Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, Home of Nasty Antisemitism as well as Transphobia

Bigots will be bigots and prejudice against one group is often accompanied with prejudice against another. Lately it seems like trans-folks and Jews are the chosen targets of many who profess to be enlightened and progressive.

J.K. Rowling’s incessant spewing of vicious hatred towards trans-folks has long been noted. She single-handedly managed to destroy a YA series that had been as popular with many as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series had been with an earlier generation.

It was a case of someone who is both rich beyond most people’s wildest dreams and powerful in the way that only media darlings can hope to be. Being rich and powerful with guaranteed access to major media outlets automatically turned her attacks on trans-folks into a matter of bullying and punching down.

Of course her abuse of trans-folks and their willingness to fight back caused her to cry the typical bully’s tears of Niobe. “Oh it is so unfair these people I was bullying decided to smack me back on social media.

As I said, those who are bigoted towards trans-folks are often bigoted towards other groups. Over recent years I have noticed structural similarities between the bigotry aimed at trans-folks and antisemitic attacks upon the Jewish people.

So a piece in today’s LGBTQ Nation didn’t really surprise me all that much. Jon Stewart tears into JK Rowling’s antisemitic goblin bankers

<Quote> The former Daily Show host was speaking on his podcast The Problem with Jon Stewart when he brought up the Gringotts Wizarding Bank from the Harry Potter universe and compared the goblins who run the bank to a caricature found in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a piece of literature published in the early 20th century that helped popularize the conspiracy theory that an international cabal of Jews was running the world.

“Hitler used the Protocols as a manual in his war to exterminate the Jews,” Holocaust historian Nora Levin once wrote. The book was described by Rutgers University Professor Stephen Eric Bronner as “probably the most influential work of antisemitism ever written.”

“I just want to show you a caricature,” Stewart, who is Jewish, told his co-hosts. He pointed to a copy of Protocols, saying that people he shows it to often mistake it for the goblin bankers in Harry Potter.

“J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’” Stewart quipped.

“It’s a wizarding world! It’s a world where like, the train station has a half a thing and no one can see it, and we can ride dragons and you’ve got a pet owl…. Who should run the bank? Jews.”

“It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like ‘Holy shit,’” Stewart continued. “She did not in a wizarding world just throw Jews in there to run the fucking underground bank.”

The goblin bankers have big, hooked noses, are secretive, have a special relationship with wealth, and are characterized as persecuted by society. <End Quote>

Also from today’s news: a headline from the Jewish News Service: Emma Watson draws controversy over solidarity with ‘Free Palestine’ movement on social media which only show how progressive allies of trans-folks can also take positions that are latently if not overtly antisemitic. The trap being one of supporting a cause/group that regularly mistreats the LGBT members of that group. Emma should exercise greater care of her social media and avoid allowing questionable organization the ability to post to her accounts.

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