As villains go, Trump is even worse than Voldemort. So says J.K. Rowling, the beloved author of the “Harry Potter” series, comparing Donald Trump to Lord Voldemort, the villain of her books, after Trump’s announcement Monday that he wants “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The Republican presidential candidate's comment drew harsh criticism from people from both political parties and on social media.
Some politicians -- such as Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley -- called Trump a fascist, eliciting comparisons to dictators Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini, while others compared the businessman to Voldemort. When Rowling saw the trend, she pushed back, saying Tuesday 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
Trump’s statement about banning Muslims from entering the United States was accompanied by polling data from the Center for Security Policy, a far-right think tank run by a noted anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, which he said showed “large” portions of the Muslim population hold “great hatred” for the United States.
Muslims aren't the only group Trump has offended during his presidential run. From the beginning of his campaign, he has made immigration a central issue, calling Mexican immigrants "killers" and "rapists" over the summer. The Donald has also been accused of being misogynistic. He not only has a history of making comments about women that many find offensive, but he also went after Fox News' Megyn Kelly when she called him out on this during a presidential debate. Now, many have said his rhetoric about Muslims is exacerbating anti-Muslim sentiment.
But while Trump has taken his policies to the extreme and continues to draw the ire of many minority communities, his list of actions is not exactly the same as Voldemort’s list of evil deeds. In the Harry Potter books, Voldemort commits some pretty terrible crimes. Here is a list of a few of his most evil deeds:
He tried to kill a baby -- Rowling’s series begins right after Voldemort tried to kill Harry Potter as an infant. Although he failed to kill the child, the Dark Lord did kill Harry’s parents and leave the child with a scar that marks him for the rest of his life.
Continued to try to kill Harry -- As the series’ main characters go to school, Voldemort tries to kill Harry nearly ever year, from the time he is 11 years old onward. Most people would consider trying to murder children a fairly evil deed.
Took over other people’s bodies -- Voldemort forced Professor Quirrel to host him on the back of the professor’s head during the first book. He continues to order around his servants with little concern for their lives throughout the series.
Magically caused a man’s own hand to kill himself -- After taking away Wormtail’s hand and replacing it with a silver one, Voldemort later causes this hand to turn on Wormtail and strangle its owner after the man is disloyal to the villain.
Destroyed parts of London -- When Voldemort is returning to power in the later books, he unleashes the Dementors -- the creatures that guarded the wizard prison of Azkaban -- on London, allowing them to destroy bridges, roads and other infrastructure, as well as take innocent people’s souls.
Hid bits of his soul around the world to attempt immortality -- Voldemort’s most crazy act was perhaps splitting his soul into the many horcruxes that he hid in various Wizarding objects in the hopes that he could live forever. So far, it does not appear that Donald Trump has tried to claim he is immortal.