The incredibly popular Harry Potter book series has been banned from the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville,Tennessee. The decision has been taken after advice from the school’s pastor Reverend Dan Reehil.
In the email he sent to parents, he explained that he has taken this decision after consulting with exorcists from Rome and the US.
Indeed, he reportedly wrote, “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”.
According to the Pastor, allowing children to read the JK Rowling books may encouraged them to practice dark magic.
Indeed, but I’m sure you already know, Harry Potter is a fantasy novel based on a wizard’s life and his battle against dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
However, the widely popular books are largely seen as being a story of goodness and friendship over evil. And teachers like to study the book in class to encourage creativity and reading through a playful theme.
It’s not the first time a Christian community has condemned the saga, and according to the American Library Association, it’s the most banned book in America. Some decry the celebration of witchcraft but other also consider Harry’s journey as an allegory for Jesus Christ.
Luckily, the students of this school are still allowed to read it at home.