The Concept of “Found Family”

There are various families in the world of storytelling. The most obvious relates to biological and adopted families. But, there is this concept called “found family”——as in not what we think of when we think of families.

The Weasley Family

Yes, they are an actual family in the Harry Potter series, but in many ways they are a “found family” for our protagonist. Back home at the Dursleys, Harry Potter’s life is terrible—-they are abusive towards him. The Weasleys in many ways take him in as one of their own- Ron, their youngest son, is one of Harry Potter’s best friends. Harry Potter ends up spending some Christmas and Summer vacations at the Weasley family.

Hotel Deucalion and Unit 919

This was the “found family” for Morrigan Crow. Until she was rescued by Jupiter North, she was in an unloving family thanks to being born on an unlucky day. Jupiter takes her to Nevermoor, hoping she ends up being a part of the Wundrous Society. Morrigan ends up living at the Hotel Decualion, a fun hotel—–Jupiter, Fenestra, and Frank live there as well (part of the “found family” Morrigan ended up with)Unit 919 ended up being her “found family” with the Wundrous Society. But only two of them are able to truly accept her- Hawthorne and Cadence.

Newsies

Living on the streets, the Newsies form a close brotherly bond that feel like family. They stick together no matter what. Jack Kelly, their leader, cares a lot about his brothers especially Crutchie. They strongly believe in their cause (the strike) and don’t give up.

Friends of the ABC

They are so similar to the Newsies. Just like the Newsies, they have a close brotherly bond that feel like family. Even they have leader, whose name is Enjolras. They even have a cause (the uprising) they strongly believe in.

The Rent Crew

Even the friends in Rent feel like family. Matt and Roger are best friends, who live together. Yes, there are disagreements at times, but yet they still are close. Roger, Mimi, Maureen, Joanne, Collins, Angel, and Mark are close that they really feel like family——they live in the moment and in love.

Unique Families in Storytelling

When we think of family, we think of either biological or adoptive ones. But, what about the other types of families? I am referring to groups of people that feel like family- otherwise known as “found family”- not what we tend to think of. What are some of those?

Rent Family

This is the group of friends found in Rent. Yes, they may be friends but they are close. Mark, Roger, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen, Collins, and Angel have an unique bond. They may have their struggles since part of them are struggling with HIV and then there are the struggles found within love relationships. However, as a family they live in the moment and in love.

The Newsies

A group of brothers that feel like family. Jack Kelly is their leader, who is best friends with Crutchie. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and don’t give up even though it eventually leaves Jack with some inner conflict. He is willing to call of the strike just to protect his brothers. He shares such an intimate and close bond to Crutchie.

Friends of the ABC

The students in Les Mis are so similar to The Newsies. Both are a group of brothers that feel like family and have a cause they strongly believe in and never give up. Just like the Newsies, they have a leader, who is Enjolras. You see a lot of hope and passion when it comes to them. You even see a time when they are at their most vulnerable- during “Drink with Me”. Unluckily, they lose their lives at the end, but at least they stood up for what they believed in.

Hotel Decualion and Unit 919

I am referring to the “found family” Morrigan Crow found. She found it at both the hotel she lives at and with her unit in the Wundrous Society. Jupiter North, Fenestra, and Frank also stay at the hotel. Hawthorne and Cadence are her closest friends in her Unit.