Harry Potter? Really?

July 12, 2016 / Events

That’s the response we’ve been receiving as we’ve been talking about our next Freedom Reads banned book discussion. People are in disbelief that a book that got millions of children (and adults) reading again is among the ranks of “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Of Mice and Men.”

So why was it? According to a 2001 New York Times article on Harry Potter topping the list of most challenged books in 2000, “parents and others mostly complained about the books’ alleged occult/Satanic and anti-family themes, and violence.”

In that same article, Virginia Walter, president of the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children sagely said, “‘Parents have every right to make decisions for their own children, but they do not have the right to restrict the choices of others or censor for others.”

Tomorrow, we welcome University of Maryland professor Michelle Markey Butler to lead our second Freedom Reads discussion, a series brought to you by the 1st Amendment Society, Frederick County Public Libraries and Flying Dog Brewery.

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