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Science shows ‘Harry Potter’ fans ‘can’t ignore similarities’ between Trump and Voldemort

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A new study by a University of Pennsylvania professor found that those who read the seven-book series Harry Potter were more likely to hold values like tolerance and oppose things like violence, inflicting punishment and authoritarianism. They’re also less likely to support GOP nominee Donald Trump for president.

“Because Trump’s political views are widely viewed as opposed to the values espoused in the Harry Potter series, exposure to the Potter series may play an influential role in influencing how Americans respond to Donald Trump,” professor Diana Mutz wrote.

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A national poll of 1,142 American Harry Potter fans who read more and more books were less and less likely to support Trump by a factor of two to three points. So, a reader of all seven books lowered a respondent’s evaluation of Trump by 18 points.

“It may simply be too difficult for Harry Potter readers to ignore the similarities between Trump and the power-hungry Voldemort.”

It’s in keeping with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who has written and tweeted about her contempt for Trump, saying he is a “fascist in all but name” and saying he’s actually worse than Voldemort.

Those aligned with Voldemort in the Harry Potter books supported Pure-blood supremacy wizards and opposed any who were born from non-wizards or muggles. While Voldemort did not propose building a wall around an all wizard town to keep out those who were not pure blood, he did support killing them.

“I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do you? They’re just not the same, they’ve never been brought up to know our ways. Some of them have never even heard of Hogwarts until they get the letter, imagine. I think they should keep it in the old wizarding families,” pure-blood Draco Malfoy says to Potter. Malfoy’s parents were aligned with Voldemort’s inner circle.

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Judge rules against Devin Nunes in $9.9 million lawsuit over the salacious Steele Dossier

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) suffered a legal setback after losing a major lawsuit he had filed.

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BUSTED: Trump’s new spy chief worked for foreign politician the US accused of corruption

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