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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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362 Points

Interesting list…though I do love that along with all the guys, Buffy is on there. That was one of my fav shows.

Posted by fantasylover12001 on March 28, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator
7239 Points

YIKES! Expelliarmus, indeed!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on March 28, 2009, 08:47 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

Expeliarmus is awesome. John hit the nail when he predicted that one.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 28, 2009, 08:55 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

Expeliarmus is awesome. John hit the nail when he predicted that one.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 28, 2009, 08:55 PM report to moderator
68 Points

damn straight.

Posted by thegoodbella on March 28, 2009, 10:21 PM report to moderator
892 Points

Hell yeah he is

Posted by Kara000 ~ROAR~ on March 29, 2009, 07:34 AM report to moderator
1863 Points

you know you have made it when you beat dirty harry :P

Posted by Leander21[WBM] on March 29, 2009, 08:21 AM report to moderator
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150 Points

There is more depth to HARRY? Ugh, after book seven, I can’t even take his character seriously anymore. He’s the most passive hero pretty much ever. Throughout all of book seven, he had all his needed information just HANDED to him (Dumbledore’s history, information through Snape’s memories that he must die, the Hallows themselves, info on the sword from some highly convenient goblins, the actual sword, etc), and it’s just frustrating that people call him a hero after all that. Sure, he made a sacrifice, but really: If the soul inside him had to be vanquished, did he really have a choice but to die after all? There are just too many “ifs” about that last book.

Posted by starlesswinter on March 29, 2009, 02:11 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

lol “misses his mommy” love that HP makes it to these lists

1317 Points

Did they just recently hire Rita Skeeter to write for them? “Misses his mommy and daddy,”…
Sounds like her.

Posted by Hands Up For Detention With Snape on March 30, 2009, 05:34 PM report to moderator
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