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Harry Potter author JK Rowling says Donald Trump is worse than Voldemort

Harry Potter’s nemesis Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes in the film franchise. Photo: Supplied JK Rowling declared the presidential candidate was much worse than her own fictional villain. Photo: Supplied
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JK Rowling declared the presidential candidate was much worse than her own fictional villain. Photo: Supplied

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New York: The mogul turned reality star turned presidential hopeful Donald Trump is a figure almost beyond parody and caricature – his comments so outlandish, his self-belief so inflated.

But after ramping up his anti-Muslim rhetoric this week and calling for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, one comparison in particular has begun to dog him. People are likening him to the evil, racist arch-villain of the Harry Potter novels, Lord Voldemort.

However, it’s a comparison that the outspoken author of the beloved books says is unwarranted – because Mr Trump, she believes, is worse.

JK Rowling injected herself into the US presidential race on Tuesday when she responded to the meme comparing Mr Trump to Voldemort.

“How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad,” Ms Rowling wrote in response to a story about Mr Trump’s latest comments.How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t上海龙凤论坛/hFO0XmOpPH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015

Headline-grabbing sound-bites about race and immigration have been a staple of Mr Trump’s campaign, drawing the ire of many, while evidently helping him stand out and become a front-runner in a crowded Republican field. He kicked off his tilt at the presidency by declaring that Mexicans coming into the United States were bringing “drugs and crime” and were “rapists”. Later, he called for a database for Muslims in the US.

But this week his rhetoric took a more extreme turn. In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, which was carried out by a couple believed to hold radical Islamist beliefs, Mr Trump called for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.

It’s the focus of his campaign on race which has led to the mostly tongue-in-cheek Harry Potter meme.

Voldemort is not only the power-hungry, militaristic and cartoonishly evil bad guy of JK Rowling’s universe, he’s also fixated with “race” or a literary analogy for it.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

In the novels, Voldemort and his followers are obsessed with the superiority of “pure-blood” wizards, denigrating and targeting “half-bloods” and Muggles. Rowling herself has previously described Voldemort as a racist, and acknowledged the parallels with the rhetoric and beliefs of Nazi Germany.

Rowling is a well-known as a supporter of left, liberal politics, donating to the Labour party in the United Kingdom, criticising many of the policies of Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron and saying in 2008 she wanted to see a Democrat in the White House.

Mr Trump’s comments this week have been defended by his most ardent supporters on the right, such as pundit Ann Coulter, but many on his own side of politics, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and fellow candidates Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham, have declared he has gone too far.is that donald trump or lord voldemort pic.twitter上海龙凤论坛m/r63ZtgARgB— luke pls (@daydreamIukey) October 27, 2015But imagine a fanfic where Voldemort swallows a tiny bit of his hatred for muggles to team up with Donald Trump and ruin everything.— Imperator Lex (@Alexes_C) December 5, 2015

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