Harry Potter, well...it makes for a very fun new addition to the Lego Wii games that my wife and I are into.
Who am I kidding? I can't resist. I think it's a very interesting series, with a most extraordinary evolution and development in terms of sophistication, from the simple story of The Philosopher's Stone, to the overwhelming detail of The Deathly Hallows. Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire are a major high for the series, while The Order of the Phoenix takes a little more effort to "get" but may well be the more superior work. The Half-Blood Prince is a bit of a hiccup, yet also a thankless book for setting up the finale, and Chamber of Secrets has an astonishingly good plot driving events, even though it's a tad "sequel-ish" (especially if you are considering the movie version).
A fairly random trend I've observed about how the books characterize Harry regarding truth and falsehood, particularly strongly in the latter part of the series: every time Harry bends the truth, or exaggerates, or understates in a significant way, his quotation is unabiguously qualified with "Harry lied." He doesn't do it that often, but the reader always has no way of rationalizing it for Harry. And he carries the scars of punishment for telling the truth on his hand, "I must not tell lies."
We discover some interesting things about what he will and will not do in his fight against the The Dark Lord and his mean-spirited followers. Angered strongly enough, he will use the curse that causes agony. Similar to Paeter's observations about the Jedi in his review for The Phantom Menace, in a desparate circumstance he will overpower another person's freedom and control their actions.
Harry also never even considers the killing curse an option, even when his opponents are freely, gleefully homicidal. Even when he's told by an old mentor "This is a War, you can't hold back," he doesn't consider it an acceptable alternative. There is something satisfying about Harry giving Voldemort fair warning that it might not be a good idea to try and kill him that last time, yet still only fights defensively and let Voldemort shoot himself in the foot (so to speak).
Regarding the whole Chosen One thing, well, certainly people can spot out parallels with Jesus that are deliberate, and we can articulate where the story differs from what happens in the New Testament. Some story writers are deliberate, others less so. I agree that the 1978 Superman movie deliberately echoes the New Testament: "That is why I have sent them you, my only son." The writers who adapted The Lord of the Rings into the movies saw Frodo as a chosen savior, the original author didn't develop it that way. Paul Verhoven deliberately intention to echo Christ's crucifixion in Robocop. Alien 3 deliberately amalgamates the creation myth and Jesus's salvation story, odd as that may seem. I always joke that the Star Wars galaxy got a raw deal on their messiah. It's fun to pick apart how these stories differ from their inspiration, and I think we can understand better that core story through the process of this game.
The final component I will comment on is the character of Voldemort. In this character, we have a different viewpoint from that of George Lucas's starting point with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Lucas offers the perspective that no villain started out evil, a laudable notion. Voldemort quite possibly never was, he may have always been a human in appearance only. The books never use the word to classify him, but he has all the characteristics of a person who had no conscience, or remorse. I think he was a sociopath, or maybe is better identified by the more popular term, psychopath. It's one thing to try to love or endure the ultimate sacrifice for your enemies, who hate you, yet still are influenced by a conscience. A sacrifice for an enemy with a conscience can have impact, change a mind, make a person a better human. Sacrifice your life for someone without a conscience, what would that accomplish? How many good people could be sacrificed in the hope that a person without conscience might eventually understand remorse?
Anyway, that's probably enough for one post.