Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Catholic school removes Harry Potter books due to demon conjuring risk

Catholic school removes Harry Potter books due to demon conjuring risk

In an email to parents, obtained by The Tennessean, Reehil explains he consulted with exorcists, who recommended he remove the books.

Unfortunately for students at one Nashville Catholic school, the "Harry Potter" series will be gone from their shelves. While J.K. Rowling shows that magic can be both good or evil, he and exorcists believe that this is 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 an email, according to the Tennessean.

Reehil sent the email after a concerned parent reached out to him. She also clarified the school is not enacting a ban: The series was never part of the school's curriculum, and students can still read the books on school grounds. The college's pastor, "out of an abundance of caution", determined that the Harry Potter sequence, which "has received attention over its presentation of magic and witchcraft", also needs to be eliminated, she wrote.

The choice to take away Harry Potter books from the St. Edward's library was broadly mocked on social media by followers of the favored sequence, who identified that the gathering is a piece of fiction and that there's completely no proof backing Reehil's declare that the spells and curses described are actual.

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"I know that in the process they were going through and kind of weeding out some of the content in hopes of sprucing it up and improving the circulation", said Hammel, adding that if parents deemed the stories "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".

She does not mention that the controversy has died down in recent years because no Harry Potter novel has been published since 2007 and no Harry Potter movie has been released since 2011.

Hammel said the books have been pulled from a new library, but believes they still remain in other school libraries throughout the diocese. In 1999, it was the most challenged book in the United States, and the series topped the American Library Association's list of the most frequently challenged books of 2000-2009. He also said he consulted several exorcists in the US and Rome before making his decision, so...good on him for doing research?

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