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  Anti-Potter backlash grows
Updated 20 November 2001, 17.02
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Some church leaders are stepping up their fight against Harry Potter because they think it will encourage children to practise witchcraft.

Cassette tapes are being sent to churches around the country explaining to parents why their children shouldn't read the books or watch the film.

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Reverend Mark Stibbe, vicar at St Andrew's church in Hertfordshire, made the tapes.

Potter ban

He and his wife refuse to let their four children, aged between five and 13, see the film or read the books.

He says he thought the books would be "safe" but when he read the first one he was "alarmed."

Some 50,000 copies of Reverend Stibbe's leaflet, Lifting the Lid on Harry Potter, will be published for the beginning of December.

He's hoping it will find its way into schools and bookshops.

But J K Rowling's hit back at similar complaints, saying her books are "very moral" in their view of the struggle between good and evil.

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