(Reuters) In a recent interview the Harry Potter author explains the primacy of death in her writing:
The 40-year-old said the experience of losing her mother had such an impact that she chose to make death a theme throughout the series.
"My books are largely about death," she said in excerpts carried by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
"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 for anyone with magic.
"I so understand why Voldemort wants to conquer death. We're all frightened of it."