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The Battle of Good and Evil?

Saturday, November 06th, 2010 | Author: Kim

If someone asked me to define the main theme of the Harry Potter series, I would say this: Do what is right over what is easy.

Now, you could say there are multiple themes running throughout the series.  Love triumps over all.  Friendship is worth its weight in gold.  I could go on, picking out themes and purposes and meanings for this series.  But for me, it has always been the battle of good versus evil.  Choosing what is right, even when it is hard.  And Harry Potter has never disappointed, at least not in the books.

For this reason, I have some serious beef with the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  In the end, when Harry and Cedric are battling it out, trying to reach the cup, Harry’s ability to always do good falters.  He has to think about whether or not to save Cedric when he is being taken by the maze.

I remember seeing this movie for the first time.  When Harry stopped, looked at the Cup, then back at Cedric, then back at the cup, I was shocked.  Harry has never debated about doing what is right.  He has never stopped to think about whether he should help someone in need or travel on to his own personal glory.  He’s never worried about trouble or fame or his own selfish wants.  That is what makes Harry Potter such a wonderful character.  He never lets us down.  He stays true to what he believes in and stands for.

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