“if lily potter had had an abortion, who would’ve defeated voldemort?” ginNY FUCKING WEASLEY WOULD’VE EATEN HIM FOR BREAKFAST
ATTN all people replying with Neville Longbottom:
Neville would not have survived, because the only reason why Lily’s protection even worked was because Snape begged Voldemort to spare her, and Voldemort not only obliged, but Lily refused to accept. Do I think Frank and Alice would’ve died to protect Neville? Of course, but it doesn’t matter because there would have been no one to beg for mercy on their behalf to Voldemort.
Of course, you could say that there would be no Peter Pettigrew to betray them, but that ends up with no Neville as the Boy-Who-Lived, and no Chosen One Neville.
Besides, if Neville was somehow the BWL, whose to say he’d be the same as he was in the books, and even if he was, a lot of his kickassary in DH was built up because of the belief and confidence shown in him by Harry, Ron, Ginny and others in the earlier books.
Huh never really thought of it that way.
- Neville’s parents were tortured after Voldemort killed the Potter’s, not before. Bellatrix was looking for evidence that Voldemort had survived. It is entirely possible that had Voldemort would have gone after the Longbottom’s if he thought Neville was the boy in the prophecy, and that they would have died to protect their son. I have no idea why you think Voldemort was going to spare Lily, but it was her dying to shield Harry that created the charm that protected him all his life, not Snape’s love for her.
It was a culmination of the events that led up to Harry surviving the killing curse.
Firstly, Severus Snape, because of his feelings for Lily Potter, requested that Voldemort spare her life.
Secondly, Lord Voldemort decided that he would offer Lily the chance to save her own life, at the cost of her son’s.
Thirdly, Lily Potter refused Voldemort’s mercy for her, and still died to protect her son.
It wasn’t the fact that Lily died to protect Harry that created the charm, it was the fact that she died even though she had the chance to live that created the charm, and the only reason that Voldemort offered her that chance was because Snape asked him to. No one would have asked for mercy from Voldemort on the Longbottoms’ behalf, so Voldemort would simply have killed the Longbottoms. If simply dying protecting someone created the charm, then James’ death would have created a protective charm for Lily.
Voldemort offers Lily the chance to step away from the crib.
“If she means so much to you,” said Dumbledore, “surely Lord Voldemort will spare her? Could you not ask for mercy for the mother, in exchange for the son?”
“I have. I have asked him.“
Snape telling Dumbledore that he requested mercy for Lily in the Deathly Hallows.
He forced the door open, cast aside the chair and boxes hastily piled against it with one lazy wave of his wand… and there she stood, the child in her arms. At the sight of him, she dropped her son into the crib behind her and threw her arms wide, as if this would help, as if in shielding him from sight she hoped to be chosen instead…
"Not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry!”
“Stand aside, you silly girl… stand aside, now.”
“Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead.”
“This is my last warning.”
“Not Harry! Please… have mercy… have mercy… Not Harry! Not Harry! Please ¨I’ll do anything…”
“Stand aside. Stand aside, girl!”
He could have forced her away from the crib, but it seemed more prudent to finish them all…
The green light flashed around the room and she dropped like her husband.
Voldemort murdering Lily Potter, after twice offering her the chance to live.
So Snape asked for Mercy, and Voldemort was clearly willing to grant Snape his request, because he murdered an unarmed James Potter without a second thought, but he twice offered Lily the chance to live.