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Pastor: 'Harry Potter spells can summon evil'

Posted on Monday, 2 September, 2019 | Comment icon 37 comments

Not everyone is convinced that Harry Potter is fictional. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Suzelfe
A private Catholic school in Nashville has claimed that the Harry Potter books contain 'actual spells and curses.'
St Edward Catholic school in Tennessee, which teaches children up to the 8th grade, has taken steps to remove every copy of J.K. Rowling's popular book series from its library because its pastor, Rev Dan Reehil, believes that they contain actual spells capable of summoning evil spirits.

"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception," he wrote. "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 Harry Potter series, which has often drawn criticism from religious groups due to its portrayal of wizards, witches and the occult, is well known for its often dark spells including the infamous "avada kedavra" killing curse and "crucio", which is used to torture an unfortunate subject.

All of these however are purely fictitious and utterly meaningless in the real world.

This hasn't stopped St Edward Catholic school from removing them from its shelves, though.

"[Rev Dan Reehil is] well within his authority to act in that manner - each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school," said Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic diocese of Nashville.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (37)

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Comment icon #28 Posted by Tom1200 on 3 September, 2019, 9:57
I agree with the huge majority here who consider this a load of absolidus bulldungii.  Growing up in this day and age, surrounded by scientific progress and explanations of (almost?) everything makes it really difficult to take any of this seriously. But there are still many people who do.  A colleague of mine - a Chemistry teacher, with a huge amount of learning and knowledge - was also a Jehovah's Witness.  He believed passionately in whatever JWs believe in, even where it contradicted everything he'd studied at Uni and beyond.  He refused to teach Geology (which was in the Chemistry curricu... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Jaded1 on 3 September, 2019, 20:17
I have to say that I'm not a fan of Potter (as I think it's vastly inferior to works like LOTR) but to ban it, for whatever reason, is pathetic. We live in a supposedly enlightened time and goons like this are dragging us back into the dark ages.
Comment icon #30 Posted by crookedspiral on 4 September, 2019, 3:54
That pastor is a nutjob. But it's a private school. If parents disagree, they can pull their kids out from the school at any time (which I'd encourage them to do!)
Comment icon #31 Posted by psyche101 on 4 September, 2019, 3:57
Does he still have a job?  He shouldn't. 
Comment icon #32 Posted by DieChecker on 4 September, 2019, 11:35
Nothing wrong with spiritual beliefs... But fiction is fiction. The spells in Harry Potter arent historically actual spells that I know of. We had a lady at our church, years and years ago, who said all the pokemon were named after demons. So which demon is squirtle the squirting turtle? Complete ignorance. I hope it gets passed down from the Pope, or Cardinal, that the books are harmless and this guy has to eat crow.
Comment icon #33 Posted by psyche101 on 4 September, 2019, 12:01
Wow really? LOL, that's Hillarious.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Bed of chaos on 10 September, 2019, 4:12
I'd pay to see group of exorcists on conference call about Harry Potter. Couldnt the good reverend just look up who checked out books? Round up all these spell casters at once? 
Comment icon #35 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 10 September, 2019, 5:35
Now see here! They do allow the Bible
Comment icon #36 Posted by kobolds on 20 September, 2019, 5:52
another Harry Potter  ads from publisher . 
Comment icon #37 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 20 September, 2019, 11:59
Good job. While reasons behind the decision are wrong the result might be positive. I hope that this will open more space to books which will actually be beneficial to students.

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