By: Manuela Soares
With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, it seemed like a great time to write about some of my favorite literary mothers. Additionally, some of the other writers here chimed in with their favorite literary mothers, so keep scrolling and check out this week’s Friday Favs!
Molly Weasley – Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Mrs. Weasley is a character that, throughout the series, became the motherly influence that Harry needed, and while she did have her moments of not so motherly intent (fourth year Hermione, Fleur pre Bill’s attack), she is one who would do anything for her children; even going up against Bellatrix in the final battle.
Her personality and how she treats Harry like he is a part of the family.
Narcissa Malfoy – Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Because in the end all she was ever worried about was her son Draco. She cared for him and loved him and tried to protect him the best she could.
Marmee March – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Because of the lessons she teaches her daughters.
The Aunts – Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Not all moms are ones who gave birth. Some are those who, for whatever reason, chose to take on the role and become the best mom a child could ask for. In this instance, we have two sisters who take in their orphaned nieces and for as non-traditional as their parenting is, they do their best raising two emotionally-scarred and magically-gifted young girls.
Jennifer Honey – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a fan favorite and Miss. Honey is a character that stepped up to take care of and love a young girl who was in an unfortunate situation. Having a difficult background herself, Miss. Honey sees Matilda and her circumstances and can’t help but feel for the girl. As a teacher, Miss. Honey cares for all the children in her care, but the relationship between her and Matilda is one that far surpasses blood bonds and makes them a family.
Charlotte Fairchild-Branwell – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Claire
Charlotte is a mother figure who takes care of the younger Shadowhunters even though she’s not much older than them. She’s a fierce warrior who challenges social/gender norms of Victorian England.