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Harry Potter Readings Make Volunteers Vanish

January 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A volunteer group that directs traffic at fire scenes is refusing to work at a YMCA triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter books to children.

Capt. Robert Fichthorn of the Penryn, Pa., group said its eight members voted unanimously to boycott the triathlon, scheduled for Sept. 7.

The Lancaster Family YMCA began reading Harry Potter books to children enrolled in an after-school program in November.

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