In Nashville, Tennessee, students at St. Andrew's Catholic School are no longer able to read the Harry Potter series of books in the library because of their harmfulness to the minds of young readers.
It is “because of their content” that the series of seven books describing the epic adventures of a young wizard and his friends has been removed from the St. Andrew’s Library, Fr. Dan Reehil explained in a letter addressed to parents of students. The decision was reported in the August 31, 2019 issue of the Tennessean.
“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,” says the priest.
Before making this decision, the school principal sought the advice of several American and Roman exorcists who all recommended that he remove J. K. Rowlings’ books.
The director of diocesan education, Rebecca Hammel, supported the priest, who, as a parish priest and director of the school, “has the canonical authority to make such decisions,” reports the Tennessean.
“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms,” says Rebbeca Hammel.
In the books telling the saga of the young wizard, the characters invoke spells such as “Avada kedavra” to cause death, “Doloris” to torture his enemy or “Stupefix” to freeze someone in place. The moral harmfulness of many of these formulas has been pointed out by several official exorcists.