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

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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:

4. HARRY 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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EXPELLIARMUS!

Posted by Courtney Quirke on March 27, 2009, 02:37 PM report to moderator
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This is pretty awesome. Harry Potter got beaten by James Bond, Superman and Indiana Jones, all kick ass characters!

Posted by Sam H. on March 27, 2009, 02:39 PM report to moderator
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I completely agree with the first couple characters. Although I would argue that some on this list are more interchangable.

Posted by cryospear on March 27, 2009, 02:42 PM report to moderator
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Yeah.. Expeliarmus is awesome xD

Posted by Niphai on March 27, 2009, 02:45 PM report to moderator
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Damn! harry beat out some serious heavy weights! he ranked higher that batman, Spiderman, Kirk, Bauer, Mad Max and even Dirty harry :O

Posted by ravenclawguy1972 ~Prongs~ ( J.O.R.) on March 27, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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Glad to know Harry made the top 5. :) I think it’s also important to not that he beat Voldemort with his loved ones, and that kind of action promotes love, trust, and bravery, not being afraid to do things alone… and that the benefits of being alone are always the best. ;)

Posted by scarletti1 on March 27, 2009, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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Glad to know Harry made the top 5. :) I think it’s also important to not that he beat Voldemort with his loved ones, and that kind of action promotes love, trust, and bravery, not being afraid to do things alone… and that the benefits of being alone are always the best. ;)

Posted by scarletti1 on March 27, 2009, 02:52 PM report to moderator
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I personally would have to say that Harry is a much richer and rounder character than the others that joined him.

Posted by Kirk on March 27, 2009, 02:53 PM report to moderator
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I agree, there is more depth to his character. Well deserved honor. Deserves to be in the top 5!

Posted by spicefan78 OoM1 {ROAR!} on March 27, 2009, 03:00 PM report to moderator
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Absolutely. :D

Posted by maera-kyrie on March 27, 2009, 03:04 PM report to moderator
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Great. . . . HP has done it again. . . . :)

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Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on March 27, 2009, 03:35 PM report to moderator
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cool!! last one is funnyl.

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on March 27, 2009, 03:36 PM report to moderator
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BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Misses his mommy and daddy.”

Harsh. lol.

Posted by savingharry on March 27, 2009, 03:39 PM report to moderator
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Pretty awesome. J.K Rowling should feel honored that Harry is among such well-known characters in pop culture.

Posted by hpfan88{ROAR} on March 27, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator
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Glad both Harry and Buffy are in the top 20 list…both are very cool, true heroes whom had to overcome great trials and leadership; not to mention having to lose loved ones to the cost of the world.

Posted by The Hollow on March 27, 2009, 03:49 PM report to moderator
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