Tennessee Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books After Exorcists Say Its Spells And Curses Are Real

Since it’s original release, the ultra-popular Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling have found pushback from over-zealous religious figures who claim the fantasy novels promote devilry and witchcraft.

Now, decades after the first book burnings aimed at the fictional stories, yet another organization has decided Harry Potter is unsuitable children…but not quite for the usual reason.

St. Edward Catholic School in Tennessee has banned the books because they believe all the spells and curses found inside are real and could summon actual demons into the world.

A representative from the school, Rev. Dan Reehill, explained:

“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.”

Reehill made his decision after consulting several Roman exorcists, who recommended he remove the novels from the school’s library. 


Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of Nashville Roman Catholic schools, says that, while the Catholic Church has no official stance on Harry Potter, Reehill was acting within his rights.

“…each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school…He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”

Fans wondered whether the movies were also able to create real spells.

Other Harry Potter fans were eager to try out some magic now that they know it’s real!

If reading Harry Potter brings real magic into the world, a lot of damage has already been done.

Many people online thought the ban’s real victims were imaginative children.

Then again…

Almost everyone agreed, however, that Reehill’s efforts and the reasons behind them were pretty dumb.

After so many years, J.K. Rowling probably doesn’t mind one more protest.

In fact, controversies like this most likely boost sales.

We should all go grab a copy to practice our magic!

Accio Harry Potter!

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