A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee removed all the Harry Potter books in their school library, reports say. However, administrators say that it’s not a ban as students could still read their own copies of the books.
According to the Reverend Dan Reehil of Nashville’s St. Edward Catholic School, the recommendation to remove the children’s book came from exorcists from the United States and Rome.
Additionally, he mentions that the books contain actual curses and spells that may be used in real life. In his letter, Reverend Reehil states that “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true,”. Furthermore, “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 texts.”.
Notably, parents criticized the move of the school. In a letter, parents raised the matter to the rector. However, according to reports, the state would not have a legal basis to overturn given that it’s a private institution. Hence, the final authority on such matters resides with the school rector. In response, Rebeca Hammel of the Nashville’s Catholic Diocese mentioned that “Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. He’s well within his authority to act in that manner,”.
In the 2000s, Harry Potter books were the most banned series of books in schools for precisely the same reasons. However, schools have since loosened up on the ban given the morals and lessons the books teach.