The students of the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer access the saga of J. K. Rowling: the seven books have been removed from their library. The Reverend: “The curses and the spells contained in the pages risk to evoke evil spirits in the same moment in which they are read”
NASHVILLE – Accio, attracts objects. Depulso drives them away, decreasing to make them smaller, Evanesco to make them disappear, Engorgio Skullus enlarges a person’s head, Quietus lowers the sound of the voice. Up to the bad guys. The Sectumsempra is a dark spell that causes deep lacerations to the face, throat, and chest. The Cruciatus causes extreme pain, the Imperius allows those who use it to take total control over the actions of those who suffer it. Are so many.
In the Harry Potter saga, every spell has a certain formula, which must be pronounced by holding or shaking the magic wand. Many formulas derive from words of Latin or ancient Greek origin, which of course J. K. Rowling knows well. Now a private Catholic school in Nashville has removed the seven books of the series from its library, saying that they include “curses and real spells, which when read by a human being risk summoning evil spirits”.
The local Tennessean newspaper reported it: the pastor of the Catholic school of St Edward, who teaches children up to the age of eight, sent an email to his parents to warn them that they were in contact with “several” exorcists who would advise him to remove the Potter books from the school library.
“These books present the magic both as ‘good’, for good, and ‘evil’, in evil, which is not true, but in reality, it is a clever trick,” wrote Reverend Dan Reehil. “The curses and the spells used in the books are real curses, true spells. A human being risks evoking evil spirits the moment he reads them”. Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, told the Tennessean that Reehil had sent the email at the request of a parent. He also added that “he can do it”, because “every pastor has the canonical authority to make such decisions for his parochial school”.
According to the newspaper, the books were available on the library shelves until the end of the previous term, but now the school has opened a new library and the books have been removed. Eliminated in the move. If parents consider the stories “appropriate, we hope they guide their children and their daughters to understand the contents through the lens of faith,” Hammel added, “we do not censor, we just ensure that what we put in our school libraries is a material suitable for the age of our classes “. The books, he explained, are still found in other schools of the same diocese.
The Harry Potter books have attracted requests for censorship and various controversies since the first of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in 1997. In 1999, it was the most opposed book in the United States while in the list of the American Library Association the entire series is among the most contested of 2000-2009.
The books “glorified magic and the occult, confusing children and pushing them to try to emulate spells and the curses they read”. In 2001, the pastor of Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, supervised a public burning of Potter’s books and a local library responded to the gesture with an exhibition to tell the public: “Harry is alive and well, at least in our library “.
While still a cardinal in 2003, the future Pope Benedict XVI described the books as “subtle seductions that act unnoticed and this deeply distorts Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly”, wrote the then cardinal, prefect of the former Sant ‘Uffizio, to a German scholar author of a booklet contrary to the saga of Harry Potter. The correspondence was made known only years later, just before the release of the sixth book in the history of the world’s most famous (and beloved) magician.