I am not going to pick what a bad story the Harry Potter books are, or how lazy the magic system is, or just what a horrible piece of writing they are in general. And I am certainly not going to say that it’s a sin to read them because of the magic. I am going to talk about how the morality is the series is poisonous, particularly the portrayal of authority.

(One short disclaimer first: I haven’t read the book in very many years, so forgive me if my memory is not entirely accurate.)

Let’s start with the ministry of magic. The ministry is analogous to the US government, in that it is a completely illegitimate authority that makes nonsensical and oppressive rules and yet is portayed as ultimately good (if somewhat corrupt in book 5 and on). What are some of the nonsensical and oppressive rules I’m talking about? Well, the rule against underage magic. Underage magic is NOT an immoral act, as all of us at liberty.me should be able to recognize. There is nothing you could possibly say in defense of this rule. The only word I have for it is: Tyranny. If I were a parent of magical children, I would want to unlock their powers as soon as possible so they could use them for good. I would buy them wands and teach them magic as soon as they were old enough to understand and control it, and no magical government I didn’t vote for has any right to stop me and throw me in wizard prison for it.
What other evils has the ministry done? Well, there’s the rule that the wizarding world has to stay a secret. This might seem harmless on the surface but it’s not. If you knew there was such a thing as magic (and you had a way to prove it), you’d damn well be telling all your friends and family about it, right? Me too. Problem is, the ministry would put you in wizard prison for it. Why? What’s wrong with telling your friends the truth? I don’t know. Ask the ministry (or Rowling). All I know is that keeping pointless important secrets from your trusted friends is wrong.
A third thing: although it’s never explicitly stated in the books that magical homeschooling is illegal, we never hear any mention of it, so it’s a pretty safe assumption. That’s another form of tyranny. Oh god, this ministry of magic is evil even by government standards.

When you read a story where an authority makes tons of unjust rules and no one ever calls them out on it, it conditions you to think that it’s okay. Hopefully by now you’re starting to see what a poisonous story Harry Potter is. But I’m not nearly done. Let’s move on to some Hogwarts-specific injustices.

One: the rule against students being out of their dormitory after hours. This is a form of imprisonment. Even if you don’t think imprisonment as a punishment is wrong (in which case please read the linked article), this is imprisonment for no reason at all. It’s not even like there’s some danger in the castle at night (except for Fluffy, but really Dumbledore, just tell the students about him so no one gets eaten). Worse, the night sky is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Any authority that says we can’t go out and admire it is an abomination.
Two: the ways students are grouped into houses, and honored based on the collective merits of their house. Want to guess what two relevant things I think are evil are? Punishing the innocent, and rewarding the guilty. The house cup at Hogwarts does both.

So can anyone name an authority figure in the Harry Potter series that is NOT evil? I can’t. And yet most of them are portrayed as good. Clearly this is a horribly poisonous story.

And I’m still not done. There is one more points I want to make. This one is not a rule that an authority figure makes in the series, just something about the series that is damaging to readers.
I talked about the wizarding world being a secret up there? I have more to say about it. Since none of the characters ever question this rule, children that grow up with this series (like I did) are implicitly being taught not to question irrational rules.

Harry Potter could have been a beautiful story if it had been about Harry starting a rebellion against illegitimate and unreasonable authority figures. Unfortunately it is not. If Rowling was trying to write statist fiction, she did a very good job. No wonder it’s so popular – almost the entire audience is statists.