This isn’t a headline from the early 2000’s. Nope, this is from 2019. Schools are still banning Harry Potter books, despite the first one being released back in 1998.
On Saturday, the Tennessean reported that the students of St. Edward Catholic School will no longer be allowed to check out books in the Harry Potter series from their school library on account of the “curses and spells” present within the J.K. Rowling texts.
The local publication states that Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the school, explained the decision in an email to parents.
Here is an excerpt from the email:
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” he wrote. “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.”
Parish priest says, "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."— Ed Bott (@edbott) September 2, 2019
Whoa, Padre. https://t.co/y62zrT8EFZ
This sounds like something Dolores Umbridge would do... https://t.co/pAmRtNrwNB— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) September 2, 2019