Catholic Priests Declare Harry Potter Books ‘Sacrilegious’, Burn Them Along With Hello Kitty Umbrellas

A group of Catholic priests in Poland burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

The BBC reports that an evangelical group called SMS from Heaven Foundation posted the photos showing Harry Potter books atop a burning fire pit, along with an elephant figure, a tribal mask, and a Hello Kitty umbrella.

“We obey the Word,” read a caption in Polish quoting scripture from the Bible.

“Many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver,” reads a caption, from the Book of Acts, posted by the group.

Another excerpt, from the Book of Deuteronomy, reads: “Burn the images of their gods. Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God.”

The stunt provoked mockery from Facebook users, many of whom left comments questioning the sanity of those involved, or making comparisons with Nazi Germany.

One Facebook user wrote in Polish (translated to English): “Another proof that children need to be protected from priests.”

Another asked if the preists were planning on buring the Bible, writing: “I understand that burning a magical book in which there are talking snakes, walking on water and killing the dead also you?”