Who in modern American society has the right to determine what is fact and what is fiction? This question was at the center of a noteworthy case of censorship in Gwinnett County, Georgia from 2005 to 2007. Over the course of these two years, concerned parent Laura Mallory managed to bring her challenge against J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series from a Loganville elementary school to the state court of appeals.

Drawing from digitized legal documents, eyewitness interviews, and the challenger’s own accounts, this COPLACDigital project examines Laura Mallory’s attempts to limit access to Harry Potter in the context of religious fundamentalism. We look at the personal beliefs of those involved with the case in order to better understand what ideas inspire 21st Century censorship. 


Welcome to “Gwinnett County: A Harry Potter Case,” the GCSU project site for COPLAC’s Burning Idea Course Spring 2019. The purpose of this website is to document the challenge from Loganville parent Laura Mallory to ban the Harry Potter series in Gwinnett County, Georgia between 2005 and 2007. We are currently under construction, so please check back with us in May to view our finalized project. Thank you!

-Avery and Olivia (site authors)