A Catholic school has banned Harry Potter for fear of raising demons

The chaplain at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee, has had the Harry Potter books removed from the school library, due to a very unusual concern. You might expect that it’s because he thinks the pupils could be turned into Centrists by an admiration for the books’ author, or worse still, that they might start wandering into out-of-bounds areas of the school looking for mysteries to solve.

But no – the Reverend Dan Reehil fears the spells in the book might conjure something other than a desire for snot-flavoured jelly beans. He 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,”

He further claimed that he had taken advice from a number of exorcists, although we can only hope that number wasn’t 666. The information found its way onto Twitter.

Of course, people had opinions, and they weren’t afraid to share them.

Film writer, Scott Weinberg, had an entirely valid question.

Whilst, comedian Luis Gomez suspected the spell nonsense might be a cover for some different nonsense.

Expecto homophobia.

Source: Guardian Image: Artem Maltsev on Unsplash, Twitter screengrab

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