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Harry Potter Among All-Time Coolest Pop Culture Heroes from Entertainment Weekly

Posted by: Edward
March 27, 2009, 02:30 PM

UPDATE: You can see the cover of the EW magazine, which features a newer photo of Dan Radcliffe as Harry and an old photo of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort here in our galleries.

Entertainment Weekly has released a new list which ranks their Twenty All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.  Among the list of Pop Culture Heroes is none other than The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, who is ranked in fourth place.  The young wizard joins the ranks of such other heroes as Dirty Harry, Captain James T. Kirk, Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Indiana Jones, and James Bond.  Entertainment Weekly writes the following of the character of Mr. Potter:

WHY HIM: Orphaned, cast out, and in the throes of adolescent hormonal revolt, J.K. Rowling's boy wizard (played by Daniel Radcliffe on screen) is the embodiment of the corny bumper sticker: Why be normal?
MOST HEROIC MOVE: Obliterating Voldemort by deploying his secret weapons: love, loyalty, and the good ol' Expelliarmus.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Misses his mommy and daddy.
You can view the complete list of Pop Culture Heroes via this link.

Update 2:  Thanks to TLC reader Lara, we received word (and scan, available in our galleries) that the recently published issue of Entertainment Weekly featured another listing, ranking the Twenty Scariest Villains.  Evil Lord Voldemort made the list at number eight, with EW saying the following of Tom Riddle:
WHY HIM: Cruel with no hope of redemption, Harry Potter's nemesis (Ralph Fiennes in the films) is an old-school unrepentant, power-hungry, control-freak. But his loathing for anyone who doesn't meet his definition of "normal" is utterly of the moment.
MOST EVIL MOVE: Killing Harry's parents.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Motherly love.
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16484 Points

That’s great ! “Good ol’ Expelliarmus” =P

3908 Points

This is really cool for Harry! But his greatest weakness? “Missing his mommy and daddy?” I think that’s more of a strength…

Posted by Imperiused! on March 28, 2009, 09:14 AM report to moderator
3987 Points

GO HARRY!!!!! He deserves it for sure! And if that’s his biggest weakness he is pretty amazing – cos everyone would miss their parents!

Posted by BewareoftheNargles {WBM} on March 28, 2009, 10:06 AM report to moderator
6978 Points

Superman and Buffy cool????…No comment…
As for Harry, well I don’t really like him, wait that’s an understatement, I hate him, but to be beated by Superman, the lamest superhero of all times?
? That, I didn’t like cause Harry is deffinetally cooler than the dude with the rediculus thights!!!!

Posted by Slytherin Princess ^hiss^ on March 28, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
872 Points

That’s pretty cool. I love lists like these!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on March 28, 2009, 12:03 PM report to moderator
170 Points

agreed :) but Harry would be number one not james bond, Harry’s way cooler :L :P

Posted by hannah abbot ;) on March 28, 2009, 12:25 PM report to moderator
1375 Points

Misses his mommy and daddy……… hilarious.

Posted by snapealicious on March 28, 2009, 01:32 PM report to moderator
39680 Points

that’s cool! fourth place is amazing!

Posted by chocolaterabbits on March 28, 2009, 01:33 PM report to moderator
2799 Points

Heck yes! Go Harry! :D

Posted by Sarabi on March 28, 2009, 01:34 PM report to moderator
13596 Points

I think the “misses his mommy and daddy” comment is typical of these entertainment magazines, which use a sarcastic tone. These aren’t fan magazines. Anyway. ;-) I’m still celebrating James Bond in the No. 1 spot. My name is Bond, James Bond.

Posted by Garden State Geek on March 28, 2009, 02:36 PM report to moderator
1316 Points

So glad to see two of my all time favs made the list that being Harry and Buffy. Not much of a Bond fan so I do not accept him as #1.

Posted by 9and3qtrs[ROAR] on March 28, 2009, 04:08 PM report to moderator
23764 Points

It’s cool that he made the list. HP really is a cultural phenomenon.

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on March 28, 2009, 04:28 PM report to moderator
36 Points

Of course Harry was on the list. We wouldn’t have it any other way! :)

Posted by Hedwig823 on March 28, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator
109 Points

BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Misses his mommy and daddy.” i dont think thats a weakness… hes a teenager and his parents got killed, they’re not on holiday!!!!

Posted by ellamia on March 28, 2009, 06:00 PM report to moderator
2963 Points

glad to see harrison ford twice. good harry is there and in forth place.

Posted by prof mewthree "squee" on March 28, 2009, 06:43 PM report to moderator
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