Sad to say the triple crown for 2007 honors won’t be happening for JK Rowling.
Time has announced that their 2007 Person of the Year honor will be going to Vladimir Putin.
Al Gore came in as the first runner up, while JK Rowling was the second runner up.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
And that is on top of the impact, even her critics acknowledge, of inspiring a generation of obsessive readers unafraid of fat books and complex plots. “They’re easy to underestimate because of what I call the three Deathly Hallows for academics,” says James Thomas, a professor of English at Pepperdine University. “They couldn’t possibly be good because they’re too recent, they’re too popular, and they’re too juvenile.” But he argues that the books do more than entertain. “They’ve made millions of kids smarter, more sensitive, certainly more literate and probably more ethical and aware of hypocrisy and lust for power. They’ve made children better adults, I think. I don’t know of any books that have worked that kind of magic on so many millions of readers in so short a time in the history of publications.”
It should be noted that Andrew Slack, the Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance
(which in case you aren’t familiar with, is an organization which was created to promote awareness of the Genocide in Darfur- and BTW, HPProgs is the top recruiter for- on their facebook cause right now) was mentioned in the article and there was a nice write-up about the HP Alliance, which runs under the motto, “The weapon we have is love.”