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This paper defines censorship not as an application of sound judgment as to age appropriate material, but rather as an effort to eradicate a particular work from the shelves of public school libraries because the work addresses a socially, politically, or religiously sensitive subject. The paper discusses how J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series has inspired children the world round, and brought them back to books at a time when the publishing industry feared that young readers might never turn to a book for entertainment and stimulation of their creative thoughts. The paper considers the concerns of those against the "Harry potter" series but argues that censorship is about control, not about magic wands and young readers who might be turned away from their faith for the imaginary world of Harry Potter.
From the Paper:"Rowling's series revolves around a young boy raised in an average English home, until, one day, he leaves home to fulfill his destiny as a wizard. He leaves the home of relatives who raised him for wizard school, where he will learn the tools of his trade and be trained in how to manage his gift as a wizard. The original book, Harry Potter, and the subsequent works introduce into the life of young Harry Potter a plethora of colorful characters and adventures creatively crafted by Rowling to capture the imagination, the curiosity, the longing for adventure, camaraderie, and perhaps even satisfying the young reader's need for power in and over his or her own life. Though intended for juvenile readers, the series succeeded in capturing the interests of adults too. Selling millions of copies of each book in the series, Rowlings experienced an unprecedented success in bringing young readers, and many adults too, back to books in a way that had not been seen done with a book and its subsequent series in decades. So, what, then, is the problem that would cause the general public, parents, and teachers to attempt to have the Potter series banned from the public school library shelves?"
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