Per the Guardian, a hilarious spectacle has occurred at a Catholic school in Tennessee. The school decided to remove Harry Potter books from the library, citing the presence of “actual curses and spells, which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits.” The pastor was driven to this conclusion upon consulting exorcists who had recommended he purge the library of demonic literature, lest the hapless students provided a gateway to the evil spirits apparently inhabiting these books. 

Harry Potter has long terrorized some self-declared saints and literalists because, to them, its narrative suggests magic can be a force of both “good and evil.” A Polish priest thought something similar when he resolved to burn the popular novels to avoid an eschatological catastrophe.