British Private School: Kids Shouldn’t Read Harry Potter

By Dianna Dilworth 

Graeme Whiting, the headmaster at the British private school The Acorn School thinks that Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett’s books “contain deeply insensitive and addictive material” which “encourages difficult behaviour in children.”

Whiting, who prefers “traditional literature, classical poetry, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Dickens, Shakespearean plays,” thinks that parent should “read literature that is conducive to their age and leave those mystical and frightening texts for when they can discern reality, and when they have first learned to love beauty.”

In a blog post written to parents at the school, Whiting says that, “Buying sensational books is like feeding your child with spoons of added sugar, heaps of it, and when the child becomes addicted it will seek more and more, which if related to books, fills the bank vaults of those who write un-sensitive books for young children!”