January 28, 2003 3:28 PM   Subscribe

Dobby the House Elf and Russian President Vladimir Putin -- Separated At Birth?
posted by Vidiot (10 comments total)
Speaking of Dobby... I think this is also the first time I've seen, in the book "review" section, a word count.
posted by whatzit at 3:38 PM on January 28, 2003

that is the publisher's blurb to which you refer. They're just trying to get across the "Less Talk! More Quidditch!" message, I think.
posted by Vidiot at 3:44 PM on January 28, 2003

Potter websites and chatrooms have been inundated with angry Russian messages attacking anyone suggesting a likeness between the elf and Mr Putin.

Anyone hang out someplace this has happened?
posted by mediareport at 3:56 PM on January 28, 2003

haha. russia sucks.
posted by donkeyschlong at 3:59 PM on January 28, 2003

Just the old Putin Fan Club Routine.

"My boyfriend is in trouble again,
He got into a fight and got stoned on something,
I am sick of him and so I told him, get out of here,
And now I want a man like Putin.
A man like Putin, full of energy,
A man like Putin who doesn't drink,
A man like Putin who wouldn't hurt me,
A man like Putin who wouldn't run away from me. "

"So, then, does Yevgenia want a boyfriend like Putin? Not really, she says, respectfully. The typically dour president isn't "appealing."
posted by sheauga at 4:01 PM on January 28, 2003

In 1995, the prosecutor-general investigated alleged insults against Boris Yeltsin in a satirical puppet show. The case was later dropped.

Common they both look like Mr. Burns, or not?
posted by thomcatspike at 4:36 PM on January 28, 2003

Putin may also want to sue Steve Spurrier. Here's (scroll to the bottom) a picture of Spurrier and Dobby. The writer referenced this in no less than ten columns.
posted by Frank Grimes at 4:47 PM on January 28, 2003

so THAT'S where TMQ went! Very cool...when it stopped appearing in Slate, I assumed Easterbrook just got tired of writing it.
posted by Vidiot at 5:19 AM on January 29, 2003

I can't believe no one's done this yet.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:52 AM on January 29, 2003

MrMoon, that was pie, thanks.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:46 PM on January 29, 2003

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