Literary characters have always been popular and have always been influential on people (see You are what you read), but two articles that I came across today really highlighted this for me. First, the Harry Potter books and movies, and their conclusion, have caused an influx in homeless owls. Evidently, avid fans went out and bought pet owls only to find out that they don’t carry mail and aren’t that much fun to take care of. And now that the fictional series is over (both the book version and the movie version), their appeal has decreased even more. So now there are hundreds of homeless owls as fans give up their once-beloved birds.
Secondly, it turns out that Sherlock Holmes is the most frequently portrayed human literary character on-screen. Dracula beats him 272 to 254 (which makes sense to me), but Dracula is not strictly human. It seems unlikely that any other characters will begin to rival these two soon, as Hamlet comes in third at 48. But I wonder if any other characters will begin to rival these two. Do comic book characters count?