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Politicians and Harry Potter?

Asked by trumi (6486points) August 15th, 2008

In a recent interview Barack Obama was asked who is favorite Harry Potter character was, to which he replied “Dumbledore’s a very cool guy.” He then skipped over the whole purple robes and high heeled boots thing (“Well, he’s gay, apparently.” Obama: ”[laughs] No comment on that.”), but it got me thinking; Who is Barack most like in the book? And that got me thinking, what other politicians resemble Harry Potter characters?

Also, are there any that she actually based off British politicians?

Some ideas: Gilderoy Lockhart? Minerva McGonagall? Aberforth Dumbledore? Crouch, Fudge, Scrimgeour and Umbridge?

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trumi's avatar

I have to start with Dick Cheney and Tom Riddle :D

jlm11f's avatar

The person uhh i mean character that I hate the most in the book series is Bellatrix. She killed my favorite character. I hate hate hate her in the fictional sense of course Soo i will compare her to anyone cruel.

trumi's avatar

Ann Coulter?

jlm11f's avatar

hmm, that might work ;)

augustlan's avatar

Bush = Lord Voldemort?

augustlan's avatar

I actually don’t think Bush is evil per se, though, just not all hearts and flowers and brains.

jlm11f's avatar

augustlan, lord voldemort = tom riddle

augustlan's avatar

oh, I’m sketchy on the details.

jlm11f's avatar

no problem :)

eambos's avatar

Bush = Gilderoy Lockhart after he casts the confundus spell on himself?

gailcalled's avatar

Bush = either Crabbe or Goyle. From Wikipedia:
...“both brawn-over-brains type; they are entirely lacking in introspection or inquisitiveness. They seem unable to make up their own minds or to see things their own way; they generally act upon Malfoy’s instructions. Nonetheless, Crabbe is depicted as slightly more intelligent than Goyle; ”

SuperMouse's avatar

@Gail would that make Karl Rove Malfoy?

What about Dick Cheney = Snape? Maybe Gerald Ford = Neville Longbottom? Bush is also a lot like Peter Pettigrew aka Wormtail. Nancy Pelosi = Professor Trelawney, Condelezza Rice = Professor McGonagal

gailcalled's avatar

I would have reversed Nancy Pelosi and Condi (whom I am not a fan of).

@SuperM: Wormtail is too smarmy and self-ingratiating. Bush has some very odd arrogance.

Too much for my overworked brain. Someone in the present admin. has to be Lord V., manipulating and pulling strings. Rove, perhaps. Certainly Rowling did some scary satire on the rise of Fascism, among other things.

And I have a long way to go on book 7, so I don’t know how things turn out.

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