Raise a glass of Butterbeer, for this news warrants a toast: actor Daniel Radcliffe won Rear of the Year. Yes this is a real award, yes this award has been around for decades, and yes it does bum (har har har har har) me out that I'm only learning about this British award now. In 1976, Rear of the Year Limited handed out its first title to soap star Barbara Windsor, and has been presenting the award to British celebrities with rumps of note ever since. Radcliffe shares the 2015 title with actress Kym Marsh. When asked about this honor at Comic-Con, the star of stage and screen joked with E! News joked that he's "been campaigning for years" and gave an impromptu acceptance speech:
Thank you to everyone who voted for me for Rear of the Year. It's a very prestigious honor. I promise to get it out a lot more in the future.
Ugh, bless him.
Thanks to the stage production of Equus and movies like Horns and Kill Your Darlings, Radcliffe's tush has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the last few years. However, he isn't just The Dude with the Derrière; Radcliffe is also The Boy Who Lived, aka Potter the Plotter, aka Parry Otter, aka Harry Potter.
I'm always looking for an excuse to touch base with the staff and students and enemies of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Daniel "Harry Potter" Radcliffe scooping up 2015's Rear of the Year award seemed like the best excuse ever. So, I reached out to some of the fictional characters from the HP universe and asked them to share their reactions. Here's what they had to say about Harry Potter's, er, Daniel Radcliffe’s latest accolade:
But what if I don't want to?
Dobby the House Elf
You said it, Dobby.
Fred & George Weasley
After they screamed "RUBBISH" into the receiver, they immediately started cackling. George said, "Just pullin' your Extendable Ear, mate. We're happy for Harry, o' course."
Whoa. That's, uh, heavy. Took that way harder than I expected. Don't worry, Nevs. There's always next year.
He shrieked for 11 minutes straight. His hatred for Harry knows no bounds.
I guess she didn't see this in the tea leaves after all.
Welp. I believe that is my cue to call it a day.