J.K. Rowling was first hit by depression after her first marriage broke down. She wished to be a writer since childhood and overcame depression when writing the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
The Harry Potter series began as an attempt to reclaim her childhood, says Rowling. Further, she says that her writing is marked by her mother’s painful death. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15 years old.
Writing is known to have therapeutic qualities. Writing and reading also allow its authors and readers to escape into an imaginary world. In the world of literature, one can create and escape to places and atmospheres of one’s liking.
Escaping into Harry Potter’s world appears to lift a wide audience’s spirits!