Why does Justin Trudeau draw so much adulation?
The answer may lie in Harry Potter’s world.
“Justin Trudeau is the Liberal Mirror of Erised,” political science professor Maxwell Cameron told the Straight in a recent interview.
With its name being desire spelled backwards, the mirror shows what anyone who looks into it most wants to see.
“It’s the mirror that you look into and you see what you most desire,” Cameron said. “So Harry Potter looks into the mirror and he sees his mother and his father. Ron [Weasley] looks into the mirror and he sees himself as the champion of the Quidditch team.”
According to the UBC academic, Trudeau, who is widely expected to be crowned leader of the federal Liberal party on Sunday (April 14), reflects what “people in the Liberal tradition...want to see, what they desire for the Liberal party”.
“Is it real or is it not?” Cameron asked. “That’s the question.”
A second-term MP from Quebec, the 41-year-old Trudeau’s career in the House of Commons has been described as unremarkable.
Critics often suggest that the son of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau is just a lot of hair and no substance.
Marc Emery, Canada’s self-styled Prince of Pot, even called him a “fuckin’ hypocrite”.
As Cameron noted of Trudeau: “Nobody really knows what he stands for.”
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Dumbledore warned Harry Potter about the dangers of looking into the Mirror of Erised.
“Men have wasted away before it, not knowing if what they have seen is real, or even possible,” the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry said wisely.
Dumbledore cautioned: “It does not do to dwell on dreams.”