From the introduction of Elements of the Philosophy of Right (pp. ix):
There were always those, however, who insisted that Hegel was fundamentally a theorist of the modern constitutional state, emphasizing in the state most of the same features which win the approval of Hegel’s liberal critics. This was always the position of the Hegelian ‘centre’, including Hegel’s own students and most direct nineteenth-century followers [bold mine-DL]. This more sympathetic tradition in Hegel scholarship has reasserted itself decisively since the middle of the century, to such an extent that there is now a virtual consensus [bold mine-DL] among knowledgeable scholars that the earlier images of Hegel, as philosopher of the reactionary Prussian restoration and forerunner of modern totalitarianism, are simply wrong [bold mine-DL], whether they are viewed as accounts of Hegel’s attitude towards Prussian politics or as broader philosophical interpretations of his theory of state [bold mine-DL].
For what it’s worth, here’s another argument that Hegel was not a totalitarian.
The point in all of this is to make clear that the popular, Popperian reading of Hegel as proto-totalitarian is wrong. It is legitimate and appropriate to point this out when others repeat such a claim about Hegel. For the time being, this is the last thing that I will say about this ridiculous controversy.