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.”
The warmth and tenderness of God’s mothering
From the Christian Science Sentinel – July 6, 2015
Sometimes it can feel as if our security and happiness completely depend upon the presence of another person. Often this person is someone very close to us, such as a spouse or parent. But what happens when this person is no longer in our lives?
We would do well to remember this statement from Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 by Mary Baker Eddy: “God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. David sang, ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.’
One way to look at “family” is that our family is made up of those “brothers and sisters” who do the good will of God. Jesus instructed his followers: “Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mark 3:33–35).
I realized that in fact it has been Father-Mother God who has always tenderly cared for me and would continue to do so. We are expressions of our Father-Mother God, and God’s love is all around us; His love is infinite and eternal.