‘NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!’
Mrs Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger.
‘OUT OF MY WAY!’shouted Mrs Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered, and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, and the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked, both women were fighting to kill.
‘No!’Mrs Weasley cried, as a few students ran forwards, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!’
Hundreds of people now lined the walls, watching the two fights, Voldemort’s and his three opponents, Bellatrix and Molly, and Harry stood, invisible, torn between both, wanting to attack and yet to protect, unable to be sure that he would not hit the innocent.
“What will happen to your children when I’ve killed you?” taunted Bellatrix, as mad as her master, capering as Molly’s curses danced around her. “When Mummy’s gone the same way as Freddie?’
“You-will-never-touch-our –children-again!” screamed Mrs. Weasley.
Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilirated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backwards through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.
Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.
Bellatrix gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: for the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.
Just typing this out gave me such goosebumps. I LOVE this part. It is definitely one of the best events across seven excellent books. Firstly, it builds so well. The entire book is so edgy and emotional and by the time you reach the last fight at Hogwarts you are way too involved. I love how Bellatrix dying at Molly’s hand shows Molly Weasley’s true essence. From the Philospher’s Stone, Molly is portrayed as a kindly mother, content staying at home and raising her kids. She is never fully engaged in the battle against Voldemort and seems to be a little on the sidelines. Molly constantly worries about the people she loves – all her children, Harry, Hermoine and her husband. She is everything Bellatrix never could be – kind and loving and a good person. Bellatrix is so abdominable. There is nothing in her except devotion to her cruel master. She is an powerful witch but has no love to balance out that immense power and she is unable to understand everything Molly believes in. She is Voldemort’s most loyal follower, she gleefully tortured Neville’s parents into insanity, killed Sirius and countless others. There is nothing remotely good in her. They are so different and this fight proves that Molly’s version of magic and life is much stronger than Bellatrix, and that choosing love and family over power is stronger than anything in the world. The last few chapters of The Deathly Hallows is so action packed and emotional and this scene just fits perfectly. The first time I read it I was rocking backwards and forwards, horrified but unable to put the book down. Who knew Molly had such power in her?
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