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I'm doing a book report for school on Sorcerer's Stone. I have to include the authors purpose. I have been everywhere imaginable trying to find her purpose, and can't find anything. Can anyone help me out? Thank you! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Woowoo48 (talkcontribs) 21:41, December 19, 2015‎.

Trying to pin down an author's "purpose" can be hard. Many write because they simply want to tell a good story! J. K. Rowling has revealed that she started writing when she was only six.
Rowling has discussed how one of the main themes she explores in the books is tolerance vs. bigotry:
"Because bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. All forms of intolerance, the whole idea of “that which is different from me is necessary evil.” I really like to explore the idea that difference is equal and good."
One example of this theme is Remus Lupin's lyncanthropy, and his fear of passing it on to Teddy, which Rowling has said was intended as a metaphor for the stigma faced by people living with HIV.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rowling discussed how, although she didn't realize it at the time she started writing the series, making Harry an orphan was a way of coping with her own mother's untimely death:
"If she hadn't died, I don't think it's too strong to say that there wouldn't be Harry Potter. The books are what they are because she died."
Rowling has also stated that the happiness-draining effect of the Dementors was based on her own battle with depression.
- Starstuff (Owl me!) 01:46, December 20, 2015 (UTC)
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