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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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401 Points

Awesome for Jo! Personally, I think she could easily have been #1. I mean, Obama has certainly created a worldwide stir, but he’s only been President for less than a year.

Posted by All Was Well on December 14, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
1575 Points

She deserves it! And why is Obama first? In my humble opinion that is as uncalled for as his nobel prize.

Posted by Spinner's End ^HISS^ (ITC) on December 14, 2009, 06:33 AM report to moderator
2611 Points

After everything she has gone though, she deserves every good fortune that comes her way.

Posted by Taylor Potter ~★ROAR★~ on December 14, 2009, 06:48 AM report to moderator
320 Points

Yes, PRESIDENT Obama is #1. Just get over it already!

Posted by jeannemclROAR on December 14, 2009, 06:52 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Congratulations to Mrs. Rowling on earning this recognition. However, I do strongly disagree with many of the positions of people in this list; I seriously doubt that Simon Cowell merits the acknowledgement he received.

Posted by Kirk on December 14, 2009, 07:02 AM report to moderator
4151 Points

that’’s awesome! Hooray for Jo! :D

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on December 14, 2009, 07:05 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

Nice of them to bother mentioning her!

Posted by Won_Two on December 14, 2009, 08:21 AM report to moderator
2422 Points

Go JO!!

Lol, Obama first! Now that is funny. What exactly he did in a year? Oh wait, he exists.. XD Some people seem that this a good reason to give him prizes and first places…

Posted by Mr. Brightside on December 14, 2009, 08:30 AM report to moderator
22044 Points

Amazing!!! Go Go Jo!!

3703 Points

Yay for Jo! :)

Posted by Christine on December 14, 2009, 09:28 AM report to moderator
1599 Points

that was a well written bit about jo. glad she got this honor! she completely and totally deserves it!

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on December 14, 2009, 10:03 AM report to moderator
236 Points

That is a very well-worded article. She deserves #1 not just top 10!!!

Posted by Horcrux~Noctus~ on December 14, 2009, 10:08 AM report to moderator
1420 Points

she sould have gotten first thow

Posted by alicia00 on December 14, 2009, 04:52 PM report to moderator
879 Points

LOL I’m glad she made the list, but when they talk about the Lexicon they make it sound like some mean ogre came out and beat her up and ate her babies or something xD

Posted by deadtree ♥WBM♥ on December 14, 2009, 05:59 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Squee for Jo! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on December 14, 2009, 10:00 PM report to moderator
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