After consulting with several exorcists, the school reverend came to the controversial decision to remove the books as they believed the spells were "real" and "risk conjuring evil spirits" when the books are read aloud.
The Harry Potter series has always been a crowd favorite, but sadly, students at St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, will no longer be able to simply grab a copy of the beloved wizard from their library anymore. Well, this is because the school's pastor removed all seven of these books that transport children to the wizarding world of Hogwarts, reports Mirror Online. Apparently, the pastor's got some issues with the way the book has portrayed magic.
After consulting with many exorcists in Rome and US, Reverend Dan Reehill decided to do away with the series from the library as per an email sent to the parents. According to them, the decision was so made because they believe that when the books are read aloud, the spells and curses are considered to be "real" and "risk conjuring evil spirits". Who would have thought that fictitious spells such as Avada Kedavra, Expelliarmus, and Wingardium Leviosa to name a few would have such devastating results!!
While many of the characters in the book use their magic for good, except for the bad guys, Reverend Reehill believes it's all a "clever deception", according to The Tennessean. Writing in his email, he explained: These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but is, 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.
The superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Rebecca Hammel, acknowledged that the mail was sent out stating that the Reverend had the last word on the matter whilst adding that Catholic Church did not have an official position on the books. "Each pastor has a canonical authority to make such a decision for his parish school. He's well within his authority to act in that matter," she said.
However, Hammel added that students would not be stopped from reading the books provided they had permission from their parents. She said, "Should parents deem that this or any other media be appropriate we would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith." In the books, the titular character Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard and he heads off to Hogwarts, the wizarding school.
Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger often find themselves in situations where they have to defeat the dark wizard and save the day. However, those who have read the books know that they have never really used any magic to harm anyone else. Once the news of this went public, people took to social media to comment on just how bizarre this whole thing was.
Tabbitha Williams wrote: How many of us used to hold a stick at shout the 'spells'. Those books taught me how to read. All this is, is a bunch of crazy religious people taking the fun out of things. Seán O'Donnell added: The Vatican has not issued an edict. An exorcist who happens to live in Rome and acting on his own merit has given an opinion. The Vatican has NOT banned the book or in any way discredited JK Rowling. Pope Benedict XVI is on record for highlighting how the author portrays good above evil. However, America is America!