Sometimes I think re-reading books tells us more about ourselves than about the book. Whilst you may stumble across a revelation or a pretty passage that you may have skipped over the first few (hundred) times, the way you feel about the book may actually show you something you never knew about yourself. For me, this revelation came to me whilst re-reading Harry Potter in preparation for seeing The Cursed Child later this week (NBD...).
Where once Hermione was my ultimate hero - I imagined my own brainy bookworm nature translating into heroism - now, I realise, that I have changed. Mrs Weasley is now the one I watch for, lingering over the passages that contain her. Don't get me wrong, I still have all the love for Hermione and her feistiness, her sense of justice and the way that she solves basically all the problems of the books. But I no longer see the story through her eyes. It's the eyes of Mrs Weasley - or someone like her - that reads the books now; I balk at how children are placed into the line of battle, worry for their safety and know far too much of what is to come for my own good.
I will never not bawl my eyes out at the scene where Mrs Weasley faces the Boggart at Number 12 Grimmauld Place, as it shows her in turn her family and loved ones slain by the battle that they must wage. And yet, she never falters. She is the first to sign up, giving her life in service to the pursuit of good without question. At times she seems overbearing, but the more information is revealed, the more she seems justified in her 'nagging'. She won't sit down and be quiet, and whilst her kids (and husband) might roll their eyes, you know they value her fierce love and loyalty.
I can honestly think of no other literary heroine who I would be happier to emulate some day. She opens her house and heart to everyone who needs it, regardless of who they are. She knits everyone a jumper every Christmas and cooks up a giant feast every night. She will champion your achievements and push you to be better. And she's also a pretty powerful witch underneath it all. Basically, she's just the best. The world needs more Mrs Weasleys, please.