Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of ‘anti-Semitic’ caricatures in Harry Potter

US talk show host Jon Stewart has hit out at JK Rowling for what he perceives as the ‘anti-Semitic’ imagery used in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

The comedian said it was ‘so weird’ that people had not reacted to the ‘Jews’ running the underground wizarding bank Gringotts. 

It comes as the world-famous writer faces further backlash for her views on transgender rights. 

Stewart discussed the scenes set in the magical bank, run by goblins, on the podcast The Problem with Jon Stewart. 

He began: ‘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! 


‘Let me show this – it’s the protocols of the Elders of Zion, I just want to show you a caricature, and they’re like, “Oh, that’s 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.’ 

Stewart went on to describe watching the film in the cinema, and added: ‘It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like, “Holy s**t, (Rowling) did not, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the f*****g underground bank.” 

‘And everybody was just like, “Wizards”. It was so weird.’ 

Representatives for Rowling said the author would not be commenting on Stewart’s remarks.

She has previously addressed fan questions about Jewish characters in the books when asked whether there were any.

‘Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard,’ Rowling wrote on Twitter in 2014.

She later clarified: ‘OK, let me clarify that! Anthony isn’t the first Jewish student, nor is he the only one. I just have reasons for knowing most about him!’

Rowling was featured in a recent 20th anniversary Harry Potter reunion special, but only in archive video clips. 

Since the films were released the author has become a controversial figure over her comments on gender identity and attracted criticism from many, including franchise stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. 

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