Vaccine Skeptics Are Calling Themselves 'Pure Bloods' in Bizarre Harry Potter Reference

Vaccine skeptics on TikTok are dubbing themselves "pure bloods," much to the amusement of Harry Potter fans, who have explained exactly why the comparison may not be what people think it is.

Although the Harry Potter reference doesn't appear to be specified in any of the popular videos, the term was popularized in the movie franchise. The name refers to a wizard family with a lineage of only wizards, while others are named Muggle-borns or mudbloods.

In the movies, pure-bloods often vowed to keep their families that way, looking down on anyone with Muggle blood in their family. Characters like the Death Eaters and the Malfoy family were regarded as pure-blood supremacists, believing that only those without Muggle blood should be taught wizardry.

According to Daily Dot, TikTok user @kats.outta.the.bag, who reportedly made the first video using the term, confirmed in a comment that the phrase was a Harry Potter-based joke. The popular video saw the TikTok user with a black and white filter and on-screen text reading: "We will no longer be referred to as unvaxxed, we simply go by..." before changing to a colourful filter with the words: "Pure blood."

It's difficult to confirm exactly which account the term originated on, as so many of the videos have since been deleted, but various popular users have hopped on the trend. @shelbylynnoftis has 16,000 followers and shared a video of herself writing: "Instead of going by the 'unvaccinated' we will now go by...the 'pure bloods'."

While Lyndsey Marie, @pb_lyndsey00marie, who has 30,000 followers, wrote on-screen of her video: "From now on, I refuse to be referred to as unvaccinated. I want everyone to now call me pureblood."

The videos have racked up hundreds of thousands of views, but there's one flaw in the name that viewers have pointed out—pure-bloods in the Harry Potter movies were on the bad side.

"Tell me you didn't understand the entire plot of Harry Potter, without telling me you didn't understand the entire plot of Harry Potter," wrote one TikTok user.

The families that believed in pure-blood supremacy, like the Malfoys, in the movies often teamed up with Voldemort and the Death Eaters to reign terror on the wizarding world and were ultimately on the side of evil.

J.K. Rowling herself has also pointed out the similarities between pure-bloods and Nazis, thanks to their mutual views on bloodlines and purity.

"If you think this is far-fetched, look at some of the real charts the Nazis used to show what constituted 'Aryan' or 'Jewish' blood. I saw one in the Holocaust Museum in Washington when I had already devised the 'pure-blood', 'half-blood' and 'Muggle-born' definitions, and was chilled to see that the Nazis used precisely the same warped logic as the Death Eaters. A single Jewish grandparent 'polluted' the blood, according to their propaganda," wrote the author in a 2007 answer to a fan question online.

In 1935, Nazi Germany introduced the Nuremburg Laws, which prevented Germans from marrying Jewish people in order to keep the bloodlines of the "Aryan" race, and required that all citizens have German "blood."

Clarification of the Term

In response to these comparisons, some of the TikTok users who advocated the term have since clarified that there was no intended relation to race, or the Nazis, with the use of the word.

"I swear...i'm not a racist. It was a joke about being PURE...not getting the damn vaccine. Thanks to the media for painting a nice picture of me (not)," wrote Lyndsey Marie.

"If we're really gonna compare other people's actions to that time period, y'all are the one that's going around rattin' everybody out to the government," said @kats.outta.the.bag in a follow-up video. "You're also mass-reporting pages to get people to shut up so that's looking a little [raised eyebrows] as well."

According to latest figures, 63.5% of people in the U.S. have received one jab of the COVID vaccine and 54.2% are fully vaccinated.

J.K. Rowling was unavailable for comment. Newsweek has contacted TikTok users @kats.outta.the.bag and @pb_lyndsey00marie for comment.

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