Harry Potter’s magic vanishes in Saudi Arabia...

Published September 12th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The world’s popular Harry Potter books are causing more controversy recently.  

 

This time it's happening in Saudi Arabia, where all copies of the books have reportedly been taken off the shelves due to objections claiming they contain an occult-Satanic theme, violence and have an anti-family attitude.  

 

According to reports, it is probable that the ban on the bestselling children's book will be eventually made permanent in the kingdom - much to the disappointment of book sales managers who state that it was a best-selling series amongst the majority of nationalities.  

 

The viewpoints and opinions of parents tend to be divided on this delicate matter. Some love it because it encourages kids to read while others tend to agree with the objections and believe that the books promote devil worship and a belief in the netherworld.  

 

This affair does not mark the first time that JK Rowling's Harry Potter books have been removed from shop shelves. The magical books have already been banned in such countries as the Philippines and Malaysia.  

 

The Harry Potter series and George Orwell's Animal Farm are among 26 books that have been banned from schools in the United Arab Emirates. 

 

Earlier this year, the UAE Ministry of Education banned the Harry Potter series because they contain "written or illustrated material that contradicts Islamic and Arab values," Al-Hayat newspaper reported. The paper said the banned books contain pictures of alcoholic drinks, pigs and other "indecent images". 

 

The ministry warned private schools to abide by its decision and required them to present a list of books to be taught to students. (Albawaba.com)

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