If you're a Harry Potter nerd and you've been following the referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, you've probably noticed a few similarities.
But wait, there's more:
In the magical world, on June 24, 1995, Voldemort returned after murdering Cedric Diggory.
In the real world, on June 24, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
After 14 fictional years of waiting and months of planning, Voldemort returned to his ~corporeal form~ and full power.
And after months leading up to this referendum, promised to Britons during their last general election, a very real, not-fictional thing will happen: The U.K. will return to its ~pure~, non-EU form in the coming years.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who on Twitter has revealed she's firmly in the Remain camp, tweeted today, "I don't think I've ever wanted magic more."
And in a statement on her website a few days before the vote, Rowling compared politicians like Nigel Farage, head of the pro-Leave U.K. Independence Party, and Donald Trump to "enduring fictional bad guys."
She also likened voting to authoring history:
I'm not an expert on much, but I do know how to create a monster. ... In a few days' time, we'll have to decide which monsters we believe are real and which illusory. Everything is going to come down to whose story we like best, but at the moment we vote, we stop being readers and become authors. The ending of this story, whether happy or not, will be written by us.
Nigel Farage does look a lot like Voldemort, though, doesn't he?
And it looks like a few others caught on to the parallels too:
We're not sure who Harry would be, so the metaphor isn't ˜perfect˜, but it looks like the U.K. is in for a hell of a broom ride.
H/T: Selina Wilken