Literature is renowned for creating some of our most memorable Father figures - albeit for both the right and the wrong reasons! With Father’s Day coming up imminently, we thought it would be fun to share our top picks for Literature’s best and worst Fathers. Have a look through and see what you think - we’d love to know who you would add, or in your opinion, who wouldn’t quite make the cut!
Let’s start with the best…
1. Arthur Weasley - Harry Potter, J.K Rowling.
"Ginny... What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."
2. Matthew Cuthbert - Anne of Green Gables, L.M Montgomery.
"I think he's lovely... He is so very sympathetic. He didn't mind how much I talked - he seemed to like it. I felt that he was a kindred spirit as soon as I ever saw him."
3. Atticus Finch - To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee.
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
4. William Smith - Danny The Champion of The World, Roald Dahl.
"I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkly if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself."
5. Pa Ingalls - Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
"She thought to herself, this is now. She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought. Because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.
And now, the worst...
1. Vernon Dursley - Harry Potter, J.K Rowling.
"Why we ever kept you in the first place, I don’t know, Marge was right, it should have been the orphanage. We were too damn soft for our own good, thought we could squash it out of you, thought we could turn you normal, but you’ve been rotten from the beginning and I’ve had enough."
2. Mr Wormwood - Matilda, Roald Dahl.
"But that's dishonest, daddy... It's cheating. Said Matilda. No one ever got rich by being honest."
3. Tywin Lannister - Game of Thrones, J.R.R Martin.
"I would sooner entrust a child to a pit viper than to Lord Tywin"
4. King Lear - King Lear, William Shakespeare.
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child."
5. Lucius Malfoy - Harry Potter, J.K Rowling.
"Father says to keep my head down and let the Heir of Slytherin get on with it. He says the school needs ridding of all the Mudblood filth, but not to get mixed up in it."
A pretty rotten bunch, right?
Let us know who tops your lists for the best and the worst Fathers in Literature!