Harry Potter may be known for his way with wizardry, but he owes his success to the Grim Reaper. ”My books are largely about death,” author J.K. Rowling says in a new interview with Tatler magazine. ”They open with the death of Harry’s parents. There is Voldemort’s obsession with conquering death and his quest for immortality at any price.”

Hmmm. Just thinking out loud here, but given Rowling’s extraordinary success (and the massive fortune it’s brought her), maybe it’s time PopWatch took a darker tone, too.