Stewart denies accusing Rowling of anti-Semitism

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US chat-show host Jon Stewart has denied accusing Harry Potter author JK Rowling of anti-Semitism in comments he made on a podcast last month. The satirist compared goblins who run Gringotts bank in the series of fantasy novels and films to characters in a 1903 anti-Semitic publication. He has now said the conversation played on the podcast was meant to be ‘light hearted’ and he ‘does not think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic.’ Rowling has not responded. The US comic, who used to host The Daily Show, now presents Apple TV series The Problem with Jon Stewart and its accompanying podcast. … In Rowling’s hugely successful books and the subsequent films, the goblins who run the bank are depicted as ill tempered, diminutive creatures who are the guardians of the gold.” (01/06/22)