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“I think those two particular quotations he finds on the tombstones at Godric’s Hollow, they sum up — they almost epitomize the whole series.”
-- J.K. Rowling (MTV)

17 October 2007 ‘Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Opens Up About Books’ Christian Imagery’ MTV.com

Interesting facts and notes

Rowling on choosing quotations for the Deathly Hallows Epigraphs from “The Libation Bearers” by Aeschylus and William Penn's "More Fruits of Solitude":

“I really enjoyed choosing those two quotations because one is pagan, of course, and one is from a Christian tradition ...“I’d known it was going to be those two passages since ’Chamber’ was published. I always knew [that] if I could use them at the beginning of book seven then I’d cued up the ending perfectly. If they were relevant, then I went where I needed to go.
“They just say it all to me, they really do.”

She also spoke of Christianity as the main British religion: "They’re very British books, so on a very practical note Harry was going to find biblical quotations on tombstones."

Memorable lines

“I go to church myself,” she declared. “I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion.”

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