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Why Harry Potter made our list of powerful characters

Gryffindor wins! No character casts a spell across such a range of products, demographics, and nations as Hogwarts' wizard. J.K. Rowling's first five Potter novels have sold 250 million copies worldwide, and anticipation for June 4's ''The Prisoner of Azkaban'' (from Warner Bros., a division of EW parent Time Warner) is flying higher than a golden snitch. Still to come: two books and four movies.

Originally posted May 26, 2004