The Increasingly Dark Tone of the Series Was Inspired by Rowling’s Life Experiences:
The Harry Potter series becomes considerably more sophisticated as it progresses, grappling with serious issues like death and bigotry. Rowling has been open about the fact that much of the darkness is autobiographical. Rowling told Oprah Winfrey that, though she did not realize it when she began writing the series, making Harry an orphan, along with his subsequent experiences with death, was her way of dealing with the death of her mother, who died of Multiple Sclerosis when Rowling was 20.
“If she hadn’t died, I don’t think it’s too strong to say that there wouldn’t be Harry Potter. The books are what they are because she died.” The Dementors, among the most frightening creatures in the franchise, were inspired by her struggles with depression during her 20s. “”It’s so difficult to describe to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling—that really hollowed-out feeling. That’s what Dementors are.”
From the March 2003 issue of The Christian Science Journal
In a recent issue of the Japanese Herald, I read about a woman whose mother passed on. Having had a very happy relationship with her mother, she was hit by grief, feeling that she would no longer have her mother’s special warmth and love. After praying for some time, she understood that the love her mother expressed toward her was really God’s love being expressed, and since God is eternal, this love could never end.
Just around this time, several people that I dearly loved passed away. I was able to see that each person had continuing life in Spirit, and that the love that I received from them was really love coming from God. I also saw that God’s love is inexhaustible and is being provided for me and all people in many different ways.
I am helping in the local production of the Japanese Herald. This work gives me a natural drive to be constantly thinking of the needs in my country and in the world today, and to select articles to meet such needs by listening to God’s voice.
Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan