Dawkins to Battle the Harry Potter 'Delusion'

Atheist author will write children's book to wean kids from magic
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2008 9:30 AM CDT
Author and scientist Richard Dawkins arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 28, 2007 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Evengelical atheist Richard Dawkins will take on Harry Potter in his next book, the Daily Telegraph reports. The God Delusion author is working on a book aimed at teaching children not to put their faith in "anti-scientific" fairytales. The professor plans to examine what effect raising children on stories of witches and wizards has on rationality later in life.

Dawkins tells an interviewer that he doesn't dislike magic and fairy tales—he just worries about their impact. And he hasn't actually read any Harry Potter, though he has read Phillip Pullman's books—and loved them.