Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Molly Weasley Character Analysis

Ron’s mother and the matriarch of the Weasley clan. Assertive and resourceful, Mrs. Weasley manages to care for her family on a tiny budget and acts as a surrogate mother to Harry, who comes to consider her house, the Burrow, as his real home. Mrs. Weasley shows that a family’s character depends less on its wealth or status in the outside world than the values and relationships it cultivates in its members. She’s a foil to mothers like Aunt Petunia or Narcissa Malfoy, whose negative values harm their sons’ characters or drive them towards evil.

Molly Weasley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Molly Weasley or refer to Molly Weasley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn Quotes

In spite of the feeling of dread that had just swept through him, his spirits could not help but lift at the sight of it. Ron was in there…and so was Mrs. Weasley, who could cook better than anyone he knew…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley
Page Number: 76
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Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour Quotes

It would have been a happy, peaceful holiday had it not been for the stories of disappearances, odd accidents, even of deaths now appearing almost daily in the Prophet…To Mrs. Weasley’s displeasure, Harry’s sixteenth birthday celebrations were marred by grisly tidings brought to the party by Remus Lupin, who was looking gaunt and grim, his brown hair streaked liberally with gray, his clothes more ragged and patched than ever.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Molly Weasley, Remus Lupin
Page Number: 105
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Molly Weasley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Molly Weasley appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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...Dumbledore arrive at the Burrow. Just looking at the building and knowing that Ron and Mrs. Weasley are inside makes Harry feel calm and cheerful. However, Dumbledore guides Harry into a broom... (full context)
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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When Dumbledore knocks on the Burrow’s door, Mrs. Weasley answers nervously before welcoming them in. She’s been sitting in the kitchen with Nymphadora Tonks,... (full context)
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Steering Harry to the kitchen table, Mrs. Weasley clucks over his height and thinness. As she pours him a bowl of delicious soup,... (full context)
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Knowing about Harry’s earlier errand, Mrs. Weasley reminisces about her own days at Hogwarts with Slughorn; she says that he’s “good at... (full context)
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...fact, Mr. Weasley is so busy that he’s still at work. Wondering where he is, Mrs. Weasley turns to the magical clock whose hands state the whereabouts of each family member. Currently,... (full context)
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...the hand representing Mr. Weasley switches to “traveling;” soon, there’s a knock on the door. Mrs. Weasley rushes to answer it, but her husband wearily reminds her to ask the security question... (full context)
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Satisfied, Mr. Weasley enters the house and shakes hands with Harry. He tells Mrs. Weasley about the latest fraud he’s identified: medallions that are supposed to allow their wearers to... (full context)
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...agreement and says that “she’s so full of herself.” Harry thinks that they’re complaining about Mrs. Weasley and is astonished by this rudeness. Just then, the door opens to reveal a young... (full context)
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...for her to do, as she’s not interested in “cooking and chickens.” Hermione, Ginny, and Mrs. Weasley all look grimly away from each other. (full context)
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When Fleur breezes out of the room, Mrs. Weasley complains that Bill is rushing into an engagement because of all the panic about Voldemort.... (full context)
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Ginny posits that Mrs. Weasley is trying to break up the engagement by constantly throwing Bill and Tonks together. When... (full context)
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...to the point that she’s having trouble changing her appearance. This conversation is interrupted when Mrs. Weasley enters and demands that Ginny come downstairs to help her – she clearly doesn’t want... (full context)
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...to check the mail. When Harry goes down, he finds her pacing in agitation while Mrs. Weasley tries to remove her bruise and Fleur looks on smugly. When Ron tries to comfort... (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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...The letters mean that the family has to buy supplies at Diagon Alley, a trip Mrs. Weasley has been dreading, as it might expose them to danger. On the appointed day, a... (full context)
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With Mrs. Weasley ’s reluctant permission, the group splits up: Ginny and her parents go to the bookstore,... (full context)
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...failed ruse all the way back to Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, where they have to convince Mrs. Weasley that they’d been browsing in the back room the entire time. (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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Annoyed, Harry stalks downstairs, where Fleur is musing to a bad-tempered Mrs. Weasley about her wedding plans and potential colors for the bridesmaids’ dresses. Seeing Harry, Mrs. Weasley... (full context)
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...that Draco is up to anything bad and ushers him back onto the train, where Mrs. Weasley reminds him to be good and stay safe. (full context)
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...Neville instead. Perhaps he would have kissed his own mother at the platform, instead of Mrs. Weasley . (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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On Christmas Eve, everyone gathers reluctantly to hear a radio broadcast by Mrs. Weasley ’s favorite singer. Fleur talks loudly over the music, Fred and George play card games,... (full context)
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Harry looks through his own pile of presents, which include a sweater from Mrs. Weasley , a pile of joke products from Fred and George, and a bag of maggots... (full context)
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Suddenly Mrs. Weasley springs to her feet, seeing Percy and Rufus Scrimgeour striding towards the door. While Percy... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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A few days later, Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts through the Floo Network. Mrs. Weasley bids them a tearful farewell – she’s been anxious and upset ever since Percy stormed... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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...have happened to someone so inoffensive as Ron. Next to arrive are Mr. Weasley and Mrs. Weasley . Hugging Harry, Ron’s mother says that he’s saved the lives of half their family.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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Bloody from the battle, McGonagall enters the hospital to announce that Mr. Weasleyand Mrs. Weasley are on their way. Again, Harry has to tell her that Snape killed Dumbledore. McGonagall... (full context)
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Mr. Weasley and Mrs. Weasley burst into the hospital ward, followed by Fleur. Sobbing over her son, Mrs. Weasley starts... (full context)