J.K. Rowling: Among Those Considered for Time’s Person of the Year

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Nov 08, 2007

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Time Magazine is once again considering who they will name as their Person of the Year, and have now launched a new online poll for readers to vote. Among those eligible for consideration this year is Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The magazine writes:

Pro: Finished a seven-book epic that will be read by children (and lots of adults) for generations to come. Slowly creeping up on Agatha Christie as the most read author not named Shakespeare. Con: Seventh book wasn’t her best, and hard to argue she was the most important person of 2007.”

At the time of this post, former US Vice-President and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore is leading the voting, with US Senator Barack Obama and Apple’s Steve Job next in line.





85 Responses to J.K. Rowling: Among Those Considered for Time’s Person of the Year

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She so deserves to be nominated, for not just her writing but her compassion and work for charities. Good for you Jo

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yay JK. Thank you Thank you.

go go go :)

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Considering Al Gore’s film has almost a dozen factual errors, I’m surprised he won a nobel prize!! And Potter 7 WAS the best! How dare they! :)

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Yeah, the 7th was by far the best! how can they make that a “con” :( But somehow, I really sont think JK will win but she should be honoured to be nominated in the first place.

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I agree!! I thought the 7th was the best of them all. I wish it just kept going. I have read it 7 times and I am 37 years old. I think I need therapy though. There are many new good books I should consider since I love to read, however, I pick it up and start all over again everytime I am finished, perhaps hoping to catch something I may have missed before. Congratulations Jo!

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After Time did that dumb “everyone is the person of the year!” thing last year, Jo deserves to win it this year. Why can’t an author be important? And, in my opinion, the 7th is the best by far.

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If all the people on that list could read HP and actually get it, the world would be a much more interesting and fair place to live.

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Bah, Time has no clue. Rice, Clinton, Jintao, Mahmoud. Really, seriously? They’re kidding.

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I don’t understand why Mahmoud is on the list! Thats horrible! Congrats to Jo for making the list!

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CON: SEVENTH BOOK WASN’T HER BEST?

Deathly Hallows has transcended every literary experience I ever had, especially my emotional literary experiences.

I doubt that people at Time will ever really understand HP.

And didn’t Leaky report earlier this year that the seventh book is now the general favorite of HP fans? It wouldn’t be the favorite, if it wasn’t the best. PFF.

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Half Blood Prince and Prisoner of Azkaban were by far the highlights of the series so I agree with the “not her best comment”. Deathly Hallow was soooo heavy in the middle (yawn!). But there would never be another time to give her that award than now so I would vote for her

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The seventh book is by far the best one of the series, in fact I think it rather overshadows the rest of the books its so good. It replaced The Chosen as my favorite book of all time it was so good.

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The Seventh Wasn’t her best…????

Heavy sigh…

That’s just jealousy talking!!!

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I agree with Niker. Half-Blood Prince and Prisoner of Azkaban are the best written books of the series. Deathly Hallows is of course good too, but it could’ve been much better.

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Well, if ever, this would certainly be the year that she deserves it most.

But something tells me she won’t win. Meh, Time’s Person of the Year award has been going downhill anyway. Anyone remember last year’s cop out?

Also, LOL at the seventh not being her best. What, did they not read it?!?

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I hope she wins, she should win not only because of her brilliant writing and passion and for getting children and adult all over the world to read books again; but also for all her outstanding and marvelous charity works.

And Rice, Mahmoud, Clinton and Gore??? Are they serious?

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Well I do not know how much this poll will count towards who they actually pick, but I hope the fandom really comes out for her on this one. I really do not like any of the others, except the General but I am always pro military and I really do not know enough about him good or bad to make an opinion. And DH was the best book, not so closely followed by PoA and then HBP.

John B.

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It says alot that she is nominated and in the top for of all those up for consideration. Her contribution to world literature is enourmous and this was the year she finished the series and she is in good company. I think it was stupid of Time to put their opinion of DH as a con. It is so subjective. Many HP have different favorites and for different reasons.

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You guys, Person of the Year is not about who did the most good, who you like the most or who most positively influenced the world. Nothing like that. It’s about who had the most impact, PERIOD. Good, bad, or otherwise. And I’m sorry, but certain idiotic world leaders have certainly had more of an impact this year than our favorite author Jo.

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Maria, I am with you. I am 35 and know there are other great books I need to pick up but I keep picking up DH. Book 7 is my favorite with HBP and OOTP. Jo does a lot for charity and her books did change the way many people think about picking up a book. Al Gore is a joke. Al Gore uses so much energy it is not even funny yet he preaches to us to cut back. He is the epitome of do as I say not as I do but let’s keep given him awards and recognition. Blah Blah Blah buy carbon footprints-Al if you believe those footprints make any difference in you energy use Al then I have a bridge I would like to sell you.

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I bet if everyone on Leaky voted about 3 times for Jo we could get her to win. lol…

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i’m in a big conflict here

the HP geek in me wants JKR,the apple geek in me wants steve jobs….

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I don’t know who I would vote for, maybe Hilary. I don’t know. I feel like I don’t know enough about all of these people to vote. I think Jo would deserve it though. Her books and the impact they had may not be as controversial as the other candidates, but she certainly has found a way to connect with people of all different walks of life. Few authors can do that.

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lol this is a joke right? i mean 2/3 of the people on that list should have been enlisted as ‘disasters of the year’ or smth. btw, wheres Bush? oh wait, theres another poll just for him…ok. anyway, i think its insulting that they have Jo competing with a bunch of politicians. i can think of just one other profession worse than their’s and it starts with a ‘p’... although technically, they do pretty much the same things. :o

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LOL The 7th book wasn’t her best XD Whatever J.K. Rowling is god! bows down GO JO!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Eh, Gore’s all right. In that ‘every politician is a hypocrite in some fashion but he manages to do some good anyway’ sense. Don’t know if he should have gotten a noble prize for that documentary, maybe it was just given to him to highlight the issue of climate change? Whichever.

I’ve with everyone else, that’s a bizarre con. PoA and OotP are still my favorites, but DH was brilliant and I couldn’t be happier with how it ended the series.

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You’re awesome Sue!

And so are the rest of the Potterheads here. Do you guys realize that since the lovely Sue put this article up on TLC, the lovely JKR has jumped 5 spaces up the list. At this point she’s second, just behind Al Gore.

You all rock!

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How dare they make fun of the 7th HP. It was an epic the best ending to the series! Jo is one of the best writers in the history of the world. She is definatly up there with Mark Twain, Charles Dickinson, and Shakespear! I loved the 7th book!

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I agree with the seventh book wasn’t the best too… I dunno why, it seemed kind of… slow? Anywho, I still love the first six, and JKR has done a lot of great charity work, so I agree she should win! Good luck, Jo!! -

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How dare they say that the 7th book wasn’t the best! Jo is more than a author, she’s a mother, wife, donator, inspration, and a role model! I think she should get the award.

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hehe It looks as though the people at Time couldn’t come up with anything for cons and just said that the 7th wasn’t the best. Well it is and I do hope that Jo’s person of the year.

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I would have to agree that the 7th book wasn’t her best. I still love it, of course, but Jo could have done better.

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This is definitely Jo’s year. From nearly any perspective – business, philanthropic, educational, literary, you name it – she has made a huge impact. Best of luck to her :)

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Wow, allot of people don’t seem to realize why the 7th isn’t considered the best.

I for one regret ever saying that JKR could make half of Deathly Hallows about the trio camping around the English countryside and I’d still love it. I do still love it but I never thought she’d hear me, let alone listen.

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How dare they say it wasn’t her best? We should all write lots of angry, self-righteous letters to them.

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She’s leading in the polls already, hope they pick her. That’ll show the editors, even if they don’t.

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LOL on the camping trip comment, Leif! I have nothing against Jo sending her trio on a camping trip for most of her book but it would have been nice if she would have let us know what happened in the rest of the magic world in the meantime… But I’ll forgive her for that for the first 6 books of the series!

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Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if she were chosen for person of the year?!

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LOL I don’t understand the hate for the world’s longest camping trip? Personally I enjoyed every minute of it… really! But to each their own

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Agreed, there’s no way that Book 7 is the best. Good, yes. Best, no way. Be honest, do you really think it’s better than Book 3 or Book 4?

With half of the book being the trio wandering around? I don’t know. It was emotional and the last one, but certainly not the best.

Anycrap, as far as person of the year. While JKR deserves mad props, I gotta give it up to Steve Jobs. For the innovation and leadership he’s provided Apple, for the contributions to technology.

The books are good, but Person of the Year?

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Con: Seventh book wasn’t her best.

Errr… well THAT’S an opinion. I thought it was.

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If Al Gore wins and not Jo… No. It will not happen.

Hey guys… I WAS TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2006!

Haha, that definitely is going on my resume!

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Con: Seventh book wasn’t her best, and hard to argue she was the most important person of 2007.

I disagree. It was by FAR my favorite.

LaughingMan: that’s an opinion…don’t try to spin it as fact. I truly do think that was her by-far best book. There was a point to that wandering around—it tried to give the reader a feel of hopelessness and to tell you ‘this is how harry feels right now!’

And you’re telling me the man who basicially endorses people sitting down opn the computer all day is more deserving than a women who inspires millions of kids to read?

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I thought HBP was really boring. Those of you complaining about the heavy middle in DH, HBP was all heavy middle.

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You know, I think this is Jo’s year… More then any other year that’s she’s gotten the nod, for obvious reasons… I’m going to vote like it’s going out of style because she deserves it 10 times over for what she’s done for children around the world.

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DH is a con? Ha those TIME people probably had a hard time thinking up a con to put THAT. Maybe they meant DH had the most mixed reactions.

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She’s winning! Ahhh please vote for her everyonnne =D She so deserves it!

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This is fantastic, give it up for Jo! But looking at the other nominees, it is hard not to notice that every single other person is a political leader, except for Steve Jobs. Yes, polotics decide much in the way of this world and the way in which we live our lives, but I strongly believe that these books will have a larger, and more lasting, impact on the generation that will soon come to hold power than these poloticians. I’m also a HUGE apple fan; owning a macbook, imac, and a couple ipods myself (and hoping for the iphone for my B-day this month), but none of those things have meant as much to me as reading this final HP book, and actually shedding tears over the loss of so many fictional characters whom we have all grown to love so very much. As for the statement that DH was not her best in the series; personally it was my favorite, as well as the favorite of many people I know, but I do understand that some people did not enjoy it as much as myself. That being said, this book was not simply any old novel, it was the end of a truly epid seven book saga, the close of this beautiful tale of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. For this JKR deserves this recognition, and for this we all owe it to her to vote, not just for the author, but for the world she has so generously provided us with.

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Currently Jo is #1 on the list!

DH was her best!

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Seems that our votes are doing good, when I voted this afternoon she was in fourth. Now she’s at the top! Yay!

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“Half Blood Prince and Prisoner of Azkaban were by far the highlights of the series so I agree with the “not her best comment”. Deathly Hallow was soooo heavy in the middle (yawn!). But there would never be another time to give her that award than now so I would vote for her”

^BY Nikki

I could not possibly agree with anyone more so I stopped reading after I got to that post. lol.

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How can that ‘Con’ they wrote down possibly be valid when it’s total subjectibe opinion? (I happened to LOVE book 7) Anyway, go Jo!!

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Whoops, that should say ‘subjective’ :P

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Please pardon my silliness … but I can’t resist …

I can find the link to Witch Weekly Person of the Year and I see JK at the top of that list … but what is TIME?

Do you realize that is Time Warner sold the Time portion of their business to Ted Turner then they could call the company Time Turner … hmmmmm … does anyone know the contact info for their mergers and acquisitions department?

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Whether you agree DH was the best or worst, that was a pretty lame con to put. Looks like they couldn’t think of anything to put her down.

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As much as I love my iPhone, I had to vote for Jo!

And she’s winning…

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JKR’s in the lead now with 12000+ votes. The power of the fans ;). But I have this sneaking suspicion that the TIME editors will overrule us…sigh Meh. Who cares? Rock on JO! You’re the person of the year for me, IMO.

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Yeah it would be great if Jo won, but I think the editors would choose Al Gore.

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Let’s hear it for Leaky mobilizing the fandom for this! She is #1 with a bullet. I still also voted for Al too.

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What’s the point of even having the poll if the time editors are going to override it? I voted for Jo. Not because she’s saving the world or whatever, but because I don’t see why it always needs to be a politician or CEO (or you!). There are all different types of ways people can be impacted. Al Gore will have a million chances to win and good for him. Jo’s books will be read for generations, but as far as an award like this, it’s her last hurrah. For ten years of wonderful work and a ravishing finish, along with all that it did for literature- I see no fault in awarding her this. Poo on their half-baked con of “not the best in the series.”

And from a personal standpoint, she’s the person who influenced me most this particular year. :)

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Time sucks because she deserves to be on there at least once and this is basically now or never and they’ll probably overide it. They lost all credibility with me after that crappy “You are the person of the year thing!” last year. How lazy. Al gore hasn’t done anything this year, neither has Steve Jobs and the rest are just politicians and big-namers who haven’t impacted anything I care about. Hilary Clinton is important! yeah right. Barack Obama is great! Nope. Steve Jobs! Who cares! Condoleeza Rice? Serious? And, of course, they even say that Gore hasn’t done anything in 2007. Time has gotten worse and worse. Now, it’s no big deal if you’re on their cover because no one cares anymore, mostly because of lists like these. And, it is also sad that they have to use subjective opinion for Jo’s con.

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Yay! She’s in the lead! I voted early this morning and she was in 6th but now she’s winning by a landslide! And I agree that it doesn’t always need to be politicians, she has impacted a lot of people in a very positive way for ten years now. So why shouldn’t 2007 be her year? Good job Jo!

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Tred, couldn’t agree more…it is pathetic that they couldn’t come up with any solid fact for a con and had to resort to putting up a subjective view instead. Can’t blame them though…cos there AREN’T any cons ;)

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Just thought you ought to know: BBC conducted a survey and found out that the HP series is the most re-read books in the UK. HP beat Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice! Here’s the link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7085338.stm

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All the books in the series are great in their own right, whether they were your favorite or not. Seriously, just line up all the books and look at them…that’s such a wonderful series.

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Tred speaks 100% truth

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YEA!!!!! Jo’s winning! Everytime I’ve looked today she keeps moving up! I hope she wins. She really deserves. She’s spent a good portion of her life creating these awesome books! Go Jo!

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Frankly, considering the current state of the world, there are many people who have had a greater impact on the world than Rowling this year. Her books do not have determine a nation’s policies, or the well-being of its citizens. Nor do they do anything to address the very real threat of environmental degradation.

As much as I enjoyed the series, I can’t understand why some fans insist on placing Rowling on a pedestal of perfection. She’s not the greatest English-language writer in history. She told a wonderful story over 7 books, yes, but that doesn’t place her in the same ranks as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, etc. Her books are too new for them to be given that kind of literary weight. It will take years, if not decades, for the true staying power of the series to be known. It may become a series that is read across generations, yes. It may also simply be a series of books which relate a wonderful story, but whose popularity wanes within a generation.

Until there’s definitive proof that the ‘Potter’ series has actually encouraged a lot of kids to pick up reading and keep at it, progressing from ‘Potter’ to other books, it’s too easy to overstate her importance and significance.

Popularity is one thing. True impact on a global scale is something else entirely. No wars will be fought, or ended, because of ‘Harry Potter.’ It won’t save people’s lives, cure diseases, protect the environment, or lead to further technological innovations. It’s a story which entertains. That’s all.

And while entertainment is a wonderful part of life, in the grand scheme of things, books about a boy wizard only matter to those who read them.

A political leader’s decision could potentially impact millions upon millions of lives in very real, and perhaps very terrible ways.

As much as I enjoy her books, Rowling isn’t my top choice for ‘Person of the Year,’ and I’ll be quite disappointed if she’s named.

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YAYYYYYYYYY Shes Leading

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sorry for triple post

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Avalon- that may be true, but I think every year we have these world problems. Does that mean that every year, it should be a politician or a CEO? I think an author would be a great TIME cover. Think about it: we were the TIME people of the year last year…. and most of us had no impact on the world at all. Rowling deserves this pedestal, if only to recognize her accomplishments for the last ten plus years, especially since she is THE rags-to-riches story. Just because we have troubles in the world doesn’t mean that we have to wallow in them. Plus, Gore and Jobs and Clinton and Obama haven’t done anything to impact the world in 2007.

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let me add that I meant impact the world on a global scle, such as wars, etc. in 2007.

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Diluvian You totally just blew my mind.

Avalon Relax. It’s Time Person of the Year not the Nobel Prize.

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Oh dear Avalon, it’s just a magazine award, it’s not really that important.

And I can’t speak for the world but Jo has certainly had the most influence on MY life this past year…

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Steve Jobs shouldnt be on the list ever. he didnt create the iphone, his company did. he basically sits back, lets apple do the work, then takes the credit at the showings and press releases.

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I can’t believe the list they’ve put together for person of the year – a bunch of crappy politicians that have barely done anything? I honestly don’t think Jo deserves to win, but against that lot it isn’t much of a competition. Time has some weird ideas of what is contributing to society…

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As usual these online polls are a joke. In just 1 day, JK has moved from 7 to number 1!! Hmmm, didnt know Leaky readers are also such avid readers of Time!

Guess who I voted for? Yup, JOOO! Ha ha ha ha.

Since the nominees dont make any sense, why should the votes? Lets vote JK. Also, (typically), the poll makes no check on how many times you vote, so you can vote for her several times. I have better things to do with my time, so I will only vot for JK 5 times ;)

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Have they read the seventh book??

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TIME is terrible, just look at the nominees. Jo is the most worthy out of this list of jokers.

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I’m so excited she on top!!!! YAY!!!

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It is hard to argue though that she was best person of year. More like best influence of the decade!

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No freaking way.

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Politicians are puppets. Jo is the most authentic person on that list. We tend to think that people in leadership roles make the most impact on this world. But, sadly, who pays attention to them anymore? Who really believes they mean what they say? Before Jo wrote HP, she was as unknown and struggling as the rest of us. Then she told a great story, and look what happened. She has inspired her fans to make positive differences in the world, spawning charities and good will all over the place. That shows who has the real power and impact in this world. Us. If we only knew. Then last years’ TIME person of the year would be absolutely correct. YOU! We are the ones who matter and make the difference. We are the ones who turn the tide, not status-quo politicians and business magnates. GO JO! GO Us!

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At the age of 15, the only person on the list that has effected me the most is JO and I am pretty involved and knowlegdable about what goes round me and the world, so VOTE JO

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omg, YAY! she’s in fist! leading by more than 10,000 votes yaays!

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