The Paw Print
Laura Mallory is at it again. The mother of four from Atlanta, Georgia is going after the Harry Potter books, claiming they promote evil and witch craft, and, according to Mallory in a comment made to MSNBC, “they help foster the kind of culture where school shootings happen.”
This isn’t the first time that Mallory has gone after the books. In August 2005, she attempted to get the books banned at her son’s elementary school. She feels that the books influence children in a negative way, and are not appropriate for schools to carry. Now that the final Harry Potter film has been released, and the Potter franchise has come to an end, Mallory is attacking the series. In an interview with MSNBC, she claims that Rowling’s “overuse of vicious attacks between the characters, crude language, and the death of many characters can be scarring for young children.”
“They’re not educationally suitable and have been shown to be harmful to some kids,” Mallory said to MSNBC. “The books promote evil. They help foster the kind of culture where school shootings happen.”
This is not the only time the Potter books have gone under fire. In 1998, not even a month after the first Harry Potter book, the Sorcerers Stone was published, parents, teachers, and even government officials attacked author J.K. Rowling.
“Some say that it deals with witchcraft,” Rowling stated in an interview with Rolling Stone.” And then some say that it is too heavily based on Christianity. I say that Harry Potter is simply a story about a young wizard who must help good conquer evil, and if others want to take it a different way, I can’t stop them.”
But Rowling isn’t the only one defending the Potter books. Victoria Sweeny, an attorney that represents Gwinnett County Board of Education in Atlanta, stands strong in defending the books and their right to be on school shelves. She also represented the Gwinnett County Board of Education back in 2005 when Mallory first attacked the books.
“If schools were to remove all books containing references to witches, they would have to ban mainstays like Macbeth and Cinderella,” said Sweeny to MSNBC. “The Potter books do nothing to promote evil or sin like [Mallory] states. They’re a good tool to stimulate children’s imagination and encourage them to read. Harry Potter presents a universal theme of friendship and overcoming adversity.”
Mallory is also claiming that Rowling is “seeking to indoctrinate children as Wiccans.” Rowling has stated many times over that her books promote no religion, and she has never influenced her readers to practice any type of religious witchcraft.
“The potter books are very harmful to children who are unable to differentiate between reality and fantasy. Children are trying to imitate Harry Potter and cast spells on classmates.”
Not everyone is seeing eye-to-eye about that, however. Those supporting the Potter books bring up the point that a child pretending to cast spells is no different than a child pretending to be a super hero.
“It’s just fun and games,” said Sweeny. “The children are not intending to harm one another, and even if they were, they couldn’t. The spells aren’t real, and neither is Harry Potter. Children know a lot more than people think.”
By ortiveztm on February 16, 2012