A deadly trick disguised as a children’s fairy game has outraged Russian parents after a young girl was badly burned. The web game, modeled after the cartoon series Winx Club: School of Witches, instructed unsuspecting children how to become “fire fairies” by igniting their gas stoves on fire while saying “magic words.”
Terrifyingly, the unknown individuals behind the deadly game are using images from the popular Italian animated television show, “Winx Club: School of Witches,” to draw children in. While Rainbow, the company responsible for the Winx Club brand on social media, has nothing to do with the game, the Russian Investigative Committee has not yet found where it originated. Some believe the objective is not to harm children, but to cause panic among parents. Regardless of intention, at least one child has been seriously injured.
Five-year-old Sofia Ezhova was severely burned after sneaking into her family’s kitchen late at night and turning on the stove’s gas burners. Although the game says to “breathe the gas in” rather than light the burners, either act can be deadly.
Investigators found one search engine in Russia to have thousands of requests in the last month for “how to become a fairy.” The meme with the deadly instructions is an appealing search result to young kids, especially due to the inclusion of “Winx Club” characters.