Jon Stewart calls out
Jon Stewart calls out J.K. Rowling for alleged anti-Semitic goblins in her Harry Potter franchise, calling them Jewish caricatures. Credits: The Problem with Jon Stewart and Twitter @jk_rowling

Jon Stewart calls out J.K. Rowling, accusing her of alleged anti-Semitic goblins in her Harry Potter franchise. He said that the goblin banker characters in Harry potter resembled Jewish caricatures.

Jon Stewart calls out J.K. Rowling

Speaking during a recent episode of his podcast, The Problem With Jon Stewart, the host accused Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling of dealing in anti-Semitic tropes in her Harry Potter franchise and pointed out that the goblin bankers in the movies were like caricatures of Jews. Stewart pointed out that the goblins were like an illustration of the anti-Semitic book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

“Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are.

Talking to people, here’s what I say: Have you ever seen a Harry Potter movie? … Have you ever seen the scenes in Gringotts Bank? … Do you know what those folks who run the bank are? … Jews!

And they’re like, ‘Oh, [that illustration is] from Harry Potter!’ And you’re like, ‘No, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an anti-Semitic piece of literature.’

J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ … It’s a wizarding world … we can ride dragons, you can have a pet owl … but who should run the bank? Jews, … but what if the teeth were sharper?”

It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like, ‘Holy shit, [Rowling] did not, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the f—–g underground bank.

And everybody was just like, ‘Wizards.’ It was so weird.”

Jon Stewart

A few netizens have come out in defense of the author, saying that Rowling herself has often called out anti-Semitism and that the “pureblood” obsessed villains in the movies were inspired by the Nazis.

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