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Jean Potts is the village potter and husband of Mrs. Potts and the father of Chip Potts in Disney's live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast.

Role in the film

Because of the Enchantress' curse on the Beast's castle, Jean's memories of the Beast and his servants, along with the memories of the rest of the villagers, were erased, making him forget his wife and son. He lives alone in the village working as a potter.

Jean is first seen in the village asking Belle about where she's headed, and responds that the book she has read sounds boring after she tells him what it's about. Before that question, it appeared that Jean is one of the few people who is friendly towards Belle and doesn't talk about her behind her back like the other villagers. Belle as well seems to enjoy him, even asking in concern if he had lost something again and laughed in amusement of his inability to remember what he had lost, though not in a malicious way.

Jean is then later seen in the tavern when LeFou is trying to cheer up Gaston after Belle rejected his proposal. He witnesses Maurice's claims about the Beast, and like the rest of the town, believes him to be crazy. However, Belle returns and proves her father's sanity by revealing the Beast's existence with a magic mirror, which made all the villagers (including Jean) realize that Maurice was telling the truth.

However, Gaston tricks Jean and the villagers into participate in the attack on Beast's castle by lying that the Beast is a threat. Jean obviously fell for it, but after the curse is lifted following Gaston's death, Jean's memory is restored and he is reunited with his wife and son, finally realizing the true events. He is last seen happily dancing with his wife during a grand ball hosted by Belle and the Beast (who has turned back into the Prince).

Trivia

  • His appearance during the song "Belle" replaces Belle's conversation with the baker in the original film, despite the baker making an appearance right before Mr. Potts is first seen.
  • Like Sir Francis Tremaine, in Disney's live-action adaptation of Cinderella, he is revealed to be the previously unknown spouse of a main character. However, he is still alive during the events of his film while Sir Francis dies in Cinderella.
  • The film novelization indicates that it is his mule that Belle uses to help with her laundry.

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Media
Films: Beauty and the BeastThe Enchanted ChristmasBelle's Magical WorldBeauty and the Beast (2017 film)Video

Television: Sing Me a Story with BelleBelle's Tales of FriendshipA Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's PrinceThe New Adventures of Beauty and the BeastWinter WonderlandSittin' Pretty!Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the BeastDisney Princess BeginningsAs Old as Time (A Twisted Tale)Royal Weddings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For RomanceWardrobe's Big SurpriseThe Wishful WalkAlmost Amour!Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2Dove Tales Part 1 and 2
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game)Belle's QuestRoar of the BeastA Board Game AdventureDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Crossy RoadDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack)Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack)The Legacy Collection

Disney Parks
Animated film: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the BeastDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthFairy Tale ForestLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Live action: Disney Movie MagicDisney Illuminations
Entertainment: A Table is WaitingBeauty and the Beast Live on StageCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney Pirate or Princess: Make Your ChoiceEnchanted Tales with BelleFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the MagicianOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationRoyal TheatreThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Be Our Guest RestaurantGaston's TavernRed Rose Taverne
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Mickey's Rainy Day ExpressMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's WaterWorksPaint The Night ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouMagicalOnce Upon a TimeWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Halloween: It's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet’s Get WickedMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: Disney Christmas Stories

Characters
Original: BelleBeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChipThe Potts ChildrenChef BoucheVillagersMauricePhilippeGastonLeFouBimbettesSultanWardrobeFifiEnchantressMonsieur D'ArqueWolvesMusic BoxCoat RackGaston's BuddiesThe BooksellerPierrePalanquin

Enchanted Christmas: AngeliqueForteFife
Belle's Magical World: WebsterCraneLe PlumeWitherspoonChandeleria
Deleted Characters: ClariceMargueriteBelle's SistersBelle's SuitorsBelle's Mother
Sing Me a Story with Belle: HarmonyBig BookLewis and Carol
Book Characters: Countess de la PerleThunderLoveDeath
Remake: CadenzaJean PottsThe KingThe Queen

Songs
Original: PrologueBelleGastonBe Our GuestSomething ThereHuman AgainBeauty and the BeastThe Mob Song

Broadway: No Matter WhatMeHomeHow Long Must This Go On?If I Can't Love HerMaison Des LunesA Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: StoriesAs Long As There's ChristmasDon't Fall in LoveA Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little ThoughtListen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: AriaHow Does A Moment Last ForeverDays in the SunEvermore

Locations
Beast's CastleLibraryBelle's CottageVillageBallroomThe Black ForestTavernThe West WingBelle's Room
Objects
The Enchanted RoseEnchanted MirrorMaurice's Machine
See Also
Beauty and the Beast (musical)Beauty and the Beast Jr.Disney RenaissanceOriginal Screenplay
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