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  Potter books burnt for being 'evil'
Updated 31 December 2001, 13.05
Harry Potter books are burnt by religious protesters
Hundreds of Harry Potter books were thrown on a fire by people who think he is the devil.

People who belong to a church group in America hate the books because they believe they encourage children to be witches and wizards.

Eminem CDs, copies of Disney's Snow White and books by horror writer Stephen King were also thrown onto the blaze.

People in New Mexico protest about the burning of Harry Potter books
A group of protesters

JK denies the claims

But the millions of Potter fans around the world disagree with the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and think the books are harmless fantasy stories.

A group of protesters gathered near the fire to say they did not agree with the book burning.

Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, also dismissed the claims.

She said: "I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, 'Ms Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch.'"

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