A Catholic elementary school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter series of books from his school library over concerns they promote witchcraft and the occult.
The Rev. Dan Reehil had concerns about the occult content of the Harry Potter book series. He consulted several Roman Catholic exorcists in both the US and Italy over whether the series contains actual witchcraft spells.
The conclusion of these experts was that the book series indeed contained valid black magic rituals. These experts suggested the books be removed from the school.
“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,” Rev. Reehil said.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
– Ephesians 5:11
In fact, actual practitioners of ritual magic scoff at the idea that black magic and white magic are different entities, they say they are one and the same.
After the findings by Roman Catholic exorcists, Reehil informed St. Edward Catholic School parents that the seven-book fantasy series would be banned from the Nashville school’s library.
The Nashville Catholic school is far from the first, and only the latest Christian organization to speak out and/or ban the Harry Potter book series.
Christian concerns over witchcraft in Harry Potter
“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer”
– Deuteronomy 18:10
Many Christians who have expressed concern that the sorcery and witchcraft practiced in Harry Potter will encourage children to want to try it for themselves.
Rowling has acknowledged and disputed this notion.
In an October 1999 interview with CNN, Rowling said: “I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, ‘Ms. Rowling, I’m so glad I’ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.’ They see it for what it is… It is a fantasy world and they understand that completely.”
It is Harry Potter author JK Rowling an actual witch?
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,”
– 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Various sources have spread the idea that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a practicing witch, and as such, has placed actual witchcraft spells in the book series.
However, Rowling has described herself as a practicing Christian. She has said that, early on, she felt that if her readers knew of her Christian beliefs, they would be able to predict the plot lines of the characters in her books.
In 2007, she said she was the only one in her family who regularly attended church, and she belonged to the Church of England. Later, she began to attend the Church of Scotland at the time she was writing Harry Potter, and that her daughter Jessica was baptized there.