Stealing have you! Miss Rowling Orphaned by a Dark Lord Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter both grew up wistfully curious about the parents they never knew. Luke's mother, Padmé Amidala, had died when he was a newborn. Some believe she died of a broken heart after her husband, Anakin Skywalker, had spurned her love and turned to the dark side. Others, however, believed the truth to be far more sinister -- that Sith sorcery had somehow been the phantom menace behind her demise. Luke had no knowledge of his mother, nor of the great sadness she'd endured. Luke's father, a Jedi Knight, had grown obsessed with recurring nightmares of Padmé's death and given himself over to the dark side, desperate to keep her from dying. In so doing, he became Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, and the man who was Anakin ceased to exist. To protect him from his father's dark destiny, Luke was told Anakin had been a navigator on a spice freighter, and had died when Luke was a baby. It was many years before Luke learned the truth. James and Lily Potter, meanwhile, were killed by an ambitious, evil-minded wizard called Voldemort. The self-proclaimed Dark Lord executed the Potters with a killing curse when Harry was an infant, then tried to murder Harry as well, only to have the curse rebound, deflected by a magic far more powerful than even Voldemort's evil: Lily Potter's love for her son. Thereafter, Harry was known as The Boy Who Lived. As such, Harry knew little about his parents and wished he could be with them. It was only when Harry was older that he discovered the darker side of his father's personality: that James could sometimes be pompous and cruel, and often mistreated his classmate, Severus Snape. Like Luke, Harry was disillusioned at the news that the father he'd never known was not quite the man he'd imagined him to be. What's more, both youths were later visited by apparitions of their dead fathers -- Harry in the Mirror of the Erised and during the Triwizard Tournament, Luke during a celebration following the second Death Star's destruction.