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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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59 Comments

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354 Points

I think she should be #1!

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on December 15, 2009, 01:17 AM report to moderator
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awesome job! you deserve it!

Posted by expelliarmus9 on December 15, 2009, 01:40 AM report to moderator
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of course Jo deserves to be on this list. She is certainly a person of the decade for me.

Posted by QueenFergie on December 15, 2009, 08:09 AM report to moderator
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she dievers it she worked soo hard she is the one who started the hole feransise

Posted by alicia00 on December 15, 2009, 08:56 AM report to moderator
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I think she deserves better than number 6.

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on December 15, 2009, 12:19 PM report to moderator
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6552 Points

Congrats J.K. Rowling, it is well deserved!

Posted by Figment on December 16, 2009, 02:39 PM report to moderator
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she deserves it.

Posted by friendofblob on December 16, 2009, 04:34 PM report to moderator
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she should get # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 & 10!!!!!!

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she’s way awsomer than obama! (not that i have anything against him.)

Posted by lunarules713 on December 17, 2009, 11:06 AM report to moderator
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that’s awesome! well, i know she’s my #1 top person! even though she is 6th, that’s still great! way to go, jkr!

Posted by lunarules713 on December 18, 2009, 03:10 AM report to moderator
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I’m so happy for her! Thank you, Jo!!!

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Oh i love her sooo much!!!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAY! i printed teh article just so i could read it again and again. i keep printing articles from leaky, i mena i know they’ll always be here but idk i want ot know later in my life that this mattered to me this particular article mattered and it meant alot. i want to remeber that i was here when all thsi epicness happened. so maybe thats why… =]

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on December 22, 2009, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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great :)

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on December 24, 2009, 05:23 AM report to moderator
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You are the most wonderful thing that happened to this world of ours, Jo. You rock!!

Posted by Little Light ^HISS^ on May 05, 2010, 08:35 AM report to moderator
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