Censorship is not limited to Silicon Valley
(Fox) - The "Harry Potter" series has been banned from a Catholic school in Tennessee because the fictional magic used "actual curses and spells," according to a pastor who described the beloved books as "a possible threat" to their beliefs.
The seven books "present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception," the Rev. Dan Reehil, a faculty member at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, wrote in an email to teachers.
"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," the email, obtained by WTVF, states. "I have consulted several exorcists, both in the United States and in Rome, and they have recommended removing the books from circulation."
Written by J.K. Rowling, the popular children's books follow the journey of Harry Potter, a boy who learns he's a wizard and attends a wizarding school in Europe. He learns about astronomy, the "History of Magic," caring for magical creatures and how to fly on a broomstick — all while trying to defeat Voldemort, one of the most evil wizards of all time, and trying to be an average kid.