WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The King’s Man, currently showing in theaters.
After many delays, the Kingsman prequel movie The king’s man has finally arrived at the movies. Located about a hundred years before the first Kingsman film, it shows the formation of the Kingsman secret organization as they face off against a group of the worst tyrants and criminal minds in history. Despite its setting from the beginning of the 20th century and its (slightly) more deeply rooted history, The king’s man apparently drops a subtle Harry potter Easter eggs.
Among the main characters is war veteran Orlando Oxford, who reluctantly ends up becoming a spy in WWI despite being a pacifist. Orlando is played by Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in the Harry potter franchise.
During a quieter scene in The king’s man, Orlando talks to his son Conrad about his war experiences. He explains why he is a pacifist, because every time he killed someone on the pitch it felt like a piece of his soul was dying. While the line fits perfectly and makes sense to the character, it sounds too much of a coincidence for Fiennes to say, as Lord Voldemort literally tears his soul to pieces as he kills.
Years before the events of Harry potter, a young student named Tom Riddle sought immortality. He stumbled upon the concept of Horcruxes, which were objects that contained a piece of someone’s soul, but could only do so after committing an act of murder. Tom Riddle therefore murdered many people and divided his soul into several Horcruxes. And although he accidentally turned Harry Potter into one by murdering his parents, contributing to his eventual downfall, he still got the immortality he wanted for a time.
Tom Riddle eventually took the name Lord Voldemort, who is played by Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and beyond. Whether intentional or not, it seems like a big coincidence that the same actor would later play a character who describes murder as something that kills pieces of his soul.
Given that The king’s man doesn’t always take itself too seriously, it wouldn’t be surprising if the line was a little Easter egg placed by the writers. And Fiennes himself may have noticed the similarities as well, as Lord Voldemort was arguably the best-known role of his career.
To see the possible Harry Potter reference for yourself, The King’s Man is now playing in theaters.
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