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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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1661 Points

Harry should be NUMBER ONE!! And missing his parents is NOT a weakness. Harry’s weakness is that he likes to act before thinks! But I still love him. Hermione definitely needs to be on that list. She’s the brains behind the operation!

Posted by cghambright on March 27, 2009, 05:53 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

I’m always happy when HP gets into the top however-many of anything, it’s so cool that Harry himself is #4 on this list, beating even the mighty Captain James T. Kirk. Wow …
But, I agree with everyone that said Harry missing his parents is not a weakness. The remark was most likely written as an attempt at humor but, one of Harry’s many strengths is his love for (and from) his parents. One of LVs many weaknesses was his failure to understand love, and the ancient magic that is love …

Posted by Moose_Starr on March 27, 2009, 06:14 PM report to moderator
2573 Points

Of course we knew he deserved to be on that list!

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on March 27, 2009, 06:22 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

when i got EW in the mail i was “omg!! it’s harry! and voldy!” way neat :]

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on March 27, 2009, 06:31 PM report to moderator
1091 Points

yay! finally harry gets more credit he totally deserves!

Posted by LoSushi! [[ ROAR ]] on March 27, 2009, 06:40 PM report to moderator
2310 Points
Posted by albeitgruggish on March 27, 2009, 06:40 PM report to moderator
1013 Points


Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on March 27, 2009, 06:41 PM report to moderator
5489 Points

i’m glad he made the top 5, but like others said, the description does him barely any justice.

Posted by avrenim [WBM!] on March 27, 2009, 06:59 PM report to moderator

Anyone know anything about Rhys Ifans being in the next Potter film he just said he is in it on the Jonathon Ross show or has it been confirmed and I’ve missed it.

Posted by Nick_DK on March 27, 2009, 07:03 PM report to moderator
338 Points

I love that he’s that far up on the list! I definitely agree

Posted by Cat de la Creme on March 27, 2009, 07:09 PM report to moderator
895 Points

the biggest weakness is a little harsh. of course he’s going to miss them, that should be a no brainer! but awesome for him!!!! ranks up with some awesome characters!!!

Posted by KatherineWeasley on March 27, 2009, 07:11 PM report to moderator
365 Points

Daniel Ratcliffe and Ralph Fines are on the cover of the EW this week that expanded on the web version that is listed above.

Posted by BuffyXO {WBM} on March 27, 2009, 08:22 PM report to moderator
39680 Points

lol, “why be normal?”

Posted by chocolaterabbits on March 27, 2009, 08:23 PM report to moderator
7524 Points

Thats awesome.

Posted by Bradyboy on March 27, 2009, 09:23 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

I got my Entertainment Weekly today and was so thrilled to see Harry and Voldy on the cover for favorite heroes and villians! It was a great surprise and totally made my day! Those two characters totally deserve the honors! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on March 27, 2009, 09:24 PM report to moderator
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