Harry Potter fan fiction causes a stir

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Harry Potter fans line up outside of the Alamo Draft House for a chance to see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 movie at midnight. Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A fanfic author’s retelling of Harry Potter has gone viral, but readers can’t be sure if its a satire or an honest effort.

Going by ‘Grace Ann’ and claiming to be ‘new to this whole fanfiction thing,’ the author has solved a problem she believes many parents face: Allowing children to read Harry Potter without them ‘turning into witches.’

Harry Potter fans line up outside of the Alamo Draft House for a chance to see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 movie at midnight. Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Harry Potter fans line up outside of the Alamo Draft House for a chance to see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 movie at midnight. Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This version of Harry Potter replaces magic with prayer, turns Hogwarts into a school of Prayer and Ministry and includes some conservative teachings on men and women’s roles as well as evolution. Example:

“She always said that pretty girls were shallow and not very smart and that a real woman put her career first and didn’t care about her looks; but it only took one look at this godly young girl to realize just how wrong that was! A woman taking pride in her appearance is honoring the Lord; because after all, it is the Lord who gave her a pretty face and nice hair.”

What do you think? Is the whole thing a hoax? Or is Grace Ann just trying to help out her fellow parents? Let us know in the comments.


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