Sometimes perfect attendance at school has to be sacrificed. Maybe your child gets sick, or maybe a close relative passes away. Or maybe your child just really needs to study up on herbology, because if he gets another bad grade from Professor Longbottom, heaven help all the kids who have to hear the howler you send him.
That was the apparent case when this school excuse form hit Reddit. When the Allen Independent School District's "student attendance behavior improvement plan" asked why 9 year-old Parker missed school, his mother, Sarah, wrote "Student was attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."
The truth: Parker missed school for three days because he was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando -- a trip that his mother had cleared with the school ahead of time. "The school knew he would be absent," Sarah Nelson said over e-mail, "but I was told the forms would be sent regardless because they send them whenever students hit 3, 7, and 10 missed days of school for the year."
Thankfully, the form doesn't seem to be an indication that her son will get into any trouble. "I sent in the form, but as far as I know, there aren't any other repercussions."
The form might have gone unnoticed if not for Sarah's Brother, David, who posted it on Reddit after it was shared with the rest of the family in a group text. "David always knows how to get a good laugh out of me," Sarah said. "I was completely surprised that so many people would find it entertaining too."
While Sarah is a self-proclaimed huge fan of the series (after all, you don't drop knowledge about N.E.W.T.s without previous Wizarding World experience), the trip was primarily for Parker. "When my son realized they had a theme park about a year and a half ago, he was begging me to go. My son has never had a great love of reading so I saw this as a chance for him to discover how wonderful books could be. I told him if he read all seven books, I would take him to the park. He read them all and just finished early November. So while I, of course, loved everything about going to a Harry Potter-themed park, this trip was for my son. It was well earned."
But after returning from Hogwarts, the biggest problem for an Allen ISD student isn't school forms. "His biggest challenge is trying not to use the spells he learned in the middle of Muggle school class," Sarah says. "No magic allowed."