I recently finished the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. I thought that it provided a good example of the problem of overcriminalization. What is overcriminalization? Crudely put, it is the idea that there are way too many criminal offenses on the books that shouldn’t be there — not everything that is wrong, annoying, dangerous, or immoral needs to be illegal.
So, what does Harry Potter have to do with overcriminalization?
Spoiler alert: Don’t read any further if you haven’t yet read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.