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Please read and respond to the following article.
In the article below, which people or organizations are stating their observations or opinions about the portrayal of the bankers in the Harry Potter films? Briefly, in 1 sentence apiece, summarize what each of the people or organizations have to say about the film.
Did the author of this article, Chris Jordan of the Ashbury Park Press, give his opinion or observations on this controversy? Was it or would it be a good idea for him to do so?
You do not have to go into great depth for this assignment. I am asking for 75-150 words with no research beyond this article.
Jon Stewart says bankers in ‘Harry Potter’ are anti-Semitic, author J.K. Rowling is not.
Chris Jordan, Ashbury Park Press
Jan 5, 2022
What’s the problem with the “Harry Potter” series?
The goblins who run the underground Gringotts Bank are a continuation of centuries-long anti-Semitic tropes. That’s the word from comedian Jon Stewart, who discussed the depiction on his Apple TV+ show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart” in December.
“It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like ‘Holy (blank), she did not in a wizarding world just throw Jews in there to run the (blanking) underground bank.’ And everyone was like, ‘wizards,’ ” Stewart said.
The goblin bankers in the movies have long noses and ears, sharp teeth and they love gold. Stewart said that’s in line with the anti-Semitic portrayal of Jewish people in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
“(People say) ‘Oh that’s a character 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. “It’s a wizarding world. We can ride dragons. You can have a pet owl. But who should run the bank? Jews. But what if the teeth were sharper?”
On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Stewart’s comments on Harry Potter were trending, and he pushed back on the notion that he was specifically calling Harry Potter author Rowling anti-Semitic.
“No I didn’t,” Stewart said in a tweet that linked to a Newsweek headline stating that he did.
“I do not think J.K. Rowling is anti-Semitic,” said Stewart in a video posted (Links to an external site.) Jan 5 on Twitter. “I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic, I do not think the ‘Harry Potter’ movies are anti-Semitic. I really love the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, probably a little too much for a gentleman of my considerable age.
“Not a reasonable person would not have looked at that conversation (from ‘The Problem with Jon Stewart’) and not found it light-hearted.”
The Campaign Against Antisemitism sought to put the portrayal in context, and noted Rowling’s past history of fighting anti-Semitism.
“The portrayal of the goblins in the ‘Harry Potter’ series is of a piece with their portrayal in Western literature as a whole,” said the Campaign Against Antisemitism on social media.
“It is the product of centuries of association of Jews with grotesque and malevolent creatures in folklore, as well as money and finance. The mythological associations have become so ingrained in the Western mind that their provenance no longer registers with creators or consumers.
“Those who continue to use such representations are often not thinking of Jews at all, but simply of how readers or viewers will imagine goblins to look, which is a testament more to centuries of Christendom’s antisemitism than it is to malice by contemporary artists. So it is with J.K. Rowling, who has proven herself over recent years to be a tireless defender of the Jewish community in its fight against antisemitism, for which we are immensely grateful.”
Rowling’s previous comments on transgender issues have drawn heat, which included condemnation by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe in 2020.
Stewart is a native of Lawrenceville who now lives in Middletown.

 

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