten years."
- — The discovery that both parents had left him at one point
Elliot Barrett Potter was born on the 16th November to Philip Potter and Urya Quint in Harpurhey, Greater Manchester. His parents had not been married at the time, and so a small wedding ceremony was held in order to unite the family officially. The wedding took place in the registry office of the Ministry of Magic, and it was a quiet and hurried affair; only Philip, Urya, the newborn Elliot, and two random witnesses the couple had pulled from nearby were in attendance.
- "Ambitious, achievement orientated... I can see your determination, yes... not unintelligent... perhaps a bit bullheaded, if anything... and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting... you would make an excellent addition to Slytherin. I can certainly see you desire many things. Slytherin can help you on your path there. They welcome people like you with open arms."
- —The Sorting Hat acknowledging Elliot's Slytherin attributes
Elliot's third year was a pivotal stage in his life that served to shape much of his future. Throughout the preceding summer, he had gone behind his father's back and applied for a job at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, which had greatly expanded since its opening in Diagon Alley. Due to his young age he was only assigned trivial tasks such as restocking shelves and sweeping the store without magic, and was often brushed off by his fellow employees. The only other person working there who treated him as an equal was Harvey Patterson, an older Hufflepuff who would soon be going into his sixth year. Harvey's kindness and liberality heartened the younger boy, and at some point during the summer their friendship turned romantic. Elliot was disappointed to learn that Harvey had a girlfriend, but it seemed that his feelings were still reciprocated nonetheless, and so continually hoped that Harvey would eventually end things with Helena and be with him instead.
Elliot was driven to Platform 9¾ that year by Lucky and his grandmother, as his own father was still feeling the after-effects of a drunken night before. He shared a compartment with his best friends on the way to Hogwarts, but was approached quite soon into the train ride by Aggie Dewkes, who had been encouraged by her giggling group of friends to make her long-standing interest in Elliot more candid. She invited him to sit with her at breakfast, but Elliot let her down kindly, admitting that he had already planned to sit with his friends. This left Aggie very embarrassed when she departed with her friends, and Elliot even more uncomfortable when Ivory warned him to expect much more of that behaviour.
Upon starting the term, the third years began taking their new lessons. Elliot chose Divination and Muggle Studies; while he proved rather good at the latter, Elliot like a majority of other students found Professor Polmear's lessons to be more humorous than educational. In their first lesson on Tessomancy, the tea leaves in Elliot's cup held four things: an acorn, a cross, and a sun. According to Unfogging the Future, this meant that Elliot was bound to encounter unexpected gold, trials and suffering, and great happiness within his lifetime. However, the overemphasis that Polmear placed on his apparent suffering only served to convince Elliot that the old wizard was exaggerating the readings in order to seem impressive.
Life after Hogwarts
- Jamie Jordan: "What's wrong with him?"
- Ember Cauldwell: "I could be wrong, but it might be depression."
- — Discussions of Elliot's rapidly deteriorating health
- "Everything's a risk. You step outside, you risk your life. You have a drink, you risk your life. Nowadays you breathe and you risk your life. The only thing you choose is what you're risking it for. Now, I can make people feel better. I can save lives. That's reason enough to risk my own. And you know that."
- —Elliot to his daughter Kalysta regarding his career as a Mediwizard
- "You are so beautiful. You are a beautiful, beautiful man. I did fucking good making you."
- —Urya speaks candidly to her son about his appearance
There was a general consensus that Elliot was scruffy, though there were a few instances where he looked very smart, such as the Yule Ball or Slug Club. A few of his clothes were hand-me-downs; his school robes, which were several inches too short for him, previously belonged to Lucky. This made Elliot quite uncomfortable and he was prone to picking at the sleeves. However, through work, he made an adequate enough sum of money that he was able to purchase his own uniform for sixth year. Upon seeing him Aggie said he looked "very dashing".
Unfortunately, Elliot's appearance would soon begin to suffer due to the depression he faced. At seventeen, he had developed dark circles under his eyes, most of his freckles had faded, he had thinned and his hair was the longest it had ever been. This was due to the sudden exhaustion he felt as well as lack of care for his own well-being. During the periods when he would not move from bed, he could go unwashed for days. Time served to restore him to the peak of his health and vitality, though it is said that due to substance abuse and significant emotional upheaval, Elliot still always looked slightly older than he actually was.
On Elliot's ring finger was a circular scar, from where Andromeda's ring had seared his skin while he was arguing with Ivory. He also had jagged scars on each of his wrists as a result of his suicide attempt. In addition to these, Elliot had two tattoos: one giant lion over his rib cage from when he was sixteen, which would purr and roar when poked, and a small stork on his left bicep when he turned nineteen.
Personality and traits
- "Industrious, conscientious, ambitious, incredible work ethic. Wants to be an Auror."
- —Description of Elliot's personality
- "You are an absolute chaotic pasticcio."
- —Don Roberto on Elliot's drunken and impetuous behaviour at a party
Despite his desire for control, Elliot could be considered very impulsive, and his morals were occasionally questionable; for instance, he had no compunction in pilfering from certain shops when necessary, convincing himself that no one would really notice anyway. He also seemed to be the most brazen among his best friends, habitually taking risks and landing himself in trouble. Grady described him as "chaotic" and Marina, upon first impressions, believed him to be "boisterous and unkempt". A good amount of his reputation, to his dismay, revolved around his promiscuity. He dabbled in a vast range of sexual exploits with many different people — some of whom were already in relationships and some of whom he hardly spoke to at all. It seemed that Elliot had an unconscious need for validation, as he had fully believed Harvey when he had told him that he would break up with Helena in order to be with him. Elliot was also known for his fight-or-flight mentality, a trait shared with his mother which lead to him running away on three separate occasions. He himself acknowledged that he had a set of morals that might set him apart from other more righteous Gryffindors. The only thing he was not reckless with was money, as it is said that a lack of it had made Elliot very canny, and he was disheartened whenever he saw someone squandering their gold carelessly.
One of Elliot's most prominent traits was his fierce protection over those he loved, so far to the extent that he was likened to a "pitbull" when defending them. The closeness that he felt for his family and friends was great enough for him to behave irrationally if any of them were harmed; for example, after the events of the Winter Formal, Elliot chose to cease his friendship with Maisie entirely and frequently criticised Lucky for liking her, despite Lucky pointing out how hypocritical he was being whenever he rebuked Lucky for questioning his and Jamie's relationship. Simply put, he was not one to let bygones be bygones. He had a short irritable temper and would not shy from resorting to using his fists rather than his wand. He was also considered irrevocably persistent in matters he cared about, which could be considered a negative trait: for instance, the mounting pressure he placed upon Jamie to come public with their relationship despite being fully aware of his fears towards doing so.
- James Peltier: "Is that really what you think of me?"
- Elliot Potter: "You don't know, Lucky. You don't know nothing about cash, even though you've got loads of it. You don't know how it makes people see me and see you. I come with you, they'll think I'm your monkey. Your charity case. I can't do it that way. I've got to do it by myself."
- — Elliot displays his self-reliance after being offered to be taken in by the Peltier family
Elliot's character was also marked by insecurity, mainly exacerbated by his relationship with Lucky. Growing up, he craved the positive attention his cousins received, and felt dismayed at the prospect that he might never be regarded in the same light as them. On more than one occasion, he was shown to be insecure over his accent as well as his hand-me-down robes. Similarly, he had a streak of pride and independence that was borne from years of doing things himself, and meant that he liked to do things on his own terms; for instance, refusing to move in with Lucky because he did not want to be indebted to him. He tended to refuse anything he perceived to be a handout, and disdained pity or charity of any kind; he felt like favours could bear an invisible price tag, even when they were well-meaning.
Elliot was also good at lying and capable of being opaque when necessary, which aided him in sneaking around with Jamie for three consecutive years. He assiduously separated his family life from what he did in his spare time; he did not like to bother his cousins with tales of trivial pursuits, and preferred to keep his secrets very much hidden. It appeared that he tried to keep a good amount of his life separate from his family, which only lead to him becoming more distant from them; Ember remarked that he was probably "the most secretive" after Andromeda.
- "I don't think anyone should be ashamed of who they are."
- —Elliot shares his opinion on identity with Fabien
However, Elliot was valiant and frequently prone to empathy despite a childhood of neglect. Him being Sorted into Gryffindor is a testament to his bravery in itself, and it was his mettle that enabled him to take part in several duels throughout his lifetime, some of which were against wizards far more powerful than himself. As he grew up, Elliot became more calm in the face of things others would find scary or intimidating, from trivial fears such as spiders to the criminal act of petty theft. He was capable of standing up to Jamie during his episodes of anger, particularly impressive given that Jamie's rages were sometimes explosively violent. Despite being passive aggressive himself, Elliot tried to abide by his compassion, and was known for the kindness he extended towards his friends; for instance, defending Aggie from bullies, always trying to make Ivory feel comfortable with her surroundings, and offering Amy help even after years of her belittling him. Most of all, Elliot was not afraid to reprimand others for their wrongdoings, such as when he criticised Don Roberto for his indulgence in herbs. He was also staunchly loyal to his loved ones and unafraid to fight for what he believed in, being an avid supporter of Muggle rights and bearing a pivotal role in S.P.A.D. He was unable to cast the Cruciatus Curse because he allegedly lacked what is thought to be the malicious intent necessary.During his early years at Hogwarts, Elliot saw the Houses in a stark manner. This may have been down to the influence of Ember and Lucky, who he looked up to greatly in childhood and who were generally rather chary of Andromeda. As such, Elliot saw most Slytherins as ill-intentioned, while other houses were allies. This mentality was only fortified by his foul experiences with Amy and Maisie. However, it eroded the closer he grew to Jamie, who he initially believed to be a brainless thug. In time he adopted the belief that the world was not simply split into light or dark magic, and that there was always more to a person than what they seemed. By adulthood, Elliot was openly spending lots of time with his in-laws, a renowned Slytherin family, and treating all of his children (split between Slytherin and Gryffindor) equally. Generally as Elliot matured, he became far more percipient and open-minded, with a deep capacity for love and a firm opinion that nobody ought to be ashamed of who they are.
- "Sometimes I think like I was born with a leak, and any goodness I started with just slowly began to spill out of me. And now, it's all gone. I'll never get it back in me. It's too late."
Around the time of his fourth year, Elliot began to display signs of depression, such as his withdrawn demeanour, sudden irritability and low self-esteem. His depressive spiral led to him becoming self-destructive, all while vehemently denying any possibility that he could be anything like his mother. These symptoms worsened to the extent that he began to suffer from psychotic episodes, which would cause him to be delusional and unpredictable. He felt so drained that he chose to drop out of Hogwarts, barely feeling motivated to attend despite loving the school so much, and then executed a failed suicide attempt not long after. Afterwards, he became detached and reclusive for fear of being a burden to everyone; he felt too ashamed and too scared to speak out about what he was going through, and it was only time and adjustment that served to restore Elliot to the peak of his health. By the age of twenty, he was doing much better, despite admitting that there were still days where getting out of bed felt like a chore. He acknowledged that these things did not just disappear, but simply got easier to manage.
As an adult, he offered a laid-back alternative to Jamie's stricter parenting; all he had experienced meant that he had become very wise and understanding, and better yet made a firm but reasonable and kind father. He became so good at hiding his anxieties that his children considered him to be utterly fearless, though this was later disproven when he suffered a depressive recurrence in adulthood. Elliot was also thought to be good with children, as he had spent years babysitting his cousin, and was blessed with what Jamie called "natural paternal instincts". This made him a fitting exemplar to his younger cousins Imogen and Declan, who had no father, as well as a good mentor to Albus, as his life experience and close brush with death would serve to give Albus a new perspective on his condition.
Magical abilities and skills
- "I once hit Jacob Mulpepper with a Stunning Spell so strong he got knocked out. In third year, I was the only one who fully made it through that obstacle course in the Defence exam. I've never once gotten anything lower than an Exceeds Expectations in that class and that's on a bad day."
- —Elliot angrily lists his abilities to his cousin Lucky
Elliot was at times insecure about his skill and ability — these fears were further exacerbated by his extended family, who he felt he had to match up to in order to be adequate. However, in the height of his confidence, Elliot proved himself a very talented wizard, challenging those older and more powerful than himself. His outstanding work ethic was fuelled by his ambitions to become an Auror; once he formed a goal, he dedicated himself to it fully. He mastered a wand made of willow, said to be an uncommon wood found only in the hands of inhibited wizards with the greatest potential. His talents were certified by the positions he held within the school, joining the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a Beater in his fourth year, and later being promoted to Captain of Gryffindor Duelling Club in his sixth year. Elliot was also able to conjure a corporeal stork Patronus (a mark of superior magical ability).
- "...Professor Helmick thought you showed a pronounced aptitude for the subject, says that you've achieved high marks in all your Defence Against the Dark Arts tests, and obviously for an Auror—"
- —Professor Mortan appraising Elliot's ability during Careers Advice
- Defence Against the Dark Arts: With regards to this field of magic, Elliot is considered among the best in his whole entire family, having mastered many manners of spells. As it is most relevant in regards to becoming an Auror, he displayed an extreme interest in it since starting Hogwarts and enjoyed practicing upon the subject even in his spare time. In fact, his Stunning Spell was so strong that opponents were knocked out if hit directly. He was also skilled at defending himself against Dark creatures such as Boggarts, Red Caps, Hinkypunks, and other species that resided in the Forbidden Forest. In his third year, he was the only student who flawlessly made it through the end-of-the-year exam (an obstacle course containing several of those aforementioned creatures). It was also the only subject in which he surpassed Ivory and Amy, who were considered two of the smartest students in the year. It seemed that he held a natural flair, as he received an 'Outstanding' in his O.W.L., despite not doing particularly well in other subjects — a testament of his talent in defensive magic. Ember felt that he always seemed to "thrive" in Dumbledore's Army and more often than not ended up teaching those who were struggling. It is notable that he also had the strange ability to recall paragraphs of information from The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts by Arsenius Jigger.
- "You're good at this."
- —Jamie Jordan regarding Elliot's Healing ability
- Healing magic: Elliot held a particular proclivity for Healing magic, from simple spells such as Episkey to mending broken bones in seconds. To some extent, he also appeared to have some knowledge of Muggle healing techniques, as he frequently chastised Jamie over the correct way to treat a nosebleed and helped elevate him when he fainted during a Quidditch match. He was also the one to patch up Amy after she was removed from the Jordan House, as well as treating all of Jamie's injuries after he fought his father, despite Jamie being extremely bloody and broken. He was able to clear away dried blood simply by hovering his hand; as this is extensively a branch of wandless and non-verbal magic, this spoke highly of Elliot's magical ability. Most of this knowledge developed during his sixth year, when Madam Quincey enlisted him as an assistant, teaching him medical charms and how to fix minor injuries in a heartbeat. During his time working in the Hospital Wing, he gained experience through the treatment of others and later took to studying healing magic alone. Elliot would go onto become a Mediwizard and, through years of training and additional study, has been stated as being a consummate expert in his line of work. He also used this knowledge as a father and family member, as seen when he used a healing spell to splint Leo's broken leg.
- Physical combat:
- Non-verbal magic:
- Muggle Studies:
- Quidditch: Like a vast majority of the Potter family, Elliot was excellent at flying, to the extent that he managed to attain the position of Beater on the Gryffindor Quidditch team despite using an extremely old broom.
- Dark Arts:
- Household spells:
- Magical engineering and repair:
- Sign language:
- "I've got Lucky's old robes, my aunt's old books and my dad's old owl."
- —Elliot telling Don Roberto about his hand-me-downs
- Willow wand: Elliot's wand was manufactured by Orland Ollivander and purchased from his shop in Diagon Alley prior to beginning his magical education. It was nine and a quarter inches long, unyielding and made of willow with a kraken beak core. Wands made from willow wood are said to be uncommon and in possession of an unusual amount of healing power, only selecting those with potential for greatness. Elliot used this wand all throughout his life, from duels to his everyday tasks, and felt that no wand would ever suit him quite as well.
- Apir: Elliot's animal companion, Apir was a Great Grey Owl whom he had inherited from his father. The owl was incredibly old as she had been servicing Philip even during his own Hogwarts years, and therefore bore the tendency to crash into windows or lose consciousness on long flights. Elliot used her to deliver messages and packages to and fro, and loved her dearly as she was a loyal animal that obeyed his and his father's every command. He was deeply upset when she finally died of old age during his sixth year, and hosted a small funeral for her on Hogwarts grounds.
- Cloak of Invisibility:
- Marauder's Map:
- Cleansweep Thirteen:
- Leander Europa Prime:
- Jumpers: Elliot received a homemade knitted jumper every Christmas from his aunt Persia, and occasionally before other annual holidays such as Easter. The jumpers that he received were usually always emerald-coloured with either his initials or a specific symbol emblazoned on the front, such a Bludger. This tradition carried on well into his adult years, when Persia was seen giving similar gifts to his own children.
- Leather watch: Harvey Patterson gifted Elliot this leather watch for his fourteenth birthday. Upon them falling out, Elliot tried to return the watch out of courtesy but Harvey refused, saying it was a present and presents were meant to be kept. Most people were under the impression that Philip had gifted it to Elliot at some point. He would later end up mailing the watch to Ivory during the period in which he ran away after his fifth year, indicating he no longer had care nor use for it anymore.
- Swiss Army Knife: Elliot received this Swiss Army Knife as a gift on his thirteenth birthday from his father. It is said that he carried it with him everywhere, even when not using it, despite his aunt Persia advising him to be careful about when and where he presented it. He used it in his sixth year to break into Almeria Prismall's office, managing to maneuver past locks and seals which were only reinforced through magical yet not Muggle means. Lucky later threw this item away after Elliot used it during his suicide attempt, and it was never retrieved.
- Dress robes: Elliot did not attain a pair of his own dress robes until much later in life. For the Yule Ball, he was sent a pair of his father's own dress robes, which were very old-fashioned and frilly much to his distaste. Instead, he wore a spare pair of black dress robes given to him by his cousin Lucky. After being coerced into shopping in Hogsmeade by Amy during their sixth year, Elliot managed to buy himself his own pair of dress robes, which were plain and black in colour. He also wore a different set of dress robes that he owned for himself to Gregory and Florinda's wedding after Hogwarts.
- Mobile phone:
- Pocket Sneakoscope:
- Chocolate Frog Cards:
- Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts: Elliot received a set of these books in his fifth year as an apology gift from Jamie Jordan. This book had moving colour illustrations of all the counter-jinxes and hexes it described, and Elliot planned to put them to good use during Dumbledore's Army and towards a potential career as an Auror. The entire set was later passed down to his daughter Kalysta who held similar interests.
- Rucksack: Unlike his cousins who preferred to use small bags laced with an Undetectable Extension Charm, Elliot opted for a large black rucksack whenever he was packing to go somewhere. He used this rucksack when he ran away during the summer following his fifth year, and packed in it everything he deemed essential, such as clothing and money. In order to distinguish the bag as his own, Elliot had tied a red shoelace around one of the straps, which helped Lucky to identify who the bag belonged to when he and Ivory went out to search for him.
- "Dad loves this car! He says it's the most expensive thing he's ever bought!"
- —Maggie on Elliot's love for his car
- "He doesn't hate you, Elliot. You just look like your mum, is all. You probably scare him."
- —Ember on Elliot's tenuous relationship with his father
- "I know what he felt with me. You can't fake that."
- —Elliot over Jamie's refusal to come to terms with his feelings
- "She was crying when I went to visit, but then I held her and she just stopped... and I looked down, and I dunno what it was, but I couldn't see her being with anyone else."
- —The final decision to adopt Kalysta
- Urya Quint: "He's not your son!"
- Persia Potter: "He's as good as! Who's been here for him all these years?"
- — An intense disagreement over Elliot's guardianship
- Amy: "Why would you do this for me? You must think I'm some completely vile creature."
- Elliot: "No, you act like some completely vile creature. There's a difference."
- — Elliot offering Amy a place to stay
Amy Jordan became Elliot's rival from virtually the moment they met, at their Sorting. Elliot first found her bubbly but narrow-minded. The prospect of friendship was on the table; however, Amy quickly changed her mind, which resulted in an argument that created a tensity to remain throughout their schooling. Amy came from a wealthy blood-prejudiced family, while Elliot was poor and remained unimpressed by her arrogant manner and the way she treated others. She was bitterly jealous of him getting better marks than her in Defence Against the Dark Arts, and he quickly came to loathe the gang with which she associated, with him being one of the main targets of their bullying in particular. Though he showed restraint to many of her taunts, he was still quick to anger if she pushed him too far.
In their third year, Elliot sold Amy something which caused her to suffer an extreme allergic reaction, turning her skin green. Amy thought he had done this on purpose and, humiliated, set her brothers upon him for several weeks. From then on the pair loathed and tried to one up each other whenever possible. The antagonism between them reached its pinnacle in their fifth year, after Amy discovered the affair between Elliot and her brother and slapped him. She urged him to "just disappear", inferring that things would be much easier without him around. However, she appeared troubled the following summer when Elliot actually did disappear, confessing that she had only told him to do so because she was afraid of how the repercussions of their relationship might affect Jamie. Knowing that Elliot might be in serious trouble made Amy feel surprisingly guilty, so much so that she fell into a "panic-stricken state" when she saw his father in Diagon Alley.
- Ivory: "The problem is, you act too much with your heart. You need to start using your brain, too."
- Elliot: "I have you for that."
- — A melancholy exchange after Elliot announces he will be dropping out
Elliot and Ivory had not been close in childhood, but this changed upon them starting Hogwarts together: they became the best of friends, though Elliot strongly considered her a sister. Their friendship was first fortified when Elliot comforted her over being Sorted into Ravenclaw rather than Gryffindor; after taking the time to get to know each other better, they quickly became inseparable. He defended her from criticism as, unlike many others, he found her blunt and quirky nature endearing. Along with Don Roberto, they formed an offbeat yet faithful trio. Their friendship was not one that required words, as they could communicate with sign language or merely simple looks. It is likely that the two first bonded over a mutual feeling of being overshadowed, with Ember and Lucky outshining them both in terms of admiration and popularity.
Ivory was shown to be protective of Elliot, from slapping Amy Jordan for her foul behaviour to interceding Noah Hilliard's suspicions by stating that Elliot would never run away without good reason. She stood by him during all his conflicts with Lucky, even when his motives proved hypocritical. She was also the first to organise a search party to find Elliot during his disappearance. Elliot, in turn, was fiercely vigilant of Ivory despite her will for independence; he considered an insult to her character an evil offence, and once hit someone over the head with a book for making rude remarks about her impairment. He was also greatly supportive of her passions and joined S.P.A.D without hesitation after seeing her spirit for the cause.Ivory also displayed a deep understanding of Elliot's character, and often managed to attain an unusually good read on his thoughts and behaviour. She was the first person he came out to as gay, and she had already deduced that he was seeing Jamie Jordan before the two went public. They provided the other with support in stressing situations, such as when she was the first to comfort him during a psychotic episode (despite him having been close to brutally hurting her). In their sixth year Ivory proceeded to keep a close eye on Elliot, looking for symptoms that might link to mental illness.
- Elliot: "We're not talking."
- Ember Cauldwell: "If I know you and Ivory, then that won't last very long. I swear even when time and miles are between you, once you come back together it's like you were never apart."
- — Ember after Ivory and Elliot's falling-out in sixth year
It was shown that Elliot thought very highly of her intelligence and skill, praising her as one of the "strongest people" he had ever known. Ivory herself strongly valued their friendship, feeling that he empowered her to be brave. The two became close again and managed to sustain the strength of their bond into adulthood, with Elliot filling a godfather-like role for her stepdaughter Claudia. Coincedentally, the friendship between the sensible Claudia and Elliot's own audacious daughter Kalysta was very similar to their own. Elliot and his family would also remain avid supporters of Ivory and her advocacy work, implying that he still admired his best friend just as much as he had done back in their youth.
- James: "Brothers?"
- Elliot: "Brothers."
- — The boys' fraternal relationship
Don Roberto Constance
Darien Irvine Sr.
Elliot is an English personal name which can serve as either a surname or a given name, meaning "God on high; my God is Jehovah".
The name Barrett is a German baby name, deriving from the Old German name Beroald meaning "bear power; brave as a bear". This may allude to widely known Gryffindor values.
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 family had many members that fit that description. The Potter Box is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University.
- Elliot's theme song was The Grand Optimist by City and Colour.
- Elliot's specialised soundtrack, titled the escapist, can be found on 8tracks.
- During his Hogwarts years, Elliot studied the mandatory subjects necessary for O.W.L.s, as well as his two chosen electives of Divination and Muggle Studies. He was unable to proceed to N.E.W.T-level with certain subjects he initially intended to, due to him unexpectedly underachieving during his O.W.L.s. He still took Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Charms and Herbology in his sixth year, but never actually completed those exams due to him dropping out prior to his seventh year.
- Elliot's daughter honoured him by naming her son Frey Elliot Spector.
- Technically Elliot is part Brazilian, seeing as his great-grandmother was from Brazil. He also seemed to be somewhat vaguely familiar with Portugese, as he exchanged a few words of it with Elivra.
- His Amortentia was the smell of firewhiskey, burnt toast, freshly cut grass, and mint.
- Cameron Monaghan was initially used for Reilly Cauldwell, but this was changed upon Elliot's creation.
- In European folklore and in the infamous treatise on witchcraft, Malleus Maleficarum, a combination of red hair and bright green eyes was considered a mark of witchcraft, thus it is notable that Elliot possesses this exact colouring.