J.K. Rowling accused of ‘anti-Semitic’ imagery in Harry Potter

US comedian Jon Stewart claims Harry Potter’s wizarding bank Gringotts is clearly run by Jews

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RT/Moscow: Former US talk show host Jon Stewart has slammed J.K. Rowling for her use of imagery he says is “anti-Semitic,” claiming the Harry Potter franchise’s goblin banker characters resemble Jewish caricatures.

In a recent edition of his podcast ‘The Problem with Jon Stewart’, the comedian claimed it was “so weird” that people had not realized and reacted to J.K. Rowling’s use of “anti-Semitic” imagery in her characterization of Harry Potter’s bankers.

Stewart suggested that the goblins who run the underground Gringotts bank resemble an illustration in an anti-Semitic book from 1903, entitled ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’.

In a rambling monologue, the American comedian appeared to suggest that Rowling was probably aware of the 1903 work and wanted to incorporate the “anti-Semitic” imagery into her children’s book.

“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,” he said.

Stewart said he was surprised that no one else had thought the same when watching the movies.

“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**king underground bank,” he continued.

The former TV host is not the first person to liken the Gringotts bankers to anti-Semitics works. Children’s author Marianne Levy, writing for the Jewish Chronicle in 2019, claimed Gringotts screenshots would not appear out of place among a series of cartoons from Nazi Germany’s Der Sturmer.

Rowling herself has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, with some claiming the pure-blood world of magic is clearly inspired by the Nazis.

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  1. Well, OK…but isn’t just the idea of relating the picture to ‘semites’, ‘anti-semitic’ as well? Or is it that they just recognize themselves? Not to mention, just how many people have ever heard of, much less actually read the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the first place? I think Jon was just having fun with the truth.

  2. Ok this is really crazy when you consider that the original Jews
    were from the African Continent. They spread upward to the Mediterranean Coast. They were not a Majority.
    Then in 66 AD The Romans put down a Jewish uprising, destroyed a temple that was mostly used for animal sacrifices, and then the Romans completely destroyed all the Jews, they crucified all the Jews. Men, Women and Children!
    This is Roman History.
    Fast Forward to the 7th Century Kazakhstan:
    A bunch of Kazakhstan’s wanted an Exclusive Banking Guild.
    They converted to a sort of Pseudo Sect and called themselves
    “Jews”
    And then Peter the Great kicked them all about for being parasites
    “Destroyers of Nations”
    This displaced Cult is no more Jewish than any Slav!
    The Real Semites are Sons of Abraham.
    Ashkenazis are not even remotely related to the Semites.
    The Ashkenazis are committing Genocide on the Semites.

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