Yes, that Tory MP on Question Time did nick his lines from Harry Potter [VIDEO]

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Kerry-anne Mendoza

Viewers of BBC Question Time noticed something familiar about an answer from Conservative MP Sam Gyimah on Thursday night. And now they know where they heard it before. The Tory MP’s answer came directly from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.


Sam Gyimah is Conservative MP for East Surrey, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Probation, Rehabilitation and Sentencing. On Question Time, he praised the Prime Minister’s mild rebuke of Donald Trump for retweeting fake videos from far-right organisation British First. Gyimah launched into a poetic and strident response, telling the audience:

It takes great bravery to stand up to your enemies, it takes even more bravery to stand up to your friends.

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The moment was highlighted by the BBC Question Time Twitter account, and retweeted by Gyimah himself.

But viewers felt the words had a familiar ring. And soon they remembered where they’d heard them before; on the lips of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter.

They have form

An awkward moment for Gyimah, but he should look on the bright side. At least he didn’t ‘accidentally’ quote Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. That foot-in-mouth moment was delivered by Conservative MP for Gloucester Richard Graham, when attempting to defend Theresa May’s surveillance bill.

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