The first Harry Potter book begins with Harry's parents dying because author J.K. Rowling, dealing with the death of her own mother, decided to burden her boy hero with the death of his own parents, Rowling said in an interview published in Tuesdays Daily Telegraph newspaper.  Rowling's mother died without ever knowing of her daughter's literary success, and Rowling said her biggest regret is not being able to tell her mother all that's happened. Rowling recalls she had started writing Harry Potter at the time her mother died of multiple sclerosis on New Years Day, 1991. (Note: spoilers after the jump)

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