"She Was So Young And So Fit": J. K. Rowling Reflected On The Pain Of Losing Her Mother In 'Harry Potter' Books

December 16, 2019

J. K. Rowling is undoubtedly famous for her Harry Potter books, but this fame equals nothing if her mother, Anne, cannot witness it. The author's mum sadly died at the age of 45 due to multiple sclerosis.

According to J. K. Rowling's biography, she came from "a difficult family" as her mother was very ill. The Harry Potter author was only 15 when her parent was diagnosed with MS and 25 years old when Anne passed away. Joanne often talks about her grief after her mum's demise and her regrets that she didn't see her writing success.

J. K. Rowling's family in Harry Potter

Rowling reflected on the pain of losing mother in the story about Harry Potter. One of the main themes in the books is death, and it links to Anne's passing years ago.

She [mother] was so young and so fit. To have your body in rebellion against you is a dreadful thing to witness, let alone suffer.

Joanne was writing her first story 6 months before her mother died, but her death at 45 brought so much pain and a new sense of the loss that the world's favorite author instilled it into Harry Potter books.

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.

Throughout the stories, the protagonist's parents remain 'present' to give a special meaning to those who lost their family members, whom they were extremely close to. When J. K. Rowling lost her best friend and mother in one person, it turned around her world and impacted her writing career significantly.


J. K. Rowling still suffers from her enormous pain over losing her mother 2 decades ago, but she also continues to commemorate her by having The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.

The Clinic seeks to tackle the needs of new efficient therapies through clinical research into Regenerative Neurology, targeting the discovery of treatments that will slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, including MS, with the ultimate ambition of repairing the damage.

The 54-year-old also donated $19 million to study multiple sclerosis in honor of her late mother, Anne, who died of complications from chronic neurological disease.

Losing a loved one is a pain of another level. Yet, we have to stay strong no matter what.

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