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.
Harry Potter books removed from St. Edward Catholic School due to 'curses and spells' https://t.co/EKUdN3oeFg
— Tennessean (@Tennessean) August 31, 2019
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.”
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— angie goff (@OhMyGOFF) September 2, 2019
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."
Whoa, Padre. https://t.co/y62zrT8EFZ
— Ed Bott (@edbott) September 2, 2019
My favorite part of the email is the clarification that the spells are dangerous “when read by a human being.”
Like if an angel or a centaur or an elf or any other kind of creature that can read wishes to check out Goblet of Fire, that’d be okay.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 2, 2019
Reehill made his decision after consulting several Roman exorcists, who recommended he remove the novels from the school’s library.
If your child attends this school, pull them out immediately.
If the school thinks there are *real magic spells* in *Harry Potter* then it cannot be trusted to teach your child real scholastic skills. https://t.co/sFgp1wSICY
— Jason Cross (@JasonCross00) September 2, 2019
Yeah I hate it when I’m reading Harry Potter and then all of a sudden my coffee cup turns into a mouse https://t.co/yGwHOakrJE
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) September 2, 2019
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.”
You know, this is totally unfair. I read all of the Harry Potter books and did not conjure one single evil spirit. Or any kind of spirit for that matter. https://t.co/QgEfrhkOCE
— Robyn Pennacchia (@RobynElyse) September 2, 2019
Fans wondered whether the movies were also able to create real spells.
What’ll happen if they watch the movies?
— ᴄᴀᴍɪʟʟᴀ ʟ ɴᴇᴡs (@CamillaLNews) September 2, 2019
It’s just BOOKS, that are FICTIONAL.
Smh, why make a big deal out of it?
What’s next, they gon ban us from watching the movies too?
— 🍀💎𝕽𝖆𝖖𝖚𝖊𝖑💎🍀 #KMM IS COMING (@raflocruz99) September 2, 2019
Oh please, it’s just a book
— Candace 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐶 (@blackcatmama17) September 3, 2019
Other Harry Potter fans were eager to try out some magic now that they know it’s real!
Really? Dear @jk_rowling can you please release a book on all the spells so I have a quick and handy guide 🥰
— cmerry🌀 (@cmerry) September 2, 2019
So the spells WORK?!? Me, frantically buying every Kindle version so I can word-search for various spells I…ahem…would never use IRL! pic.twitter.com/saTdKnfWSG
— Brian "Not A Bot" Metzger (@btmetzger) September 2, 2019
If reading Harry Potter brings real magic into the world, a lot of damage has already been done.
Jesus seeing this after reading them all 4 times pic.twitter.com/u9nFK8G88M
— 侵略 (@BluntThoughtzz) September 3, 2019
I wish it were true that we can use those books to cast spells and curses, I would be doing that all day. These people just want to continue to stifle children's potential and so they can control them easier.
— Krys (@109Krys) September 2, 2019
Many people online thought the ban’s real victims were imaginative children.
This school does not support having an imagination. This is just ridiculous.
— Gary Nelson[B42][TDG] (@itzsportsy) September 2, 2019
Did he also ban C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia? I’m not promoting the banning, but just inquiring out of consistency (and general absurdity).
— Katra (@KatKnoernschild) September 3, 2019
This is as bad as the people that think Pokemon is demonic.
— 𝓐𝓶𝓸𝓻 𝓕𝓪𝓽𝓲 🌳 (@PoutSeokjinnie) September 3, 2019
Avada Kedavra sounds like Abra Kadabra so maybe they're onto something
— Roon Kolos – Draconic Robotics (@RoonKolos) September 2, 2019
Almost everyone agreed, however, that Reehill’s efforts and the reasons behind them were pretty dumb.
Umm, if this is true why aren’t we being inundated with these spirits and demons? Millions of people have read these books and, I’m sure some, if not all, have tried the spells so… pic.twitter.com/KNyNVs2AK9
— MaryCade Mandus (@MarycademMandus) September 2, 2019
After so many years, J.K. Rowling probably doesn’t mind one more protest.
In fact, controversies like this most likely boost sales.
That priest is going to get Harry Potter back on the best seller lists.
— Eggy McEggerton (@eggymce) September 2, 2019
We should all go grab a copy to practice our magic!
Accio Harry Potter!
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