St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville is banning the Harry Potter series, claiming the books include good and evil magic, which, if read a human can conjure “evil spirits”.
CBS News reports that Reverend Dan Reehil, the school’s pastor, sent an email to that effect. Reehil said he consulted exorcists in both U.S. and Rome before reaching the decision to remove the books.
“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,” Reehil wrote in the email, according to CBS News.
J.K. Rowling published the Harry Potter books between 1997 and 2007. The stories about the boy wizard were adapted into a successful film franchise, consisting of eight films released between 2001 and 2011.
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