Kids moved by magic as Hermione Granger wins our movie role model poll!

3rd January, 2013

In partnership with LOVEFiLM we put together a definitive list of great movie role models, and set about scouring the country to find out who your favourite was! Now we can announce that the heroine of Hogwarts, Hermione Granger, beat off the competition to claim the top prize!

The ten runners and riders in the poll spanned cinema throughout the ages and across the globe. From a classic Disney hero in The Sword in the Stone's Arthur, to a contemporary Japanese heroine like Spirited Away's Chihiro. These two, along with James from James and the Giant Peach and Woody from Toy Story proved that animated characters can be just as inspiring as real life. Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia was also a popular choice amongst our members, going to show that classic stories really can stand the test of time. 

Just edged out of the top three were two great Hollywood characters: Kevin McAllister from Home Alone and Dre Parker from The Karate Kid. Our members were inspired by their courage and independence, with 10 year old Paris saying The Karate Kid was about "believing and trying your hardest."

But it was intelligence, courage and a strong work ethic that fired Hermione to the top of the list, with 19% of the near 1,000 voters choosing her. 10 year old Katie commented that Hermione "inspires her to be smart," which is as good a compliment as any, and Bergin, 11, said the reason she picked Hermione was because she's "clever, smart and a good best friend!"

Rounding out the top three were two more iconic literary characters who came to life on the big screen: Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at number 2, and another Roald Dahl creation in Matilda not far behind.


Young Charlie didn't hesitate in choosing his family over a lifetime supply of chocolate which rang true with our members, proving that his family values are second to none. 11 year old Dan summed up, saying he was "polite, kind hearted and not greedy." Matilda's family weren't quite as warm as Charlie's, but that didn't stop her from developing an astute moral compass and following her studious and creative personality. 10 year old Charlotte said: "She is brave and very independent and I would like to be like her." A fantastic role model indeed.

Here's the top ten in full:

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
2. Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

3. Matilda from Matilda
4. Kevin McAllister from Home Alone
5. Dre Parker from The Karate Kid
6. Woody from Toy Story
7. Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
8. Chihiro Ogino from Spirited Away
9. Arthur from Sword in the Stone
10. James from James and the Giant Peach

FILMCLUB's Sam Wainstein said:

"Films can have a powerful influence on the way children behave and interact with people around them. Characters that young people identify with tend to stay with them the longest and positive behaviours can be learnt by watching the way that fictional characters handle certain situations on-screen.

"We wanted to work with our philanthropic partner LOVEFiLM to compile a list which recognises and celebrates the positive influence these on-screen role models can have. We hope our list will also help parents and guardians when it comes to choosing films for their children to enjoy."

Helen Cowley, editor of LOVEFiLM added:

"Almost all of us can remember being inspired by a character whose big screen exploits stayed with us through our formative years. Young film fans can seek out the next generation of movie role models with LOVEFiLM's selection of movies and TV series to stream instantly via LOVEFiLM Instant and on DVD and Blu-ray."


LOVEFiLM has supported FILMCLUB since its pilot in January 2007 and works with the film education charity to supply a range of movies to more than 7,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK. The partnership between LOVEFiLM and FILMCLUB gives around 200,000 young people and their teachers the opportunity to enjoy film screenings in their schools each week.   


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