Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe
Families are important in the Harry Potter series. Harry's loss of his parents is a key focal point of the narrative, and the series is bookended by scenes that focus on family. Book One begins with Harry's placement as a baby into the Dursley family environment-the opening sentence of the series setting up the issue of families, normality, and belonging-while Book Seven concludes with a scene about the adult Harry's own family with his wife and children. A particular recurring theme is Harry's mother's love that protects and sustains him as he endures many trials and adventures. In this respect, mothering becomes a key concern throughout the series.