In the story, owls are messengers and the child wizard has his own snowy owl named Hedwig, who has a fan base all her own and is depicted as a clever, devoted and loving animal.
A report by a wildlife group has indicated that there has been a sharp decline in India's owl population, which may or may not be related to the popularity of the bespectacled adolescent wizard.
"There seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls. There is an increase in people looking to purchase owls from illegal traders. These birds are being trapped and traded....," says Indian Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh.
Ugh, this is why I hate parents. "Hey kid, here's that owl you were throwing a fit about. Sure it'll be dead in a month due to negligence, but hopefully you'll cease your whining in the meantime." THAT IS NO WAY TO TEACH YOUR CHILD A LIFE LESSON, OR SHOW ANY RESPECT FOR AVIAN LIFE. No, if your kid asks for an owl, this is the responsible parental reaction: "AN OWL?! ARE YOU F***ING KIDDING ME?! I'M NOT GETTING YOU AN OWL! YOU'LL GET A STICK WITH A FACE PAINTED ON IT AND LIKE IT!"
Is Harry Potter Responsible for the Decline of Owls in India? [weirdasianews]
Thanks to Melissa, who begged her parents for a Luck Dragon after watching The Never Ending Story but her parents refused BECAUSE THEY'RE GOOD PARENTS.