J.K. Rowling is regarded as a legend by the Potterheads, but she is also the target of controversy. Harry Potter is a part of so many childhoods, fans who have grown up to be adults now. Recently, Jon Stewart criticized J.K. Rowling for using anti-semitic stereotypes in the Harry Potter novels and films.
He pondered why there is no longer uproar in the franchise over goblins from Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley. In a recent episode of his podcast, The Problem with Jon Stewart, the former host of The Daily Show expressed his displeasure with the cliché.
Stewart claims that the banking goblin characters that oversee the Gringotts Wizarding Bank in the popular series are inspired by anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a famously anti-Semitic work of literature.
Stewart stated in the programme before discussing how the goblins’ connection to anti-semitic stereotypes is clear but most people do not recognize it.
“Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are.”
“I just want to show you a caricature. And they’re like, ‘Oh, look at that, that’s from Harry Potter!’ And you’re like, ‘No, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an antisemitic piece of literature.’ J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ And everybody was just like, ‘Wizards.’ ‘It was so weird.”
“Goblins are a highly intelligent race of small magical humanoid beings with long fingers and feet that coexist with the wizarding world. Their diet consists of meat, roots, and fungi. Goblins converse in a language known as Gobbledegook, and are adept metalsmiths notable for their silverwork; they even mint coins for wizarding currency. Due to their skills with money and finances, they control the wizarding economy to a large extent and run Gringotts Wizarding Bank.”
Rowling’s team did not respond to a request for comment. Rowling’s usage of anti-semitic stereotypes in her portrayal of these characters has long been criticized, with the author frequently getting tweets about it.
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