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The Times: J.K. Rowling a Top Person of the Decade

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
December 13, 2009, 09:40 AM

The Times newspaper has an article now online listing what they call the "Top 50 People of the Decade." Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is among those listed in the top ten (US President Barack Obama holds the number one spot). You can now see a high res scan here. Of our favorite author, the newspaper states:

6 J.K. ROWLING Author and philanthropist

Although the Boy Wizard first appeared in the late Nineties, it was in the Noughties that J.K. Rowling became a Muggle of international renown, when the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released as a film in 2001. By the time the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, appeared, Rowling had sold 400 million books in 67 languages. Child readers became teenagers along with Harry, Ron and Hermione.

An unwitting populariser of witchcraft and boarding schools, Rowling agreed to her publisher’s request to use initials of indeterminate sex so the name “Joanne” would not put off boy fans, and she controlled her burgeoning £4 billion franchise with an iron hand. She oversaw the film scripts, insisted on a British cast and tearfully defended herself in court when another author threatened to publish a Potter “Lexicon”. Rowling has successfully stayed out of the public eye by never courting personal publicity, and has two children with her second husband. The Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s personal fortune at £560 million, ranking her as the 12th richest woman in Britain. She gives £5 million a year to her charity, which supports many causes including one-parent families, which she herself was when she wrote the first Potter in an Edinburgh café with her baby at her side. Kate Muir

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208 Points

Of course she is! Congrats JK!!!

Posted by aj_ellybean on December 13, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
2482 Points

Not unexpected at all, she’s great in all possible ways.
firssssst!! ;)

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on December 14, 2009, 01:56 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

She so desvers ti!!

Posted by The Nerd on December 14, 2009, 02:04 AM report to moderator
240 Points

Yes, Jo! She has deserved every penny she’s gotten from these book, and every honor, too. Keep on being amazing, Jo!

Posted by Scribbled [WBM] on December 14, 2009, 02:09 AM report to moderator
1925 Points

I was going to say she at least needed five but then i saw that richard dawkins held that spot so i changed my mind 6 is a good spot for j.k rowling! :)

Posted by Parkinsonpansy on December 14, 2009, 02:41 AM report to moderator
125 Points

For the past three days, I’ve been watching “JK Rowling: A Year in the Life” on my HBP DVD – and I have to say, Jo is a WONDERFUL person, and even after a decade her charm hasn’t died down.
We love you, Jo!

Posted by Swansurf2099 on December 14, 2009, 02:42 AM report to moderator
510 Points

I’m sorry but Simon Cowell beat out J.K. Rowling, Richard, Dawkins, the human genome project, and Tony Blair??? Ridiculous. Nice to see that Jo got one of the longest descriptions written about her, because she has been so influential. :-)

Posted by GreenLightening on December 14, 2009, 03:01 AM report to moderator
276 Points

I don’t particularly care for Times’ person of the year list, but at least they included JKR. Though it’s a shame that she wasn’t in the top five.

Posted by leigia on December 14, 2009, 03:08 AM report to moderator
444 Points

That’s great, but the write-up was a bit odd. No mention of her first child, and the emphasis that she popularized witchcraft? Really? Someone didn’t get the point of the books or their impact.

Posted by Eeyore on December 14, 2009, 03:25 AM report to moderator
545 Points

Cool that she is on the list!

Posted by Nicci Weasley on December 14, 2009, 04:27 AM report to moderator
1722 Points

Go Jo!!! :o)

Posted by johndeeregirl12 on December 14, 2009, 04:40 AM report to moderator
45 Points

Yay for Jo, she deserves it. But Obama…oh please…

Posted by MyLadyMarigold on December 14, 2009, 05:16 AM report to moderator
1189 Points

i don’t really get why obama is #1 i mean i live in the USA and i know how it is for an african american man to become president but #1? and also why is Simon Cowell #2?? i just don’t get it like an American Idol judge and the pres. of the US in #1&2….seriously??

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on December 14, 2009, 06:04 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

awesome Jo! im suprised you arent 2nd!!!!!! but in the top ten!! you deserve it!!!!
no mention of jessica…hm.

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on December 14, 2009, 06:10 AM report to moderator
46 Points

She really deservs it! Great choice!

Posted by HellenPotter127 on December 14, 2009, 06:29 AM report to moderator
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