A Catholic school in Nashville has removed all Harry Potter books from its library after consultations with exorcists, who believe that J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series contains “actual curses and spells” that could conjure demonic entities.

In an email obtained by The Tennessean, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at St. Edward Catholic School, explained his decision to ban the books from the school’s library.

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

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In the email, Reehill adds that he consulted with several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.

While Reehil is out of the office until Wednesday, Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, confirmed that he sent the email after receiving an inquiry from a parent.

According to Hammel, the Catholic Church does not have an official position on the Harry Potter books, but the school’s pastor does have the latitude to ban the books if he sees fit.

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“Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. He’s well within his authority to act in that manner,” Hammel explained, adding that she believes there are Harry Potter books in other libraries within the diocese.

Author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, following the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends, have sold more than 400 million copies and spawned a hit film franchise that’s brought in $6.5 billion at the box office.

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