Weirdest news of the day so far comes from India, where Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is calling out Harry Potter for adding to the diminishing of the country's owl population."

Ramesh claims that fans of J.K. Rowling's boy wizard and his furry bird friend Hedwig are encouraging parents to purchase owls illegally for their children, the BBC reports.

"Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls," he said.

The wildlife conservation group Traffic conducted a study regarding such allegations, further requesting more regulations be put in place to protect India's endangered owls. Such a concern arises amid preparation for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which begins on Friday (November 5).

Abrar Ahmed, the author behind the report, says his research indicates that a larger number of owls are being "traded, trapped, or killed in black market rituals."

"This was probably one of the strangest demands made to me as an ornithologist," he stated.

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By MacKenzie Wilson