Apropos of the Harry Potter fuss, Amy Welborn has published an essay by children's author Regina Doman (who has read the books) on why Harry Potter is not anti-Christian, and some of the strong Christian themes she's found in the series.
Jimmy Akin posts a transcription of an interview with Fr. Peter Fleedwood, the Vatican priest who last year commented positively on the books. Monsignor Fleedwood is "an expert on New Age and former official at the Pontifical Council for Culture." And he's read the books.
And Mark Shea points out that the series encompasses quite nicely the natural virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude) even though it doesn't delve deeply enough to really deal with the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.