What do adults get out of reading Harry Potter? Isn’t it a story intended for children? The author herself was not prepared for the success that awaited her Harry Potter series. The conception of Harry Potter’s character is far from romantic; J.K. Rowling, or Joanne “Jo” Rowling in real life, was aboard a delayed train to Manchester when, before her very eyes, a vision of a bespectacled boy appeared and excited the writer within her.
Wim Hof holds the title of the only person able to withstand being submerged in ice for one hour and 52 minutes. He does the unexpected, thus accomplishes things thought to be impossible. How he stays alive after being subjected to extremely cold environment baffled doctors. His amazingly normal physiological response to abnormally low temperature was closely studied by doctors and experts alike.
To be loved for portraying a hero is understandable, but to be loved despite playing an anti-hero or a vulnerable character is something only a Dustin Hoffman could do. Dustin Hoffman is no hunk and he capitalized on his physical shortcomings—he is not good-looking enough as far as Hollywood standard for good looks is concerned. As a so–so looking guy, Hoffman cannot be cast for roles in movies that intend not to entertain people, but generate income to pay for the appearance of an A-list celebrity playing the lead.
The once shy British boy David Beckham later on became one of the world’s best football players, an iconic public figure, a top UK millionaire, and an influential personality. David Beckham’s early soccer talent was evident, but in his early age, nobody could believe that a 20–year–old boy would be selected in one of UK’s top football club—Manchester United—and brought the team various victories.
“Yesterday,” according to Guinness Book of World Records, was covered seven million times in the 20th century, easily making it one of the most sung songs in history. This very famous song was written by no other than Sir Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney along with John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison composed the Beatles—the most popular boy band back in the 60s.
His songs transcend generations. A timeless artist, Stevie Wonder is both an inspiration and a music icon. Unlike other music biggies of the 60s, Stevie Wonder remains to be a respected composer and performer in an industry now littered with the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Eminem among many others. Music has evolved through time. Genres and their artists came and went, but Stevie is one of those who managed to stay, like wine becoming better through time.
Angelina Jolie can only be described by superlatives. She’s been named both the World’s Sexiest and the World’s Most Beautiful by prestigious publishing companies. She is one of the highest paid celebrities and is considered one of the most powerful too. On top of all that, Angelina also is one of the most giving celebrities on the planet. It is hard to place Angelina Jolie in any acting category. Her unique persona invented a whole new peg in showbiz—that of a dark yet irresistible figure.
Jennifer Lopez has gone a long way from being a back-up dancer when she was named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World in 2011 by People Magazine. With sheer talent and good looks, she conquered the entertainment world and made herself into a fashion icon. What she has achieved serves as an inspiration to Latinas like her to dream and make for themselves a life under the spotlight.
Lara Grylls (now Fawcett) couldn’t be more foreknowing when he picked the nickname Bear for her week–old brother, Edward Michael. Like bears, “Bear” Grylls had an innate passion for climbing… and surviving. At eight years old, the young boy’s lifelong interest in climbing was piqued by a picture of Mt Everest.
He may not have the name in the spaghetti westerns as he did under the directions of Sergio Leone, but Clint Eastwood need not have a name in his movies—nor say much—to portray his character. The genius of this man, as far as acting is concerned, is surely unparalleled. But acting is just one of the things at which this multi-talented man excels. This cowboy directs, composes, manages businesses, and takes part in noteworthy charitable causes.