Harry Potter and the surprisingly poignant literary theme
A new Harry Potter play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", will have it's world premiere in London in July 2016 and tells the story 19 years after the last book (AFP Photo/Gerardo Mora)

By J. Andrew Deman,, Professor, University of Waterloo. The theme at the core of Rowling's wizarding world speaks directly to a universal human reality: The struggle to come to terms with our mortality.