J.K. Rowling to be Turned Into Special Edition Barbie Doll

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Feb 04, 2010

Posted by John Admin

A Sky News article reveals today that a one-of-a-kind J.K. Rowling Barbie doll will be showcased at the world’s largest toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, dressed in a “black wool suit and hot pink top combination.” U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey, German prime minister Angela Merkel, 2009 U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters and Swedish Crown Princess Victoria are among the other women to be turned into special edition Barbie dolls for their “role model” status, although the dolls will not go on general sale.

The senior vice president of Barbie International, Rosa Zeegers, commented on why these particular women were selected:

They are true models for girls of all ages, embodying the essence and values of Barbie.

Whether you are four years old or 70 years old, we all need aspirational role models in our lives.

The outfit chosen for the J.K. Rowling doll is based on her wardrobe choice for the 2009 Monsters and Critics Award Banquet.

Many thanks to MuggleNet for the heads up!





96 Responses to J.K. Rowling to be Turned Into Special Edition Barbie Doll

Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: :/ Oh dear, oh dear.... that's just... not good...Avatar Imagedeatheater111 says: Hay! Much better then those pretty-girl barbies!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: SOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!! I WANT TO WATCH THAT BARBIE!!!! XDAvatar Imageccking says: yaaaay !!Avatar ImageGoury says: Personally I'm actually disappointed that she agreed for such a thing. This is just too much. I like the books but I’m against the pop cultural abuse of Harry Potter. To tell you the truth I dislike the idea of the theme-park too.Avatar ImageGoury says: Personally I'm actually disappointed that she agreed for such a thing. This is just too much. I like the books but I’m against the pop cultural abuse of Harry Potter. To tell you the truth I dislike the idea of the theme-park too.Avatar ImageGoury says: Personally I'm actually disappointed that she agreed for such a thing. This is just too much. I like the books but I’m against the pop cultural abuse of Harry Potter. To tell you the truth I dislike the idea of the theme-park too.Avatar ImageGoury says: Personally I'm actually disappointed that she agreed for such a thing. This is just too much. I like the books but I’m against the pop cultural abuse of Harry Potter . For the same reason I dislike the whole theme-park idea. Of course this is my opinion and I respect the fact that not everybody will agree with me. . Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: that's so funny but so cool at the same time!Avatar ImageGoury says: Oh, sorry for the double post!Avatar ImageEccentra says: That is so cool. I once had a Mulder and Scully Barbie collectable. I would definitely get this.Avatar Imageccking says: yaaaay !!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: This is what barbies should look be averge looking people!!Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: ahahahahhaha i want a jo barbie doll!!!!! JEALOUS!!!! shes so perdyy :DAvatar Imagegingerr_kat says: this is horrible. they are going to depict her like barbie and not like herself. none of the barbies of famous people actually look like them. Avatar Imagestarfishes16 says: O_O Oh noooo.... Avatar Imagehrhgnl says: Please not this! Jo is a great role model for everyone but she does not need to be immortalized as a Barbie. Avatar ImageIceholic says: I agree with you Goury. I'm also surprised that she agreed to associate herself with a doll that has very little to do with what I consider a "role model" for girls (and, from what I understand, what JK herself considers). Barbies glorify shallow beauty and obsession with fashion. An icon for skinny girls with eating disorders and empty brains, but not for those who want to be something more than an empty pretty package.Avatar ImageLady of the Lake says: very coolAvatar ImageScribbled says: Mmmm... I'm not a fan of the idea. Jo is an excellent role model (she's been mine for years), but a Barbie? Really? At least they won't be sold to the public. Avatar ImageCatherine says: I think its so cool and such an honour but i also have this bizarre desire to crack up and laugh for like the rest of my life! hehehe! the idea of a replica of Jo in 11.5' platic doll, is kinda funny! I REALLY WANT ONE THOUGH!Avatar Imagejuhuudi says: hmmmmmm hopefully its a good barbie!Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: :/ Oh dear, oh dear.... that's just... not good...Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: LOL! cool! i want to see it!Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: whoaa i saw it! :O it looks just like her! (in a way)Avatar ImageGryffipuff says: JK Rowling.. as a Barbie? Well, I guess she had to be okay with it.....Avatar Imagetaylor819 says: I'm so happy they're doing real role models!Avatar ImageGryffipuff says: What I meant was, before they could have the "okay" to do this, I would think that JK would have to give consent. Wouldn't she? If it's good enough for her...Avatar ImageKissa says: I was going to say "Poor Jo!!", til I saw that they weren't going to be for general sale. It's more okay now. But still, Barbie isn't exactly what I tie in with the term role model, but who knows. Maybe it's changed since I was into those dolls. :/Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: I agree with you Goury. wth?!?!?! Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: I agree with you Goury. wth?!?!?! Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Although I am pleased that she was included among this list of women as a role model for young women, I am afraid that the very concept of Barbies gives many a young female the wrong aspirations in life. Barbies induce in many the conviction that they must use their bodies in order to achieve success when they do not.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Although I am pleased that she was included among this list of women as a role model for young women, I am afraid that the very concept of Barbies gives many a young female the wrong aspirations in life. Barbies induce in many the conviction that they must use their bodies in order to achieve success when they do not.Avatar Imageaccio_salmon says: I actually think this is pretty great. There should be more dolls based off of inspirational women. People need to get a grip.Avatar Imagedaharja says: Terrible! She's so much more than a freaking Barbie doll! Nice that they're trying to make Barbie more of a role model, but it makes JKR into more of a Barbie than it makes Barbie into JKR. We value Jo for her mind and heart, not her looks and outfits, which are great, but not the important part!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: lol that's pretty wild. i want one XD Avatar Imagekyraptn says: oh please no....Avatar ImageRoseLane says: This is awesome!Avatar Imagekisoiscute says: Eh, 'm not a big fan of Barbie, but they picked the right woman!Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: Wow!Avatar Imagekisoiscute says: Oops i think oit double posted Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Barbie? huh?Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: The picture kind of looks somewhat like her so they really did do a good job.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: The barbie doesn't even look like her! Sorry, but I don't like it. I'm really happy for Jo and all, getting her own BarbieAvatar Imagepotpho says: OMG i love harry potter but i thought she was all for real people rather than barbie peopleAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I don't see anything wrong with it... Barbie is a well known brand and all girls know it. It's not like they made her Barbie look nothing like her... it looks like her, as a normal beautiful woman. Barbie's are not seen as being shallow for their beauty and anorexic because of how skinny they are. If you look at them that way, then you are the one who thinks about it more often than most. I grew up with Barbie and remember it's just a young girl's toy. Nowadays most kids don't even play with that type of toy because it doesn't have batteries or lights up and makes sound. Most kids need a tv or a device in front of them to interact, while Barbies are played with the imagination of young girls. Imagination that brought us Harry Potter. Sorry for my long rant... ignore me if you will. :) lolAvatar Imagestella8h8chang says: O_o I have to admit I'm a bit weirded out. As much as I enjoyed playing with Barbies as a kid, Barbies are not meant to be role models! They're just meant to be toys...< / fails at explaning > But then again, these aren't dolls which kids everywhere are going to be playing with, so maybe I'm getting all worked up over nothing.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: wow thats an odd thing to stumble uponAvatar Imagealegria35 says: cool!.. i hope I can have one of JKR's barbie...Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: hmm,that's..just...weird...Jo as a barbie?Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: thats very weird.. i mean it's cool she's a doll but Barbie aren't the best chose in my opinion... i mean the shape of them gives a bad impression to young girls...Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: I like the idea of the role model Barbie, but agree with gingerr_kat, I have never seen one that looks like the person they are supposed to depict.Avatar ImageScylla says: I want that Barbie!!! I love that Jo is totally improving Barbie's message... I just love her. (Jo, I mean. Not Barbie.)Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: WOW I think that is pretty Cool, and if JKR does not have any objections, it is pretty AWESOME!!!!!Avatar ImageRosie016 says: This is interesting, and pretty cool! I bet it would be weird seeing yourself as a doll, could you imagine!Avatar ImageLillylove says: Eeewww...that's just creepy. Of all the honors to be bestowed on JKR, I would not consider "Barbie-ism" one of them! Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I also agree with Goury - not a good move - I understand the "role model" aspect but that is what she already is....the commercialism cheapens that - perhaps well intentioned but misses the mark!Avatar ImageFayebeline says: hmmm, i dunno....those damn dolls never look right...Avatar Imageclever-ravenclaw says: barbie?? idk bout that ahaha im not a big fan of barbies though...Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: cool! i loovedd barbies when i was little! what a great group of women for this honor :)Avatar Imagepadfoot4ever12 says: Although I'm surprised she'd do this, I am pretty disappointed that they aren't selling this to everyone because I have a pretty large collectible Barbie collection from when I was younger. Avatar Imagejain says: 'Barbie'Jo looks as if she's just won Miss World!Avatar Imagei snogged harry says: Yes, she's a role model - do we really need 'Barbie' to tell us that?!Avatar ImageFifi says: WHAT?? A BARBIE DOLL?!?!? Okay, this is really bad...Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: HAHAHAHAHAHA. ok, sorry, but thats hilarious. our magnificent Jo and barbie?? really? whatever... still, i guess its kinda cool. though barbie doeasnt deserve 2 hav anythin 2 do with JoAvatar ImagePollytomat says: It's suprisisng... but why not? I mean if these dolls won't be on general sell and will be done only in 1-10 copies for Barbie museum or something like that, then why not? I thought that the image of practically all famous women has been already used for a Barbie doll... Avatar Imagerosepug says: I confess myself - disappointed. Unless they make the dolls true to their human models' body types and make them available for mass market, I see no benefit here.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: What??Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: @Hermione Elizabeth: totally agree with you. Most of you people apparently seem to mistake the Barbie franchise dolls with Bratz or whatever trash exists out there. In the last years Barbie has changed shape to more human proportions and always tries, as an "idol" or toy, to promote things such as recycling and other useful stuff. it is not that much of a big deal that Jo is depicted in a way like this. We should not over analyze everything! I find it a bit funny actually. I can't wait to listen to Johns comments on this! Avatar ImageXzenoa says: That's kinda funny. Ha ha ha... A JKR barbie doll, ha ha ha, not that it isn't a great idea, but ha ha ha.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: NO! She is such a good role model! Please don't let this happen!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: NO! She is such a good role model! Please don't let this happen!Avatar ImageKami Malfoy says: I think it's great that JKR is being honored in this way! There isn't anything hypocritical about a lady wishing to be seen as being intelligent *and* attractive. I think Jo's tried to make the point that girls shouldn't strive to be beautiful and popular at the cost of their health, self-esteem, and/or achievement of their goals.Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: i wanna c thatAvatar ImageKami Malfoy says: I don't see why this news should upset anyone. Barbie has long represented the changing standards of beauty and roles of women in society. They aren't all blond, blue eyed, hour glass shaped dolls. I was never all that into Barbie collecting, but I remember various editions that reflected the times like business woman w/a brief case, astronaut, and vetrinarian Barbie. So now she is a world renowned author...how is that a bad thing? The only problem I see is that this special edition Jo Barbie ISN'T going to be widely available for the publlic!Avatar ImageGiant Fairy says: I agree with Goury,too....and Iceholic as well, especially with JKR s engagement to help people with eating disorders. sounds perverted to me. But maybe she enjoys the idea to see herself with those big Pershings. Hey Joanne.....Voodoo also is a Kind of magic, and you re offering the dolls??Avatar ImageLunaLupinTonks says: Does anyone else find this a bit weird? *looks at comments* Rephrasing: Does anyone NOT find this weird?Avatar Imagefossil_n says: I'm guessing, or rather hoping, that since this is not going on sale they did not need, and did not get, her permission to make this doll.Avatar Imagebettb says: I fear that the doll itself will be in the standard absurd Barbie shape (I hope not!), but I will applaud the choice of Jo and the other women listed, as real-world role models for girls. It will be kind of silly to pretend that dolls shaped like the archetypal Barbie are really Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey, etc., though.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: So excited! I love barbies still. Though i prefer the 80's/early 90's look of them. I'll add this one to a collection I have. Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: um ok.....Avatar ImageBara says: Sorry, but I'm just not a fan of Barbie. I just can't understand the fascination with them. :(Avatar Imagelunarules713 says: kinda weird. i am sad that she agreed, cause if you agreed to getting your own barbie...that's sad. but, she's still the greatest. question: are there harry, hermione, ron, malfoy, ginny, etc. barbie dolls?Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: well i think this is really cool, way to go jo! i think the point is finally making a barbie doll into a real role model, which jo definitely is!Avatar Imagemolly43 says: JKR has spoken to young girls about trying to maintain a barbie doll figure. She would be stearing young girls to aspire to being something more important than just another pretty face... but to follow their dreams. I say ....WAY TO GO JKR! I wish I could buy yours and Ophrah's dolls. Sometimes I envision the two of you meeting because you both have the same kind hearts.Avatar ImageAbiDumbledore says: Wow... I will have to see a picture to believe the possibility...Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: I can't imagine JKR as a barbie doll. How weird is that?!Avatar ImageAudrey Sunshine says: Oh my... This is very strange.... Avatar ImageSauvium says: I'm not quite certain how I feel about this, I mean it's cool but unless they build the barbie like J.K. is actually built, I don't think that I'm okay with it. However, it doesn't mean that I'd object to having one.Avatar Imagephoenixortheflame says: Um, weird much? Barbies do not represent people, they represent plastic. Why turn yourself into one? I mean, I really don't have anything against Barbies but I think that making them after people is just a bit weird.Avatar ImageRodiniusBlack says: Aww man, I wish they would produce them. I would definatly buy one!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: This is weird.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Will she hit on Ken?Avatar ImageChimchar87 says: It's Hilarious! Is My Leaky serious?Avatar ImageCyndrome says: OMG I do want that barbie! Avatar ImageMarieGraceS says: Does anybody know where you can buy this. I'm not a fan of Barbie. But J.K. Rowling is amazing and I'd love to have a collectible.

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