In a shocking move, a Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee, banned JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, claiming the risk of “conjuring evil spirits”.
The students of the school will no longer have access to the famed book series after they were removed from the library, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The insanely popular series which follows a young wizard and his adventures with friends as they grow up was removed over its content, according to The Tennessean, quoting Rev.
Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish college. “These books gift magic as each smart and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Reehil said, according to the newspaper, as cited by The Hollywood Reporter.
“The curses and spells employed in the books square are looks like actual curses and spells, which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the individual perusing the content,” Reehil included.
The official told the newspaper that he contacted several exorcists in the US and abroad and they reportedly suggested removing the popular book series.
Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, said that she was aware of the decision.
“Each pastor has canonical authority to create such choices for his parish college. He’s well at intervals his authority to act in this manner,” Hammel said.
The original Harry Potter books, written by Rowling, were published between 1997 and 2007. The eight ‘Harry Potter’ films were discharged between 2001 and 2011. The popular franchise has also spurned an amusement park, a Broadway show, and several related works written by Rowling.
The young adult series explores the wizarding world, in which the titular character, Harry Potter, and his friends, Hermione and Ron, live and study at Hogwarts. The film and book series received essential acclaim further as an exceptional world success.