The exorcists advised a priest of the Nashville school to ban Harry Potter books, for fear that popular children’s novels could be used to summon spirits.
Reverend Dan Reehil contacted exorcists in Rome and the United States, who recommended removing fantasy novels from the St. Edward Catholic School library in Tennessee.
Launched in 1997, the book series turns an epic story of good and evil focused on the adventures of the young wizard with glasses of the same name while fighting the dark wizard Lord Voldemort.
“The curses and spells used in the books are curses and real spells; that when read by a human being they run the risk of conjuring evil spirits with the presence of the person reading the text,” the reverend said in an email obtained by local media
The priest of the Catholic school prohibits the ‘Harry Potter’ books on exorcist councils
Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools in the Catholic diocese of Nashville, told The Tennessean newspaper that Reehil had “canonical authority to make such decisions.”
Although the school used to store the books, it will not offer them to students in its newly opened library, Hammel said.
A worldwide success, the Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling has been repeatedly expelled from schools in the United States and Britain, primarily for allegedly promoting satanic values or black magic.