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Pastor: 'Harry Potter spells can summon evil'

Posted on Monday, 2 September, 2019 | Comment icon 42 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 (42)

Tags: Harry Potter

Recent comments on this story
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.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Bendy Demon on 22 September, 2019, 20:02
Hmm..if this is a catholic school then why were those books in the school library to begin with? Seriously, people can't tell fact from fiction anymore and feel they must pass on (force) their ignorance onto others just so they can have the illusion of confirming their own beliefs? Is it just me or is our collective species slowly losing whatever is left of its equally collective marbles?
Comment icon #39 Posted by Peter B on 22 September, 2019, 23:30
Funnily enough, Rowling identifies as Christian too, though as a member of the Church of Scotland (and thus Anglican) that means she isn't Catholic. Maybe that's the real problem.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Piney on 22 September, 2019, 23:49
Jacobitism still lives. 
Comment icon #41 Posted by Peter B on 23 September, 2019, 1:56
Yep, more so in some parts of the world than in others. I mean, I'm pretty sure I remember someone posting a comment here at UM who used the term "Christians and Catholics", with the context clearly showing he thought Catholics weren't Christians...
Comment icon #42 Posted by Desertrat56 on 23 September, 2019, 14:39
It is something I have seen.  When I was a kid my friend went to a church that had a big split because many in the congregation wanted to put a cross on the top of the building, but the preacher said no, it would make it look like a catholic church.  A lot of protestants don't understand or are not taught that their religions foundation came from the judaic religions and then from Catholicism.  Very ignorant people.  My friend was bothered by the incident because she thought her mother was going to take them to a different church and the cute boys she had crushes on went to that church.

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