The former host of an American talk show, Jon Stewart, criticized JK Rowling by using images that says they are “antisemitic“, claiming that the goblin banker characters from the movie franchise Harry Potter they resemble Jewish cartoons.
In a recent edition of his podcast ‘The Problem with Jon Stewart’, the comedian claimed that it was “so strange” that people had not noticed and reacted to the use of “anti-Semitic” images by JK Rowling in his characterization of the Harry Potter bankers.
JK Rowling is not only transphobic, she is a careful anti-Semite. Look at the details. The Star of David on the ground, and what about the characters of the bankers? They appear caricatured and taken from the Nazi propaganda of the 30s against the Jews. pic.twitter.com/yMdaEEWSOK
– ✡︎جوريديا ישראלי✡︎ (@yisruhayu)
January 4, 2022
Stewart suggested that the goblins who run the Gringotts underground bank resemble an illustration from a 1903 anti-Semitic book titled “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
In a rambling monologue, the American comedian seemed to suggest that Rowling was probably aware of the 1903 play and wanted to incorporate the “anti-Semitic” imagery into her children’s book.
“JK Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ It’s a magical world … we can ride dragons, you can have an owl as a pet … but who should run the bank? Jews, ”he said.
Stewart accused Rowling of using “anti-Semitic” images in Harry Potter
Stewart said he was surprised that no one else had thought the same when watching Harry Potter. “It was one of those things where I saw him on screen and expected the crowd to say, ‘Shit, [Rowling] no, in a wizarding world, he just threw Jews in there to run the king’s f ** king underground bank, ”he continued.
The former TV host is not the first person to compare the Gringotts bankers to anti-Semitic works. Child author Marianne Levy, who wrote for the Jewish Chronicle in 2019, claimed that Gringotts’ screenshots would not appear out of place among a series of cartoons by Nazi Germany’s Der Sturmer.
Rowling herself has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, with some claiming that the world of pureblood magic is clearly inspired by the Nazis.
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