The Banning of Harry Potter at Omaha Christian Academy Essay

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The Banning of Harry Potter at Omaha Christian Academy

Imagine discovering that you’re not an ordinary person, but a wizard with magnificent, magical powers. Imagine attending a school where you’ll study transfiguration and charms instead of trigonometry and chem. Imagine the thrill of flying across the sky on a broomstick. These adventures and many others are waiting to be experienced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by novelist J. K. Rowling. This fanciful and entertaining tale has taken the youth of the nation by storm, and its sales have only been surpassed by the book’s sequels, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Unfortunately, not all children are welcome to
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POTTER GETS COLD SHOULDER

Michael O’Connor

Omaha World-Herald staff writer

The wildly popular Harry Potter books might be casting a spell over adults and children who just can't seem to get enough of the young wizard-in-training, but some schools and parents aren't quite so enchanted.

Some schools in the Omaha area and across the country aren't ready to place the books on their shelves because of references to witchcraft and sorcery.

"Our mission is to raise children up to be Christians and to be strong men and women of Christ," said Vic Fordyce, an English teacher at Omaha Christian Academy. The books "didn't match up with Christian values."

The school, which has about 350 students in grades K-12, decided against selling the books at its book fair earlier this month and has no plans to buy them for classrooms or the library, Fordyce said.

"We just didn't want to put our stamp of approval on (the books)," he said.

The three books by J.K. Rowling, which are at the top of the New York Times best-seller list, chart the course of 11-year-old Harry, who learns of his famous wizard-family past and is invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The books are an issue at some public, as well as private, schools.

In South Carolina, parents have persuaded the State Board of Education to review whether the books should be allowed in the classrooms.

Other challenges to

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