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Voldemort voted top villain

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 12:18 IST
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Harry Potter baddie Lord Voldemort has been voted the best villain in children's books.

According to contactmusic.com, Voldemort beat out the likes of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings in a recent poll conducted by BigBadRead.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said: "I am thrilled and honoured beyond words that Lord Voldemort has been voted best villain in the BigBadRead poll. I am not sure how he would react to knowing that he had won a Muggles' (non-wizards) unpopularity poll.

"A mixture of pleasure that you recognised his power and menace, coupled with fury at your nerve at mentioning his real name, I think. His author, however, is absolutely delighted."

The top five villains are:

1. Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter series

2. Sauron - The Lord of the Rings trilogy

3. Mrs. Coulter - His Dark Materials sequence

4. Lex Luthor - Superman graphic

5. The Joker - Batman graphic novels