Banned Books: The Harry Potter Series

Did you know that the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling were the #1 banned or challenged books from 2000-2009?

Sounds absolutely asinine, doesn’t it? The mere thought of banning or challenging a series that has inspired so many people to read and write makes me angry. But there were some schools and districts that thought Harry Potter had no business being read by students.

Harry Potter seriesThe Harry Potter series has been banned or challenged in many places because it is said to “promote an interest in the occult, since the hero Harry Potter, is a wizard.”

The series has also been called inappropriate for children because of the fantasy violence and complex themes. It’s been called to scary and adult for child readers.

See the list of challenges a professor put together for the Harry Potter series.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Authors I've read the most books from

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Yay for Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly feature is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish, one of my favorite bookish blogs! Each week, we have a different theme, this week is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From. I don’t know if I can do this justice really, but I shall give it a shot. Continue reading

Words of Wisdom

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”- Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This week’s quote for words of wisdom is an oldie, but a goodie. It is a quote that has resonated with me since I first picked up a Harry Potter book in 7th grade. Since then, my world has never been the same. I have always loved books and reading, but the world of Harry Potter offered me my first real escape from every day life through a book. This whole series has some wonderful quotes, some serious or sad, and others funny and light-hearted. Like so many people, this series has helped me though quite a few rough spots in my life and some of these quotes helped to keep me going.

What is your favorite quote from the Harry Potter series?