Banned: Catholic school removes Harry Potter books due to ‘curses and spells’

Banned: Catholic school removes Harry Potter books due to ‘curses and spells’ September 1, 2019

From The Tennessean: 

The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer checkout the popular Harry Potter book series from their school’s library.

The seven-book series depicting the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends was removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school, wrote in an email.

“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the email states.

Reehil goes on to say in the email that he consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.

The pastor was out of the office until Wednesday, but Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, confirmed Reehil sent an email about removing the books following an inquiry from a parent. He also notified faculty, she said.

The Harry Potter books are considered controversial in some circles, including religious ones.

The Catholic Church does not have an official position on the Harry Potter books, Hammel said. In this situation, the school’s pastor does have the final say,

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