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“HARRY POTTER BOOKS SPARK RISE IN SATANISM AMONG CHILDREN”
Back in 2000, people weren’t as familiar with The Onion. This led to mass confusion over an article that some insist is accurate to this day. The “Harry Potter is Satanic” fear, if not started by The Onion, was hugely fanned by it. The original article, with the paper’s classic blend of completely over the top satire, talked about how the books were introducing kids to Satan.
The article claimed to quote children who had been introduced to magic through the books:
“Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies.”
“Hermione is my favorite, because she’s smart and has a kitty,” said 6-year-old Jessica Lehman of Easley, SC. “Jesus died because He was weak and stupid.”
It also quoted “High Priest Egan of the First Church of Satan in Salem, MA”:
“Harry is an absolute godsend to our cause. An organization like ours thrives on new blood—no pun intended—and we’ve had more applicants than we can handle lately. And, of course, practically all of them are virgins, which is gravy.”
These fake quotes were themselves quoted for YEARS in chain emails and on sites like WorldNetDaily as proof that 20 million children were worshiping the devil thanks to indoctrination by some entertaining young adult literature. The claim became so widespread that finally J.K. Rowling herself was forced to weigh in on how absurd it was.
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