Harry Potter books have been removed from a school library in Nashville, Tennessee due to the risk that they contain "real" spells and curses.
As TV and movies gradually replace the humble book, there are some titles, authors, and series that we assumed will stand the test of time. They have certainly done well so far. J.K. Rowling's seven Harry Potter books certainly fall into that category. Despite being made into blockbuster movies, the series is still an incredibly popular read.
As the original readers of the seven books start to have children of their own, a whole new generation is getting introduced to Hogwarts and what happens within its walls. Well, most of that generation anyway. Children at one particular school in Nashville, Tennessee won't be able to experience the magic of the series, at least not while they're at school.
That's because the powers-that-be at St Edward Catholic School fear the curses and spells featured in the books are real, reports The Independent. "The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells," Reverend Dan Reehill wrote in an email to parents. "When read by a human being [they] risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text," he went on to write.
The school recently opened a new library and while "weeding out some of the content," Rowling's books were deemed appropriate for the chop. Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville has revealed that the reverend is well within his rights to act in this way. However, she also added that if parents of pupils at the school feel the books are appropriate, then they should be encouraged "to understand the content through the lens of our faith."
What we would love to know at this point is which spells from the books are "real" and which are fictional. Hopefully, relatively harmless ones such as Lumos and Expelliarmus. However, we're assuming the fear is that spells such as Avada Kedavra could have real-life consequences hence the books being removed from the school's library. We've been reading the books for years and haven't noticed anything being conjured as we do, so we think we'll keep the books on our shelves.