Why is it banned?
First off, a lot you have probably heard of Harry Potter and know it’s about a boy who learns he’s a wizard and goes to Hogwarts to learn magic….But did you know it is the most banned book in America and one of the most popular. According to The New York Times it topped the list of banned books. It has raised many disputes but has many fans that adore it and well defend it. Harry Potter is a loved franchise but a hated one too.
Harry Potter was originally put on the banned list due to it promoting witchcraft, dark magic and implying cults. Harry and his friends use magic all the time, but never intentionally use dark magic or harm others unless they are in dire need. The only time they use defensive magic is when they are in class or defending themselves.
This book is mainly being banned is schools that have a churches influence because magic is associated with the devil because in the Bible magic is associated with him and a sin. Some people believe that it is promoting the religion “Wicca” (or known as paganism) and some people believe “Wicca” is derived from the devil himself, when “Wicca” is a peaceful religion revolving around nature and not harming others.
Another reason why parents and other people don’t like the Harry Potter series is Harry and his friend’s actions because they lie and deceive, they believe it isn’t teaching their children good moral lessons. Though, when Harry or his friends lie it is either to get their friends out of trouble or to escape moral danger.
There are also complaints that the book is too dark for young readers. Example one being: Harry’s parents being killed in front of him as a baby, abuse, etc. but besides that the story teaches friendship and how to come out of a dark place
Why shouldn’t the Harry Potter Series be banned?
Harry Potter is a children’s book, JK Rowling did not intend to promote cults or young children to do witchcraft or lie. It’s a fantasy book that is not intended for the magic to be real or the actions to cause anything real to happen.
This book is pure fantasy. It promotes friendship and love more than anything, like how Hermione and Ron stuck by Harry’s side even in life or death. Or how Harry freed Dobby even though he almost killed him “protecting” him.
Some may disagree with me here, but you also see real heroes. Such as Severus Snape, he portrayed the worse villain to get on Lord Voldemort’s good side to try and betray him to protect EVERYONE and he gets crapped on until he is dead. Not all heroes play the good guy all the time.
The next banned book I’ll be talking about is The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast