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“Harry Potter” is under fire at one Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, and while this is not the first time the series has had to contend with being banned, the latest instance sees the books being completely removed from library shelves. Apparently the reasoning behind the series being removed from shelves has to do with the potential to “conjure evil.”
According to NBC News, a pastor at the St. Edward School in Nashville sent out an email explaining why he believes the books should no longer be allowed on school shelves. Father Reehil believes that, “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception.” He goes on to say 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.”
While “Harry Potter” fans have been reading these books for years, and of course there are also the movies themselves, it seems that the pastor has done his research. Apparently Father Reehil consulted with people at the Vatican, as well as professional Exorcists to determine that the “Harry Potter” series contained actual spells and curses.
Although the series was never part of the curriculum for the Diocese, they had been allowed in libraries for students to read on their own. However, this summer it seems that the pastor made the decision to send out an email about the “Harry Potter” series stating that it was being removed from library shelves.
An email from the superintendent of the Catholic Schools in the district explained that students will still be able to read the books in school, if they are bringing them from home. However, “Harry Potter” will no longer be available from the library itself. The superintendent did explain that Father Reehil made his decision about the series based on a number of factors, and that it is all about the students’ “well-being.”
Considering the “Harry Potter” series has long been considered controversial, it is comes as no surprise to see it being removed from a Catholic School’s library shelves. In fact, one might almost be surprised it has taken this long.
“Harry Potter” has come under fire a number of times for its discussion of magic and wizardry, with many religious organizations taking exception to the content of the books. However, while “Harry Potter” might be inspiring some to ban the books or remove them from libraries, that has not stopped the series from being a massive success.
All it takes is checking out Universal Studios to see that the series has garnered its own cult following. Plus, with the popular spin-off movies set prior to the events of the “Harry Potter” movies and books, it is clear that there are plenty of fans of the Wizarding World to make up for any blacklisting the series might endure.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
NBC News – Harry Potter books taken off shelves at Catholic school over risk of ‘conjuring evil spirits’
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