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.