Stewart recently called out Rowling on his The Problem with Jon Stewart podcast, saying that the goblin banker that runs the Gringotts Wizarding Bank resembles an anti-Semitic caricature of the Jewish community, according to the New York Post. He also noted the goblins’ resemblance to characters in the early-1900s anti-Semitic book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, suggesting that readers and filmgoers don’t necessarily know the reference. “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 anti-Semitic piece of literature.’ J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ ” Stewart said. He added that in the magical, make-believe world of Harry Potter, people “can ride dragons” and someone can own a “pet owl,” yet he wondered: “Who should run the bank? Jews."
TOPICS: Jon Stewart, The Problem With Jon Stewart, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter