That ‘Christian’ Harry Potter Thing Is Almost Certainly a Hoax

Over the past week, certain blogs have blown up over a writer who’s calling herself ‘Grace Anne Parsons’ (she goes by “proudhousewife” online) and her mission to re-write the Harry Potter books to be a Christian morality tale. “My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books; and of course I’m happy for them to be reading; but I don’t want them turning into witches!” she writes in her intro. So she’s making some changes and writing her own versions. In them, Harry Potter is rescued from his wicked, evolution-believing, socialism-pushing “family” and taken by Hagrid to the “Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles.” There, he meets the happily married “Reverend Albus Dumbledore” and his daughter, the “obedient” and “modest” Hermione.

The fanfic is about seven chapters in and has initiated a lot of eye-rolling from every corner of the blogosphere. And while it’s possible that this is the work of a real Grace Parsons who is truly concerned that the books will lead her children into the way of iniquity, it smacks of an Internet hoax from a prankster curious to see if anyone will swallow his or her story. As Religion News Service notes, Google turns up no other mention of “Grace Anne Parsons” (whose name is a bit on the nose) and the references themselves seem to come from a writer far more familiar with Harry Potter than the Bible (at one point, Hagrid explains to Harry that Christians are simply “people who want to be good,” which isn’t an answer a Sunday School teacher would accept from a first grader). True, some overreactions from certain corners of Christiandom have opened churches up to this type of satire, but in this case, something smells like Floo Powder …

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