Harry Potter book removed from Southern California's Vista San Gabriel Elementary School library
Officials have removed the latest Harry Potter book from the list of books to buy for Southern California's Vista San Gabriel Elementary School library.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is one of 23 titles the Wilsona, Calif., school board voted to strike from the list -- along with three bilingual Clifford the Big Red Dog books, "Disney's Christmas Storybook" and two books from the Artemis Fowl series, the Antelope Valley Press reported.
In January 2000, Sharon Toyne -- then a Wilsona board member and now board president -- warned against author J.K. Rowling's best-selling books about the boy wizard, the newspaper said.
"The book's wizards and magic all falls in the line of witchcraft," Toyne said at the time. "In our district we are trying to promote character with programs like Character Counts, and I don't see how the book promotes that. I think (the books) could arouse a child's imagination and curiosity of the unknown, of the dark side."
The Harry Potter series made the Top 10 on the American Library Association's "100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-2000," along with "Daddy's Roommate" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."