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

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
December 13, 2009, 09:40 AM

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

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126 Points

brilliant :)

Posted by on December 13, 2009, 09:59 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

Yaaaay!!! Woooo!!
She deserves it :)!

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on December 13, 2009, 10:11 AM report to moderator
667 Points

JKR is definitely one, if not the best, of the strongest women the 00-ties has spawned.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on December 13, 2009, 10:22 AM report to moderator
36 Points

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.

Posted by LAUR3N lx0 on December 13, 2009, 10:47 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

Congratulations J.K. Rowling!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 13, 2009, 10:49 AM report to moderator
4056 Points

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.

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on December 13, 2009, 11:27 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

She deserves it! She actually should have got number 1!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on December 13, 2009, 11:32 AM report to moderator
2482 Points

I was first!! I hate this comment thing!!

Posted by ele0206 -ROAR- on December 13, 2009, 02:38 PM report to moderator
478 Points

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!

Posted by ProfessorAlice on December 13, 2009, 02:38 PM report to moderator
333 Points

Yay, she beat out Osama bin Laden!

Posted by angelcakes on December 13, 2009, 03:10 PM report to moderator
1642 Points

Our dear Jo deserves everything ^^

Posted by Matea on December 13, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
2200 Points

only 6! i don’t think anyone in the world has more popularity then her books

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on December 13, 2009, 07:49 PM report to moderator
4481 Points

Of course! Congrats, JK!

Posted by Smitch on December 13, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
562 Points

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.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on December 13, 2009, 09:13 PM report to moderator
208 Points

Of course she is! Congrats, JK!!!

Posted by aj_ellybean on December 13, 2009, 09:42 PM report to moderator
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