As 2011 comes to a close it is nice to look back at our top five heroes and celebrate each of them for helping to make the world a better place. J.K. Rowling earns the number 5 spot for Hero of 2011. Her Harry Potter Series helped a generation of young adults to look at the world through a lens of right and wrong and integrity. Rowling also got her readers to open their minds and welcome into their hearts a gay Head of School, Albus Dumbledore.
Having recently re-read and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one almost wonders if Rowling was exposing the abuse of power and the horrific bigotry of the United States under the Bush W administration. I thank Rowling for making us look at issues of social justice and for inspiring millions of us to read and to be engaged in the world we live in — to inspire us to leave the world a better place than how we found it.
Flashback to 2010: The Number 5 Hero of the Year Award for 2010 was Daphne’s Mom.