Burning books

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I felt sad when I first saw your report (12 May) about James McGilchrist tweeting that JK Rowling’s books should be burned in public.

It’s a shame that anyone would want to burn books as wonderful as her Harry Potter stories. I cheered up, though, when I read that she had retorted “Book burnings! I’ll bring marshmallows.”

But it certainly makes a change from someone wanting her books burnt because of their fundamentalist religious views.

There have been public burnings of Harry Potter books in the past and they have usually been carried out by fanatically religious people who don’t seem to understand the difference between fantasy and reality and whose lives might be enriched a bit if they tried reading books instead of burning them (credit where credit’s due to Sir Sean Connery and his priceless line in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

Robert Kelly

Bonhill Road