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


Dec 14, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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

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

Avatar ImageBeck Potter says: brilliant :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Yaaaay!!! Woooo!! She deserves it :)!Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: JKR is definitely one, if not the best, of the strongest women the 00-ties has spawned. Avatar ImageLAUR3N lx0 says: so great. :) i'm so happy. :D:D she totally deserves it. 100%. good for her. i can't even describe how happy i'm about it. lol.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Congratulations J.K. Rowling!!!Avatar ImageFifi says: Obama is first??? I don't believe it! o :/ Anyway, congrats Jo. Eeyore, that's a good point. I wish they'd written a bit more about the books and something about her first child.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: She deserves it! She actually should have got number 1!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagelisamiamoore says: Excellent!Avatar Imageele0206 says: I was first!! I hate this comment thing!!Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: Super happy for Jo! But srsly? Simon? Obama? Simon is just a mean british judge and Obama's not really "of the decade". After reading those two names i couldnt go on. Really some people get appreciated for doing almost nothing. What JKR did is something beyond what they've done :P Jo deserves to b number one! Avatar Imageangelcakes says: Yay, she beat out Osama bin Laden! Avatar ImageMatea says: Our dear Jo deserves everything ^^Avatar Imagesirius17 says: only 6! i don't think anyone in the world has more popularity then her books Avatar ImageSmitch says: Of course! Congrats, JK! Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: Jo Rowling has a wonderful gift for telling stories that transcend generations and cultures. Look at news coverage of book releases, book signings, and HP Fan events. There are those about Harry's age when he entered Hogwarts, their parents and grandparents. Proving that Children of All Ages enjoy a well told story. The books have been sold in sixty-seven different languages proving that these stories are enjoyed by people from many cultures. The books alone don't tell the whole story. Jo started a charitable foundation to which she contributes regularly in time as well as money. This passion to help has been passed on to the young actors in the HP movie series. Many of them have set up charitable foundations which they support with time and money. All from the stories of one marvelous storyteller. Congratulations Jo Rowling for well-deserved recognition of your many interests and support for those who need a hand from time to time. For sharing that passion with the actors who brought your stories to life on the movie screen. For making the world better than you found it,Thank You.Avatar Imageaj_ellybean says: Of course she is! Congrats, JK!!!Avatar Imageaj_ellybean says: Of course she is! Congrats JK!!!Avatar Imageele0206 says: Not unexpected at all, she's great in all possible ways. firssssst!! ;)Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: She so desvers ti!!Avatar ImageScribbled says: Yes, Jo! She has deserved every penny she's gotten from these book, and every honor, too. Keep on being amazing, Jo! Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: 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! :)Avatar ImageSwansurf2099 says: 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!Avatar ImageGreenLightening says: 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. :-) Avatar Imageleigia says: 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.Avatar ImageEeyore says: 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.Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: Cool that she is on the list!Avatar Imagealpaca-girl says: Go Jo!!! :o)Avatar Imagelisamiamoore says: Excellent!Avatar ImageMyLadyMarigold says: Yay for Jo, she deserves it. But Obama...oh please...Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: 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??Avatar ImageCatherine says: awesome Jo! im suprised you arent 2nd!!!!!! but in the top ten!! you deserve it!!!! no mention of ImageHellenPotter127 says: She really deservs it! Great choice!Avatar ImageAll Was Well says: Awesome for Jo! Personally, I think she could easily have been #1. I mean, Obama has certainly created a worldwide stir, but he's only been President for less than a year. Avatar ImageZephyrFool says: She deserves it! And why is Obama first? In my humble opinion that is as uncalled for as his nobel prize.Avatar ImagetaystarHP says: After everything she has gone though, she deserves every good fortune that comes her way.Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Yes, PRESIDENT Obama is #1. Just get over it already!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Congratulations to Mrs. Rowling on earning this recognition. However, I do strongly disagree with many of the positions of people in this list; I seriously doubt that Simon Cowell merits the acknowledgement he received.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: that''s awesome! Hooray for Jo! :DAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Nice of them to bother mentioning her!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Go JO!! Lol, Obama first! Now that is funny. What exactly he did in a year? Oh wait, he exists.. XD Some people seem that this a good reason to give him prizes and first places...Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Amazing!!! Go Go Jo!!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Yay for Jo! :)Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: that was a well written bit about jo. glad she got this honor! she completely and totally deserves it!Avatar ImageHorcruxNoctus says: That is a very well-worded article. She deserves #1 not just top 10!!!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: she sould have gotten first thowAvatar Imagedeadtree says: LOL I'm glad she made the list, but when they talk about the Lexicon they make it sound like some mean ogre came out and beat her up and ate her babies or something xD Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Squee for Jo! :)Avatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: I think she should be #1!Avatar Imageexpelliarmus9 says: awesome job! you deserve it! Avatar ImageQueenFergie says: of course Jo deserves to be on this list. She is certainly a person of the decade for me. Avatar Imagealicia00 says: she dievers it she worked soo hard she is the one who started the hole feransiseAvatar ImageLauraKeaton says: I think she deserves better than number 6.Avatar ImageFigment says: Congrats J.K. Rowling, it is well deserved!Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: she deserves it.Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: she should get # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 & 10!!!!!!Avatar Imagelunarules713 says: she's way awsomer than obama! (not that i have anything against him.) Avatar Imagelunarules713 says: 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!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I'm so happy for her! Thank you, Jo!!!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: 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... =]Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: great :)Avatar ImageLittle Light says: You are the most wonderful thing that happened to this world of ours, Jo. You rock!!

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