St. Joseph's School in Wakefield, Mass., has banned a series of Harry Potter books from its library, saying themes of witchcraft are inappropriate for a Catholic school, the Boston Globe reported.

The decision to remove the books from the elementary school's library has sparked controversy among students, educators, and parents — many of whom are unhappy with the ban.

The Rev. Ron Barker, pastor of St. Joseph's, told parents it was his job to "protect the weak and the strong."

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