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Studies in Censorship -The Goblet of Fire


I noticed a sign on the counter of a large bookstore. It said, basically, that children could not buy Harry Potter books without being accompanied by a parent. So I recruited a kid. Gave him a list and sent him into the bookstore. Here's what he could buy without being accompanied by a parent:
The Magical Record of the Beast 666 by Aleister Crowley
The Equinox by Aleister Crowley
The Golden Dawn by Isreal Regardie
Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune
Black Magic by A.E.Waite
Transcendental Magic by Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant)
The History of Magic by Eliphas Levi
The Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus (Gerald Encausee)
The Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage by Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers.

For those unfamiliar with the authors above, this is real magic, folks. If you make a study of the Occult, these are basic books. They contain rituals to call demons, the devil, angels and saints. Techniques to both attack and defend yourself psychically from other magicians and spirits. How to devine the future. How to psychically control those around you and, well just about everything a magician is supposed to do. These supposedly are just fine for kids. Harry Potter, however, teaches them the Occult.

I bought the kid a copy of The Goblet of Fire. After all, he was only ten, and a little young, I thought, for the heavy reading he could have bought without my help. As to the parents who put pressure on the bookstore, and in schools across the country, I can only say that ignorance is its own reward.

Originally Published in AB Bookman's Weekly