Please Call Your Mother!
Before I go any further, I want to wish every mother in the world – present, future, and (whether by love or paperwork) adopted, a very happy Mother’s Day. The world would not be what it is without you all. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you will do.
Now, if you will all indulge me for a moment, let me tell you a story of three mothers: one who gave everything for her child, one who–even though she might not have seemed to be there, came through for her family when the chips were down–and one who stuck by her family through absolutely everything.
Let’s start with the most obvious, at least to most Harry Potter fans. Molly Weasley is many people’s dream mother. She is always behind her children, giving them everything she can, many times even when her kids don’t think they want what she has to give. Above everything, she is passionate for her kids, putting herself in danger in front of one of the scariest people in the entire wizard world to save her daughter.
Not my daughter, you bitch! ~Molly Weasley, Deathly Hallows
She reminds me of the metaphorical mother hen, always fussing over her kids, always there for skinned knees, sometimes overbearing, but always loving.
Second, we have Lily Evans-Potter. We’ve never heard much about her, but she, at least in my head, has always seemed playful and caring. (Who wouldn’t be playful, connected to the Marauders like she was!) However, at the end, she showed the ultimate love by sacrificing herself for Harry. Lily reminds me of the moms who walk in on their kids playing Mario and tell them that there are 1-ups in the kitchen for when they finish the level.
Finally, we have a mother who on the surface has never been seen as one of the best mothers, but I have to say is one of my favourites. Narcissa Malfoy is probably on the surface, the most reserved mother we see in the series. However, when she had to choose between Vold… well you know who… and her son, her family won. Narcissa loves her son, no matter what the world would try to say about her. When it matters, she’s there, and her love overcomes even her fear of what could happen. She’s the hands-off mother, but when it matters, she steps up and shows how much she cares.
Now, before I leave you to go hug mothers in your life, I’d like to add one of my other fandom-favorite mothers (other than the one referenced in the title. Points if you get that reference!). Sally Jackson, Percy Jackson’s mother from the series of the same name, is just plain awesome. She’s really a combination of Molly and Lily. For those of you who don’t know the series, Sally works at a candy shop and marries an ogre of a man so that Percy will be alright in the middle of New York City. Without spoilers, she bakes Percy blue cake, creates blue coke for him, and is always there, through everything that Percy has to do.
So, now it’s your turn. Who’s your favourite mother in fiction? Have I missed anyone? Let me know in the comments!