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‘Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, others damage brain’

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You love them. You read them. Probably addicted to them. But books like Harry Potter series, Games of Throne and The Hunger Games are dangerous to the brain of a child, said a United Kingdom headmaster, Graeme Whiting.

“Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett, to mention only a few of the modern world’s ‘must-haves… can be bought without a special licence, and can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children, many of whom may be added to the current statistics of mentally ill young children,” Whiting wrote in a blog post on the Acorn School website where he is a headmaster.

He based his opinion on the fact that these books contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which he claimed could encourage difficult behaviour in children.

He dismissed them as dark, demonic literature, “sprinkled with ideas of magic, of control and of ghostly and frightening stories.”

Whiting said buying such books for children is like feeding them with heaps of added sugar, “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!”

He, however, acknowledge that adults have capacities to understand them without any accident. He advised parents to buy them books “literature that is conducive to their age.”


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