Nashville school bans "Harry Potter" series, citing risk of "conjuring evil spirits"

www.cbsnews.com | 9/2/2019 | Staff
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A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the "Harry Potter" series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which, if read by a human can conjure "evil spirits," according to the Tennessean.

The publication obtained an email from Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at Saint Edwards Catholic School parish, which was sent to parents. In the email, Reehil explains in the email that he has consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, and it was recommended that the school remove the books, the Tennessean reports.

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"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception," Rev. Reehil said of the seven-part "Harry Potter" book series. "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 email continues.

The seven-part "Harry Potter" book series spurred eight movies, an amusement park, a Broadway show, and several related works written by J.K. Rowling.

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CBS News has reached out to the school district for comment. The Tennessean says Rev. Reehil is out of office until Wednesday, but Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, confirmed Reehil did indeed send the email.

The pastor made the decision after receiving an inquiry from a parent, Hammel told the Tennessean. While the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the magical book and movie series, "each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school," Hammel said. "He's well within his authority to act in that manner."

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The original "Harry Potter" books, written by J.K. Rowling, were published between 1997 and 2007. The eight "Harry...
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