Merlin at Muggle Matters has posted some interesting thoughts on Harry Potter and X-men based on the third film, released this weekend. It’s interesting stuff in light of our exploration here of the “Wise Old Man” archetype. Merlin looks at Dumbledore and Professor X (who is obviously the Wise Old Man of the series) and sees in Professor X a villain. I’m certain I don’t agree that Xavier is the villain of the X-men series, but Merlin’s thoughts are insightful and worthy of some discussion. Check it out. I’ve responded in the comments section there, and I’m sure there’s much more to be said.