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    Fact Check: Is Boris Johnson Right About Harry Potter?

    London's mayor has compared the UK and China's relationship to that between Harry Potter and Cho Chang. Let's look at the FACTS.

    And who according to JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, was Harry Potter's first girlfriend? Who is the first person he kisses? That's right, Cho Chang - who is a Chinese overseas student at Hogwarts school.Ladies and gents I rest my case. I don't think I need to argue any further, that is the future of Britain and of London.

    Here's the issue: Boris Johnson is simply wrong.

    Furthermore, we're not sure it's a great model for a closer relationship between Britain and China.

    Cho and Harry's "relationship" consists of her initially rejecting him for Cedric Diggory, them briefly coming together due to the shared trauma of Cedric's murder, before the relationship quickly falls apart, they stop speaking to each other for ages, and she starts dating other boys. They both end up in relationships with other people.

    This doesn't sound like an ideal outcome, in geopolitical terms.

    Politicians: when dropping pop culture references into speeches, please check your facts.