James Downey, a Harry Potter fan and book conservator, has started has started a world-wide effort to petition the Nobel Prize Committee in favor of their awarding JK Rowling the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004:
Has anyone else done as much to re-invigorate reading in the last decade? Has anyone else engaged the imaginations of so many children and adults around the world? Has anyone else so captivated millions with a moral story of good and evil, the pain of growing up parentless, the magic of personal choice? Has anyone else done as much to benefit mankind with literature?
And for these reasons, join us in a world-wide campaign to convince the Nobel Prize Committee to recognize Ms. Rowling with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 for her latest book The Order of the Phoenix. Tell the Committee (politely) that you think she should receive the prize. Tell your friends about this website, spread the word about this effort in chatrooms and discussion groups. We can do this, if we all work together.
A noble cause (pun intended), and rightly deserved in this editor's opinion. Even if you don't like Harry Potter, you can't ignore the fact that more people are reading thanks to JK Rowling.