Osama bin Laden and Harry Potter

Reuters examines the "eerie links" between Harry Potter, boy wizard, and Osama bin Laden, dead international terrorist.
The first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," was released in November 2001, just months after 9/11.
Yeah, it's like that all the way through. Eerie links between Harry Potter, bin [Reuters]


  1. Wow. I feel bad now, that when I scan news articles on Google News, I pick Reuters sometimes to give me information. Well, that’s over.

  2. Holy shit… I can’t believe I never noticed it before…

    Some other eerie connections:

    Voldemoort had people who looked like good guys but secretly helped him on the side. So did bin Laden.

    The Ministry of Magic reacted ineffectively to the threat of Voldemort just as the US reacted ineffectively to bin Laden.

    Hagrid called Voldemort evil, much like our own loveable dim-witted giant, George Bush called bin Laden.

    The Harry Potter books were turned into movies. Bin Laden made movies of himself.

  3. Well, it was going to be a race to see who would have the most useless response to OBL’s death. Reuters wins!

  4. How could they not have mentioned that Voldemort, as a growth on the back of Quirinius Quirrell’s head, also wore a turban? And always wore robes, eschewing Western garb. And had parents that split up around the time of his birth. It’s one thing to write a rubbishy article, but quite another to actually miss most of the available rubbishy points.

    On the plus side, you’ve reminded me of my Weasley Twins three-way fantasy.

  5. Y’know what is really eerie? If you read this article you can hear Reuters’ ~150 year reputation for news gathering dying a slow, painful death. You don’t even have to read it backward…

  6. “And just as Harry is known in the books as ‘the anointed one'”

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember him being called that at all.

  7. And here I’ve been blaming Slayer for the last decade. They put out God Hates Us All on 9/11/01.

    But come to think of it, I’ve never seen Ralph Fiennes and Tom Araya in the same place at the same time…!

  8. Now let me add a reference: 1. Peter 2

    The command killed Bin Laden the first sunday after Eastern, also known as Quasimodogeniti, named after 1. Peter 2.2

    “Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite: like children just born into the world, cry out for the clean and pure milk of the spirit.”

    Read the rest of 1st Epistle of Peter 2:

    4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:

    “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

    7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

    “The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,” [1]

    8 and

    “A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

    They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

    9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

  9. Wow, for a second I was seriously considering registering, so I could write “whata load o crap”, in the comments. But I came to my senses and am gratified to see several others did the work for me.

  10. I’m wearing the exact-not one that looks like it-but the exact same shirt I was wearing yesterday. Alert Gregg Kilday!

  11. This is clearly proof that the Illuminati are running things from the dark side of the moon.

  12. So: The killing of Bin Laden=”Emotional Resonance” for the last H.P. flick.

    Riiight. Not for me! Baloney clap-trap comes to mind, but hey, as a writer: you gotta come up with SOME-thin’ I guess. . .

    Even if a little lame and somewhat of a stretch.

    Oh well: If Osama bin Laden’s death creates jobs: I’m all for it! Ha!

  13. you know what also happened just months after 9-11? a ton of OTHER irrelvant stuff. are we supposed to mandate a sabbath like period for several months after a tragic event just so there’s no “eerie connections”?

  14. I think the problem is that the author of the piece doesn’t know the definition of the word “archetype.” Otherwise the whole article could have been shortened to:

    “Inasmuch as Rowling wrote Voldemort as the archetypical evil villian, and to the extent that bin Laden fits that same archetype, the two characters are similar. Also the first movie came out 10 years ago, so we’re all remembering 2001 these days.”

    1. For one thing, with a handful of exceptions, most archetypal villains have noses.

  15. Also, most of the characters in the Harry Potter films have 2 eyes and a mouth – just like Both Obama AND Osama… spooky!

  16. the coincidence is in the dates…the movie serie was released in the same year as the attack, and will end in the year of osama’s death

    when potter fans were actually commenting the anniversary of the end of the battle of hogwarts in the books (may 2), the notice about osama’s death popped up

    voldemort died at the morning of may 2, UK time, same time that osama’s death was announced

  17. Bin Laden had secretary named Potter while Harry Potter had a secretary named Ben Laden.

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