Harry Potter is likely one of the best fantasy series ever written (I may be a little biased.). From the publication of the first book, many religious people have tried to get the books banned. They believe that the concept of magic goes against their religion, so they don’t want their children reading them.

Some parents say that the books “glorify witchcraft.” One parent in England, Tom Bennett, said:

“For many parents, particularly of evangelical Christian backgrounds and sometimes of some Muslim backgrounds, the occult is not something which exists in fiction and fantasy, the occult is something which is a very living – [a] live part of their faith.”

One parent has taken it upon herself to attempt to rewrite this iconic story minus the references to magic. The author, who goes by Grace Ann, asked this in the introduction:

“Do you want your little ones to read books; and they want to read the Harry Potter books; but you do not want them to turn into witches? Well – this is the story for you! This story has all the adventure of JKR’s books; but will not lead your children astray.”

Of course, she had to turn one of the mean characters into an atheist. The evil muggle aunt, Petunia, that Harry lives with is a mean atheist who believes in evolution.

Hagrid comes to tell Harry that he is a Christian, and they get to Hogwarts through prayer.

Not only is this openly offensive to stable minded Christians who do not go about using their faith to undermine others, though it is also a judgmental slap in the face to those who do not identify with any religion. One individual who isn’t a fan of the newly revised Christian Harry Potter said:

“Grace Ann you are a pathetic and well insulated person in serious need of psychiatric help. Firstly, you have no right what so ever to mess with someone else’s hard work. If you are in disagreement with the content you simply don’t open the book. How would you feel about me taking your King James and rewriting it? Absolutely no difference.”

I agree. If you don’t want your children to read a book, don’t give it to them. Don’t ruin a beautiful story.

Here is a news story about the whole crazy ordeal.

YouTube Channel: Nerd Story

 

Featured image via Elen Nivrae, available under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

h/t Daily Mail

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