J.K. Rowling: An EW Entertainer of the Decade

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Dec 04, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly features the best of the past ten years, with our favorite author gaining a spot in the Top 15 Entertainers of the Decade. Coming in at number 3, the magazine writes of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

“As 1999 came to a close, J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter were already
household names ” as long as those households contained literate
children with a voracious appetite for fantasy fiction. In 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
” the fourth book in the British author’s seven-book cycle ” ignited a
global pop phenomenon that got the attention of all readers, young and
young at heart. By 2007, the planet was both eagerly anticipating and
deeply dreading the release of the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
When it finally arrived, it became clear that Rowling had nailed one of
the decade’s greatest artistic achievements: finishing not just bloody
well, but brilliantly.”

The magazine also highlight’s readers choices for their favorites, with Harry Potter taking the number one spot. Quotage:

“The Entertainer of the Decade is obviously Harry Potter ” a
franchise that covers all the cultural bases, selling books, movie
tickets and merchandise. Fans whip up butterbeer batches, obsess over
John Williams’ iconic score, even listen to ”wizard rock.” College
students actually play Quidditch (and when someone comes up with the
right jet-propulsion technology, they can play it for real). Millions of people all over the globe watched J.K. Rowling answer questions about Deathly Hallows on television. Unlike anything else, Harry Potter has literally taken over the entire world.

Heck, Harry Potter has actually inspired new entries into the Oxford English Dictionary!
Muggle is now an actual, accepted word. If that doesn’t point to
influence, I don’t know what does. And unlike the vast majority of
names suggested by EW readers for this list, Harry Potter has actually been around (and consistently popular) for the entire decade.”





43 Responses to J.K. Rowling: An EW Entertainer of the Decade

Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Wow ... so cool that JKR is #3 entertainer of the decade. Like, if she was #3 in the year that would be cool already but, to rank third in a decade is just awesome. She sure has been influential though, many years ago (before HP *gasp*) I heard a study about linguistics & how long words take to impact on a culture & it was something like 30 years before a word becomes a part of a dialect. Well JKR has done it within the decade. How cool is that.Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: Both JKR and the HP books very well deserve this!! heck,HP's really been one of the biggest phenomens of this decade(if not all time).Avatar ImageLiveLaughLove says: Weel done Jo! Muggle is in the dictionary?! That just made my day! :)Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: She is an inspiration - I am really looking forward to her future work. Damn well, she deserves to be on that list!Avatar Imagesmilemichael says: Amazing!! You really deserve it, Jo!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Awesome!!! She's only an author too!!!Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Congrats Jo & HP!!!!! Most definitely well deserved, although in my opinion it should be the number 1 spot not 3rd!!!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: AMAZING! Well done Jo & HP :D so definitely deserved. They've made a huge impact on my, and millions of peoples, life. I think she should be number 1 but for her to be number 3 with everything else that's out there in the world is just fantasic :D who'd have thought that a childrens book about an orphaned wizard would be so popular?! YAY :D:DAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Congratulations to her on receiving this recognition! She and the world she conceived have certainly changed the Muggle culture significantly in the last decade.Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Jo Rowling truly deserves this, she held the world enthralled for ten years with her wonderful books, and the films are also continuing to do so. Thank you, Jo, for all the pleasure you have given, and the inspiration you have been to creative people of all ages.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: THAT IS AMAZING I AM SOO HAPPY FOR HER but who came in numbers 1st and 2ndAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: You go, Jo & HP! :) Well deserved.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Congrats of Jo and HP!! I never knew about how "muggle" is in the dictionary now... super cool!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: WOW, both books and Jo deserve every bit of this praise, she wrote for 17 years strong to create a pleasing and magical world for us, and everytime i finsihed reading a book i simply couldnt get rid of the fact that she makes it seem so real... WELL DONEAvatar ImageScarStruck says: AHHHH THIS SI SOOOOOOOOO COOOL! hahahah. im hyper! muggle muggle MuGgLe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: That's so cool! Both HP and JKR deserve it completely. :DAvatar ImagePadfootLover4ever says: "Muggle is in the dictionary?! That just made my day! :)" haha mine too! Omg I didn't know that! And yay for Jo and HP!! They well deserve those titles. Can't wait for DH movie!Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: oh wow thats just so cool! but JO SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!!!! =) yay harry is so the most amazing thing EVER!!Avatar Imagemissdelbridge says: Well deserved! She's amazing and of course Harry Potter defines my teens :)Avatar Imagemadcap magician902 says: well if any one deserves such an award, JKR does!Avatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: No surprise at all because she deserves all this. I'm so happy for MUGGLE!! Haha.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Definitely well deserved great job J.K. Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yay Muggle is a word in the dictionary!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: great job Jo!!! (THOUGH YOU DO DESERVE TO BE NUMBER ONE!!!)Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I feel that JKR should be number one. I wonder who's 1 and 2. She's number one in my book though!Avatar ImageFifi says: 3rd place? Wow, congrats Jo! And Muggle is a real word! This is brilliant news! : DAvatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Truly amazing! :D *does the cauldron dance*Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: good job!!!Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Such well-deserved recognition! So many pop "icons" blaze and then fade away, but Jo and Harry are truly here to stay.Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Fabulous!! Jo truly deserves all the praise she receives, and in my household, she and Harry have certainly provided more entertainment than anyone else during the past 9 1/2 years since I first read Sorcerer's Stone. :)Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: hooray for Jo! :DAvatar Imageinspired_by_you says: i always new she had it in her :D Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: I just got the magazine in the mail today. I flipped right to her article and probably reread it 10 times. I was surprised at the facts about the series and movies, like how 8.3 million copies of DH sold within 24 hours which=96 copies a 96 copies a sec. Jo is a fabulous woman and I wish her all the luck in whatever else she doesAvatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: More than Congratulations, let us say a big THANK YOU JO ROWLING for sharing the stories of Harry Potter with all the people of Planet Earth!! Let me just offer a thought. From a year of Geometry I know that any arc can be extended. A second arc intersecting the end of the first arc can extend the first arc in a new direction. The new direction can be a slight change or a radically new direction. It would be wonderful to follow the stories of all magical creatures overcoming their differences to share in a whole new world. Just a thought.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: Woo, congrats! I wonder who number 1 is going to be, though-- I won't get EW till tomorrow! >< Avatar ImageHmrc5 says: She deserve it! Avatar Imagewing says: love joAvatar Imagewing says: love joAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Jo is the POO!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: wow!!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Jo 4 life!!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: wow!!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: wow!!!

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