Harry Potter books banned from Tennessee Catholic school library over fears they contain ‘actual curses and spells’

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.

Understandably, people are reluctant to take this risk seriously.

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