When J. K. Rowling wrote the critically-acclaimed Harry Potter series it created a whole sub-culture of fans who would dress up as their favorite characters and watch the films on repeat. The books have aged well with many children continuing to read them, but one catholic school is worried the books may bring some evil with them.
Saint Edwards Catholic School located in Nashville, Tennesse is the center of the controversy after Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the school, sent an email to his coworkers explaining that the iconic book series would be banned, the Washington Post reported.
His reasoning? He claimed these books contained spells of both good and evil, which could conjure evil spirits.
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” he wrote in the email. “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.”
Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, confirmed to CBS News that the email was authentic, but she didn’t reveal if she planned to support the ban or not.
This isn’t the first time a school has opted to ban the books, especially schools with religious ties, as many have argued that the books are satanic. To most readers, these claims ridiculous.
Parents aired their grievances about the ban to WTVF where they claimed the priest’s inability to “critically assess and discern fact from fiction,” was concerning. In addition, the parents argued that they were not informed of the ban, nor were they consulted on the matter.
After backlash from parents, Saint Edwards Catholic School clarified their statement by explaining that students could bring the books to the school, but they would not be to check them out from the library.