J.K. Rowling, A Hero of Our TimeJ.K. Rowling
In honor of sixty years of publication, Time Europe has published a special edition of the magazine featuring "60 Years of Heroes" which include Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. In the company of others such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, and Bono, the magazine writes of our favorite author the following:
"Always have faith in yourself. Be true to your friends. And never repot a mandrake plant without wearing earmuffs (their screams are fatal, you know). As any Harry Potter fan knows, you don't need a wand to learn life's most important lessons.
Harry may have been born a wizard, but his journey through adolescence is purely human. For kids, he's a trusted companion during that awkward, angst-ridden adventure called growing up. For grown-ups, his escapades offer the chance to feel like a kid again. And that is J.K. Rowling's greatest trick: remembering the thrills, and fears, of being young.
Starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rowling's six books have been translated into over 60 languages, spawned a series of blockbusting movies and transmogrified a jobless single mom into an international celebrity. But Rowling's real triumph is getting millions of book-shy muggles to start reading again. Her stories can be as sweet as bedtime tales and as dark as nightmares, always alive with sparkle, wit and â above all â fun.
Harry and his friends invite readers into Hogwarts, but it's Rowling's writing that keeps them spellbound. Now she's working on the seventh book â the final one, she says â and fans can't wait to see how it all ends. In a time when everything comes to us in bits and bytes, Rowling has made storytelling cool again. And that is something truly magical."
You can read the entire list of heroes via this link. Thanks Angel!