EW: Harry Potter One of the Greatest Characters of the Last Twenty Years


May 27, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Entertainment Weekly has complied their list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years to commemorate the magazine’s twentieth anniversary, and has included the character of Harry Potter on that ranking. Coming in at number two, the boy who lived joined such other venerable characters as Homer Simpson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Edward Scissorhands. Harry Potter actor Dan Radcliffe is quoted in the article as saying:

“The books will be around for decades to come which makes me wonder if in 30 years time, we will be seeing remakes of all these movies. I have a very dark suspicion that that will happen, although I don’t particularly want it to!”

EW: If you could have spent your adolescence playing any other character, who would it be?

Daniel Radcliffe: “I was always unbelievably jealous of Tobey Maguire playing Spider-Man. I do think Spidey is the coolest of the superheroes.”

The top ten list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years is as follows:

1) Homer Simpson ’ The Ultimate D’Oh boy.

2) Harry Potter ’ The Wiz Kid

3) Buffy

4) Tony Soprano ’ The toughest family man.

5) The Joker

6) Rachel Green ’ The girl next door who’ll be our best Friend forever

7) Edward Scissorhands ’ The sharpest dresser

8) Hannibal Lecter ’ A doctor who put the gore in gourmand.

9) Carrie Bradshaw ’ The sleek city slicker.

10) Spongebob Squarepants

The full lis will be available in the June 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly is set to be on newsstands May 28.

59 Responses to EW: Harry Potter One of the Greatest Characters of the Last Twenty Years

Avatar Imagehermy007 says: FIRST YES!! i can't believe homer simpson got first, though. hp deserved to be on top. ah well. Avatar Imagenyteflite says: Cool. :]Avatar ImagePaintTheSky says: I concur with Dan. It seems remakes of everything are inevitable these days...let's just hope they don't go the way of 'Clash of the Titans'Avatar ImageeiVega says: haha...geez...why do I always find in my life that Harry Potter and the Simpsons are so intertwined? My career and my passion are everywhere! I guess I just can't avoid either one of them! :)Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: aww he should have been on top !!Avatar Imagemollywobbles23 says: Harry Potter is No. 1 in my book, sorry Homer. But yay anyway! Avatar ImageEvagirl says: Homer and Harry are both EPIC characters. End of story!!!Avatar ImageLIFETIMEPOTTERFAN says: OHHHHMYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD I STARTED SCREAMIG AT THIS NEWS AWWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE YEHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HARRY IS 2nd HARRY IS 2nd HARRY IS 2nd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Harry lost out to HOMER SIMPSON?? Give me a break. I might have been okay with someone truly awesome, like Jack Sparrow or Buzz Lightyear or Jack Shephard or someone, but Homer Simpson is just ridiculous.Avatar ImageNatalie says: Excuse me, but Spongebob Squarepants in the first 10?????? Why?Avatar ImageNatalie says: Excuse me, but Spongebob Squarepants in the first 10?????? Why?Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: Well earnedAvatar ImageFresca says: I do think Harry should be #1 if only because he excited so many children about reading again! If they do remakes of the movies in the future, I hope they stick with British actors.Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: oh sweet manAvatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Harry potter certainly deserved the #1 spot..nevertheless its cool to be at 2nd:-) and why isn't spiderman in top 10?? this is nuts! well dan got it right..even i have a feeling that there will be a remake within 30 years..fingers crossed:-))Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Harry potter certainly deserved the #1 spot..nevertheless its cool to be at 2nd:-) and why isn't spiderman in top 10?? this is nuts! well dan got it right..even i have a feeling that there will be a remake within 30 years..fingers crossed:-))Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: yay! thats aweomse :) Avatar ImageLibster47 says: Lol Spongebob. Remakes would be awesome! Not that I don't absolutely adore these ones, I just want HP to continue forever and ever and ever because I don't know what I'll do with my time when there's no rumour/leaks/pics/awards to squee about. ...probably spend it at addiction counselling because HP is my drug of choice and I can't kick it.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: The EW lists are so subjective. I'm so thrilled Harry is in the second spot.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: yeahhh :DAvatar Imagehewy says: Yes, all lists are subjective! I guess we can be thankful that Harry was #2 and not #20. But Homer Simpson?????? Please let's be real here. Oh well!Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: awesomeness!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: lol the list is so funny. Anyway GO GO POTTER/DANIEL GO!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: hahahaha!! sponge bob!!! XDAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yay! Go HP! There better not be a remake!!!!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: I would not call this list subjective; I would call it contrived. What is the significance of the last twenty years? Why not 10 years? Or 50 years for that matter. Nonetheless, I'm glad to see HP high on the list. As for Dan's comments about future remakes, I think he might be right about that. But, whatever happens, he and his fellow castmates will always be the actors who originated the roles and their portrayals the benchmarks by which all other interpretations of the stories are measured.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Harry Potter is awesome anwyays, so he should be recognised.Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Homer won? Dooohhhh!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: WOOOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOO!!! GO Harry!!! =DDDDAvatar Imagelizzysobebear says: You've got to be kidding me...Homer Simpson? (and why isn't Spongebob higher? D: )Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am absolutely convinced that someone else should have been considered for the top spot!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Oh God. I'm gonna tear up because it's finishing so soon!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: OBVIOUSLY.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: In my humble opinion Harry should have been number 1. But this is still awesome!Avatar Imagepotterfan4lyfe says: OMG my moms boss gets Entertainment Weekly! I gotta tell her to take it lol :p WOOOOHOOO HARRY'S NO.2 EVEN THO HE SHOULD BE NO.1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: 2nd to Homer? Who compiled this list anyway? Rubbish.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: who the hell is this Homer Simpson? Dan should be on top for HPAvatar ImageNobleHouseofBlack says: I actually like all of the Top 10 minus Carrie Bradshaw only because I hate Sex and the City. WTG Harry!Avatar Imagepotterball says: i think for 10 years simpsons was pretty big, and homer is sort of an everyman and harry potter ended up big, and again i was one who didn't know who harry potter was until my stepsister sent me the first two books, becuase she knew I liked to read and i ended up like everyone else hooked and oh yeah halfblood prince comes to hbo on june 18th and if you have hbo on demand it will be available for a month starting on june 21st, and we just had on demand recently like wed, so we hbo, starz and sho on demand, as well as being able to order new movies on demand, and some shows on demandAvatar ImageDelilah3136 says: Um yeah Harry should have been 1st.. Homer Simpson...really?? wow :P And yayy aww I love Carrie Bradshaw and Spongebob!! <3 hahaAvatar ImageLittle Light says: Harry should be first!!!!! Then Hannibal Lecter!! Then Joker!!!! THEN Homer!Avatar Imagepotterforpresident says: Harry should have gotten the top spot. He's had more influence in the world than Homer, though I love The Simpsons. And I do think Woody the cowboy or Buzz Lightyear should have made this list. (Toy Story fan till now, ha ha)Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: It looks like Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrel) from Anchorman is on that list. Good call Entertainment Weekly. I wasn't surprised that they kissed Tim Burton/Johnny Depp's butt with Edward Scissorhands. That movie was okay. The character was just kinda weird in my opinion. I'm still glad Harry made second though!Avatar ImageHogwartsHokage says: Well, Harry made it to the top 10, let alone being in 2nd place. That's all that matters. :) Never thought that Dan would be a huge Spiderman fan...Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: @HogwartsHokage yeah I never really suspected him to like Spider-Man. It's kind of weird actually. I never was too big of a Spider-Man myself and I remain partial to Batman lolAvatar ImageJordon steele-john says: I think HP and Homer should tie for first place, I think also that HP and JK should be named Best book, Best book Series and Author of all time. :)Avatar Imagewhyalltheglitter says: WHY DID HOMER SIMPSON GET FIRST?? Harry is way better than the simpsons!!! I hope they remake the movies, because they could be done even more accurately. Youre #1 in my mind Harry (Dan?)!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageDawna says: #2 out of 100? Very respectable!Avatar Imagenicoooola_ says: yaay :DAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: DOHNUTSSSS!Avatar Imagevoldierot says: 10) Spongebob Squarepants!!! this stupid silly character is in the top 10!! they better have put characters from The West Wing and ER. Actually Betty and Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty should be on the list too. any one noticed most of the top 10 are characters from the last 10 years and not 20 years? and yes Homer Simpson should get the number 1 spot.Avatar Imageblessi says: Ohhh! LLOVE IT! SO MUCH. for me, I will not stop LOVING HARRY POTTER characters, school and everything. I will always love them from the bottom of my heart.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Oh boy i'd be worried about the rumers about the remake. Liking the list though wishing Harry was on top. Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: spongebob at #10? come on that show is a little annoying at times, he would be down a lot further if it was up to meAvatar ImageJackMeggers says: how did homer beat him? lolAvatar ImageGrintFan says: hmmpff...why is ron and hermione are not included... as well as peter parker..???? honestly!Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: This list is so strange - do these people read at all, or do they just watch crappy TV shows all day? I must say, Harry Potter beats Homer Simpson any day. :)Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: Is this such a surprise? Really? We all knew Harry was one of the best... :DAvatar Imagekyrstalkris says: No way can Homer beat Harry! Who made this list?

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