Top Five “Harry Potter” Fathers
Happy Father’s Day! To celebrate this day dedicated to dads, I wanted to celebrate some of the Harry Potter fathers and father figures in the series.
This might be a controversial decision given the fact that Dumbledore omitted a large part of the truth from Harry. However, he did love him and did what he could do to protect him from the harsher aspects of his life.
‘I cared about you too much,’ said Dumbledore simply. ‘I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In other words, I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act’” (OotP
Although they were only in each other’s lives for a short time, they made an impact on each other. Sirius was always there for Harry when he needed any advice or help. He rushed to his godson’s side to protect him in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, even though Sirius knew it would expose his whereabouts to the Ministry. Sirius was willing to sacrifice anything for Harry.
What he really wanted (and it felt almost shameful to admit it to himself) was someone like — someone like a parent: an adult wizard whose advice he could ask without feeling stupid, someone who cared about him, who had had experience with Dark Magic. . . .
And then the solution came to him. It was so simple, and so obvious, that he couldn’t believe it had taken so long — Sirius” (Gof 22).
Harry didn’t realize the connection he had with Lupin when he initially met him. Regardless, Lupin helped Harry when he could and taught him to protect himself from Dementors. Their relationship only grew from there to the point where Lupin loved and trusted him enough to make him his son’s godfather.
‘You’ll be godfather?’ he said as he released Harry.
‘M-me?’ stammered Harry
‘You, yes, of course — Dora quite agrees, no one better —‘” (DH 514).
Hagrid met and protected Harry just after James and Lily were murdered. After a decade-long separation, Hagrid remained in Harry’s corner as he defended him against the Dursleys, took him to get his school supplies, and got him his first pet. Throughout Harry’s Hogwarts years, Hagrid was always there for him when he needed him and told him off when he deserved it.
‘I’m not blamin’ yeh!’ said Hagrid, waving Harry’s apology aside. ‘Gawd knows yeh’ve had enough ter be gettin’ on with. I’ve seen yeh practicin’ Quidditch ev’ry hour o’ the day an’ night — but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two’d value yer friend more’n broomsticks or rats. Tha’s all’” (PoA 274).
Arthur and Molly essentially adopted Harry. He was always welcome at the Burrow and Arthur became a surrogate father to him. He stood by his side when the Ministry, the Daily Prophet, and a portion of the magical community were against him, just like James would have. Plus, he cared about Harry and did everything he could to protect him.
Harry, swear to me you won’t go looking for Black” (PoA 73).
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