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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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2661 Points

That’s so cool! Both HP and JKR deserve it completely. :D

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on December 05, 2009, 12:58 AM report to moderator
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“Muggle is in the dictionary?! That just made my day! :)”

haha mine too! Omg I didn’t know that! And yay for Jo and HP!! They well deserve those titles. Can’t wait for DH movie!

Posted by PadfootLover4ever on December 05, 2009, 01:52 AM report to moderator
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oh wow thats just so cool! but JO SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!!!! =) yay harry is so the most amazing thing EVER!!

Posted by Freya-Storm on December 05, 2009, 02:34 AM report to moderator
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646 Points

Well deserved! She’s amazing and of course Harry Potter defines my teens :)

Posted by DracoRox *ROAR* on December 05, 2009, 03:31 AM report to moderator
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well if any one deserves such an award, JKR does!

Posted by madcap magician {ROAR!} on December 05, 2009, 03:49 AM report to moderator
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No surprise at all because she deserves all this. I’m so happy for MUGGLE!! Haha.

Posted by MikeMagpuyo on December 05, 2009, 06:58 AM report to moderator
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Definitely well deserved great job J.K. Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 05, 2009, 07:18 AM report to moderator
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Yay Muggle is a word in the dictionary!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 05, 2009, 07:19 AM report to moderator
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great job Jo!!! (THOUGH YOU DO DESERVE TO BE NUMBER ONE!!!)

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on December 05, 2009, 07:42 AM report to moderator
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I feel that JKR should be number one. I wonder who’s 1 and 2. She’s number one in my book though!

Posted by molly43 on December 05, 2009, 08:05 AM report to moderator
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4056 Points

3rd place? Wow, congrats Jo!

And Muggle is a real word! This is brilliant news! : D

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on December 05, 2009, 08:11 AM report to moderator
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Truly amazing! :D does the cauldron dance

Posted by Mr. Brightside on December 05, 2009, 08:21 AM report to moderator
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good job!!!

Posted by The Nerd on December 05, 2009, 09:04 AM report to moderator
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Such well-deserved recognition! So many pop “icons” blaze and then fade away, but Jo and Harry are truly here to stay.

Posted by Agrippa1 on December 05, 2009, 11:06 AM report to moderator
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Fabulous!! Jo truly deserves all the praise she receives, and in my household, she and Harry have certainly provided more entertainment than anyone else during the past 9 1/2 years since I first read Sorcerer’s Stone. :)

Posted by RavenclawDancer on December 05, 2009, 01:21 PM report to moderator
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