Catholic school bans Harry Potter books because they 'risk conjuring evil spirits'


"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception", Reehil wrote in an email, which was obtained by The Tennessean.

This leads me to conclude that St. Edward Catholic School's Rev. Dan Rehill and everyone else who has ever called for Harry Potter book bans are real magical beings with natural affinities for the supernatural, far greater than us lame normal humans. was all because of a pastor at the school who believes the spells and curses in the books are real and can conjure evil spirits and demons.

It's hardly the first time that the novels - chronicling the adventures and coming-of-age of a young wizard - have been kicked off school campuses.

Harry Potter might have come back to Hogwarts, but it doesn't look like it will be returning to the library of St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville. The plot revolves around the life of Harry Potter and witches.

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In an email obtained by The Tennessean, the Rev. Dan Reehil of Nashville's St. Edward Catholic School said he consulted exorcists in the USA and Rome who recommended removing the books. The Harry Potter books, he claimed, "promote a Machiavellian approach to achieving the ends they desire with whatever means are necessary". The Catholic Church believes it is as much as dad and mom to find out what's applicable for his or her youngsters and "guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith", she stated.

However, while "Harry Potter" might be inspiring some to ban the books or remove them from libraries, that has not stopped the series from being a massive success.

After the school's decision started to gain attention, the Diocese's Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Hammel sent an e-mail to school staff clarifying the scope of the "Harry Potter" purge. In 2006, the series topped the American Library Association's list of most-challenged books of the 21st century. She said "each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school", and added Reehil is "well within his authority to act in that manner". Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI even weighed in on the controversy when he was a cardinal, writing in 2003 that the books "deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly".

Many of us have really fond memories of growing up with the Harry Potter books and movies.