Harry Potter revolves around acts of love. J.K. Rowling has spoken to the importance of maternal love specifically, saying that she “wanted to make the point that just because a woman dedicates her life to her family, doesn’t mean she’s not highly skilled and talented and powerful.”
Throughout the books, mother figures are vital to both characters and the wizarding world. They dedicate themselves to their families - whether that means their infant son, an entire student body, or seven children with a plus one in tow - and are selfless when the stakes are high. It’s not always life or death: Molly Weasley treated Harry and Hermione as her own; Minerva McGonagall provided her students with both guidance and care (and, occasionally, broomsticks); Pomona Sprout encouraged Neville’s interest in Herbology when others ridiculed him; Poppy Pomfrey saw to it that Hogwarts students were safe - even (and especially) when it was from their own clumsiness.
Jose Antonio Vargas and the Documented film team are celebrating Mother’s Day by paying homage to mothers’ acts of love. We’re joining in and we hope you will, too - check out #actoflove on twitter for more.
Whether it’s Lily Potter or a mother immigrating in search of a better future for her children, mother figures remind us that the weapon we have is love.