As I read other people's responses to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, many claim that Harry is arrogant, self-centered, or even conceited. They claim that he has "too much pride" because he is the "chosen one." But is it truly arrogance that forces him to believe that he must be the one to defeat Voldemort? Or is there another force deep down that is his motivation to defeat Voldemort once and for all? Sacrifice.
Merriam-Webster defines sacrifice as destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else. Voldemort's main goal is to find Harry and kill him, for he is Voldemort's only threat. Voldemort will do whatever it takes. "I won't blast people out of my way just because they're there," says Harry. "That's Voldemort's job." (pg. 71) On a larger level, Voldemort not only wants to kill Harry, but take over the Muggle and Wizarding World. Harry knows that his life is not the only one on the line. He's always looking for a way to protect others and lead them to safety because his life matters just as much as anyone else's.
These acts of self-lessness and justice are similar to when Lily, Harry's mother, tried to sacrifice her own life for Harry. Dumbledore claimed that this type of "magic" was more powerful than any spell in the world. It is also similar to when Mad-Eye Moody, Hagrid, Lupin, and other aurors, along with Harry's friends, risked their lives to safely "escort" Harry to the Burrow. Some could even go as far to say that when Dumbledore drank the potion in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he risked his life for the greater good.
Unless, people think that Harry is "showing an offensive attitude of superiority," Harry does not have the time to sit down and think things through. Sometimes, he must act on his own accord. He must take charge, despite what others might say. (People might mistake this for arrogance.) And whether he likes it or not, Harry was "selected" to be the "chosen one." The only way to defeat this obstacle is to assume his role of leadership. And even though he may pay a heavy price for being a leader, Harry is willing to do it for the greater good of society.
-Eleni Broadwell 811