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US chat-show host Jon Stewart has denied accusing Harry Potter author JK Rowling of anti-Semitism in comments he made on a podcast last month.

The satirist compared goblins who run Gringotts bank in the series of fantasy novels and films to characters in a 1903 anti-Semitic publication.

He has now said the conversation played on the podcast was meant to be “light hearted” and he “does not think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic”.

Rowling has not responded.

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The US comic, who used to host The Daily Show, now presents Apple TV series The Problem with Jon Stewart and its accompanying podcast.