NASHVILLE — A Roman Catholic school in Tennessee has decided to pull all Harry Potter books from its library shelves over concerns about the spiritual impact of the curses and spells in the series, which centers on a boy who studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” Dan Reehill of St. Edward Catholic School wrote to parents in an email. “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.”
According to a summary of the series, Potter is depicted as a young boy who “somehow survived a curse from the greatest dark sorcerer of all time, Lord Voldemort, whose name most witches and wizards still feared to speak. Harry’s parents had died in Voldemort’s attack, but Harry had escaped with his lightning scar, and somehow — nobody understood why — Voldemort’s powers had been destroyed the instant he had failed to kill Harry.”
At age 11, Potter learns that he himself has magical powers and is summoned to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Books in the series include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”