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Harry Potter books removed from school on ‘exorcists advice’

Harry Potter books removed from school on ‘exorcists advice’

Rev. Dan Reehil, the pastor of the school serving kindergarten through eighth grade, removed the books from circulation because of "recommendations of exorcists in United States and Rome", according to CNN on Tuesday.

Reehil, a pastor at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tenn., was anxious about the heretical lessons that students could learn from the Harry Potter books, he wrote in an August 28 email to faculty members that was obtained by WTVF.

"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true", his letter reads. The "actual spells" could conjure evil spirits, according to a report from The Guardian.

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It is hardly the primary time that the novels - chronicling the adventures and coming-of-age of a younger wizard - have been kicked off college campuses.

Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, claims that Reehil has the authority to ban the Harry Potter series. She also clarified the school is not enacting a ban: The series was never part of the school's curriculum, and students can still read the books on school grounds. And unless you're a Supernatural fan and a Harry Potter fan, chances are you won't have any knowledge of exorcising demons and evil spirits, so anything surly you conjure from the depths of the underworld just has to stick around until you can find someone to help. "The books use nefarious means to attain the goals of the characters, including the "good" characters", he wrote, arguing that an act can't be thought of morally good underneath Catholic theology whether it is completed by way of questionable strategies.

Father Reehil, a pastor at the school, made the decision over the summer to remove the books from the St. Edward School's library, as reported by NBC affiliate WSMV in Nashville. In 2006, the series topped the American Library Association's list of most-challenged books of the 21st century. "Everyday I ask myself, 'Can this country get any dumber?' and without fail, it always can", one Twitter person wrote. She said, "While the Catholic Church has expressed no formal position on the books and related movies, many voices in the Church, even at higher levels, have expressed that the subject matter may be appropriate when due consideration is given to the maturity of the reader".