What Was the Author's Intent
A wise person once said if you want to know the purpose of something you have to go back to the original intent of it's creator. So what was Rowling thinking when she imagined this world? At the time, she found herself going through difficult times of poverty and depression. When describing the ending of her book series she tells Oprah, “If it was an escape for all of these children, you can image what it had been for me.” And you see this played out in the juxtaposition between the main character and his creator: Rowling experienced the loss of her mother - Harry lost both of his parents, Rowling went through a bitter divorce and Harry also experienced rejection from his living family early in life, Rowling bounced back and overcame (from being barely able to pay her bills to becoming the only self-made author billionaire in history) – Harry's story too also ends in valiant victory. And what about the Christian imagery? Rowling, an Anglican and now a member of the Church of Scotland (The Telegraph), defends her use of imagination, witches and wizardry to Christians by telling Oprah, “In a hundred, two hundred, three hundred years from now there will be a new children’s story that has witches and wizards and magic. It will always be with us.” While she confesses openly that she doesn’t believe in magic, she hopes the books encourage children to embrace the vivid use of their imagination.