Catholic School Removes Harry Potter Books Because Children "Risk Conjuring Evil Spirits"

Didn't work when I read them!

September 3, 2019
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When I was in 3rd grade my teacher Ms. Ivey sent home a letter to parents asking if it was okay for her to read the first Harry Potter book to the class. I didn't understand what the big deal was because I thought the premise of the book sounded awesome. Unfortunately, two of my classmates didn't get to stay with us when she read the book to us because their parents thought JK Rowling was an actual witch and put a spell on the books to make them sell well! Like, what??? That was 1999 and now here we are 20 years later and people still think magic is real.

St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter series from the school library because the head pastor believes the books pose a real risk to "conjure evil spirits". 

In a letter sent home to parents Rev. Dan Reehil said, "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". He went on the state, “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception." That's weird because they never worked when I read the books MULTIPLE TIMES. 

Concerned parents sent a letter to the local news station WTVF airing their concerns about Rev. Dan Reehil's decision to remove the books. They suggested that this move raised concerns about his “fringe” views and his ability to “critically assess and discern fact from fiction,” and complained that the decision had been made without input from parents or other school administrators.

So crazy! You can read more below.