When it comes to censoring children’s literature in modern American society, who determines what poses a legitimate danger to children? 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 legal documents, eyewitness interviews, and the challenger’s own accounts, this COPLACDigital project examines Laura Mallory’s attempts to limit access to the Harry Potter series 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 continue to inspire acts of censorship in the 21st century. 

– Avery & Olivia (site authors)