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China and Japan invoke Harry Potter's evil Lord Voldemort in war of words over Yasukuni shrine

Diplomats from China and Japan are invoking the evil Lord Voldemort from the bestselling "Harry Potter" series in their feud over the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo.

China says the shrine, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited recently, glorifies Japan's militaristic past.

Writing in The Telegraph last week, China's ambassador to the United Kingdom said: "If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation's soul."

A horcrux contains part of Voldemort's soul, and all seven horcruxes must be destroyed to kill him.

In response, the Japanese ambassador said China plays "the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions."