- Jul 2011
More: Harry Potter books removed from school library because they contain 'real' curses and spellsA Roman Catholic school in Tennessee has banished JK Rowling's universally popular series of Harry Potter novels from its library shelves after its pastor took exception to their portrayal of magic, warning the spells and curses the author describes are real and “risk conjuring evil spirits” when read.
The Reverend Dan Reehill explained his decision in an email to the parents of students at St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, declaring that he had consulted with exorcists in the US and at the Vatican before outlawing the seven-volume tale of the boy wizard’s career at Hogwarts and his battle against Lord Voldermort and the forces of darkness.
“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 Reehill wrote, apparently in all seriousness.
Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, told The Tennessean that the Reverend Reehill had indeed sent the email and has the final say on the matter, since the Catholic Church does not have an official position on Ms Rowling’s best-selling series.
“Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school,” she said. “He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”
The school has recently opened a new library for its students, Ms Hammel explained, prompting the faculty to reassess its catalogue.
“I know that in the process they were going through and kind of weeding out some of the content in hopes of sprucing it up and improving the circulation,” she said.
Ms Hammel did say the school would not stand in the way of students reading Harry Potter at their parents’ discretion.
I believe this is the guy, Dan Reehill
he certainly ain't alone; in April, for example, some Catholics in Poland actually BURNED Harry Potter books
Polish priest apologises for Harry Potter book burning
In Russia, the Orthodox Church has condemned them also, Orthodox nationalists have occasionally burned HP books over the years too
and the Church, in 2016, even worked with the government to make a propaganda film where a Potter-like character and his magic school in the UK are cast as a dangerous enemy of Russia
In 2012 over there, also came out a book, "Vanya [Ivan] Zhuk vs. Harry Potter", by Orthodox nationalist writer Irina Kovalchuk
It is about a boy, Vanya Zhukov, as mentioned in the title, whose mother is a devout Orthodox woman, who wants her son to be strong in the faith too, but he is more attracted to modern things, such as computer games and, yes, Harry Potter (in 2012, there were still new books coming out and were still popular over there). Until he has some sort of weird near death experience, and ends up in actual Hell (!), and has to return to his parents' faith and purge himself of this evil influence, to survive...
It's funny, though; there's also a fellow there, Dmitry Yemets
He made himself famous, by ripping off the whole Harry Potter story, way back then, in the early 2000s, and adopting it to Russian realities, with own magical creatures from Russian folklore and such; thus was born Tanya Grotter, yes, girl instead of boy; also magic rings instead of wands; and they fly around on magic vacuum cleaners instead of brooms lmao, except, of course, Tanya herself, who uses her cello or whatever musical instrument
Also, the majic school, Tibidokhs, is located on Buyan, a mythical island of ancient Rus folklore associated with magic and the supernatural and such and mentioned in many fairy tales.
Oh, and instead of Quiddich or however you spell that, here they have a much more extreme game, called, Drakoball, where you have to score into the mouth of a bloody dragon: Tanya, naturally, is a champ at this shit
This, btw, is from a newer, more recent re-publishing, these new covers.
I recall the ORIGINAL books that we read when I was going to school in Moscow back then; man, Tanya was HOT on those covers... haha
Yemets wrote, in total, since 2002, 14 Tanya Grotter books, last one came out in 2012 (after a four year break). And also introduced a new, younger character, Mefodiy Buslaev, to whom he transitioned from Tanya, after she grew up and graduated the magic school (but continued making own appearences in the Buslaev novels even after her own last 2012 book). Last Buslaev novel came out in 2016.
Not bad, all in all, very productive guy; and it has made him a very popular man
even if his books can't be legally produced outside Russia, at least in Europe (due to copyright lawsuit by Rowling lmao).
And the Church has never condemned him and his books.
Perhaps because Yemets is a devoutly Orthodox father of six
and a strong supporter of the Church, who has publicly backed the Church's involvement in the education system, for example