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Thursday, 6 December, 2001, 20:47 GMT
Teacher bans Potter books
Haydn Primary School
Only one teacher has so far banned the books
A teacher at a Nottinghamshire school has stopped reading Harry Potter to pupils after a parent complained the books were "anti-Christian".

A spokesman for Haydn Primary School in Sherwood said J.K. Rowling's works were not banned, but that individual teachers could make their own decisions.

Speaking to BBC East Midlands Today outside the school several parents said they were mystified by the decision.

But the teacher's stance has received some support from within the school.

Pupils at Hogwarts School
Critics claims the work is "anti-Christian"

Teacher Wendy Pearson said: "Parents and teachers and other Christians at the school do have some concerns.

"Reading the book could lead to children dabbling in spells and witchcraft."

The local education authority say the matter is one for the school and its headteacher.

One Church of England school in Kent has already banned the book, saying the adventures of Harry Potter at Hogwarts school went against its "church ethos".

A number of schools in the United States have also banned the books.

But such actions have so far been unable to dent support the wizard's adventures.

Filming is already said to be underway on the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with a predicted release date of November 2002.

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