A Catholic school in Nashville Tennessee has banned all Harry Potter books from its libraries for fears that it could risk "conjuring evil spirits".
Reverend Dan Reehil, a pastor at the school, says he consulted several exorcists in the US and Rome, and they recommended removing the books.
Reehil wrote in an email:
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.
St. Edward Catholic School pupils run from pre-K (aged three) to 8th grade (aged 13-14). The superintendent at the school Rebecca Hammel said that while the Catholic church does not have an official position on the books, the final decision does lie with the pastor.