ATTENTION: POSSIBLE SPOILERS of HP 7! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE MOVIE!
A big movie came out this past weekend. We were one of the crazies who did the midnight showing. My husband took our 12 and 10 year old....they didn't get home till 3 a.m.! They LOVED it and what memories it made! I went to see the movie (because I was as excited as my kids about it) Friday night with 3 girlfriends. LOVED IT...every minute! I clapped and cheered and cried.
Are you aware that Harry Potter is about mothers? The entire premise of the books is a Mother's Love. Harry was the "boy who lived" only because of his mother's sacrifice and deep and abiding love of him.
Albus Dumbledore talking to Harry at the end of book 1:
"Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign ... to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever."
My favorite parts of the movie/book were about Mothers. Molly Weasley has always been one of my favorite characters in the books. She is so spunky, she is such a natural nurturer, she takes Harry into her home like one of her own children without a 2nd thought. At the end of the movie Bellatrix messes with Ginny...in fact she tries to kill Ginny and Molly's MAMA BEAR comes out in a big way! IT IS AWESOME! (Bellatrix is also one of my favorite characters but in a completely different way..the actress who plays her is brilliant because she is so totally evil and actually frightening!)
Mama Malfoy also proves that she has a heart and will do anything for her boy. (even though I think the Malfoys are cowards and two faced, it warmed my heart a bit to see their devotion to their son)
But my favorite Mommy moment of all was when Harry was going to the Forbidden Forest to fulfill his destiny and he was frightened. All of a sudden he is surrounded by those he loves who had passed on...but especially Lily, his mother, he couldn't get enough of her. From the book:
"Lily's smile was widest of all....her green eyes, so like his, searched his face hungrily, as though she would never be able to look at him enough. "You've been so brave" (she says to Harry). He could not speak. His eyes feasted on her, and he thought that he would like to stand and look at her forever, and that would be enough..... Harry looked at his mother, 'Stay close to me' he said quietly. In the movie she responds, 'I always have been.' " (Deathly Hallows pgs 699-799))
Lily is the true heroine in this entire series. She gave up her life so he could live and because of her evil was eradicated and good prevailed. We moms leave a mark that stays with our children FOREVER. Our love can overcome almost anything. It can give our children strength to stand up for what they believe, to fulfill their God given mission in life and to face huge challenges.
So my fellow Moms, give yourself some credit (and reward yourself and go see Harry Potter...it's worth it to see Molly Weasley stand up to scary Bellatrix!)