A Catholic School Has Removed Harry Potter Books For Risk Of “Conjuring Evil Spirits”
A private Catholic school in Nashville, USA, have removed Harry Potter books from the school library after a local pastor suggested “the actual curses and spells, which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits”.
Apparently, the pastor was briefed by “several” exorcists who recommended removing the much-loved J.K Rowling novels from the school’s library, so he sent the school an email with his recommendation.
According to Reverend Dan Reehil:
“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.”
St. Edwards Catholic School’s superintendent, Rebecca Hammel, said the school “does not have an official position on the Harry Potter books”, however, “each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school”.
She also went on to explain that parents are the children’s real teachers:
“Should parents deem that this or any other media to be appropriate we would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith.
“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms.”
The Harry Potter series were published between 1997 and 2007, and have a strong, loyal following, that is still growing to this day.
This isn’t unusual however, for religion and the fictitious, magical story of Harry Potter to come at loggerheads.
In fact, Harry Potter and The Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick (And the Bible Series), is a real live publication, with a whopping two-and-a-half stars on Amazon.
The book’s synopsis reads: ‘A look at the occult undertones in the Harry Potter series of books by author J K Rowling. The first four Potter volumes are assessed in detail. Part 2 of the book looks at occultism today in general’.
J.K Rowling is herself a Christian, however has avoided confronting the issue between religion and Potter for some time.
She has once though stated, it was her religion that inspired her to write the infamous novels.
“To me, the religious parallels have always been obvious,” Rowling said.
“But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.”