Author JK Rowling, the BBC reports, has contributed cash and controversy to the debate on Scottish independence in the UK.

She marked her £1 million donation to the ‘Better Together’ campaign, which aims to keep Scotland in the UK, by suggesting that some nationalist critics in Scotland were “a little Death Eaterish for my tastes”.

“Death Eaterish”…

The Death Eaters, to gloss for people who have not read the Harry Potter books, are pure-blood supremacist wizards, who wear a special mark on their arms and follow their dark leader, operating outside the normal laws of magic.

Nazis

Nazis

Death Eaters

Death Eaters

Some Scottish nationalists are a little bit like Death Eaters, though, to use Rowling’s whimsical analogy. Definitely not the SS.

Given the potential consequences (positive and negative, on all sides) of Scotland choosing independence from the UK, we will of course see such high profile figures choosing to draw attention to the referendum, and particular arguments.

I am amused but a bit discomfited by the commentary associated with this development, where the foregrounded issue seems to be Rowling so doing in such a self-reflexive manner. It is almost as if this point is secondary to Rowling proving Godwin’s Law at a relatively early stage of proceedings.

Still, it will almost certainly get dirtier, tricksier, as the campaigns before the referendum intensify. And definitely populist, lowest common denominatorish. Perhaps we can look forward to, say, the cast of Taggart throwing out epithets such as “murderous-criminal-like”. Or Ian McDiarmid: “Sithy.”

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