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Monday, November 22, 1999 at 19:38:48 (EST)
HARRY POTTER'S MAGIC SURVIVES ANOTHER MATCH WITH MUGGLES-PARENTS-by Ben Ehrenreich, Los Angeles Weekly (11/19-11/25/99) 

Just by looking at its jacket, Cynthia Kersey was disturbed by the book her son Andy brought home from his fourth-grade class at Simi Elementary School. She read it cover to cover: "I was even more horrified by what I found inside." Andyís teacher had assigned the best-selling childrenís book, Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone, which, Kersey decided, was "nothing but an advertisement for the occult." 

But it wasnít just her son that Kersey was worried about. The Columbine killers, she says, were into Wicca. Harry Potter is a wizard. Wizards practice witchcraft. Wiccans practice witchcraft, therefore . . . "I donít want to see the book read at all in the district," Kersey says, because "I donít want to see another school shooting. I donít want to see that in Simi Valley." 

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