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IMAGE: Potter parents
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Adrian Rawlins and Geraldine Somerville played Harry's devoted parents, Lily and James, in the films. They were killed on Halloween night, 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
updated 10/31/2011 1:47:42 PM ET 2011-10-31T17:47:42

"Harry Potter"fans filled Twitter on Monday with notes marking the 30th anniversary of his parents' James and Lily Potter's death at the hands of Lord Voldemort.

Some fan sites planned a moment of Twitter silence at 3 p.m GMT to commemorate the death of the fictional characters, from J.K. Rowling's wizard book series, which became the highest-grossing franchise of all time for Warner Bros. after being adapted for the big screen. Daniel Radcliffe starred as Potter in the movies, and his parents were played by Adrian Rawlins and Geraldine Somerville.

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HogwartsChamp Pimms ;)
Thirty years ago today Lily and James sacrificed their lives so that their son, Harry, could live. RIP James and Lily Potter.

HogwartsChamp Pimms ;)
REMEMBER: We are having a twitter silence at 3pm GMT for Lily & James. Do not forget! RIP James and Lily Potter.

DannyjClayton Danny Clayton
RIP James and Lily Potter. Without your sacrifice we would never have met Emma Watson.

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HarryPotterish Half-Blood Princess™
The Boy Who Lived, lived due to two selfless acts: James died protecting his family, Lily died protecting her son. RIP James and Lily Potter

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acciomanda Amanda
If you still think James and Lily died in a car crash, I will Avada Kedarva you. RIP James and Lily Potter.

JoRowlingNet Jess//JKRowlingFan?
The wizarding world will never forget. RIP James and Lily Potter! Be safe, be strong.

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HarryPotterish Half-Blood Princess™
Harry Potter's story began when his parents sacrificed their lives for him. His story began when theirs ended. RIP James and Lily Potter.

JoRowlingNet Jess//JKRowlingFan?
RIP James and Lily Potter and Happy Deathday Nearly Headless Nick

12GrimmauldPlce No12 Grimmauld Place
"There is no friendship, no love, like that of a parent for their child." ~Henry Ward Beecher RIP James and Lily Potter

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HarryPotterLand ? Harry Potter Fans
RIP James and Lily Potter.. :')

RowlingsArmy Harry Potter Fans
Raise your wand.. RIP James and Lily Potter

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RowlingsArmy Harry Potter Fans
30 years ago Lord Voldemort murders James and Lily Potter. But he fails to kill Harry Potter. RIP James and Lily Potter

RowlingsArmy Harry Potter Fans
On this day we mark the 30th anniversary of their murder. RIP James and Lily Potter.

SnarkySeverus Severus Snape
Today marks the day which binds Sirius and Snape forever. For they each lost the friend that gave them meaning. RIP James and Lily Potter

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HarryPotterINA HP Fans Indonesia
30 years.....such a long time since James and Lily sacrifed themselves. Godric's Hollow Halloween 1981. RIP James and Lily Potter

KutipanHP Kutipan Harry Potter
Harry Potter: "You'll stay with me?" - Lily Potter: "Always." RIP James and Lily Potter

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Hufflepuffian QuaffleSnitch40
RIP James and Lily Potter. October 31st no longer belongs to Halloween. October 31st is a time to remember how the legend began.

Some took issue with the trend sweeping Twitter:

joannaacampbell Donnie Darko
Can't believe the amount of people tweeting 'RIP James and Lily Potter' IT'S A BOOK. A FICTIONAL BOOK.

mattdsgns MattDSGNS
It's a sad state of affairs when we have trending topics saying goodbye to fictional characters. RIP James and Lily Potter

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Photos: 'Harry Potter' world premiere

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  1. Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe walks the red carpet at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" premiere at London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday, July 7. The actor has starred in all eight films since being cast at age 11. He recently revealed he's given up alcohol after abusing it while making the film series. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Emma Watson

    Hermione Granger is all grown up. Emma Watson dazzled in a grey Oscar De La Renta ruffled gown at the world premiere. She's believed to be planning to study at Oxford University now that the film series is finished. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Rupert Grint

    Rupert Grint played Ron Weasley, Harry and Hermione's pal, in the series. His large redheaded family also played an important role in the saga. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. J.K. Rowling

    J.K. Rowling went from a single mother on welfare to one of the world's richest women thanks to authoring the Potter book series. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Helena Bonham Carter

    Helena Bonham Carter plays Bellatrix Lestrange, one of evil Voldemort's cohorts, in the films. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Alan Rickman

    Alan Rickman plays Severus Snape in the series, a pivotal character whose motives may not always be what they seem. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. One big party

    Crowds fill Trafalgar Square in London hoping to see the "Potter" stars. Some waited for days in a downpour and with limited bathroom facilities to watch the events unfold. (Joel Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Tom Felton

    Tom Felton plays Draco Malfoy, Harry's school nemesis, in the films. He recently told the Daily Mail that the young cast members know they weren't chosen for acting skill, but because they resembled the characters Rowling created. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Carrying on

    A fan holds up a placard playing off the famed World War II admonition "Keep Calm and Carry On." (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Robbie Coltrane

    Robbie Coltrane plays the gentle giant Hagrid, who helps Harry, Hermione and Ron while they're at Hogwarts. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. James and Oliver Phelps

    Twin actors James and Oliver Phelps play twins Fred and George Weasley in the film series. They're identical, but Oliver has a mole on the right side of his neck and James does not. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Natalia Tena

    Natalia Tena plays Nymphadora Tonks in the films. Her character marries and has a son during the series. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Helen McCrory

    Helen McCrory plays Narcissa Malfoy. She originally cast as Narcissa's sister, Bellatrix Lestrange, but due to pregnancy had to give that role to Helena Bonham Carter. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Bonnie Wright

    Bonnie Wright plays the character most young female "Potter" readers envy most -- Ginny Weasley, who eventually weds Harry. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Flying the colors

    Harry Potter fans clutch books they're hoping to have autographed. Their faces are painted in scarlet and gold, the colors of Gryffindor, Harry's house at Hogwarts. (Joel Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Clemence Poesy

    Clemence Poesy plays Fleur Delacour, and in the film series, she weds Ron's brother, Bill. (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Jamie Campbell Bower

    Jamie Campbell Bower plays a young Gellert Grindelwald in the last two films. The actor also appears in another enormously popular film franchise, the "Twilight" series. (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Warrick Davis and family

    Warrick Davis poses with his family on the red carpet. He plays both Griphook and Flitwick in the series, and also worked as a casting agent to find additional little people to play goblins in the films. He also starred in "Willow," and plays an Ewok in the "Star Wars" series. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Evanna Lynch

    Evanna Lynch plays Luna Lovegood, a loony Hogwarts student who plays an important role in the book. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Michael Gambon

    Michael Gambon replaced the late Richard Harris as beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Harris, who passed away in 2002 at age 72, took the role in the first two films, and Gambon played him in the remaining movies. (Ian Gavan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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