Hannukah has started and what better gift for the Jewish Harry Potter fan than J.K. Rowling's recent confirmation that, yes, there are Jewish witches and wizards?
In a characteristically charming Twitter chat, J.K. Rowling answered Potter fans' questions online, including one from Jewish fan Benjamin Roffman: 'My Wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts'... check out her epic reply!
Just in case you needed a reminder, Anthony Goldstein is a member of Dumbledore's Army and also becomes a Prefect in his 5th year.
Our Lady of Wizarding Awesomeness also clarified that this isn't just some random tokenism on her part, adding:
Anthony isn't the first Jewish student, nor is he the only one. I just have reasons for knowing most about him! He's one of the original forty students I created in Harry's year.
HARRY Hanukkah, everybody!
Just to hammer home the warm, lovely, inclusive feelings, J.K. Rowling continued to say that Hogwarts is a welcoming place to all, regardless of 'religion/belief/non-belief system'...
To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there are Wiccans... it's a different concept of magic to the one laid out in the books, so I don't really see how they can co-exist.
Sorry, Wiccans. J.K. Rowling, you are AWESOME.
Would Wiccan Willow be furious about J.K. Rowling saying Wiccans probably wouldn't exist at Hogwarts?