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Harry Potter censorship

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books has been the target of many censorship attempts and protests. The Harry Potter books were number seven on the American Library Association[?]'s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000.

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60 Australian Seventh-Day Adventist schools banned the books from classrooms in 2001.

The Christ Community Church burned a pile of Henry Potter books in Alamogordo, New Mexico on December 31, 2001

Private schools in the United Arab Emirates removed the books in February, 2002, because the government said the story was contrary to Islamic values.

On September 7, 2002 a group of policemen in Penryn, Pennsylvania[?] refused to direct traffic at a YMCA triathelon because the YMCA used the Harry Potter books in a reading program.

The Rev. Douglas Taylor, denied a city burning permit, held a book-chopping party for 30 at the Ramada Inn[?] in Lewiston, Maine in November, 2002.

Maranatha Christian College, near Melbourne, Australia removed the books from their library in July, 2003.

The books were banned in an Cedarville, Arkansas school district, and were reinstated by U.S. District Court Judge Jimm L. Hendren in April, 2003.

In June, 2003, a library in Oskaloosa, Kansas cancelled a reading program that involved the Potter books.

See also: book burning

External links

  • kidSPEAK! (http://www.kidspeakonline.org) - an anti-censorship website

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