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J.K. Rowling: An EW Entertainer of the Decade

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
December 04, 2009, 08:00 AM

The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly features the best of the past ten years, with our favorite author gaining a spot in the Top 15 Entertainers of the Decade. Coming in at number 3, the magazine writes of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

"As 1999 came to a close, J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter were already household names — as long as those households contained literate children with a voracious appetite for fantasy fiction. In 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — the fourth book in the British author's seven-book cycle — ignited a global pop phenomenon that got the attention of all readers, young and young at heart. By 2007, the planet was both eagerly anticipating and deeply dreading the release of the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When it finally arrived, it became clear that Rowling had nailed one of the decade's greatest artistic achievements: finishing not just bloody well, but brilliantly."

The magazine also highlight's readers choices for their favorites, with Harry Potter taking the number one spot. Quotage:

"The Entertainer of the Decade is obviously Harry Potter — a franchise that covers all the cultural bases, selling books, movie tickets and merchandise. Fans whip up butterbeer batches, obsess over John Williams' iconic score, even listen to ''wizard rock.'' College students actually play Quidditch (and when someone comes up with the right jet-propulsion technology, they can play it for real). Millions of people all over the globe watched J.K. Rowling answer questions about Deathly Hallows on television. Unlike anything else, Harry Potter has literally taken over the entire world.

Heck, Harry Potter has actually inspired new entries into the Oxford English Dictionary! Muggle is now an actual, accepted word. If that doesn't point to influence, I don't know what does. And unlike the vast majority of names suggested by EW readers for this list, Harry Potter has actually been around (and consistently popular) for the entire decade."

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8876 Points

Wow … so cool that JKR is #3 entertainer of the decade. Like, if she was #3 in the year that would be cool already but, to rank third in a decade is just awesome. She sure has been influential though, many years ago (before HP gasp) I heard a study about linguistics & how long words take to impact on a culture & it was something like 30 years before a word becomes a part of a dialect. Well JKR has done it within the decade. How cool is that.

Posted by Moose_Starr on December 04, 2009, 08:26 AM report to moderator
683 Points
Both JKR and the HP books very well deserve this!!

heck,HP’s really been one of the biggest phenomens of this decade(if not all time).

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on December 04, 2009, 08:50 AM report to moderator
490 Points

Weel done Jo!

Muggle is in the dictionary?! That just made my day! :)

Posted by LiveLaughLove on December 04, 2009, 09:24 AM report to moderator
667 Points

She is an inspiration – I am really looking forward to her future work. Damn well, she deserves to be on that list!

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on December 04, 2009, 09:34 AM report to moderator
133 Points

Amazing!! You really deserve it, Jo!

Posted by Newt Cauldron on December 04, 2009, 09:39 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

Awesome!!! She’s only an author too!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on December 04, 2009, 11:01 AM report to moderator
3417 Points

Congrats Jo & HP!!!!! Most definitely well deserved, although in my opinion it should be the number 1 spot not 3rd!!!

Posted by paul_hp_fan [OoM2] *ROAR* on December 04, 2009, 11:08 AM report to moderator
773 Points

AMAZING! Well done Jo & HP :D so definitely deserved. They’ve made a huge impact on my, and millions of peoples, life. I think she should be number 1 but for her to be number 3 with everything else that’s out there in the world is just fantasic :D who’d have thought that a childrens book about an orphaned wizard would be so popular?! YAY :D:D

Posted by Sigourney♥ on December 04, 2009, 11:14 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Congratulations to her on receiving this recognition! She and the world she conceived have certainly changed the Muggle culture significantly in the last decade.

Posted by Kirk on December 04, 2009, 01:52 PM report to moderator
925 Points

Jo Rowling truly deserves this, she held the world enthralled for ten years with her wonderful books, and the films are also continuing to do so. Thank you, Jo, for all the pleasure you have given, and the inspiration you have been to creative people of all ages.

Posted by Graymayne on December 04, 2009, 03:25 PM report to moderator
1420 Points

THAT IS AMAZING I AM SOO HAPPY FOR HER but who came in numbers 1st and 2nd

Posted by alicia00 on December 04, 2009, 04:50 PM report to moderator
3703 Points

You go, Jo & HP! :)
Well deserved.

Posted by Christine on December 04, 2009, 05:15 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Congrats of Jo and HP!! I never knew about how “muggle” is in the dictionary now… super cool!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on December 04, 2009, 05:18 PM report to moderator
2570 Points

WOW, both books and Jo deserve every bit of this praise, she wrote for 17 years strong to create a pleasing and magical world for us, and everytime i finsihed reading a book i simply couldnt get rid of the fact that she makes it seem so real… WELL DONE

Posted by madman1277 on December 04, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
5610 Points

AHHHH THIS SI SOOOOOOOOO COOOL! hahahah. im hyper! muggle muggle MuGgLe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on December 04, 2009, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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