Georgia Board of Education Upholds Decision Not to Ban Harry Potter Books; Mother Says She May Appeal

A mother who fought to ban Harry Potter books from her children's suburban Atlanta school district on the grounds that they promote witchcraft is considering an appeal after the Georgia Board of Education voted Thursday to keep the books on the county's library shelves.

The board members voted without discussion to uphold the Gwinnett County school board's decision to deny Laura Mallory's request to remove the best-selling books from school libraries.

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Mallory has worked for more than a year to ban the popular books from Gwinnett schools, claiming the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in religious witchcraft.

"It's mainstreaming witchcraft in a subtle and deceptive manner, in a children-friendly format," she said.