Following news on Friday that President Donald Trump would reportedly fire Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Twitter has been all over the jokes. Specifically, people keep tweeting Steve Bannon Harry Potter jokes and references about this latest termination in the Trump administration. If you don't know your Potter pop culture, don't worry. These tweets will summarize it perfectly.
According to TMZ, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement following news of Bannon's resignation:
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.
People were making jokes referencing J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series with the hashtag #horcrux and #BannonOut. According to the books, a "horcrux" is when someone who has committed murder uses dark magic to put part of their soul into another object, adding another layer of immortality. Lord Voldemort created several horcruxes, meaning he couldn't be killed until all of his horcruxes were destroyed.
Bannon, previously an editor at right-wing website Breitbart News, has been associated with alt-right conservative beliefs.
People began tweeting out the theory that, after multiple firings and resignations in Trump's administration, Steve Bannon had been one of the president's fallen horcruxes.
Other users took a slightly different interpretation of the same Harry Potter metaphor, equating a handful of Confederate statutes, which were removed across the country this week, as the fallen horcruxes of Steve Bannon.
Per the literature, you have to destroy all of a person's horcruxes in order to defeat them, hence why one would need to protect their horcruxes to survive.
As to whether Bannon is Trump's horcrux, or Bannon's horcruxes were represented by other objects, the Twitter jury is still out on that. We may never get a straight answer as to how many horcruxes remain, if any.