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  Potter lookalikes cause problems in politics
Updated 20 January 2003, 18.29
Some people think Dobby looks like Russian president Vladimir Putin
President Putin is on the right

Dobby the house-elf could be taken to court because some people think he looks like the Russian president.

They are angry because they think the filmmakers deliberately modelled Dobby on the face of Russia's boss, Vladimir Putin.

A Russian newspaper has even reported lawyers are preparing a legal case against the special effects people who created Dobby.

But so far there's not been an official comment on the matter from the president.

Dobby
Dobby, who first appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is not the most attractive of characters. He's a funny green colour, skinny and has massive ears.

Dan-alike!

And it's not just in Russia that Potter lookalikes are causing a stir.

Jan Peter Balkenende gets teased for looking like Harry
Lookalike? Jan Peter Balkenende
A top politician in the Netherlands is constantly being teased for looking like Harry Potter himself!

Jan Peter Balkenende, who's the leader of the Christian Democrat party, has had to get used to being compared to the boy wizard.

He's even posed with a photo of Daniel Radcliffe to show he doesn't mind the jokes.

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