Question: Why Did J.K. Rowling Make Harry Potter an Orphan?
Have you ever wondered why J.K. Rowling made Harry Potter an orphan when she began writing the Harry Potter series? It turns out that Rowling had a personal reason for doing so: her mothers death. The reason was revealed, according to an article in the Telegraph
, in an exclusive interview for Tatler
magazine (February 2006 issue). J.K. Rowlings mother, Anne, battled multiple sclerosis for ten years before dying. She was 45 years old. In the interview, Rowling reveals that she was writing Harry Potter when her mother died. Sadly, Rowlings mother died without even knowing her daughter was writing a book.
Rowling goes on to state,
"My books are largely about death. They open with the death of Harry's parents. There is Voldemort's obsession with conquering death and his quest for immortality at any price, the goal of anyone with magic. I so understand why Voldemort wants to conquer death. We're all frightened of it."
J.K. Rowling's mother died on New Year's Eve in 1990.