Coinciding with the first night of Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling has revealed that yes, there was at least one Jewish wizard at Hogwarts.
This revelation came to light when a fan, @benjaminroffman, asked the “Harry Potter” author the valid question of whether there were any Jews at Hogwarts. After all, we only ever see Harry and Co. “Happy Christmas”-ing as they devour their Christmas feast.
Our Twitter queen replied by providing us with the name of a Jewish student, Anthony Goldstein.
Goldstein appeared briefly in the series as a Ravenclaw prefect who joined Dumbledore’s Army in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, and later fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. So, there you go -- Jewish kids have as much of a shot as anyone at receiving a letter from Hogwarts on the eve of their 11th birthdays. In fact, Rowling confirmed that all religions were represented at Hogwarts. Except Wiccans, of course.
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
are Wiccans.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014
We can only assume the house elves whip up some pretty amazing kosher meals.
But wait, since we've all been good muggles this year, the writer also revealed her favorite quote from the series, which may have caused us to burst into tears because it's our favorite too.