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Anita Jennings is the principal of an outer suburban Catholic primary school. Together with all the teachers at the school, she has been surprised and delighted at the effect of the Harry Potter phenomenon on the students' reading habits. Several teachers have developed units of work at a couple of class levels to capitalise on student interest in, and engagement with, the novels. Anita has read three of the Potter books herself. She thoroughly enjoyed Harry's adventures and admired the way in which J.K. Rowling had constructed the detailed make-believe world of Hogwarts. She also felt the books distinguished clearly between good and evil. So she was quite surprised to receive a letter from the parents of a child in Grade 5 complaining about the books on the grounds that they encouraged an interest in witchcraft and satanism, which is forbidden by the Bible, specifically by verses in Deuteronomy. The parents in question have asked that the Harry Potter books be withdrawn from the school library and not used in any way in the curriculum. Although Anita was aware of a renewed interest, especially among young women, in Wicca and the occult, her only knowledge of witches had been gleaned from fairytales involving pointy-hatted folk on broomsticks and her awareness that persons accused of witchcraft had been scapegoated at various moments in European history. Alarmed by the parents' claims, Anita undertook a search on the Internet to find out more about the issues raised by the Harry Potter books and what might be a reasonable and Christian response to them.

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