School principal claims Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings cause brain damage

That's exactly what a Muggle would say.

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Close your eyes and go back to the last time you read Harry Potter. Got it? Good.

Now think - did you experience any deterioration of your mental abilities? Did you perhaps get a headache? Or maybe you suddenly forgot how to read half way through the book?

No? Shocker.


According to Graeme Whiting, the principal of The Acorn School in Nailsworth, books like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, or basically any book by Terry Pratchett (soz, mate) "contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which [Whiting is] certain encourages difficult behaviour in children."

"They can be bought without a special licence and can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children," he elaborates in his blog post.

Hold on. "A special licence"? What is this, 1984?


Ok. Let's say we believe you, Mr. Whiting. So what should the kids read instead to stay healthy?

According to the principal, children should be raised on "old-fashioned values of traditional literature" such as Shakespeare, Dickens, or Shelley.

Too bad most of the books written by these authors are full of brutal rape and assault, torture, and horror. Unlike Harry Potter or LOTR, just saying.

How ironic that the school's motto is "Have courage for the truth."

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