Author JK Rowling accused of making antisemitic trolls in the Harry Potter franchise
American comedian and political commentator Jon Stewart says JK Rowling depicts Jews in a problematic way in the Harry Potter franchise.
Stewart blamed JK Rowling for antisemitic activity in an episode of The Problem With Jon Stewart that was released in December 2021 but began to gain traction online. In a video, he said,
“Here’s how you know the Jews are still where they are. Talking to people, what I say is ‘Have you ever seen a Harry Potter movie?’, and people are like ‘I love Harry Potter movies’. I’m like ‘You ever see the scenes in Gringotts Bank’. Do you know what those folks that run the bank are? Jews!”
Stewart went on to compare the illustrations of goblins as seen in the Harry Potter movies with the antisemitic illustrations featured in the 1903 book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
“I just want to show you a caricature and they’re like ‘Oh, look at that, that’s from Harry Potter’. No, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an antisemitic piece of literature. JK Rowling was like ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’
This is a wizarding world. It’s a world where the train has half a thing and no one can see it, and we can ride dragons and you’ve got a pet owl. And who should run the bank? Jews.”
Talking about seeing goblins in Harry Potter movies, Stewart said,
“It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like ‘Oh no she did not, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the underground bank and everyone was like ‘Wizards’. It was so weird.”
Rowling was previously the subject of controversy because of a string of tweets accused of being transphobic in 2020. Her remarks sparked outrage online from fans and members of the LGBT+ community.