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Harry Potter Spells – Do You Believe They’re Real?

Show of hands: How many Harry Potter fans out there believe the spells in the books are real?

Apparently, some folks at a Catholic school in Tennessee do.

The seven-book series depicting the adventures of a boy wizard and his friends was removed from the library at Nashville’s St. Edward Catholic School because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor, wrote in an email.

The email states, “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. 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.”

In an email obtained by The Tennessean, Reehil said he consulted exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.

Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, said Reehil has the final say at his school. She explained, “Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”

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