A group of Catholic priests in Poland have reportedly burned books they deem sacrilegious, including those from the popular Harry Potter series.

The BBC reports that an evangelical group called SMS from Heaven Foundation posted pictures on its Facebook page showing Harry Potter books atop a burning fire pit, along with an elephant figure and a tribal mask.

A caption in Polish quotes scripture from the Bible and says, “We obey the Word.”


“Many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver,” reads a caption, from the Book of Acts, posted by the group.

Another excerpt, from the Book of Deuteronomy, reads: "Burn the images of their gods. Don't desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God."

The organization’s name is a reference to its mission, which centers around sending Christian-themed messages to people through texts.

The seven installments of the Harry Potter series focus on a world of magic and wizardry that some Christian groups have boycotted over its perceived sacrilegious content.

The series, written by J.K. Rowling, is among the most popular and best-selling fiction works of all time.