Sunday, October 08, 2006


With Halloween fast approaching, I was interested to hear of the American woman, Laura Mallory, who considers JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, “evil” and wants to get them banned from Gwinnett County, Georgia. Laura has taken the case to court, claiming that JK Rowling’s books promote witchcraft, telling the judge that she didn’t want her children to be indoctrinated into a religion whose practices are evil. The school authorities are insistent that the books should stay on the school curriculum as they encourage children to read. The Education Board plans to make it’s decision in December after the judge’s ruling.


Sheila said...

I don't think I already commented on this. If I did, I really am getting senile. My younger son is a huge Harry Potter fan and grew up loving J.K. Rowling. I attribute his obsession with the books to making him a better reader. He's a high school senior and still reads them. In the U.S. we have a certain brand of zealot determined to enforce his or her beliefs on the rest of society. These people want to protect their children from thinking or experiencing anything that might actually challenge the way they have been taught. I always think they are the world's most insecure people to think that their children's values can so easily be swayed. Thankfully, the American Library Association and other organizations such as People for the American Way and the ACLU fight back.

Naomi said...

Yes we have people like that in this country too. But they are definitely in the minority, the popularity of the Harry Potter books speaks for itself.