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Harry Potter Series Tops ALA List of the Decade's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books

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Posted by: Rosi
April 19, 2010, 05:47 AM

The American Library Association have issued a press release listing the 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009 and announcing an updated list of the top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Decade (2000-2009). The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling have come at the top of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Decade list, followed by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series and Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War. The press release comments that the Harry Potter series is "frequently challenged for various issues including occult/Satanism and anti-family themes." You can find the full list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Decade on the ALA website at this link.

Thanks to MuggleNet for the heads up!

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people really piss me off with the whole HP being so evil thing. it really isnt…

Posted by MaggieNoise on April 19, 2010, 02:32 PM report to moderator
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anti-family themes? are you kidding me? i actually find that really humorous because harry potter is ALL about family and friends and love- those are THE main points of the entire story. this is so ridiculous…

Posted by sarahkaz on April 19, 2010, 03:33 PM report to moderator
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That’s no surprise…

Posted by Nicci Weasley on April 19, 2010, 03:38 PM report to moderator
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what a bunch of morons! satanism? really? in harry potter? i dont think so. you have got to be stupid to ban the harry potter series and challenge them for those stupid reasons. i mean, duh, it has witchcraft, but whats wrong with that? NOTHING! i mean its not real (in our hearts it is) but to do something like that because of witchcraft? as for anti-family values.. there are plenty of close families in the books… the weasleys, the malfoys (as bad as they were), and even the dursleys. and there is a family theme.. i mean the weasleys accept harry AND hermione in as there own children (even though hermione still has her parents)

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on April 19, 2010, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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Really? “Anti-family themes” that is the stupidest thing ever. Harry Potter is all for family and doing ‘’what is right, not was it easy.’’ People who ban the book have never read them because if you have you’d know who good HP is for kids, and adults. Good over evil, love over hate. How is that anti-family?

Posted by LunaLuver on April 19, 2010, 03:43 PM report to moderator
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Well, whatever they say, Harry is still living on inside of us.

Posted by on April 19, 2010, 04:10 PM report to moderator
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Yeah this is very aggrevating for alot of people. When I was planning at HP DH book release at my work I had co-workers writing awful things on the stuff I was building. I made a huge walk in Castle entrance with the actuall Hogwarts wall paper it was out of this world when it was done but of course people were writing nasty things on it,also I had a potions table which things keeped coming up missing it got to the point my managers had someone watching my stuff all the time. I had horrible anti-crist related things noted to me, how HP is unmoral it was all so stupid but it was an awesome party anyway and even made the local paper for the best release party in my county SO THERE!!!! Long live HP. ROAR

Posted by Roseann on April 19, 2010, 04:11 PM report to moderator
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I think this is an awesome honor for HP and all the other books on the list. Libraries don’t actually ban the books. Banned Books Week is actually a celebration of freedom of speech, press, etc. Libraries across the country celebrate these books and encourage people to read them. So, like someone else said, for HP to be on the top of the list for the most challenged book of the decade is truly a badge of honor.

Posted by Tyqwando416 on April 19, 2010, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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Anti family themes? Seriously? If they had actually read the books they would have seen my favorite family in the whole world, the Weasleys, they are closer than any other family than I know of.

Posted by TheMasterYoda on April 19, 2010, 04:25 PM report to moderator
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“Anti-Family themes”? Have they even READ the HP books?? Most of the love and care in that series is BASED ON FAMILIES. They are very important and cherished to HP. But nooooooooo they can’t see this. And may I add that there are thousands of books on magic and witchraft but do THEY get banned? NO. Why must they pick on HP…?

Posted by Owana Potter on April 19, 2010, 04:35 PM report to moderator
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It is completely absurd that people still think that HP is about witchcraft. Yes, it is a part of the book and it creates the magic of the world (that all of us want to be a part of:)… But the ultimate story is the basic fight between GOOD AND EVIL!! You would figure all people would want to see the battle between good and evil, light and dark, love and hate result as it does in the books!! It is so infuriating to hear that the closed-minded people of the world (yeah, those who have never even read the books) still think HP is about satanism and wiccanism!! UGH!! it gets me completely irate to hear about people who like to say bad things about these books when the majority of them have NEVER EVEN READ THEM!!!

Posted by JessSnape on April 19, 2010, 04:47 PM report to moderator
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Anti- family themes!!!!!? Geez!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on April 19, 2010, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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jreineke3, no offense was intended, and i do hope none was taken…i was raised Catholic myself, tho my religious heritage and personal evolution is far more complicated than most.

cheers, and keep writing good essays!

Posted by budb on April 19, 2010, 05:19 PM report to moderator
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I am surprised that the Da Vinici Code is not on that list! It was a great book but also very controversial and challenged!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on April 19, 2010, 05:21 PM report to moderator
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As unfortunate as it is that so many people have condemned these books, I believe that we will fail to convince them of the error in their judgment. So persuaded are they that the books will corrupt young minds that no argument we produce will assuage them. It is nothing but a pity, however, that they have denied themselves the opportunity to enjoy these quite fantastic novels.

Posted by Kirk on April 19, 2010, 05:32 PM report to moderator
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