Women In Harry Potter (Part II)

Note: This article is part of the series ‘Is Harry Potter A Series For Kids?’

Continued from Women In Harry Potter (Part I)

That brings us to the most whimsical  character in the whole series. Luna Lovegood. A lot of adjectives like dreamy, vague, serene, happy can be used to describe her. She is different and she knows it. Her dreamy and vague attitude can be extremely misleading. She is a magically powerful witch and she doesn’t brag about it.

” I’ve never stunned anyone except in our DA lessons,” said Luna, sounding mildly interested. “That was noisier than I thought it would be.”

–  Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows)

She just stunned a highly dangerous Death Eater and she is looking mildly interested. Does she even realise that she probably saved The Boy Who Lived on whom the hopes of whole wizarding world rested? Probably no. That is the typical Luna simplicity for you.

She is simple and in her own unconventional way, beautiful. She is judged by everyone. No one understands her. It takes a lot of guts to be the  weird one amongst those who are already weird. ( The wizards are weird when compared to us muggles) But she never tries to change herself for anyone.

Like Ginny, she too took on Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy and the crazy Belatrix Lestrange at the mere age of fourteen. She endured months in captivity in the Malfoy Mannor all because her father was vocal about his support for The Chosen One. 

She has an extremely straight forward manner which can make people awkward around her. There is no filter to her thoughts. Whatever comes to her mind, she says it. There’s nothing fake about her.

There are many more female characters who are kabil-e-tarif (praise worthy) but all of them cannot be written about in this particular post. These are girls who played an extremely important role in  Harry’s life right from the beginning.

They are extremely  strong girls who fought for a cause. They are just regular girls. They have their own flaws. They are by no means perfect. But that is what makes them so real and relatable.

J. K. Rowling, while writing these characters, never once made them boyish. On the contrary, female characters in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding universe are are feminine to the core. They have their own set of quirks.

Though each character is an inspiration in its own unique way, there are some truly notable characters.

Molly Weasley, popularly called as Mrs. Weasley. The matriarch of the Weasley family. She is the driving force behind the Weasley family. A mother to seven kids, she always has her hands full. But still when her youngest son mentioned his orphaned friend, she did not think twice before knitting him a Weasley jumper.

On the Platform 9 3/4, when the twins mention that the boy on the station who was right behind their family was none  other  than Harry Potter, her  first reaction is that of sympathy rather than excitement  at meeting the legendary Boy Who Lived. 

“You know that black-haired boy who was near us in the station? Know who he is?”“Who?”“Harry Potter !”Harry heard the little girl’s voice.“Oh, Mom, can I go on the train and see him, Mom, oh please. . . .”

“You’ve already seen him, Ginny, and the poor boy isn’t some- thing you goggle at in a zoo. Is he really, Fred? How do you know?”“Asked him. Saw his scar. It’s really there — like lightning.”

“Poor dear — no wonder he was alone, I wondered. He was ever so polite when he asked how to get onto the platform.”

“Never mind that, do you think he remembers what You-Know- Who looks like?”Their mother suddenly became very stern.“I forbid you to ask him, Fred. No, don’t you dare. As though he needs reminding of that on his first day at school.

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Though the Weasleys are so poor that they barely make ends meet, Harry and Hermione are always  welcome in the Weasley household. The Weasleys are the family which Harry  never had.

She is  a typical mother. Loving, compassionate and kind, one who loves to feed her kids, the one wails that her kids have gone thin when she meets them after a long time, the one  who  pampers her kids no end but break a rule and she is a force to reckon with.

Ron had gone a nasty greenish color, his eyes fixed on the house. The other three wheeled around. Mrs. Weasley was marching across the yard, scattering chickens, and for a short, plump, kind-faced woman, it was remarkable how much she looked like a saber-toothed tiger…

… “Have you any idea how worried I’ve been?” said Mrs. Weasley in a deadly whisper. “Sorry, Mum, but see, we had to —” All three of Mrs. Weasley’s sons were taller than she was, but they cowered as her rage broke over them.

“Beds empty! No note! Car gone — could have crashed — out of my mind with worry — did you care? — never, as long as I’ve lived — you wait until your father gets home, we never had trouble like this from Bill or Charlie or Percy —”

“Perfect Percy,” muttered Fred.

“YOU COULD DO WITH TAKING A LEAF OUT OF PERCY’S BOOK!” yelled Mrs. Weasley, prodding a finger in Fred’s chest. “You could have died, you could have been seen, you could have lost your father his job —”

It seemed to go on for hours. Mrs. Weasley had shouted herself hoarse before she turned on Harry, who backed away. “I’m very pleased to see you, Harry, dear,” she said. “Come in and have some breakfast.”

– Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

She is the  force that keeps the Weasley family together.

All through the series we see Molly Weasley as a typical mother, a home maker and a loving wife. She  is  fiercely protective of all her kids. ( Harry  included) So when she  thought  that  Hermione  was playing with Harry’s feelings, she made her  feelings known.

Hedwig didn’t return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy’s letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry’s and Ron’s were the size of dragon eggs and full of homemade toffee. Hermione’s, however, was smaller than a chicken egg. Her face fell when she saw it.“Your mum doesn’t read Witch Weekly, by any chance, does she, Ron?” she asked quietly.

“Yeah,” said Ron, whose mouth was full of toffee. “Gets it for the recipes.” Hermione looked sadly at her tiny egg.

– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

She begged  Harry and Hermione to reconsider their decision to  start an illegal Defense Against The Dark Arts group in their  fifth  year. She also tried  to stop the three of them from going  to hunt  for Horcruxes.

She is that  mother to Harry, which Lily would have been, had she survived.

All  in all none of us was  prepared to see her warrior like avatar in The Battle of Hogwarts. From a  compassionate mother, she completely transformed into a deadly  and powerful witch.

Bellatrix was still fighting too, fifty yards away from Voldemort, and like her master she dueled three at once: Hermione, Ginny, and Luna, all battling their hardest, but Bellatrix was equal to them, and Harry’s attention was diverted as a Killing Curse shot so close to Ginny that she missed death by an inch — changed course, running at Bellatrix rather than Voldemort, but before he had gone a few steps he was knocked sideways“NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!”Mrs. Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger.

“OUT OF MY WAY!” shouted Mrs. Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked; both women were fighting to kill.

“No!” Mrs. Weasley cried as a few students ran forward, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!”

Hundredsof people now lined the walls, watching the two fights, Voldemort and his three opponents, Bellatrix and Molly, and Harry stood, invisible, torn between both, wanting to attack and yet to protect, unable to be sure that he would not hit the innocent.

“What will happen to your children when I’ve killed you?” taunted Bellatrix, as mad as her master, capering as Molly’s curses danced around her. “When Mummy’s gone the same way as Freddie?”

“You — will — never — touch — our — children — again!”screamed Mrs. Weasley.Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilarated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backward through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.

Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.

Bellatrix’s gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: For the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.

– Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

She  had already lost her son, and when she  saw  her  only  daughter miss death by an inch, she  launched herself at Bellatrix Lestrange. Grief stricken by Fred’s death, she  was like a wounded tigress. And a tigress  is  most dangerous when she is  wounded.

Bellatrix Lestrange, just like her master, underestimated a mother’s  love for  her  children. Never being a mother herself, she  failed to understand to what lengths a mother can go for her children. She goaded and taunted Molly Weasley and  paid the price  with her life.

To be continued…

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