Curses! Things get too Harry for sensitive school pastor

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Curses! Things get too Harry for sensitive school pastor

Harry Potter expelled from library for risk of ‘conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading’

Tymon Smith

Parents of pupils at St Edward’s Catholic School in Nashville may have been bemused to read an e-mail from the school’s pastor, Re Dan Reehill, this week. Reehill told parents he had gone through JK Rowling’s blockbuster Harry Potter series of books and after consultation with “several exorcists” had decided to remove them from the school library.

Reehill explained in his e-mail that the books “present magic as both good and evil, which is not true and 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.”

Pupils of St Edward’s will no longer have access to the dastardly powers of spells included in the books such as the “avada Kedavra+”  “killing” curse, the “crucio” “torture” curse or the dreaded “imperio” that allows young wizards to control the actions of others...

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