Conservative pastor would rather have children drown to death before letting them read 'Harry Potter'

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"Harry Potter" has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, but one pastor has a big problem with the magical book series. In fact, one conservative church leader believes America should repent for even bringing Harry Potter into their homes, according to The Independent.

In a speech only Voldemort could love, preacher Kevin Swanson said parents would be better off drowning than letting their children read the "Harry Potter" books because of Dumbledore's sexuality.





"Harry Potter" wasn't the only children's series Swanson attacked. The preacher also targeted popular animated film, "How to Train Your Dragons" in his bizarre speech.



More bitter than a wizard rejected from Hogwarts, Swanson closed out his rant with a shocking statement, claiming that "for tens of millions of parents it would be better that a millstone be hung around their neck and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea."




Fortunately for all the Muggles out there, the Internet did not take kindly to Swanson's words. People on social media called out the right-winged preacher as soon as his anti-gay rant hit the web.

"If God will judge America for 'Harry Potter', but not 'Twilight', then He is not worthy of worship," YouTube user Cloe Jarozenski commented.

"Christian here, and this pastor has no idea what the faith is about. I love Harry Potter," said Reddit user WattledPenguin.

This isn't the first time Swanson had made waves. According to The Independent, the right-winged pastor condemned Disney crowd-pleaser "Frozen" for it's "very gay" propaganda in 2014.

Despite how the impassioned preacher may feel on the subject, "Harry Potter" remains the most successful book series of all time.

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