Every time a new Harry Potter movie comes out, it seems that the debate rages again. Is "Harry Potter" a force for good or evil? Catholic Exchange is running a good article today on Harry Potter and the terrifying order to obey which discusses the role of obedience in Harry Potter - how Harry has to obey no matter what, something that we have to do in relation to God. If you read the comments, you will see that the naysayers are in force once again, condemning Harry Potter and condemning CE for running the article.
I think that most of these people haven't read the books, because if they did, they would know that the overriding theme of Harry Potter is that self-sacrifice and love are what ultimately conquers evil, a very Christian concept. People obviously have a choice of what to read and what to allow their children to read, but I think it is sad that people feel compelled to condemn something that haven't read based on what they think that they know. I was a bit wary when my children wanted to read this series as well based on what I heard, but I read it with them and loved the story and the message. At heart, it is a good vs. evil classic, with good being ultimately triumphant.