Today, May 2nd, is, in the Harry Potter world, the 15th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. For those not in the know, the Battle of Hogwarts was the final battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. This is the Battle where Harry and Voldemort have their final showdown.
My favorite part of the Battle of Hogwarts is when Molly Weasley takes on Bellatrix Lestrange. I want to quote it at length:
[Harry] 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 cloack 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.
“No!” Mrs. Weasley cried as a few students ran forward, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!”
“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…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.
I got choked up the first time I read this scene (and sometimes still do), because we finally see what Mrs. Weasley is capable of. She’s like the mother bear protecting her cubs. You don’t want to mess with her children!
I love Mrs. Weasley, and I love it that she is the one to take out Bellatrix in the end. Mrs. Weasley’s biggest fear is the death of her loved ones (a boggart shows itself to her as dead family members), so it seems only fitting that she’d go after the woman attacking her daughter. She’d already lost one son in the battle, and she was not about to let another child go down without a fight.
The Battle of Hogwarts is when Mrs. Weasley gets to show the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. She shoves people aside, taking care not to put anyone else at risk of errant spells shooting from wands, and takes care of business. She even curses!
I think every mother who read that scene or saw it in the movie cheered for Molly Weasley. It was a cheer to celebrate just how bad-ass a mother can be!