Magical Moms Maternal figures in the Harry Potter book series

I didn't receive my letter on my 11th birthday...

My boys: Ronan (3) and Raiden (1)

"Her female characters are put in a position where they are not allowed to chase their own dreams and fight for their own causes" (Fransisca and Mochtar 2).

"...the potential relationship

of any woman to her powers of reproduction and to children;

and the institution,

which aims at ensuring that that potential — and all women — shall remain under male control" (Rich 13).

The mothers

  • Hagrid, the caretaker
  • Professor McGonagall, the protector
  • Luna, the nurturer
  • Ginny, the defender
  • Mrs. Weasley, the substitute mother
  • Hermione, the mentor

It's obvious that Harry would attach himself to Mrs. Weasley because:

  • She's very warm and generous.
  • She treats him like one of her own children.
  • She "nags at him to eat properly, meddles in his life and worries over his well-being" (Weiss 21).

Harry realizes he "had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother" (Rowling 600).

"A woman is for a man both more and less a person: she is something terribly necessary and necessarily terrible" (Rich 112).

In many circumstances, when he is in trouble, Hermione immediately reacts to save him, sometimes even endangering herself.

From the day they met, these characters were doomed in a sense, because their lives would have to come to a halt in order for Harry to grow into a person capable of defeating the Dark Lord.

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She has, possibly subconsciously, written these characters on the societal notion that mothers are to attend to their children no matter what.

A mother is also "charged with awareness of her intrinsic importance, her depth of meaning, her existence at the very center of what is necessary and sacred" (Rich 93).

Works Cited

Fransisca, Marcelina, and Jenny Mochtar. "The Role of Girls as Mothers in Harry Potter Series." K@ta, vol. 19, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-7.

Macaskill, Mark. "Harry Potter Novels 'Fly Flag for Feminism'." Sunday Times, Apr 10, 2011, p. 8, ProQuest, https://search-proquest-com.marshall.idm.oclc.org/docview/861144952?accountid=12281.

Rich, Adrienne. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. W.W. Norton & Company, 1976.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Bloomsbury, 2014.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Bloomsbury, 2014.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Bloomsbury, 2014.

Weiss, Meri. “Chapter Two: The Role of Maternal Females in Harry Potter's Journey.” Legilimens!: Perspectives in Harry Potter Studies, by Christopher E. Bell, Cambridge Scholars, 2013, pp. 19–30.


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