Jon Stewart has blasted JK Rowling for creating ‘anti-Semitic’ goblins in the Harry Potter franchise.
The American comedian called out the fantasy series in his latest YouTube series, arguing that the goblin bank characters are actually ‘Jewish caricatures’.
He said: “Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are.
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“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!”
He added that the characters resemble an illustration from an anti-Semitic book called ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’.
Stewart continued: “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’.
“JK 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 fucking underground bank. And everybody was just like ‘Wizards’. It was so weird.”
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The former Daily Show host isn’t the only person to call out the goblins for being anti-Semitic.
Previously, children’s author Marianna Levy has claimed that the depiction of the mythical creatures wouldn’t be ‘out of place’ in ‘cartoons from Nazi Germany’s Der Stürmer’.
In a 2019 issue of The Jewish Chronicle, she penned: “It is not often that I am stopped in my tracks.
“But the press photography from the new Gringotts wing of Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour positively shrieked with antisemitic tropes; the long-nosed goblin, his natty suit, clawed fingers caressing a pile of gold coins.
“When I positioned a Gringotts shot alongside a series of cartoons from Nazi Germany’s Der Stürmer, it did not seem out of place.”
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