Satirical comedian Donald Trump has been compared, quite convincingly, to Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis Voldemort – and author JK Rowling is not too happy with the link.
Okay, part of that opening paragraph is, in fact, not true. Donald Trump is (apparently) not a satirical comedian, rather he is a divisive candidate for the Republican nomination to run for president of the US.
Like many elections around the world – although most others don’t seem to go on for quite so long – the build-up to the US presidential race is being played out on a number of platforms; one of which is Twitter.
And, amid Trump’s claims that he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US, it is Twitter that hosted a very entertaining reaction to the whole affair these past few hours.
Quite quickly, comparisons between Trump and a villain who must not be named were made.
Donald Trump is like if Voldemort had the childhood of Danny Torrance from The Shining.
— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) December 8, 2015
Donald Trump is the muggle version of Voldemort
— Mariana (@marianahrdz) December 7, 2015
Maybe Donald Trump is a test to measure where you fit on the spectrum of evil. So if you still like Trump right now, you are Voldemort.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) December 7, 2015
My theory is that Trump is Voldemort & if the media stops saying his name, Harry Potter will come destroy him. America will be great again.
— Linds (@lindsaysmetanka) December 7, 2015
Some people, though, weren’t impressed:
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Voldemort was NOT an idiot villain. Don't compare him to Trump. ?
— ronah frances bengil (@rownaeh) December 8, 2015
calling trump lord voldemort is an insult to lord voldemort himself
— ainin (@___aininn) December 8, 2015
This pleased many:
JKR just said Trump is worse than Voldemort. I'm good for today, let's all just start again tomorrow.
— Amanda (@Amanda_Learning) December 8, 2015
Yet still, accusations are flowing:
The only way to stop Donald Trump is to destroy his Horcruxes. The wig is definitely one. If you need me I'll be finding the other six.
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) December 7, 2015
Other possible Trump Horcruxes: His weird mannequin wife Trousers Something in the vault of Trump Towers More wigs
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) December 8, 2015
But context is needed:
Not humanising Trump in the least but….are we just gonna act like Voldemort did not kill people left right centre? https://t.co/jtJVAWDMx6
— li jia (@Eeleeyah) December 8, 2015
Voldemort, via Hersson Piratoba on Flickr