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Nobel laureate Aung Suu Kyi enchanted by Harry Potter books

Published on Feb 2, 2013 7:06 PM
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks to attendees at the Irrawaddy Literary festival press conference at Inya Lake hotel in Yangon on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013. Ms Suu Kyi revealed her love of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books as she waxed lyrical about her favourite reads at Myanmar's first international literary festival on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi revealed her love of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books as she waxed lyrical about her favourite reads at Myanmar's first international literary festival on Saturday.

The Nobel laureate, who spent years under house arrest under Myanmar's former junta, joked that her "courage" in the face of state repression paled in comparison to the heroes of the best-selling fantasy series.

"I have to admit to you I read all the Harry Potter books," she said to chuckles from an audience at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in the former Yangon.

"I really don't know how I could ever have been brave enough to do all the things those children did ... so when people talk about my courage, I think to myself 'they don't know anything about Harry Potter'."

 
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