Tory MP quotes Dumbledore on ‘Question Time’

Sam Gyimah used a quote from the 'Harry Potter' films while discussing Donald Trump on the BBC show

A Tory MP appeared to quote Dumbledore on the latest episode of Question Time.

UK Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah appeared on the BBC show last night and was part of a discussion about Theresa May standing up to Donald Trump following the US President retweeting videos from far right group Britain First.

Talking about the Prime Minister’s actions, Gyimah said: “It takes great bravery to stand up to your enemies. It takes even more bravery to stand up to your friends. I think Theresa May was right to rebuke him for retweets on Britain First.”

It didn’t take fans long to note the similarities between his comments and lines said by Harry Potter character Dumbledore. In the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the wizard says: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“It seems government ministers now talk about Theresa May in the way Albus Dumbledore did about Neville Longbottom?” wrote one Twitter user.

Another tweeted at Gyimah: “did you really just quote Harry Potter on #bbcqt is this the tories attempt to win back the youths vote? I’m flabbergasted. 1st May stole her disaster speech at your party conference from the West Wing & now you from Harry Potter.”

Meanwhile, the Twitter employee responsible for deactivating Donald Trump’s Twitter account on his last day of work has claimed that it was a mistake, speaking in a new interview.

Despite suggestions that the deactivation might have been intentional, the employee in question – Bahtiyar Duysak – has now told Tech Crunch that it was a “mistake” and that he apologises “if I hurt anyone,” saying that he “didn’t do it on purpose”.

“I had a wild time in America and I was tired sometimes,” Duysak said. “Everyone can do mistakes. So it might be that I did a mistake.”