Jewish identity, fan representation, and Yehuda Goldstein in the Potterverse

  • Deborah Krieger Independent Scholar
Keywords: Fan activity, Harry Potter, Jewish media, Orthodox Judaism


The Harry Potter fan fiction "Goldstein," by Laazov, a long-running fic begun in November 2014 that remains uncompleted, centers on Anthony "Yehuda" Goldstein, a marginal character confirmed as Jewish by J. K. Rowling. This fan fic has led many Jewish fans to embrace him as the sole example of Jewish representation in the Potterverse. This analysis of "Goldstein" traces fan efforts regarding representation of marginalized identities and how these efforts have made it into the mainstream.