It seems that the Harry Potter books are back in the public eye and it's not because there's a new book coming but rather because a Catholic school is banning the books due to the church claiming it uses actual curses and spells within the stories. According to a pastor who described the beloved books as "a possible threat" to their beliefs. The seven books "present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception," the Rev. Dan Reehil, a faculty member at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, wrote in an email to teachers.
The email continued, "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. I have consulted several exorcists, both in the United States and Rome and they have recommended removing the books from circulation."
If you didn't know already, the books which were written by J.K. Rowling. They follow the journey of Harry Potter as he learns that he is a wizard and attends a school called Hogwarts where he learns magic and gains friends. All this while trying to defeat the evil wizard, Voldemort. Seven books were written from 1997 to 2007 with 8 movies.
According to FOX.com, The move isn't the first time the "Harry Potter" books have been banned from an educational setting. The series, according to the American Library Association, was one of the most frequently challenged books published between 1990 to 1999, and was the most challenged book from 2000 to 2009.