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Real-life Harry Potter laments name

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PORTSMOUTH, England, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Briton named Harry Potter said the fictional wizard who shares his name has made his life seem as if it were under the influence of a "bad spell."

Potter, 20, of Portsmouth, England, who bears a similar forehead scar to his fictional namesake due to running into a lamp post at age 15, said the series of books by J.K. Rowling and the films based on the novels have made his life more difficult, The Sun reported Wednesday.

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"My life has changed completely since the books were written, at first I thought it might be quite a good thing to have the same name," he said. "But now it is like someone has cast a bad spell on me, the reactions I get from people range from making fun to plain aggressive.

"No one ever believes that I'm telling the truth about my name. I had to show my girlfriend my passport, my bank card, and my driving license to convince her that I wasn't lying. I wasn't even able to get a Facebook account in my name as apparently the rights are owned by the Potter brand."

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