So, the first wand I chose was a replica of the one wielded by Molly Weasley. This character is the wife of Arthur and mother of seven (Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny). She was a dear friend to Harry Potter’s parents, James and Lily. Very protective of her family, her ‘boggart’ was the vision of seeing her family (including Harry, who is not actually related) injured or killed.

Point of note: a boggart is a creature within the Harry Potter canon that takes the form of the thing that the one seeing it fears the most.

There are several instances when Molly will bring me to tears. Okay, pretty much every single time she’s on screen. We first meet Molly in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at King’s Cross train station as she, Ginny, Fred, George, and Ron meet Harry for the first time and she encourages Ron to show Harry how to find the charmed train platform 9 3/4.

And I cry.

She sends Harry a hand-knitted sweater with his H on the chest for Christmas, like she gave her own children, after Ron tells her that Harry wasn’t expecting any Christmas gifts.

And I cry.

We next meet her in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry shows up at the burrow (the Weasley home) after Fred, George, and Ron rescue Harry from his aunt and uncle’s home using an enchanted car. She was angry at Fred, George, and Ron for taking the car on a secret mission (they could have been seen by Muggles, non-magical folk), but Harry? She is just glad he is safe.

And I cry.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, she and Arthur are protective and concerned when it is announced in the newspaper that Sirius Black has escaped from prison. Sirius had been incarcerated for his role in the first Wizarding War when Harry’s parents were killed. He was deemed a traitor and believed to be coming back to Hogwarts to kill Harry. Molly doesn’t want to send Harry back to Hogwarts with that knowledge.

And I cry.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Molly’s role seems to be extremely minor in the film. According to the text, she is against Harry’s participation in the Triwizard Tournament due to his disqualifying age of 14. However, the Goblet’s choice of participants serves as a contract. She is also ‘in floods’ of tears at how tabloid journalist Rita Skeeter plays up Harry’s grief over his dead parents. After Harry is injured in the graveyard by Wormtail and is in the hospital, Molly hugs him, ‘as he imagines a mother would’.

And I cry.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry arrives by Advance Guard to 12 Grimmauld Place, which used to be the Black family home and is now the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. Molly shrieks, ”He’s just a boy!!” when Harry expresses interest in Arthur and Sirius’s talk of the original Order and their battle against Voldemort that saw Harry’s parents killed. Additionally, after Harry saves Arthur from an attack by Nagini (Voldemort’s familiar, a rather large and aggressive snake), Molly expresses a great deal of gratitude to Harry without whom her husband would have been killed.

And I cry.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Molly’s role is limited, but she again thanks Harry profusely for saving the life of another family member, this time after Ron drink poisoned mead.

And I cry.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Molly displays vast concern for her family both after the Battle of the Seven Harrys and upon hearing that the Death Eaters have taken control of the Ministry of Magic. Also, she finally kills Bellatrix Lastrange, who does not take seriously enough Molly’s defense of her only daughter, Ginny, from a killing curse.

And I cry.

One brief interchange with Sirius:
Sirius: He’s not your son!
Molly: He’s as good as! Who else has he got?!
And I cry…

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