Muslim-haters fall for satirical Facebook meme, mistake Harry Potter character for mullah

A hilarious meme of Professor Quirrell from Harry Potter being portrayed as a Muslim man who “set a woman on fire for eating bacon”, has been mistaken as factual by angry far-right Facebook users.

The satirical picture was posted on the “Worldwide Infidels United” parody Facebook page, and has since been removed from the site. It mocked racist groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First for their anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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The post, which was shared 47,500 times, included a photograph of the actor Ian Hart who played Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

It read: “This is Sajid Muhammed, a Muslim man living in the UK. In 2002 he set a woman on fire for eating a bacon sandwich and only got 2 years in prison! He was released early to appease the local Muslims protesting against his arrest! SHARE if you think he should be hung!”

Some commenters immediately spotted the satire while others were not too sharp.

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“It's unbelievable what these Muslims get away with in our country what is our government trying to do. God Help Us,” one user wrote.

Another commenter went to more extreme measures, saying the Harry Potter character should be deported: “I'm not sure on the death penalty but he should served his sentence then been deported n not allowed a passport again pure evil the system over here stinks.”

By the looks of it, racists clearly don’t understand satire.