School Bans Harry Potter; Popular Children's Books 'Against Bible Teachings'
A PRIMARY school headteacher has banned pupils from reading the popular Harry Potter children's books because she says they go against the Bible's teachings.
Carol Rookwood, head of St Mary's Island Church of England Aided School, St Mary's Island, Chatham, Kent, said parents have given 'a hundred per cent support' to the decision.
The books by JK Rowling tell the tales of boy wizard Harry Potter, which Mrs Rookwood believes are incompatible with Christian ideology.
But Booksellers' Association chief executive Tim Godfray said: 'JKR was voted last year by UK and Irish booksellers as their Author of 1999 and this January she won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. To ban such a prestigious author can only make the school look out of kilter with the world we live in.'
National Secular Society general secretary Keith Porteous Wood said: 'Children's imaginations have been nourished for centuries with stories of wizards, witches and fairies.
'In this age of declining literacy, banning popular children's books is doing pupils a great disservice. …