Use of scroll

the DMG seems to contradict itself regarding the use of scrolls. what is a DM to do; allow or prohibit the use of scrolls from characters that do not have a said spell in their list or lack spellcasting altogether?
any advice will be received with gratitude. Thanks in advance. Epic Dimitris,
Spell scroll rule is described in DMG p.200 “If the spell is on your class’s spell list you can use an action to read the scroll and cast its spell without having to provide any of the spell’s components. Otherwise, the scroll is unintelligible.”
Where is contradiction? It contradicts the passage under the description for item category: scroll in DMG p.139 which states that, “any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script on a scroll and attempt to activate it”
I was surprised because it used the same category for spell scrolls and for the wondrous-item-like “scroll of protection” (p.199).
With the traditional approach of “specific over general” when regarding the rules, That would mean that spell scrolls indeed are unusable by any character other than those who have the ability to cast the spell on their own. they and only they are allowed to roll for the scroll’s activation, and that, only if they don’t have access to the spell due to their being of a lower level than demanded for the task… which in turn, severely limits the usefulness of random spell scrolls as loot.

I’ve never found myself comfortable with being the rule lawyer of my table and as a rule of thumb I addressed such situations with what seemed the most possible intention of the designers and what best serves the game’s balance and the enjoyment of the role-playing experience. With the new edition however, I find it extremely difficult to walk in the designing team’s shoes, and their intentions on the matter are to me as obscure as a darkness spell.

Again my thanks for your immediate response and your time.
If you feel limited, house rule Scroll rules.
Maybe adding DC on spells that differ from your caster class, giving disadvantage on reading check.
Ex. If you are a 5th level warlock that find a 3rd level wizard spell scroll that is not on your class’s spell list you must make a DC 13 with disadvantage to cast the spell.

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  1. Mark Altvater says:

    DMG page 139 – Under heading scrolls, third paragraph:

    “Any creature that can understand a written language can read the arcane script on a scroll and attempt to activate it.”

    That does contradict what it says on page 200.

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