A Catholic School in Tennessee has banned all the Harry Potter books after ‘experts’ claimed they contained “actual” curses and spells.
A Pastor at the school, Reverend Dan Reehil sent an email to the school’s community, claiming that the decision was made after consulting several exorcists in the United States and Rome. According to the Tennessean, Reehil told parents that “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.”
According to Reehil, it is a “clever deception” that the books “present magic as good and evil”.
The Tennessean reports that Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, said that “Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school…He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”
Hammel told the Tennessean that she did not know what prompted the removal, though it was during the process of reviewing the school’s library collection after opening a new library.
Other schools in the diocese still have the books on their shelf.
If you summon evil spirits in the process of reading J.K. Rowling’s accounts of the life of Harry Potter, please report the incident to your national Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes. Muggles involved may need to be obliviated.
Source: 10 Daily