I guess this NY Times article (hat tip: Instapundit) paticularly caught my eye as I am in Quebec City for an extra night (thanks to the second straight Nortwest Airlines flight cancelled on me due to mechanical problems). It's by "a professor of literary theory and French literature at the University Institute of Teacher Training in Nice" and was translated from French by the Times. (Hopefully they translate without bias!)
The gist of the critique seems to be that the Harry Potter stories warp kids minds because the characters compete not only with themselves but with each other, buy things -- not only from each other and nearby "boutiques" but (oh! the horror!) from multinational corporations.
And then there's this little jewel of a thought:
The psychological conditioning of the apprentice sorcerers is clearly based on a culture of confrontation: competition among students to be prefect; competition among Hogwarts "houses" to win points; competition among sorcery schools to win the Goblet of Fire; and, ultimately, the bloody competition between the forces of Good and Evil.
Yep. We all know there's no Evil in the world that needs fighting. Those poor young men that flew those planes into the World Trade Center towers were just misunderstood! Right. Somehow, I think Pat Tillman was better grounded in reality than this idiot.
And, of course, he tops it off by suggesting that the series' preference for entrepreneurs over buereaucrats is misplaced. And of course, he can point to the great job the French intelligence service did in identifying the extent of Saddam Husein's weapons of mass destruction. Oops. My bad. Idiot.