A Catholic school in Tennessee, USA, has banned the “Harry Potter” series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic.
CBS News reports that the reverend also believed that the book include spells, which, if read by a human can conjure “evil spirits.”
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Rev. Reehil said of the seven-part “Harry Potter” book series. “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,” the email continues.
While the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the magical book and movie series, “each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school,” Hammel said. “He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”
The original “Harry Potter” books, written by J.K. Rowling, were published between 1997 and 2007. The eight “Harry Potter” films were released between 2001 and 2011. The franchise has also spurned an amusement park, a Broadway show, and several related works written by Rowling.