Cute Or Cringeworthy? Harry Potter-Themed Wedding Proposal Has People Torn

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Potterheads and non-Potterheads alike are divided on whether a wedding proposal inside a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book is the cutest thing ever… or completely cringeworthy.

It started when a woman named Catherine Zirilli posted her proposal pics into an open Facebook group called “Room of Requirement.” In it, people discuss Harry Potter news, theories, and anecdotes. Catherine posted two pics from her Christmas engagement: one that showed an understated gold-banded ring on ~that finger~ with a little hole cut out of “Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow” of the sixth Harry Potter book, and the second showing the same ring perfectly fit in the cut-out hole. She wrote, “he felt SO BAD cutting into it, but we own so many copies it’s ok, right?”

On the initial group, the photos garnered almost 5K likes in three days and many congratulatory comments. But it was cross-posted on a group called, “That’s It, I’m Proposal Shaming,” where people were a lot less complimentary of the proposal’s theme. One person remarked, “that chapter is about promising to murder someone” another commented that Snape was “an incel,” and another hater said, “That poor book being destroyed for THAT ring.” The conversation quickly devolved into whether it’s “weird” to be an adult obsessed with a YA book like Harry Potter and how J.K. Rowling is kind of a bad person. Someone even linked to a $150 dollar version of the book on Etsy with a pre-cut heart to show the same chapter.

In the comments, another woman said, “Cant shame this cuz this is exactly how my husband proposed to me, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it,” which pretty much proves an earlier comment that the move “lacked originality.”

But more than just the HP-related criticism, others were pissed that Catherine’s to-be husband destroyed a book when he could’ve proposed pretty much any other way.

So, what do you think: Cute or cringeworthy? Let us know in the comments below!