J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is facing controversy yet again, this time from a Catholic school in Tennessee.
According to a report from the Tennessean, Nashville’s St. Edward Catholic School is barring students from checking out the popular fantasy books from the school library.
In an email explaining the ban, Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the school, explains that the books’ depiction of magic is dangerous and that the spells are “actual curses and spells.” You can read a portion of his email here:
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.
Reehil removed the books after a parent voiced concerns about Rowling’s writing, according to the Tennessean. He apparently also consulted exorcists.
This isn’t the first time the Harry Potter books have been banned from schools. The books have been challenged numerous times throughout the years.
The end of September will celebrate Banned Books Week. Bookstacked has a list of some of the other books that have been banned in America.