JK Rowling responds to witchcraft shop's 'ban' on 'Harry Potter' fans

The shop's owner now says his words were taken out of context

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JK Rowling has responded to reports of a Huddersfield witchcraft shop's "ban" on fans of Harry Potter.

Richard Carter, who owns the store Mystical Moments, was said to be refusing to sell his "spiritual tools" to fans of Rowling's book and film series because the wands he stocks aren't toys.

"If I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering," he was quoted as saying.

The Guardian reports that Rowling responded to the news in a tweet on Sunday (August 14). "Oh yeah? Well I don't think they're real wands," she wrote with a link to an article about Carter's views.

However, Carter told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that his comments had been taken out of context.

"I said that if Harry Potter fans wanted a wand they should go on eBay because what they're basically after is a toy. But I have not banned them from the shop," he said. "I have nothing against Harry Potter and actually liked the films. The wands I make, though, whether you believe it or not, are real and spiritual.

"If a Harry Potter fan came to the shop, whether they would be able to buy a wand would depend on why they want one. If for a toy, then no, but if they had watched Harry Potter and been inspired to start their own spiritual journey, then yes."
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