I beg you all to be quiet about the Jewish elves in Harry Potter – the forward

I don’t have much to say about most of JK Rowling’s speeches, because basically my take on the Harry Potter series is that it offers a truly judgmental escape for children that is certainly flawed, never would have must have spawned the strange cult that she has become, and one of which the creator has bad opinions that she should stop sharing. I would have been so happy to live and die without ever encountering JK Rowling’s thoughts on wizarding saddles or trans rights.

What I have to say about JK Rowling’s speech is this: Please everyone, for goodness sake, shut up about the Jew-goblins.

If I see one more person on the internet claiming that goblins are Jewish caricatures, I will burn personally, and in doing so, I will dramatically announce to anyone who testifies that I have specifically chosen to burn because of the Judeo discourse. goblin, making it clear that said speech actually implemented genuine anti-Semitism by having me, a Jewish woman, burned. Which is far more anti-Semitic than goblins and also, rude to me, someone who does not wish to burn, and who would be particularly embarrassed if my burn resulted from Harry Potter’s speech.

The Jewish-Goblin argument, which has been made ad nauseam on social media, by Jon Stewart, and in various think-tank pieces, is actually this: the goblin characters from the Harry Potter series, known primarily for their roles in the management of the Gringotts Magic Bank, are anti-Semitic because they resemble Jewish caricatures and perpetuate anti-Semitic stereotypes.

I do not agree. Potter goblins are tiny, hook-nosed, saurian creatures with long creepy fingers and a shrewd nature. They have exceptional financial skills and will stop at nothing to acquire or protect money and valuables. What is anti-Semitic is the fact that anyone meets such a character and thinks, “Aha, a Jew! “

To illustrate my point, I constructed the following analogy. You and I are walking down the street. The decor is not strictly necessary for the pedagogy of this scenario, but I thought it would be nice to dress the visuals. You and I are walking down the street, and we see, crumpled on the floor, a trembling child’s drawing of a disgusting, evil rat. I said, “Oh, look, this is a picture of you. I am offended on your behalf by this artist’s choice to portray you as disgusting and devilish. In fact, the real offense here is not the sketch, which was actually just a simple drawing of a rat, but looking at a drawing of a rat and thinking it reminded me of you. .

This analogy is obviously not perfect, as it ignores the dangerous legacy of cartoonish depictions of Jews in which some have argued that goblins fall. Caricatures of Jews in Western media have historically linked stereotypical physical and cultural traits to genetic degeneration. I don’t mean to take lightly the potential of these performances to cause real and insidious damage, or to claim that the contemporary nature of the show precludes it from perpetuating evil. Offensive Jewish cartoons persist today, popping up in far-right corners of the internet and in less marginal news cycles, actively stoking hatred against the Jewish people.

But these are deliberate caricatures of Jews. Sometimes a sinister Money Ripper Goblin is just a sinister Money Ripper Goblin.

Jews do not run the economy, do not have a cultural disposition to prioritize monetary gain over human emotion, and also – and I would really like to stress this point – do not look like goblins. This depiction of goblins is offensive to bankers, not Jews, and the reason it is offensive to bankers is that goblins in the Potter world are synonymous with bankers, and Jews in the real world are not. . Are all fictionalized bankers supposed to be cheerful, generous and definitely Anglo-Saxon in order to avoid potentially sinking into anti-Semitic caricature? I defend the right of the little fairy-tale characters of this made-up world to be rude and good with money. I defend, mainly, my right to browse the Internet without meeting more people who complain that the goblins in a children’s series that interested me ten years ago are anti-Semitic. Please complain about something else.

And, frankly, if the goblins To do represent the Jews, the resemblance is humiliating. They seem to do a much better job of controlling their media than the Jews in our non-magical world, given that there is no trace of organized anti-goblin efforts in any Harry Potter novel or film. I hope to use some of this inspiring energy in my own efforts to dominate the world this coming year.

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