Catholic school bans Harry Potter books for containing 'real' spells
The Harry Potter books have been removed from the library of a school in the state of Tennessee, United States. According to Father Dan Reehil, author JK Rowling would have placed "real spells" in the stories and students could risk "conjuring evil spirits" as they read the books.
Reehil is the principal of St. Edward's School, which is located in the county of Nashville, and forwarded an email to the students' parents explaining why they made the decision.
"These books present magic as benign and evil, which is not true. The charms and curses presented in the books are real charms and curses, and when read by a human being they pose the real risk of evoking evil spirits." said the note. The priest also explained that he consulted exorcists in the United States and Rome, who also recommended the removal of the works.
After the affair gained repercussion, Nashville Catholic School superintendent Rebecca Hammel went public to say that Father Reehil's decision was based on a personal stance. According to her, the choice to ban a particular work of the library depends only on the direction of the school.
"Each priest has canonical authority to make these decisions in his parish school. He is within his authority to do so, " Hammel explained. For her, it is up to parents to decide whether or not a work should be read by their children, emphasizing that the church only chooses books that are suitable for the children.
"If parents consider this or any other work to be appropriate, we hope they will only guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith, " said Hammel. "[We] really don't censor these selections other than ensuring that what we put in our libraries is appropriate for the age of our children."
Catholic school bans Harry Potter books for containing 'real' spells via TecMundo