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Exorcists advised a Nashville school priest to ban the Harry Potter books, over fears the novels could be used to summon spirits.

Reverend Dan Reehil contacted exorcists in Rome and the US, who recommended removing the books from St Edward Catholic School’s library in Tennessee.

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“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 said in an email obtained by local media.

Although the school used to stock the books, it will not offer them to pupils in its newly opened library, the Superintendent claimed.

-Noah Harte