The Very Best Dads and Father Figures from Books

Father's Day has got us thinking about our favourite fictional dads and father figures. We've asked around at The Book People HQ and these are our very favourite dads, step-dads, godfathers and father figures from children's and adult books. 

The Very Best Dads and Father Figures from Books

Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series

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Who is he a father/father figure to? Sirius is Harry Potter's reckless but caring godfather

Why is he great? After growing up in misery at 4 Privet Drive, Harry can finally see a future for himself where he is living in a loving home when he meets his godfather. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be but at least everyone's favourite chosen one had another brilliant father figure to lean on when things got dark...

Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series 

Who is he a father/father figure to? The whole Weasley clan and Harry Potter (again!)

Why is he great? Arthur may come across as a bit eccentric but he has a heart of gold and is willing to fight for what he believes in - including Harry who (SPOILERS) is now his son-in-law! 

Father Wolf from The Jungle Book 

Who is he a father/father figure to? Little Mowgli in The Jungle Book

Why is he great? He's a wolf and his son is a human but why should a simple little thing like different species come between their family bond?

Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief

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Who is he a father/father figure to? Liesel in The Book Thief

Why is he great? Liesel is in a really horrible situation in The Book Thief but accordion-playing Hans and his wife take her in and make her a part of their family. They are good people in a very dangerous world and that's why we love them.

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

Who is he a father/father figure to? He's the father of Scout and Jem and a father figure to their friend Dill

Why is he great? Atticus is all about fairness and justice in everything he does. Both in his work and in his parenting. He's a warm and understanding figure and is one we could never miss from this list.

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables

Who is he a father/father figure to? Cosette

Why is he great? Les Miserables is a HUGE book so poor Jean Valjean goes through a lot but once he adopts Cosette he enters the best part of his story, a devoted dad through and through. 

Grandpa Joe from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Who is he a father/father figure to? He is the grandfather of Charlie 

Why is he great? After telling Charlie all about the amazing Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, he is, of course, the adult to accompany Charlie on his visit to the factory after his grandson wins the golden ticket. It's in the factory that Charlie's good values are revealed and these values were taught to him by his family. 

Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

Who is he a father/father figure to? He is patriarch of the Bennet family, including the bold Elizabeth 

Why is he great? He has all daughters in a time where being a woman was very restricting but rather than enforce the typical expectations of women upon his family, he gives them the freedom of choice in who they marry. 

Mr Brown from the Paddington Bear stories

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Who is he a father/father figure to? The Brown family which includes the friendly Paddington Bear

Why is he great? How many people would adopt a random bear they found at a railway station? Well, if it's Paddington, possibly many but he point is, Mr Brown and his family very kindly open their home to the brilliant Paddington. 

William from Danny the Champion of the World 

Who is he a father/father figure to? Danny, the Champion of the World!

Why is he great? After Danny's mother dies, William and Danny become a close father-son team. William is an amazingly caring dad and even gives Danny his famous title "Danny, Champion of the World".

Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments

Who is he a father/father figure to? The strong-willed Clary

Why is he great? He looks out for Clary as she finds herself in the strange world of demons and downworlders but has a few mysterious secrets of his own. 

Mister Tom from Goodnight Mister Tom

Who is he a father/father figure to? The evacuee Willie

Why is he great? Coming from an abusive home, Willie finds a friend and father figure in the kind old Mister Tom.

Joe Gargery from Great Expectations 

Who is he a father/father figure to? Pip, his brother-in-law

Why is he great? Joe stays with the brutal Mrs Joe just so he can look out for the young Pip. He is kind to a fault and we wish Pip could see it.

Mo (Mortimer) from Inkheart

Who is he a father/father figure to? Meggie

Why is he great? Mo brings adventure into Meggie's life and he's a book-lover so we're slightly biased but he has stolen our hearts!


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