Jon Stewart Clarifies ‘Harry Potter’ Comments: ‘I Do Not Think J.K. Rowling Is Antisemitic’

Jon Stewart took to social media to correct a viral news story about his feelings toward the depiction of goblins in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” franchise. A clip from Stewart’s “The Problem with Jon Stewart” podcast published in December 2021 went viral this week for drawing a comparison between the “Harry Potter” goblins depicted and the antisemitic illustrations featured in the 1903 book “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Stewart refuted that he was accusing Rowling of antisemitism and said his original takedown of the goblins was all in lighthearted fun.

“I do not think J.K. Rowling is antisemitic. I did not accuse her of being antisemitic,” Stewart said. “I do not think the ‘Harry Potter’ movies are antisemitic. I really love the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, probably too much for a gentleman of my considerable age.”

“I cannot stress this enough. I am not accusing J.K. Rowling of being antisemitic,” Stewart added. “She need not answer to any of it. I don’t want the ‘Harry Potter’ movies censored in any way. It was a lighthearted conversation. Get a fucking grip.”

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