In their ongoing summer polls, the BBC has announced that Harry Potter has been beaten for the title of “Favorite Children’s Character” by Winnie The Pooh.
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As we reported last Monday, the BBC is spending their summer partnering up with the United Kingdom’s leading literacy and literary organizations in a brand new effort to get kids–and adults–into books, known as #LovetoRead. To that end, they are also doing polls each week to determine which book is considered the Best in selected categories, and which characters are viewed as the most popular. It’s one part taking the temperature of our culture today, and one part effort to stir up controversy and get people debating and talking about books.
And this week’s poll will certainly do the latter. Last week, the poll was “Which Series Should Ever Child read” was won, naturally, but the harry potter series. but this week, when asked which “timeless children’s character” was the most popular, Harry Potter the Boy Who Lived, the obvious answer, did not win. Nor, for that matter, did Hermione, which I think most people would agree would also be a perfectly acceptable answer as well.
No, instead no one from the Potterverse won. Winnie The Pooh did.
POOH? Yes, Pooh. But not Piglet too. (Thank god.) Harry, the boy wizard, came in second place. Rounding out the Top Three was George, from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Fourth place went to Bilbo Baggins, of The Hobbit fame and Roald Dahl’s Matilda came in fifth.
The irony of such a bear of very little brain wandering off with the grand prize, probably in confusion because there is no honey in it, is that one of the Potter alumni was recently tapped to star in the biopic of A.A. Milne, who created the gang who live in the Hundred Acre Wood. Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley will play Milne, and already, people are assuming this is his first bid for an Oscar nomination, if not an outright win.
As for Harry Potter losing out to a bear who regularly gets stuck in his own doorway? Well, I’m sure the debate will rage for the rest of the week, until next week’s poll comes out anyway.