“Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling just revealed there are Jews in Hogwarts, just in time for Hanukkah.
The best-selling author disclosed the information as part of her 12 Days of Harry Potter Christmas revelations for fans on Pottermore and in part to answer a tweet from a fan whose wife contends there are no Jews at Hogwarts.
@jk_rowling my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I’m a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Thoughts?
— ben (@benroffman) December 16, 2014
https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/544946669448867841 The author was referring to a character that initially appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” and who eventually fought at the Battle of Hogwarts in the last book. Anthony Goldstein’s religion has never been specified until now.
“To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there are Wiccans,” Rowling continued.
To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there 1/2
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014
Unfortunately, not all Harry Potter followers appear to be as accepting as Rowling. Some have called her out for her viewpoint and even mockingly asked whether there were Jedis at Hogwarts, as well.
Luckily, level-headed Rowling calmly replied that she wouldn’t put it past Dean Thomas to be a secretly practicing Jedi follower, since his character is particularly known for mischief.
Rowling’s nonracist remarks comes refreshingly on the heels of ugly news the US First Lady Michelle Obama herself was discriminated against for her race at a Target store.
Did her revelation about different belief systems accepted at Hogwarts include all manner of sexual orientations, including LGBT characters, as well?
https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/544998416414412801 After all, didn’t she make the exciting 2007 revelation that Dumbledore was gay?
It’s good to know Rowling doesn’t discriminate about including all manner of races and religions in her magical children’s book series.
Jewish “Harry Potter” fans can rest easy this Hanukkah season knowing J. K. Rowling has them covered. In fact, here’s a musical video that suggests Harry Potter may even be Jewish himself.
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