Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of anti-Semitism in Harry Potter

‘Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are’: Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of anti-Semitism over her depiction of goblins in Harry Potter who run the Gringotts Wizarding Bank

  • Jon Stewart called the goblins that run Gringotts bank in the Harry Potter universe an anti-semitic trope on his The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast
  • He questioned why J.K. Rowling chose to ‘throw Jews in there to run the f***ing underground bankin a world where people ‘can ride dragons and have pet owls
  • Rowling has been mired in controversy since June 2020, when she posted a series of tweets about the transgender community
  • She was not in attendance for HBO’s 20th anniversary ‘Return to Hogwartsreunion special, which featured interviews with numerous cast members
  • Jon Stewart has slammed already-embattled J.K. ローリング for the goblins that run Gringotts bank in her Harry Potter film series, calling them out as an anti-Semitic trope.

    The former host of The Daily Show raised the issue on the December 16 episode of his podcast, The Problem with Jon Stewart.

    スチュワート, ユダヤ人は誰ですか, questioned why Rowling chose to ‘throw Jews in there to run the f***ing underground bankin a fictional world where people ‘can ride dragons and have pet owls.

    The Harry Potter author is no stranger to controversy, and has been at the center of an ongoing row over her comments regarding トランスジェンダー 問題.

    Jon Stewart (写真), ユダヤ人は誰ですか, questioned why Rowling chose to 'throw Jews in there to run the f***ing underground bank' in a fictional world where people 'can ride dragons and have pet owls'

    Jon Stewart (写真), ユダヤ人は誰ですか, questioned why Rowling chose to ‘throw Jews in there to run the f***ing underground bankin a fictional world where people ‘can ride dragons and have pet owls

    Stewart characterized the goblins as an obvious anti-Semitic trope, and questioned why more people haven't done the same. Pictured is a movie still from the first Harry Potter film

    Stewart characterized the goblins as an obvious anti-Semitic trope, and questioned why more people haven’t done the same. Pictured is a movie still from the first Harry Potter film

    スチュワート, 59, said the banker goblin characters are based on caricatures of Jews from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an infamous anti-semitic text that purports to show a Jewish plan for world domination.

    ‘Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are,’ Stewart said in the episode before bemoaning how those who he’s spoken to have been reluctant to acknowledge the resemblance.

    ‘I just want to show you a caricature. And they’re like, “ああ, look at that, that’s from Harry Potter!” And you’re like, “番号, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an antisemitic piece of literature.J.K. Rowling was like, “Can we get these guys to run our bank?”‘

    Harry Potter author J.K. ローリング (写真) is no stranger to controversy, and has faced cancellation for her comments regarding transgender issues

    Harry Potter author J.K. ローリング (写真) is no stranger to controversy, and has faced cancellation for her comments regarding transgender issues

    An illustration from The Protocols of the Elders Zion

    An original illustration from J.K. ローリング, sketched before Warner Brothers began making the films

    Pictured right is an illustration from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an antisemitic text that purports to show a Jewish plan for world domination. Pictured left is a sketch by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter touring Gringotts bank in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, long before Warner Brothers took up the film franchise

    When he first saw the Harry Potter films, Stewart said he expected other theater patrons to ‘be likeh*** shit, she did not, in a wizarding world, to just throw Jews in there to run the f***ing underground bank.And everybody was just likeWizards.”‘

    On the Harry Potter wiki, the franchise’s goblins are described as ‘a highly intelligent race of small magical humanoid beings with long fingers and feet that coexist with the wizarding world. Their diet consists of meat, roots, and fungi.

    ‘Goblins converse in a language known as Gobbledegook, and are adept metalsmiths notable for their silverwork; they even mint coins for wizarding currency,’ the description reads.

    ‘Due to their skills with money and finances, they control the wizarding economy to a large extent and run Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

    Stewart isn’t the first to call out the goblins – に 2020, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson expressed similar frustrations.

    In the Harry Potter books and movies, 彼は言った, ‘the woods are controlled by centaurs, the schools are run by wizards and ghosts, but who controls the banksJews obviously—little giant-nosed Jew Goblins.

    In light of Stewart’s criticism, Sarah Silverman weighed in on the controversy, although she said she hadn’t read the books or seen the films.

    ‘After watching the below and then seeing the clip in the thread I am just kind of stunned. You know when you giggle but it’s really more fear than joy?’ 彼女はツイッターに書いた.

    Twitter questioned the goblin characters even before they were mentioned by the comedians.

    One user from December of 2019, 例えば, asks ‘Why did you give the money goblins hooked noses, ジョアン?’

    Another quipped: ‘if you liked grateful slaves & hooknosed banking goblins you’ll love harry potter and the biological essentialism of gender.

    ローリング, 56, has already faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 which used the words ‘people who menstruateinstead of ‘women.

    She was not interviewed for HBO’s ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ホグワーツに戻る’ 特殊, sparking outrage from some fans who accused makers of attempting to erase her over her views.

    It was revealed that, in clips of the New Year’s Day special, stars had praised ‘the power of her writingand that she would appear in archive footage.

    She is also seen in a segment from 2019 discussing the uphill struggle to find an actor to play Harry when casting the first movie, The Philosopher’s Stone.

    The eagerly-anticipated reunion sees Daniel join fellow leads Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, as well as a slew of fellow co-stars in marking 20 years since the franchise first aired.

    The possibility that the goblins that run Gringotts bank in Harry Potter's universe are crude Jewish stereotypes was raised long before Jon Stewart mentioned the issue on his podcast

    The possibility that the goblins that run Gringotts bank in Harry Potter’s universe are crude Jewish stereotypes was raised long before Jon Stewart mentioned the issue on his podcast

    Twitter questioned the goblin characters even before they were mentioned by the comedians

    Twitter questioned the goblin characters even before they were mentioned by the comedians

    One user from December of 2019, 例えば, asks 'Why did you give the money goblins hooked noses, ジョアン?'

    One user from December of 2019, 例えば, asks ‘Why did you give the money goblins hooked noses, ジョアン?’

    Another quipped: 'if you liked grateful slaves & hooknosed banking goblins you'll love harry potter and the biological essentialism of gender'

    Another quipped: ‘if you liked grateful slaves & hooknosed banking goblins you’ll love harry potter and the biological essentialism of gender

    She later defended herself against the claims in a passionate essay but has been criticized by some ever since.

    Last week she hit back at a claim on US website that she believed there are only two genders.

    Rowling wrote: ‘Small but important point: I’ve never said there are only two genders. There are innumerable gender identities.

    ‘The question at the heart of this debate is whether sex or gender identity should form the basis of decisions on safeguarding, provision of services, sporting categories and other areas where women and girls currently have legal rights and protections.

    ローリング, 56, has already faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 which used the words 'people who menstruate' instead of 'women'

    ローリング, 56, has already faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 which used the words ‘people who menstruateinstead of ‘women

    に 2020, J.K. Rowling shared a number of articles concerning biological essentialism and detransitioning transgender people

    に 2020, J.K. Rowling shared a number of articles concerning biological essentialism and detransitioning transgender people

    ‘Using the words ‘sexand ‘genderinterchangeably obscures the central issue of this debate.

    ‘If you’re interested in what I actually said, see this – (in which I literally say ‘trans lives matterand ‘trans rights are human rights.’).’