Emma Watson, the co-star of the Harry Potter franchise, reportedly has a sizable collection of Bibles, courtesy of fans looking to save the young actress’ soul. According to The Sun, Watson began receiving the books after the series came under fire from numerous religious groups who openly condemned the books and the movies. As a result, Watson now has over 20 Bibles in her collection.
“Finding our Harry Potter films un-Christian, people think I need to be guided and send me The Bible. I now have a collection of 20,” she explained.
Many Christians believe that the adventures of the boy wizard glorifies witchcraft and pagan lifestyles. The fact that the stories are geared towards children is particularly distressing for a lot of folks. In the documentary Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, Caryl Matrisciana explained why J.W. Rowling’s stories are so dangerous:
“J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has gone through an awful lot of research. She is very accurate (otherwise we would have witches all over the country and the world saying ‘this is not a true representation of our religion.’) This is a true representation of witchcraft, and the black arts, and black magic. And yet we have people that say this is merely fantasy and harmless reading for our children. Actually, what makes this more dangerous is that it is couched in fantasy language, and children’s literature, and made to be humorous, and beautifully written and extremely provocative reading. and it just opens up children to want to have the next one. This is what is so harmful.”
Watson, meanwhile, is attempting to separate herself from the character she portrayed in the Harry Potter series. In addition to starring in the highly-anticipated film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Watson will take part in director Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah.
If nothing else, at least Emma Watson has plenty of Bibles to use for research.