The Harry Potter series is obviously one of the most iconic and culturally pervasive of our time. So when a Twitter user posted her friend's slightly odd experience with the fifth novel in the series, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', people couldn't help but laugh.
Friend is reading Harry Potter for the first time. He suddenly realizes he's read a fanfiction Order of the Phoenix instead of the real one. pic.twitter.com/tKNgT6usi6— Shelley Zhang (@shelzhang) July 10, 2017
After Dudley Dursley dies in his version, our intrepid reader decided to check with Zhang if she remembered those events.
Zhang told HuffPost Australia her very confused friend, Chris, works with her on the show China Uncensored, and after she shared a few screencaps of her conversation the tweets started to go viral, quickly raking up thousands of likes and retweets.
It wasn't just Dudley jumping from a building that was different, there are new curses (a harikiri curse that makes you vividly imagine disembowling yourself), Lucius Malfoy apparently tortures his son Draco who is apparently involved with Ginny.
I had to burst his bubble about Ginny and Draco, unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/DKKdC5jdA4— Shelley Zhang (@shelzhang) July 10, 2017
Meanwhile Harry and Hermione are "getting intimate".
Yes, hindsight is 20/20 pic.twitter.com/PNeime0Ceq— Shelley Zhang (@shelzhang) July 11, 2017
Zhang said Chris is planning on reading the actual 'Order of the Phoenix', "but he's a bit afraid he's going to like the 'alternate timeline" version better. He was pretty traumatised by the fanfic, but as we talked about it, he started being impressed by how detailed it was".
Meanwhile, Zhang has no plans on reading the whole fanfic. "I was dying to know what it was," she told Huffpost, "but I'm not sure I'm ready to read the whole thing."
A lot of people on Twitter disagreed there, and were desperate to get their hands on a copy of this truly twisted version of Harry Potter.
I kinda want to skim-read this book.— Auora (@Auora) July 10, 2017
I just finished reading real OOTP, and, like, now I kinda want to read this fan fiction version— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) July 10, 2017
Some fanfic fans were pretty sure what Zhang's friend was reading was a two-volume Harry Potter novel called Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent by an author known as Barb, but Zhang has yet to confirm.
Just be careful who you're recommending these books to, you never know WHAT you're going to have to explain.
omg, something similar happened to my dad. he called my sister and asked her what mpreg was and why Harry and Snape were together. pic.twitter.com/ATbxARbwgF— Tobleroni (@TobiasBDog) July 10, 2017
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