The book comes under several legal proceedings either from claim by American Christian groups that the magic in book promotes Wicca and witchcraft among children, thus unsuitable for children. On the other hand a number of critics criticized this book for promoting the political agenda. The book also brings controversy in publishing world. In 1997-98, the book won almost all awards judged by children, but none of the children book award judged by adults. In 2000, the first three entries of best-selling books was cover by Harry Potter series in New York Times. There was no place for children’s book. In 2004, New York Times split the Children list, which was still dominated by the book of Harry Potter series; finally they decided to remove the Harry Potter books from the section for Individual books.