Even the youngest Harry Potter fans tend to understand that the wizardry in the book series is fictional fun. But one Tennessee priest doesn’t get it. His Nashville Catholic school pulled Potter books from its shelves on grounds that “the curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells” that “risk conjuring evil spirits.”
According to an email obtained by The Tennessean newspaper, the Rev. Dan Reehil claims he decided to remove the popular books after consulting exorcists.
J.K. Rowling’s series, which spawned a huge global following and a blockbuster movie franchise, charts the adventures of young wizards in a fictional hidden world of magic, where good battles (and ultimately defeats) evil.
That apparently isn’t good enough for Rev. Reehil. “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” he wrote. We wonder if the good reverend was the one deceived.