Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Mother?



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In continuing this series about favorite characters, I wanted to turn to fictional mothers.  Obviously mothers are one of the most crucial parts of most families, and that is not different in literature, television, and film.

When thinking about this question, I considered many possible choices, but I decided that my favorite fictional mother is also from a book series that I love — Lily Potter from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.



While we often see or read about Lily Potter in terms of what she did instead of directly, her actions to save the infant Harry Potter from Voldemort’s attacks reaches the level of heroism. She sacrifices her life in order to save her child. This action sets in motion much of the rest of the books in the series.

She is, indeed, a loving, powerful, and heroic mother.  Without her actions, Harry Potter would not have lived to become a student at Hogwart’s School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.

So, I ask all of you: who is your favorite fictional mother?

37 thoughts on “Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Mother?

  1. Lily is an excellent choice! My favorite fictional mother is Molly Weasley. Though the Weasley’s don’t have much money, she always take the time to make her children, Harry, and Hermione handmade items to show her love for them. She is very kind, loving, but can also be fiercely protective of her children, Harry, and Hermione. I also love how she finds moments to embarrass her children, especially Ron, showing a playful side to her. In the battle for Hogwarts she goes from being the mother who knits jumpers and bakes yummy treats to the mother who took down a formidable foe who was threatening her loved ones. Overall, Molly Weasley is just an awesome women and mother!

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  2. I’m going to say the mother in Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch series. She also sacrifices herself to save her children. She dies trying to save her husband and then herself. In death, she becomes more to help her loved ones through the centuries until the dark wizard is defeated by the three.

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  3. Hmmmm, Sorry to say, I don’t know the ones mentioned and I really can’t think of one that stands out. Mother’s in film or books are so much more complex that it’s hard to find one that would have been perfect for me, which is how I relate to them. Sadly, because my mother was a bipolar schizophrenic, I have no clue what a really good mother would or should be.

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    • Joliesattic – your comment reminded me of a book I read in junior high – titled, “Honey” – it was about a 14-15 year old, her father had left and her mother was so devastated/depressed over it, she wasn’t being much of a mother – the book covered her journey and friendship with a housekeeper at a local wealthy family’s employee – and I always remembered the housekeeper character saying, towards the end of the book, [paraphrased]”Well, they are all part of your mother pie” – I had a good mom, but I also realized as I went along, I had a very full mother pie, with ‘slices’ that came/went during different periods in my teen/young adulthood years – I hope you had such things, too – and, IMHO – it’s never too late to get your mother pie made – some folks call them ‘mentors’ – I call them my mother/dad pie – 🙂

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      • I like that and yes, I did get some cherished mother pie slices over the years. I’m so glad you shared that with me, because I certainly would not want to forget how important each of them was. I guess, that’s why I turned out as well as I did. God was giving me slices of mother pie all along that I was not aware of and these helped shape me be who I am today. Thank you so much for the memory!!!

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