Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

Why it is Banned:

This is the series that helped me fall in love with reading. Returning to Harry's world was such a wonderful experience and I'm only sad that I don't take time out to re-read this wonderful series more often. I'm not a fan of the parts with the Dursley's, but I know it's necessary to the story so I'm not going to complain about it. I can't really read these books without having the movie also play in my head. That isn't really a bad thing with these early books, but later on it gets annoying. The reason why this series is banned is because people seem to have it in their heads that it supports Satanism. Really? I cannot stress how much this annoys me. Religion is a choice and no work of fiction should sway anyone towards a specific religion. And where would Satanism be in this book? Voldemort? Harry is trying to kill Voldemort so how is the series promoting Satanism. Wicca? Don't even get me started. Again, religion is a choice in the real world. In Harry Potter's world you don't get the option. You are either born a witch/wizard, or you aren't. This series in no way says, "Come join this religion kiddies!" This is a series that is loved by man children and adults. I don't understand why it keeps coming under fire, but it does.