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The Coolest Moms in Fiction, Ranked

Moms rarely get their due in fiction: they typically serve as the vessel that delivers the Chosen One and then crumbles into dust like a discarded silkworm cocoon. Take Lily Potter: without her [accidentally magical] sacrifice, there would be NO HARRY POTTER SERIES. Seriously. Harry Potter would not exist in your life. But all Lily gets out of it is a couple of GIFs in some dusty photo frames and to serve as the object of affection for the emo-est professor at Hogwarts. Moms deserve better!

Ahead of Mother’s Day, we are counting down our favorite literary mama bears.