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Harry Potter Among All-Time Coolest Pop Culture Heroes from Entertainment Weekly

Posted by: Edward
March 27, 2009, 02:30 PM

UPDATE: You can see the cover of the EW magazine, which features a newer photo of Dan Radcliffe as Harry and an old photo of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort here in our galleries.

Entertainment Weekly has released a new list which ranks their Twenty All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.  Among the list of Pop Culture Heroes is none other than The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, who is ranked in fourth place.  The young wizard joins the ranks of such other heroes as Dirty Harry, Captain James T. Kirk, Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Indiana Jones, and James Bond.  Entertainment Weekly writes the following of the character of Mr. Potter:

WHY HIM: Orphaned, cast out, and in the throes of adolescent hormonal revolt, J.K. Rowling's boy wizard (played by Daniel Radcliffe on screen) is the embodiment of the corny bumper sticker: Why be normal?
MOST HEROIC MOVE: Obliterating Voldemort by deploying his secret weapons: love, loyalty, and the good ol' Expelliarmus.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Misses his mommy and daddy.
You can view the complete list of Pop Culture Heroes via this link.

Update 2:  Thanks to TLC reader Lara, we received word (and scan, available in our galleries) that the recently published issue of Entertainment Weekly featured another listing, ranking the Twenty Scariest Villains.  Evil Lord Voldemort made the list at number eight, with EW saying the following of Tom Riddle:
WHY HIM: Cruel with no hope of redemption, Harry Potter's nemesis (Ralph Fiennes in the films) is an old-school unrepentant, power-hungry, control-freak. But his loathing for anyone who doesn't meet his definition of "normal" is utterly of the moment.
MOST EVIL MOVE: Killing Harry's parents.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Motherly love.
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580 Points

they mean gof right? cool! awesome! fourth out of twenty, not bad at all!

Posted by weasleyalltheway(rrooaarr!) on March 27, 2009, 09:30 PM report to moderator
2588 Points


Posted by phantomdave79 on March 27, 2009, 09:44 PM report to moderator
62 Points

I just got this magazine!! :)

Posted by on March 27, 2009, 10:54 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

4th behind Bond, Indy and Superman?? That’s pretty damn good!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on March 27, 2009, 10:55 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

awww, misses his mommy and daddy :]

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on March 27, 2009, 11:19 PM report to moderator
400 Points

I was sooo excited when I got my EW in the mail today and saw Harry on the cover :) It was a bit of a tease though cause I thought there’d be a whole article on Harry Potter…. but Entertainment Weekly is pretty good about their Potter coverage and I’m sure we can expect another cover story soon!

Posted by But Hagrid... on March 27, 2009, 11:39 PM report to moderator
153 Points

Ya ha! Harry Potter is COOOOL! the last one with the weakness is funny! crack me up

Posted by Shalanarah on March 28, 2009, 12:17 AM report to moderator
2873 Points

It’s great that he’s on the list…but I don’t think I appreciate that “misses his mommy and daddy” comment…

Posted by Lunabelle7 on March 28, 2009, 12:44 AM report to moderator
6921 Points

Expelliarmus! Lol.

Posted by badger666 on March 28, 2009, 01:33 AM report to moderator
474 Points

Long live the heroic outcasts! Expelliarmus!

Posted by Kalin [WBM] on March 28, 2009, 02:18 AM report to moderator
2162 Points

And this is supposed to be a surprise? Of COURSE he’s one of the biggest pop-culture heros, and so much more! Go Harry :)

Posted by Noella_Mansrot [Raven] {WBM} on March 28, 2009, 02:21 AM report to moderator
2702 Points

Go, Harry, go! :D

Posted by Mairéad on March 28, 2009, 03:05 AM report to moderator
2016 Points

Harry only got number 4!!!!! what were these people thinking?

But its good to know that people other than us thinks Harry’s cool – I mean the boy just spent his teenage years fighting Moldy… he’s definiately proven himself…

Posted by JustSuperMione on March 28, 2009, 04:08 AM report to moderator
993 Points

Yay! He is on top 5!

Posted by DobbyandWinky WBM!!! on March 28, 2009, 07:02 AM report to moderator
1151 Points

I love the “good ol expelliarmus.”

Posted by McGiggles92 on March 28, 2009, 07:57 AM report to moderator
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