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Molly Weasley Character Analysis: Weasley Matriarch

Molly Weasley Character Analysis: Weasley Matriarch

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Molly Prewett is a pure-blood witch who married Arthur Weasley and became the matriarch of the Weasley family. She had seven children. While she was often forced to scold her children, she was a loving mother and took Harry Potter under her wing when he became friends with her son Ron.

Molly joined the Order of the Phoenix during the Second Wizarding War. During the final moments of the Battle of Hogwarts, she was responsible for killing Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange.

About Molly Weasley

Born30 October 1950
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationOrder of the Phoenix
Zodiac SignScorpio

Molly Prewett Early Life

Molly was born into the pure-blood Prewett wizarding family along with two brothers, Gideon and Fabian, who were probably older the Molly.

She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Gryffindor. At school, she met and began dating fellow Gryffindor Arthur Weasley. The pair would sometimes sneak out for nighttime walks. Molly always remembered the time that the Fat Lady told her off for coming in at four in the morning.

Molly and Arthur married soon after graduating from Hogwarts. The uncertainty surrounding the rise of Lord Voldemort meant that many witches and wizards decided not to wait to enjoy their lives.

The couple began having children not long after. They had Bill in 1970, Charlie in 1972, Percy in 1976, the twins Fred and George in 1978, Ron in 1980, and Ginny in 1981. All of their children were born before the end of the First Wizarding War. This may explain why the Weasley couple decided not to join the original Order of the Phoenix.

Both of Molly’s brothers were members of the Order and were killed by Death Eaters during the course of the war. Molly held on to Fabian’s watch for many years after his death.

Molly and Arthur Weasley

Molly Weasley the Mother

The Weasleys did not have a lot of family wealth, unlike many other pure-blood wizarding families. Molly did her best to ensure that her home was a loving one.

She taught her kids to read and write and do basic mathematics before they started attending Hogwarts. All of her children were sorted into Gryffindor like Molly and Arthur, and many went on to become Prefects. Bill and Percy even went on to become Head Boy, something that Molly was very proud of.

She would always take her children to Diagon Alley to purchase their school supplies and see them off to Hogwarts on the train. She knitted Christmas jumpers for each of her children every year.

Molly Meets Harry Potter

When Molly was seeing Ron off to Hogwarts for the first time in 1991, she was approached by a young boy who needed help figuring out how to access Platform 9 ¾. She took the boy under her wing and sent him through to the Platform with Ron. Only on the other side did she learn that it was the famous Harry Potter.

When her kids started to wonder about him and ask questions, such as whether he remembered the Lord Voldemort attack, she forbade them to ask him, suggesting that it would not be a very nice memory if he did.

Harry and Ron became fast friends, and when Ron said to his mother that Harry wasn’t expecting to receive any presents for Christmas, she sent him a knitted jumper and a box of homemade fudge. From this time onwards, Molly more or less considered Harry one of her brood.

Molly Weasley Meets Gilderoy Lockhart

In the summer of 1992, Molly was horrified to wake up and find the beds of her three youngest sons empty and her husband’s enchanted flying car gone. The boys had stolen the car to rescue Harry from the Dursleys. They tried to sneak back into the house before their mother awoke. Of course, they failed. She was furious.

But of course, she was also very happy to see Harry and host him for the rest of the summer. She set the boys to work ridding the garden of gnomes as punishment.

Later in the summer, Molly and Arthur took the family and Harry to Diagon Alley to get their school supplies. Harry, who had never used the Floo Network before, ended up landing in the wrong place, in Knockturn Alley. Arthur Weasley also managed to get into a fistfight with Lucius Malfoy.

But Molly Weasley was happy with their trip as she was able to meet the famous author Gilderoy Lockhart, on whom she had a crush. At this book signing event, he announced that he would be joining the Hogwarts staff as a teacher that year.

Molly Weasley and the Stolen Ford Anglia

In a misguided attempt to protect Harry, the house-elf Dobby used magic to prevent Harry and Ron from getting the Hogwarts Express. But the two boys foolishly decided to drive Arthur Weasley’s flying car to school. Of course, they got into a lot of trouble. Molly sent Ron a Howler that exploded on him at breakfast with a tirade of anger.


Molly Weasley’s Howler, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Molly Weasley and the Chamber of Secrets

Mrs Weasley made an unexpected trip to Hogwarts in 1993 when her daughter Ginny was believed to have been kidnapped and taken down to the Chamber of Secrets.

Fortunately, not long after arriving at the school, Ginny returned safely with Harry Potter. While she was curious about how Harry had managed it, Molly was mostly focused on getting her daughter to the Hospital Wing.

Molly Weasley and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In the summer of 1993, the Weasley family had an unexpected windfall. They won 700 galleons in the annual Daily Prophet Draw. They used the money to take a family trip to Egypt to visit their son Bill, who was working there as a Curse-Breaker for Gringotts.

Molly was also able to use the money to get a few nice things for her children, including a new wand for Ron.

Weasey Family Photo
Weasley family in Egypt

The Weasleys decided to stay at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley when they returned. This was in part for them to get their school supplies, but it was also to help protect Harry, who was staying there after fleeing the Dursleys.

While Arthur wanted to tell Harry that the Ministry was concerned that escaped Azkaban prisoner Sirius Black was after him, Molly told him not to. She thought that Harry was too young and that the information would scare him. However, Harry overheard this conversation, and Arthur also decided to tell him anyway.

Molly Weasley and the Quidditch World Cup

The following summer, the Quidditch World Cup was due to be held in England. Molly wrote a letter to the Dursleys asking permission to take Harry with them. She sent it using muggle post and put far too many stamps on it.

Molly was horrified when she heard that Fred and George had given Dudley Dursley a Ton-Tongue Toffee while they were there collecting Harry and scolded them soundly. She searched her sons thoroughly for other tricks before letting them set off to the match.

Molly scolds her Children

Molly did not attend the World Cup herself, so she had to read in the Daily Prophet about the Death Eater display at the grounds. She waited at home tensely for her family to arrive safely. When they did, she cried that if Fred and George had died, her last words to them would have been in anger.

Molly Weasley and the Triwizard Tournament

Molly was as surprised as anyone else when Harry was selected to compete in the Triwizard Tournament as a second Hogwarts Champion. She was against letting him compete since he was underage and it was too dangerous. But the rules meant that Harry was forced to take part.

Molly followed the tournament by reading Rita Skeeter’s articles in the Daily Prophet, which were not the best source of information. She cried when she read the initial story about Harry being haunted by the death of his parents.

Molly was later horrified when she read that Hermione had been playing with Harry’s heart and now looked like she had dumped him for Viktor Krum. As a result, she sent Hermione Easter eggs the size of chicken eggs, while sending Ron and Harry what looked like dragon eggs.

Molly and the Third Task

Since the Dursleys were not going to come to Hogwarts to cheer Harry on in the third and final task, the school invited the Weasleys instead, and Molly attended with her son Bill. Harry wasn’t expecting anyone, so he was surprised and pleased when they came to support him.

Molly was a bit cold toward Hermione when she met her at the school. But Harry explained to her that Rita Skeeter’s stories were not true. Molly felt ashamed that she had believed them in the first place. She also defended Harry to Amos Diggory when he blamed Harry for Skeeter’s biased reporting of the Tournament.

When Harry returned from his ordeal in the cemetery at Little Hangleton, Molly stayed in the Hospital Wing with him. She was shocked to learn that Sirius Black was also in the room, in his Animagus dog form, and that Black was an ally and not an enemy.

Molly believed Harry immediately, despite the Ministry of Magic and the Daily Prophet denying his story. She was distraught when her son Percy, who worked at the Ministry, took their side and broke contact with her and the rest of the family.

Molly Weasley and 12 Grimmauld Place

In the aftermath of the Triwizard Tournament, Molly joined the reformed Order of the Phoenix along with her husband and her sons that were of age (except for Percy). She moved the whole family to the new Order Headquarters, in the Black family home at 12 Grimmauld Place. Molly made it her mission to convert the old and neglected home into a fit headquarters.

She did her best to protect her underage children, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny, from the world of the Order. She did the same with Hermione and Harry. However, when Sirius and Remus agreed to give Harry some general information, she objected greatly. When she was reminded that Harry was not her son, she claimed that he was as good as.

In the end, she could not prevent the Order from sharing information with Harry. This meant that she had to let Fred, George, Ron, and Hermione hear too. She forced Ginny out of the room, but Hermione filled her in later.

Molly’s Fears for her Family

One of the various pieces of dark magic that had to be removed from the house was a Boggart. Mrs Weasley decided to tackle it on her own, but Harry found her with the Boggart in tears.

She could not dispel it, and it kept changing form to look like the dead bodies of members of the Weasley family, and eventually Harry’s well. In the end, Lupin had to deal with the Boggart.

To everyone’s surprise, Ron (and not Harry) was appointed Gryffindor Prefect. He asked his mother for a Broomstick when she said he could have a reward. Although money was tight, Molly managed to pull it off for her son.

Molly would butt heads with Sirius several times about Harry’s welfare. Molly once reminded Sirius that Harry was not James and that he should remember that he was still a child.

She objected when Sirius wanted to see Harry off to school in his dog form, worried that he would be seen but was overruled. Also, when she heard about Dumbledore’s Army, she thought it was a bad idea, while Sirius thought it was great.

Molly and the Attack on Arthur Weasley

In his capacity as a member of the Order, Arthur Weasley was spending time guarding the Hall of Prophecies in the Department of Mysteries. One night, Lord Voldemort sent his snake Nagini there. They came across Arthur Weasley and attacked him.

Due to the mental connection between Harry and Lord Voldemort, Harry saw the attack. He was able to raise the alarm and the Order got to Arthur in time to get him treatment for the venomous wounds.

Dumbledore sent word to Molly that Arthur was being taken to St Mungo’s Hospital, and Molly headed straight there while her kids were forced to wait at Grimmauld Place. Soon she arrived with the news that Arthur would recover and that they could all visit him the following day.

She expressed her gratitude to Harry for saving Arthur, unaware of his anxieties over the incident.

I don’t know what would have happened if it hadn’t been for you, Harry… They might not have found Arthur for hours, and then it would have been too late, but thanks to you he’s alive and Dumbledore’s been able to think up a good cover story for Arthur being where he was, you’ve no idea what trouble he would have been in otherwise, look at poor Sturgis…

Molly Weasley, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

While Molly was relieved that her husband would be alright, she was alarmed when she learned that Arthur had let a trainee try an experimental muggle treatment, stitches, on him. Of course, she scolded him, which was a reflection of her love for her husband.

The family spent Christmas together, with Percy noticeably absent. Mrs Weasley broke down when he returned his Christmas jumper unopened.

Arthur Wesaley recovering from his attack
Molly and her family as Arthur recovers

Molly Weasley back to the Burrow

Molly was alarmed to learn that Harry, Ron, Ginny, Hermione, and some other Hogwarts students had left Hogwarts and made their way to the Department of Mysteries where Death Eaters ambushed them.

Fortunately, Harry was able to get word of his plans to the Order through a cryptic message to Severus Snape, and members of the Order, including Dumbledore himself, turned up to help the students.

Sirius Black was the only member of the Order killed in the battle, but it did mean that they had to abandon 12 Grimmauld Place, as it was unclear what would happen to ownership of the house and, therefore, the protection placed on it. The Weasleys returned to the Burrow.

Molly invited Harry to spend as much of the summer as he could at the Burrow rather than leave him alone with his negative thoughts and uncaring family. When he arrived, Molly informed Harry that Arthur had been promoted at work, as she had been bursting to be able to break the news to someone.

Weasley family at the Burrow
The Weasley Family at the Burrow

When Harry informed her that Horace Slughorn would be returned to Hogwarts as a teacher, she shared her memories of him with Harry. Arthur Weasley arrived during this conversation and demanded that he and Molly exchange security questions to ensure that it was really them. This revealed that Arthur’s private nickname for Molly was Mollywobbles.

During the same period, Fleur Delacour was staying at the Burrow to get to know the family, having recently become engaged to Bill Weasley. Molly had a low opinion of Fleur, considering her conceited and shallow. She thought that her son could do better and avoided being alone with her as much as possible.

Molly Visits Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

Molly was pleased when O.W.L. results arrived, and Ron received five passes – this was more than Fred and George combined. They began to organize a trip to Diagon Alley, but Molly would not go without Arthur.

When Ron joked that she was being paranoid, she threatened to leave him behind. This would mean that Ron would not see Fred and George’s new joke shop in Diagon Alley.

While Molly had concerns about Fred and George’s plans, she was very impressed when she arrived at their new shop, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. However, she was horrified to see advertising for “U-No-Poo”, a pun on “You-Know-Who”.

She also threatened to jinx Ron’s finger’s together when she saw him making a rude hand gesture. She did agree to let Ginny buy a Pygmy Puff as a new pet.

After seeing the kids off to school, Molly would only see them again at Christmas, when she also hosted Harry, Fleur, and Remus.

Percy also made an unexpected appearance when he turned up with the Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. It was clear that Scrimgeour had used Percy to force the visit so that he could have a private word with Harry.

Nevertheless, Molly was overjoyed to see her son, who only talked to her and not the rest of the family. However, he ended up leaving in a huff when Fred, George, and Ginny flung mashed parsnips at him.

Molly Following the Death of Albus Dumbledore

In March, Molly had come to the school when Ron had accidentally been poisoned. He made a full recovering thanks to some fast thinking from Harry and the use of a Bezoar.

When she was called to the school again a few months later, another one of her sons had not been so lucky. Bill Weasley had been attacked by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback and was badly maimed. While Madam Pomfrey thought he would recover, the consequences of a werewolf attack not at the full moon were unknown.

Molly broke down as she cared for her son, distraught over his unknown transformation. She commented that he “was to be married.” This made Fleur incredibly angry as the implication that the wedding was off was clear.

Fleur’s emotions burst from her. She exclaimed that their love was strong and that Bill would still want to marry her. Fleur also understood the implication that it was she who would back out. She pointed out that she was more than good-looking enough for both of them.

This tense moment let Molly and Fleur finally accept one another and bond over their shared love for Bill. Molly offered Fleur the use of her Aunt Muriel’s goblin-made tiara for the wedding.

Molly stayed at Hogwarts to attend Dumbledore’s funeral along with the rest of her family. Around this time, she also learned that Harry, Ron, and Hermione did not intend to return to school but rather had unfinished work left to them by Dumbledore. She tried to learn more, but they would tell her nothing.

Molly Weasley waits Anxiously

Molly did not participate in the operation to bring Harry from the Dursleys to the Burrow. Rather she waited at the Burrow with Ginny for Harry and the 13 members of the Order to arrive.

She waited anxiously as most arrived late after being ambushed by Death Eaters. While Molly was overjoyed as each returned, she remained anxious until all of her family was back under her roof.

Molly was distressed when George lost an ear in the battle. But she knew it could have been worse when news that Lord Voldemort had killed Alastor Moody arrived.

She did not have time to dwell on this as she had to prepare for Bill and Fleur’s wedding, which would take place on August 1st. She enlisted Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Hermione to help, also as part of a plan to keep them apart and prevent them from making plans.

Molly Weasley and Bill and Fleur’s Wedding

Molly was flustered when the Delacours arrived as she was very concerned about their comfort. She even insisted that they sleep in the master bedroom while she and Arthur sleep in the sitting room.

Nevertheless, she had time to prepare a birthday meal for Harry on 31 July, when he turned 17 and came of age in the wizarding world. She gave Harry a watch that had belonged to her brother Fabian, as watches were a traditional gift.

Molly was upset when Percy chose not to attend Bill and Fleur’s wedding but otherwise enjoyed the day. The happiness of the event was cut short when word arrived that the Ministry had fallen.

Not long later, the wedding was raided. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione managed to get away, Molly was questioned along with the other guests.

The Weasleys tried to maintain appearances, even letting Ginny return to Hogwarts. They pretended that Ron was sick with dragon pox. But when Ron was identified as traveling with Harry, they were forced to go into hiding at Molly’s Aunt Muriel’s house.

Molly Weasley and the Battle of Hogwarts

When word arrived in May 1998 that Harry, Ron, and Hermione had arrived at Hogwarts and that battle would probably ensue, Molly made her way to the school with her husband. She tried to prevent Ginny from participating in the battle since she was underage, but this was to no avail.

She helped cast protective spells on the castle and was relieved when Percy showed up to fight alongside his family. However, during the first break in the battle, she learned that her son Fred had been killed. She laid across his chest and wept in the Great Hall.

Molly witnessed Bellatrix Lestrange throwing a Killing Curse at Ginny when fighting resumed. This urged Molly to take on Bellatrix herself. The dark witch was surprised by Molly’s strength and power, and Molly eventually killed the witch.

Molly Weasley defends her family

When Lord Voldemort saw this, he turned his wand on Molly. Harry, who was under his invisibility cloak, shielded Molly and revealed himself. Harry then finished Lord Voldemort and ended the war.

Molly Weasley Later Life

After the war, Molly returned to life at the Burrow. She saw many of her other children marry and start to have children of their own. Ginny married Harry, Ron married Hermione, George married Angelina Johnson, and Percy married a woman named Audrey.

Molly Weasley Personality Type & Traits

While Molly Weasley was a loving and kind woman, she was a lioness when it came to her family. Her colors showed both when she was protecting her children and when she was angry at them!

She was big-hearted and happily invited Harry into her family, despite being financially stretched. She treated him as one of her own. Mrs Weasley often butted heads with Sirius when they had different opinions of what would be best for Harry.

Molly Weasley Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Molly was born on 30 October 1950, which means that her zodiac sign is Scorpio. While Scorpios can seem as hard as nails on the outside, they are an emotional water sign, and their feelings tend to be near the surface.