Former US talk show host Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of anti-Semitism
The comedian said it was “so bizarre” that people didn’t react to the “Jews” who ran the Gringotts underground wizarding bank.
It comes as world-renowned writer Rowling faces yet another backlash against her views on transgender rights.
Stewart discussed the scenes set in the magic bank, run by goblins, on the The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast.
“Speaking to people, here’s what I say – ‘have you ever seen a Harry Potter movie? Have you ever seen the scenes from Gringotts Bank? ‘ “, did he declare.
“‘Do you know who these people who run the bank are? The Jews.
âLet me show you this – these are the protocols of the Elders of Zion. I just wanna show you a cartoon and they’re like ‘oh, this is from Harry Potter’.
“And you’re like ‘no, this is a caricature of a Jew from a piece of anti-Semitic literature.’
âJK Rowling was like ‘can we get these guys to run our bank?’
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“It’s a wizarding worldâ¦ we can ride dragons, you can have a pet owlâ¦ but who should run the bank?” The Jews.”
Describing watching the movie in the theaters, Stewart added: ‘It was one of those things where I saw it on screen and I expected the crowd to be like’ [Rowling] didn’t, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the f ***** g underground bank â.
âAnd everyone was like ‘wizards.’ It was so weird.
In Rowling’s books, the goblins who run the Gringott Bank are described as cranky little creatures who are the keepers of gold.
The first book describes one as “about a head shorter than Harry.” He had a swarthy, intelligent face, a pointed beard, and Harry noticed very long fingers and feet.
The characters’ accusations of anti-Semitism have been rumbling for several years.
In 2020, comedian Pete Davidson, who has a Harry Potter tattoo, slammed Rowling during a segment of Saturday Night Live when asked if he was surprised by some of the author’s comments on the questions. transgender.
He replied: “Yes at first, but then I started to think about the fantastic world that she created.
âThe woods are ruled by centaurs, schools are ruled by wizards and ghosts.
âBut who controls the banks? Jews, of course. Little Jewish goblins with giant noses.
Rowling, who has spoken out publicly against anti-Semitism in the past, has been an active participant in the film series and has producer credit on the latter two, as well as the Fantastic Beasts spin-offs.
She appeared on a recent Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion special, but only in archival video clips.
Since the films’ release, she has become a controversial figure for her comments on gender identity and has drawn criticism from many, including franchise stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.
Representatives for Rowling, who wrote much of the Harry Potter series in Edinburgh, said the author would not comment on Stewart’s remarks.