Harry Potter Controversy

Essay by sweetkimmy225College, UndergraduateA+, January 2005

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The act of banning Harry Potter books is the most debatable and controversial issue in today's society. Ever since the rise of its popularity, Harry Potter books have received many praises as well as criticisms. It has been proven that Harry Potter books have enough charisma to cause children to put down the remote control or joystick and open a book. Many critics accuse Harry Potter as being evil, but with all the good Christian qualities that he possesses, how can anyone accuse him of being evil? Banning books to a certain extent is unconstitutional because it violates the rights of kids who want to read the book. Although many critics say Harry Potter books teach witchcraft and paganism, I believe that the Harry Potter books teach compassion, courage, honesty, and friendship.

According to the First Amendment, "Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof; of Abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press."

Banning books from school can lead to censorship of our basic freedom of the First Amendment. The act of banning Harry Potter books from school is unconstitutional. This is an effort to make ideas inaccessible to children, which will eventually limit their imagination. This attempt clearly violates the First Amendment. If this is the case then how can we let a minority group's opinion and lack of knowledge about witchcraft affect what our children can and can't read?

The Harry Potter books are one of the most challenged books from 1998 to present day ("From Harry"). There have been many attempts to ban the book from school libraries. The last time I remember when the schools system was involved with the issue of religion was when they were trying to ban the Pledge of Allegiance because of...