J.K. Rowling Says Donald Trump Is Worse Than ‘Harry Potter’ Villain Voldemort
J.K. Rowling created Voldemort as the most evil wizard in the world of her Harry Potter books – but she thinks GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is even worse than him after his latest remarks about Muslims.
J.K. Rowling On Trump
Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that was carried out by a married Muslim couple that had been radicalized, Trump delivered a speech and subsequently released a statement espousing the belief that the U.S. should ban all Muslims from entering the country.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” his campaign press release read.
Following Trump’s latest round of inflammatory rhetoric and policy proposals, people began to draw comparisons between him and Voldemort, the dark wizard with a vicious vendetta against “mudbloods” – witches and wizards born to non-magic families – in the Harry Potter series.
In response to the comparisons, Rowling tweeted, “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Though Trump’s villainy would certainly have more real-world consequences than Voldemort’s, people have run with the parallels between the two. Memes and Twitter jokes have been flooding the Internet:
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
— Decider (@decider) December 8, 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
— New Republic (@NewRepublic) December 9, 2015