Harry Potter Books Banned: US School Says Avada Kedavra to JK Rowling, Twitter Reacts
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Harry Potter Books Banned: US School Says Avada Kedavra to JK Rowling, Twitter Reacts

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter will no longer be available in the library of a US school after a pastor claimed the books contained real spells

A school in Nashville, Tennessee (US), has banned British author JK Rowling’s popular wizard series, Harry Potter, from its library, when a pastor there warned that the spells and curses described in the book were real. The Reverend Dan Reehill informed parents in an email that he had consulted with several exorcists before arriving at this decision. “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,” he wrote.

All seven volumes have been removed from the school’s new library as a result of his claims. However, the school has not officially commented on the matter so far. As expected, Harry Potter fans and others have reacted to the news on Twitter with shock and humour. Check out some of the responses below:

Erozed (@erozed_CG) talked about censorship, “LMAO ‘America...Land of the Free Home of the Brave’ But censors Harry Potter books just incase some kids conjure some evil spirits, or pull a rabbit out of a fkn hat or something... lol smfh.”

Gabby (@gabbybvilla) questioned why the spells did not work, “I must have read them wrong, because they never worked for me. And didn’t the Vatican praise Harry Potter for showing how love and friendship wins ?!!!!!”

E. B. Novak (@BrittNArt) tweeted, “Proof that my kids and I are terrible at this whole conjuring business. Been reading and watching for years and have brought forth little more than movie marathons.” 

FitnessMamma (@FitnessMamma) was concerned, “Enough of the #CancelCulture. #HarryPotter books targeted #SMH I figure, next up will be the kids storybooks, especially, The #BrothersGrimm #fairytales 4 the underlying violence #StopTheMadness #TuesdayThoughts #GetALife.”

Kaitlyn Ann (@Kaitlyn_Ann10) extended support, “How can #HarryPotter be banned! Harry Potter changed my life! @jk_rowling wizarding world is an amazing place and should always be available and accessible to all adults and children!”

Scott West (@Scott_M_West) joked, “I’ve said “avada kedavra” at annoying people on the underground, bad drivers, rude people and idiots on planes for years since reading about it in #HarryPotter and those morons are still around!” 

Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) wrote, “It's 2019 and a primary school in the USA has banned the #HarryPotter books. Why? Because "the curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells." I kid you not! I wonder if they've banned CS Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) talked about HP’s good influence, “America has schools that ban Harry Potter. Yep, the books that inspired a whole generation to read—and have been demonstrated to reduce prejudice—are apparently a menace to society. Expelliarmus! How is this real, @jk_rowling? #ThingsWeShouldCancel”

Jason Cross (@JasonCross00) warned parents, “If your child attends this school, pull them out immediately. If the school thinks there are *real magic spells* in *Harry Potter* then it cannot be trusted to teach your child real scholastic skills.

Prior to this, there have been several religious debates over the Harry Potter series, with some people claiming that the books contain occult or Satanic subtexts. While author JK Rowling has not responded to the latest ban, she has previously spoken on being accused of promoting Satanism, by saying, “People tend to find in books what they want to find. And I think my books are very moral.” Supporters of the series also have always compared Harry Potter to fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White, and also highlighted that all HP novels seem to refrain from any sort of religious discussion. 

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