Scrape away all of the wizardry, and the sixth Harry Potter film is about a company that unites behind a leader to defeat its foes. Which got us thinking about the real world wizards of finance and technology, and how they would map onto the characters in the film. In short, who in the business world is equivalent to our cast of heroes and who deserves the title of He Who Must Not Be Named?

He's the chosen one. Everyone looks to him to stop the threat facing the world. Harry Potter? Sure, but what's his net worth? Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is still just 25 and learning to use his powers. As his social-networking site has dominated the Internet, rolling up 250 million members worldwide, we're building to the climax where we learn if the young master--who, let's face it, unfortunately looks exactly like a Weasley--has enough magic in him to monetize his masses without alienating them.

Smart and opinionated, Hermione comes to the forefront of the action when she is sharing her considerable knowledge and pushing for others to excel. Recently named Yahoo CEO, Carol Bartz has been involved in the tech world for some time, having previously been the CEO of Autodesk and also serving on the boards of Intel and Cisco. Since her appointment in January, she has restructured the exclamation point and focused the company on its many strengths (News, Finance, Sports, and so forth) rather than its glaring weakness (search).

Ron is a friendly guy trying so hard to succeed, either at magic or at Quiddich, but seems plagued by failure. Sir James Dyson, inventor of the Dyson vacuum and the Airblade hand dryer, much like Ron as Quiddich keeper, went through 5,126 failures (vacuum prototypes) before learning from his mistakes and soon succeeding wildly. If only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows could feature a Quiddich match on Dyson DC28 vacuums.

A bully and a jerk, and kind of lost once his father is gone, Draco Malfoy has been Harry's rival from the beginning. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has been known to fly off the handle when it comes to rivals, as he reportedly once said, "Google's not a real company. It's a house of cards." Yep, just a $140 billion house of cards. And how will Ballmer fare long term now that Bill Gates is gone?

Hagrid is the large, loud, and friendly half-giant that becomes attached to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. He was also a caretaker for Dumbledore, doing odd jobs for the great wizard. Steve Wozniak, affectionately known as the Woz, is a bear of a man, but he is considered the jolly counterpart to fellow Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's cool managerial style. Bonus connection: His turns on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Dancing With the Stars revealed that he's an animal lover as well as a big teddy bear.

Professor McGonagall, the no-nonsense head of Gryffindor at Hogwarts, never let anyone get away with anything and kept the school of Hogwarts going. When Anne Mulcahy became CEO at the then-ailing Xerox, she instituted a massive turnaround, focusing the company's strategy and saving the company from bankruptcy. She recently stepped down as CEO, but remains Chairman of the Board.

Throughout the Harry Potter series, Snape is a dark and secretive figure. Dumbledore trusts him, but Harry is ever suspicious. Steve Jobs, anyone? People love the tech legend, but his secretive nature (whether dodging questions of his health or future Apple gadgets) wrinkles noses. Likewise, Jobs is known to hold a grudge--Apple's threatened lawsuit against Palm sure feels like payback for Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein's defection. One more thing: Both Snape and Jobs favor black turtlenecks.

Considered a great and compassionate Wizard, Dumbledore permeates throughout the books and films as a positive influence to Harry and the world. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett is the wise leader focused on commonsense, homespun values despite his great power. That twinkly quality has endeared him to everyone from Presidents to CEOs to everyday investors.

Ancient. Withered. Speaks in a raspy voice. Few will be surprised at the Dark Lord of business. Rupert Murdoch runs his News Corp. empire from on high, brandishing his media portfolio of newspapers, Web sites, and television networks as weapons to further his personal and political agendas. His loyal minions indicate that he must have some leadership qualities lurking underneath his spooky cape. Voldemort had his group of rabid followers, too.

Who Are the CEOs of Hogwarts?

Scrape away all the wizardry, and the Harry Potter films are about a company that unites behind a leader to defeat its foes. Which got us thinking about the real world wizards of finance and technology. In short, who in the business world is equivalent to our heroes and who deserves the title of He Who Must Not Be Named?

Scrape away all of the wizardry, and the sixth Harry Potter film is about a company that unites behind a leader to defeat its foes. Which got us thinking about the real world wizards of finance and technology, and how they would map onto the characters in the film. In short, who in the business world is equivalent to our cast of heroes and who deserves the title of He Who Must Not Be Named?

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