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The world is full of badass moms, both real and fictional, and Molly Weasley is totally one of them.
Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, Molly is totally relatable as a mother. She’s fiercely loyal, a little overbearing, and very protective. Sound familiar? Probably because we can all identify with Molly. Here are 10 of her best quotes that all of us protective moms can relate to (even if we don’t want to….whoops).
1. “Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you’ve…you’ve blown up a toilet…” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Ahhh, yes. The good ol’ reminding your children to not misbehave for fear of them doing something stupid. If only we could force our children to make the right decisions!
2. “You – will – never – touch – our – children – again!” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
This one as absolutely relatable for the protective part of us all; if anyone stands in the way of the safety of our children, we turn into momma bears. Mrs. Weasley was totally no exception; don’t put her kids in danger!
3. “He’s not a child!” said Sirius impatiently. “He’s not an adult either!” said Mrs. Weasley, the color rising in her cheeks. “He’s not James, Sirius!” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Whether we want to admit it or not, part of being a mother is secretly wishing your children would never grow up. Even though Harry wasn’t her biological son, she was absolutely a mother figure to him, which means she wanted to shield him from the real world. And can you blame her?! Harry was under a lot of stress for someone who was basically a tween saving the entire world. Which is a very horrifying thought. Can tweens never be put in charge of saving the world?
4. “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 —” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
OH HOW WE RELATE TO THIS ONE. Listen, it’s just real talk. When our kids put themselves in danger because of something stupid they did, we can’t help but snap at them! It’s only because we have nearly pulled our hair out with anxiety and worry. That’s the thing about being a parent – it’s mostly just stressing that your kids are doing something terrible that could hurt them.
Molly totally gets it and isn’t afraid to put her children in their place. After all, she has 7 of them!
5. “[Harry’s]’s not your son,” said Sirius quietly. “He’s as good as,” said Mrs. Weasley fiercely. “Who else has he got?” “He’s got me!” “Yes,” said Mrs. Weasley, her lip curling, “the thing is, it’s been rather difficult for you to look after him while you’ve been locked up in Azkaban, hasn’t it?” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Oof. This one hits right in the gut. Molly Weasley is taking a low blow at Sirius Black, but again, it’s only because she has so much love for not only her own children, but for Harry as well. We can totally relate to putting our foot in our mouth for the sake of wanting to protect our kids. Sometimes as moms it’s hard to think before we speak since we’re speaking out of love/emotion.
6. “RONALD WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOU STEAL THAT CAR! I AM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOUR FATHER’S NOW FACING AN INQUIRY AT WORK AND IT’S ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUT OF LINE WE’LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT HOME!” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Ahhhhh yes, the classic embarrassing your kids in public in front of their friends. This sounds familiar. *pulls collar*
Seriously, how many times can Mrs. Weasley yell at Ron?! Again, it comes from a place of love. Molly is so protective and so worried about her children getting into danger. Sure, it’s a little overwhelming, but it comes from a good place. Much how when we reprimand our kids in front of their friends (they obviously deserve it), we’re just doing it because we care.
7. Molly: “I just think they’ve hurried into this engagement, that’s all!”
Ron: “They’ve known each other a year.”
Molly: “Well, that’s not very long! I know why it’s happened, of course. It’s all this uncertainty with You-Know-Who coming back, people think they might be dead tomorrow, so they’re rushing all sorts of decisions they’d normally take time over. It was the same last time he was powerful, people eloping left, right, and centre…” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Can’t…stop…cringing. BECAUSE THIS IS VERY, VERY RELATABLE. Even if your kids aren’t married yet, this sentiment is very familiar. Will anyone be good enough for your son/daughter to wed? It’s going to be really hard to feel like anyone is worthy of your kids, and sometimes it just feels easy to make a bunch of excuses up as to why marriage is a bad idea. Molly, we totally feel you.
It should be noted, however, that Molly eventually changed her tune when she realized Fleur Delacour truly loved her son, Bill. Which is pretty great – because in the end, we just want our kids to be happy.
8. “No! That’s enough! He’s just a boy, you say much more and you might as well induct him into the Order straight away.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film).
Molly shielding Harry from knowing too much about what is actually going on in the wizarding world is exactly how us protective mothers feel today. While obviously we want to raise intelligent human beings, part of us longs to keep our kids in a safe bubble! THE WORLD IS JUST TOO MUCH, RIGHT?
9. “Ron: They were starving him, Mum! There were bars on his window!
Molly Weasley: Well, you’d best hope I don’t put bars on your window, Ronald Weasley!” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film).
Honestly, yes. Molly, we totally feel you on this one. When our kids act irresponsibly, we totally want to ground them. Or put bars on their window – same thing.
10. “NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
YES! Finally, the best quote from Molly Weasley that perfectly encapsulates everything protective mothers feel. Molly, during the final battle of Hogwarts, rushes forward to save her daughter from the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. She is on full mom beast mode and it is SO. AWESOME. Ain’t nobody messing with Mrs. Weasley’s kin.
Molly obviously isn’t a perfect mother, but none of us are. That’s what makes her so great.