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Christian mom rewrites Harry Potter sans 'witches'

Mother writing a Christian version of the Harry Potter series so her children can read it without "turning into witches."

By Ben Hooper
Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint arrive for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. (UPI/Laura Cavanaugh)
Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint arrive for the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. (UPI/Laura Cavanaugh) | License Photo

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Christian mother is rewriting the Harry Potter series to make the books more "family friendly" and promote her own values instead of those of "witches."

The woman, who identified herself as Grace Ann and uses the username "proudhousewife" on FanFiction.net, said she started writing "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles" to give her children a chance to read the Harry Potter series -- or at least something vaguely similar to the series.

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"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!" Grace Ann wrote on the website. "So I thought... why not make some slight changes so these books are family friendly?"

The "changes" Grace Ann discussed include altering independent-minded character Hermione to be "modest" and "obedient" while Dumbledore was made into a reverend who was married to a woman. Harry Potter series author JK Rowling famously said after the close of the book series that Dumbledore was intended to be gay.

Grace Ann's version of the Harry Potter universe casts his wicked aunt and uncle as atheists.

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"What is a Christian?" Harry queried innocently; and scuffed his shoe on the shaggy, yellow carpet which had not been vacuumed in quite some time.

"Christians are people who want to be good," Hagrid explained wisely; and crouched down so he was on eye level with Harry. "We want to go to heaven after we die. Do you know what heaven is, Harry?"

Harry shook his head; and his big eyes were wide and curious.

"Heaven is a beautiful place where we can be with God."

It remains unclear whether the piece is a work of parody or a legitimate attempt to rewrite the series with a Christian bent. Grace Ann had published eight chapters totaling 8,405 words as of Thursday.

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