My daughter is a big Harry Potter fan. And so are her friends.
This year Kyla’s birthday party had a Harry Potter theme.
Harry Potter learned on his eleventh birthday that he is, in fact, a wizard. And he is quickly thrust into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with new best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
J.K. Rowling is the beloved author of the Harry Potter series that began in 1997. Since then 500 million copies of Potter books have been sold worldwide. The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, broke records to become the fastest-selling fiction book of all time.
Not everyone is thrilled.
At St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville the Potter books were removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the parish school, wrote in an email.
“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,” the email states.
Today’s read is from Scott Shackford, an associate editor at Reason.
These days, books are less likely to be challenged for representing magic or witchcraft and are more likely to be fought because they include LGBT characters, profanity, or violence. Harry Potter is no longer a major concern, making Reehil’s abrupt decision even more head-scratching.