Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling 1997Fascinating - "a masterpiece of satanic deception" is
2001 United States Challenged in Bend, OR; Cedar Rapids, IA; Salamanca, NY; Whittier, CA; Pace, FL; Arab, AL; Fresno, CA; Bristol, NH for dealing in witchcraft, the occult, promoting violence and being "scary."
2001 Ontario, Canada Challenged.
2001 Santa Fe, TX Restricted to students with parental permission for promoting witchcraft.
2001 Queensland, Australia Banned because the book was considered violent and dangerous.
2002 New Mexico Burned as "a masterpiece of satanic deception."
2003 Russell Springs, KY Proposed for removal by teacher's prayer group at the high school for dealing with ghosts, cults, and witchcraft.
2003 Moscow, Russia Challenged by a Slavic cultural organization that alleged the stories about magic and wizards could draw students into Satanism.
2004 Cedarville, AR A federal judge overturned restricted access to the Harry Potter book after parents of a fourth-grader filed a federal lawsuit challenging restricted access to the book. The book was originally challenged because it characterized authority as "stupid" and portrayed "good witches and good magic."
2004 New Haven, CT Challenged, but retained in the schools despite claims the series "makes witchcraft and wizardry alluring to children."
2007 Georgia The Gwinnett County school board rejected a parent's pleas to take Harry Potter books out of school libraries, based on the claim they promote witchcraft. The Georgia Board of Education ruled December 14, 2006, that the parent had failed to prove her contention that the series "promote[s] the Wicca religion and therefore that the book's availability in public schools does not constitute advocacy of a religion."
2008 Wakefield, MA Removed from the St. Joseph School because the themes of witchcraft and sorcery were inappropriate for a Catholic school.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling
Call Number: PR6068.O93 H373 1998
Publication Date: 1997
After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book follows another year in Harry's education while more of his frightening destiny is revealed.