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Harry Potter wizardry just harmless fun says teacher.

A COVENTRY teacher says children view the Harry Potter books as simply entertaining fun and he played down a warning about the risks of dabbling in the darker side of the occult.

The Philosopher's Stone is expected to break box office records and be the hit of the year with all ages when it appears on cinema screens in just over a week's time.

But Peter Smith, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), has highlighted the dangers of the supernatural.

According to Mr Smith, children who enjoy the magic and wizardry of the stories should be careful about extending their interest in the occult.

But Terry Kenny, Coventry's national executive member of the ATL and a teacher at the city's Bishop Ullathorne RC Secondary, said: "The Harry Potter books are wonderful because they have got children reading and interested in reading again, which is half the battle.

"But my own personal view is that I am sure children do not take it seriously in that sense."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 7, 2001
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