The Texas Wesleyan Law Review had an issue titled Harry Potter, Law, and Culture: Harry Potter and the Law (hat tip: History News Network). Overall, loads of fun to read. An overview of the review, as well as a discussion of why members of academe find so many relevant themes in the book(s) can be found in Positive Liberty (who’d written a paper, “Harry is a Hobbit”).
Perhaps the most enjoyable essays have been those written by Benjamin H. Barton. A freely-distributed compendium of his papers (five of them!) is titled “Harry Potter and the half-crazed bureaucracy”. Here it is:
You can read about the “legal scholarship boomlet” in Potter-related law stuff, in Info/Law (not just Barton, but economists, too!). Even Marxists in France got engrossed in all things Potter (see Gnostical Turpitude huffing about it). Normblog reproduces The moral and political philosophy of Harry Potter (by Linda Grant).