Number 5 Hero of the Year Award 2011: J.K. Rowling

28 Dec

Number 5 Hero of 2011

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.

12 Responses to “Number 5 Hero of the Year Award 2011: J.K. Rowling”

  1. Jeyna Grace December 28, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    She has definitely shaped views…

  2. brad fairchild December 28, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    yes, i commend her as well, but i just wish she could couple that with some compelling plot structure.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      I think there is plenty enough plot structure to accompany the character development. You have always been envious of Hermione, which has stood in the way of your enjoyment.

      • brad fairchild December 28, 2011 at 9:48 am #

        why can’t I be hermione?

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

        What can’t you just be happy that you were cast as Hagrid?

      • brad fairchild December 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

        i always have to be hagrid. at least when you’re in charge.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

        Is there a time when I’m not in charge?

      • brad fairchild December 28, 2011 at 9:53 am #

        my favorite book was “Harry Potter and the Unceasing Deus ex Machina”

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

        Ohhhhh, Debbie!

  3. webwordwarrior December 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Very nice! It is worth recognizing the extent to which she inspired a whole generation to return to reading if nothing else. That she did so with a didactic yet entertaining message is even more impressive.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

      Lex, I look forward to the next writer that takes on the charge of social justice and inspires people to act on behalf of those without a voice. I guess I think of the story arch with Dobby the house elf–great sub-plot about social justice.

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