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‘Harry Potter’ characters antisemitic, not J.K. Rowling: Jon Stewart

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What’s the problem with the Harry Potter series?

The goblins that run the underground Gringotts Bank are a continuation of centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes. This is the words of comedian John Stewart, who discussed the image of “Problem with John Stewart” on his Apple TV + show in December.

“It was one of the things I saw on screen, and I expected the crowd to be like‘ Holy (filthy), he didn’t throw Jews there to run his underground bank in the world of wizards. “And it all looked like‘ wizards ’,” Stewart said.

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The goblin bankers in the movies have long noses and ears, sharp teeth, and they love gold. Stewart said this is in line with the anti-Semitic image of the Jewish people in Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Gringotts coins

((People say) “Oh, this is the protagonist of Harry Potter, (and) you think,” No, this is a caricature of a Jew from anti-Semitic literature. ” JK Rowling: “Can we force these kids to run our bank?” said Stewart. “It’s a world of wizards. We can ride dragons. You can have a pet owl. But who should run the bank? Jews. But what if his teeth are sharper? “

On Wednesday, Stewart’s comments about Harry Potter were popular, and he backed away from the idea that Harry Potter author called Rowling anti-Semitism.

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“No, I didn’t,” Stewart said in a tweet linked to the Newsweek headline.

“I don’t consider JK Rowling to be anti-Semitic,” Stewart said video posted Wednesday on Twitter. I didn’t accuse him of anti-Semitism, I don’t consider Harry Potter films anti-Semitism. I love Harry Potter movies so much, maybe a little too much for my older gentleman.

“No sane person would have looked at this conversation (from ‘The Problem with John Stewart’) and known it as a nuisance.”

The anti-Semitism campaign tried to put the image into context and noted Rowling’s history of fighting anti-Semitism.

The depiction of goblins in the Harry Potter series is part of their depiction in Western literature, the Anti-Semitism Campaign said on social media.

“It is the product of the centuries-old connection of Jews to supernatural and evil beings in folklore, as well as money and finance. Mythological associations are so ingrained in Western consciousness that their origins are no longer recorded by creators or consumers.

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“Those who continue to use such images often think not about Jews, but simply about how students or viewers imagine goblins, a sign of centuries of anti-Semitism in Christendom rather than the wrath of modern artists. The same is true of JK Rowling, who in recent years has proven to be a tireless defender of the Jewish community in the fight against anti-Semitism, for which we are immensely grateful. ”

Rowling’s previous comments on transgender issues have caused controversy, including Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe’s condemnation in 2020.

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