Robert: Catholic school bans “Harry Potter” over mentions of ‘spells and curses’
A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has made the decision to ban the popular Harry Potter book series over concerns regarding its content.
“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,” says a statement from St. Edward Catholic School.
The statement continues to say several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome were consulted and recommended removing the books.
While the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the series, each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. “We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms,” said a representative from the school board.