September 6, 2019

Harry Potter books are removed from a Tennessee school for being Satanic


Don’t you just hate it when you’re innocently performing an Accio summoning spell or trying to cast a Patronus and an evil spirit turns up instead, ready to drag you to hell?

Reverend Dan Reehil, the pastor at St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee has called for all Harry Potter books in the school’s library to be removed amidst fears they’re messing with some evil mojo. In an email responding to a parent that was seen by The Tennessean, Rev. Reehil said:

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.

The Reverend apparently consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books. Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, confirmed that as the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the Harry Potter books, the school’s pastor has the final say on the matter. The Tennessean reported her as saying:

“Should parents deem that this or any other media to be appropriate we would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith…

“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms.”

That’s an interesting definition of censorship Ms Hammel. Stop children reading! It is heretical! Local television station WTVF covered the story, which, according to The Irish Independent:

… appears to have garnered little support from the school community … Parents who aired their concerns in an anonymous letter shared with the TV station suggested that the decision raised larger questions about the priest’s “fringe” views and his ability to “discern fact from fiction.”

As the seven books in the Harry Potter series have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, if they do indeed have the power to conjure evil spirits just by reading them that is a LOT of people who are in some serious Satanic trouble. Thinking about it, perhaps that could help to explain why we’re being subjected to the hells of Trump and Boris…



Nikki Griffiths is the managing director of Melville House UK.