J.K. Rowling Says Voldemort Is “Nowhere Near as Bad” as Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Voldermort
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The Donald trumps the Dark Lord. J.K. Rowling defended the most evil character of them all from her Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort, via Twitter on Tuesday, Dec. 8, telling fans that the sinister villain was nothing in comparison to real-life U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The scribe, 50, shared a BBC Newsbeat tweet that compared the real estate mogul, 69, to the murderous “He Who Shall Not Be Named” in the Potter books. “This is why people are calling American businessman, Donald Trump, Lord Voldemort,” reads the tweet, which linked to a story about Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims be barred from entering U.S. borders.

J.K. Rowling ceremoniously lights the Empire State Building in Lumos' colors of purple, blue, and white to mark the US launch of her non-profit organization on April 9.
J.K. Rowling ceremoniously lights the Empire State Building in Lumos’ colors of purple, blue, and white to mark the U.S. launch of her non-profit organization on April 9. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

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In an email to reporters, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” following several terrorism-related attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and France. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

Rowling, who frequently shares insight about her beloved characters and more via Twitter, then expressed outrage about Trump’s statement.

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Rowling also retweeted a post that featured a map identifying mass shootings across the United States  and those executed by Muslims. The correlation was slim. 

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