Politician wisely channels Dumbledore on TV and the internet loves it

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Susan Devaney

A Tory MP quoted Professor Dumbledore on the BBC’s Question Time to make a point, and it’s sent social media into a frenzy. 

Not a day goes by when we don’t turn to the Harry Potter saga for some words of wisdom or to keep our moral compass in check. But it’s certainly not every day that you hear a politician quoting the one and only Professor Dumbledore on TV, that’s for sure.

Tory MP Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Probation, Rehabilitation and Sentencing, recently defended Theresa May’s castigation of Donald Trump’s Islamophobic tweets on Question Time on Thursday 30 November. The President of the USA retweeted from Britain First - a far-right British political organisation - and has since removed said tweets from his account. But Trump responded to May, saying: 

Gyimah recited an all too familiar line in response to May’s actions towards Trump:

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” 

Yes, we’ve definitely heard that one before.

And that’s because we’ve heard it being spoken in the fictional Great Hall in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Albus Dumbledore. When Neville Longbottom stopped Harry, Hermione and Ron from sneaking out from their dorm rooms, Dumbledore praised his bravery as they would have consequently lost house points for being out of bed in the middle of the night had they not been stopped.  

Of course, social media didn’t miss a beat:

“*MUST WATCH* This gets better with every viewing! You won’t believe what’s he’s just said on national television,” one user posted on Twitter.

With one social media user sharing a gif of Dumbledore approving the use of his quote. 

“Now, all we need is for Trump to quote Voldemort, and the prophecy will be complete!,” another user posted. 

Gyimah has not clarified as to whether or not he meant to quote Dumbledore, but we’d like to assume he did. 

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