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June 1, 2016

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Happy Father’s Day!

In addition to thinking about our families and loved ones, this Father’s Day we’re reflecting on three iconic father figures we would send greetings to this holiday.

 

Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter)

Arthur is the quintessential family man. He splits his time between his role as the father of the mischievous Weasley clan, working to restore empathy between the Muggle and wizarding worlds (through his work and research at the Ministry of Magic’s Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office), and protecting the realm by joining the Order of the Phoenix and fighting Death Eaters. Though occasionally clumsy, his heart is never in the wrong place. What would the Weasleys do without him?

 

Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Inhale…exhale. Inhale…exhale. Inhale…well, you know the rest. There’s more to this complicated fellow than a dramatically loud and intimidating respiratory system. His disposition is riddled with evil, malice, and heavy-handed ambition—all traditional villainous qualities. But those qualities collide with some of the more poignant qualities of human existence: guilt, regret, and love. Despite Vader’s evil, there’s something undeniably dad-like in his desire to have Luke join him in ruling the galaxy, and in his ultimate redemption when he acts to save his son. “I am your father” still echoes across the galaxy far, far away.

 

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) 

A lawyer and middle-age widowed father to Jem and Scout Finch, Atticus is a character whose paternal instincts reach far beyond the scope of his immediate family. His dedication to defending Tom Robinson, a black defendant, during a time of heightened racial volatility during the Great Depression helps to set an admirable example for all members of the Maycomb County community. This is one dad who isn’t afraid to stir things up to ensure a better world for his children, his community, and the world at large.

 

Who are your favorite literary dads, grandpas, and uncles?

 

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