Harry Potter Is A Direct Result Of The Death Of J.K. Rowling's Mother
Harry Potter is easily the most beloved children's franchise that opens with a double murder and attempted infanticide. But J.K. Rowling didn't make Harry an orphan because she had just watched a bunch of Disney movies -- when she was 25, her mother died after years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. Her father is still around, but their already-difficult relationship became worse after her mom's death, and they didn't speak for years, which may explain why James Potter, in addition to being dead, is a bit of an asshole.
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To wit, when Goblet Of Fire came out, Rowling gave her pops a signed copy reading, "Lots of love from your first born." The elder Rowling treasured this gift for three whole years before auctioning it off for $48,000, because your children's love doesn't put beer in the fridge.
After her mom's death, Rowling got married and had a daughter ... and then got divorced, left her job, fell into a severe depression, lived in relative poverty, and contemplated suicide. This period inspired the series' happiness-destroying, soul-eating Dementors, the haunting, yet admittedly lucrative, embodiment of the misery Rowling had been experiencing.
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Furthermore, pretty much every plot point in Harry Potter is motivated by death. Voldemort is obsessed with cheating death, Harry gains special powers when his parents are killed in front of him, Snape's entire life revolves around his love for a dead woman, and the absolute bloodbath that is the final book in the series sees the deaths of a bunch of the characters (and creates at least one brand-new magical orphan). Seriously, the dust jacket for the Harry Potter series might as well be shreds of the tattered, bone-resin cowl of the specter of Death itself.