Nashville School Makes International News for Banning 'Harry Potter' Books

As much as this feels like a news story from twenty frickin' years ago, a Nashville school has made international headlines for banning the 'Harry Potter' books.

According to The Tennessean, Reverend Dan Reehil of Saint Edwards Catholic School parish sent an e-mail to parents stating: "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."

Reehil also explained that exorcists in the U.S. and Rome were consulted on the matter, and they recommended the beloved books be removed from the school's library.

According to Rebecca Hammel [spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville], a "parent inquiry" (about whether the books had been removed) was the reason the e-mail was sent out in the first place. And despite the fact that the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the series, "each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school," Hammel told The Tennessean. "He's well within his authority to act in that manner."

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