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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Cover, JK Rowling

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Noted Muggle/compassionate conservative George W. Bush was apparently a devout Harry Potter hater.

The former commander in chief wasn't about to honor J.K. Rowling, the talent behind the book series, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom...and for quite the logical reason.

"People in the White House…actually object[ed] to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft," writes former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer in his book, Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor.

That's right. Good ol' Dubya and his administration dissed the mega-selling British author, refusing to let her join the ranks of James A. Michener, Harper Lee and George Steinbeck. (Guess he figured the Secret Service could handle any Avada Kedavra curse flung his way.)

Bush distributed 81 medals during his time in office, mostly to war-related allies.


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