Harry Potter took the world by storm in 1997, making it an influential book in many of our childhoods. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most famous book series in the world and has been translated to about 67 languages. While there are millions of enthusiastic readers around the globe, hardcore fans do things like dress up at the movie premieres and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But a certain few go even further, proving their love for Harry Potter is beyond that of any normal fandom. These five fans definitely get an O on their O.W.L.s when it comes to obsession with the Wizarding World:
This guy has the honor of actually being titled as the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world, after submitting an online video to win the Moviefone contest searching for just that. It all started when Petrick was 11 years old (coincidence?), and was failing English class. After being grounded from going outside, he picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and didn’t put it back down. Since then, Petrick has read the books over 100 times each. He has also been collecting as much merchandise as possible, including a stuffed Hedwig the owl and a signed copy of The Deathly Hallows, spending over $13,000 on his collection. Petrick claims he could go three months wearing his Harry Potter gear before ever reusing an item of clothing. His entire house is basically a shrine to Harry Potter. Petrick also has 4 Harry Potter tattoos: the Hogwarts crest, the Deathly Hallows, Sirius Black’s prison numbers from Azkaban and JK Rowling’s signature. We could go on and on about this guy, but it’s probably better if you just watch his video entry.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas
Despite Petrick’s obsession, he shockingly does not have the world’s largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia. That honor belongs to Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico City. In 2014, he broke the Guinness World Record for largest Harry Potter merchandise collection by actual thousands. The old record was 807, but Vargas proves he’s no Muggle by owning a whopping 3,097 pieces. It fills two entire rooms – a Gringotts vault in its own right – has everything from House scarves to replica Quidditch broomsticks. Vargas explains that he never intended for his collection to grow quite so Hagrid-sized but after a while, it was like being under the Imperius Curse: he just couldn’t stop.
I always thought I was a fast reader, but this 10-year-old Harry Potter fan leaves me in the dust with his ability to read 1000 words per minute. L’estrange, who lives in Hertfordshire, was challenged by Amazon to read the newest installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and be the first to leave a review. The young speed-reader rose to the challenge and finished the entire script in 59 minutes, giving it a 6/10 in the very first review for the script. For a 10-year-old, L’estrange clearly knows the entire series very well and provides thoughtful insight on how The Cursed Child works. You can read the full review here (but there are some mild spoilers).
26-year-old Australian Rebecca Becky Sharrock can recite the entire Harry Potter series word for word. No joke. Sharrock has a very rare memory condition, where she is diagnosed with both Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) and autism. Not only does she remember every day of her life, but she can also remember every word in JK Rowling’s book series. When given any line, Sharrock can “name the book, chapter number, chapter name and c[an] recite every word” from that point on. Her mother says this ability to recite Harry Potter helped Sharrock recover from nightmares she had as a small child. You could almost say that the Harry Potter series could help Sharrock produce a Patronus against a soul-sucking Dementor.
Did you really think we were going to leave them out? You’ve got to be a super-fan in order to make a Harry Potter musical. Although The Cursed Child is the first official stage production, online theater group Team Starkid went viral in 2009 with their fan-made production, A Very Potter Musical. From bad wigs to catchy tunes that will get stuck in your head, AVPM gained immediate popularity and spurred on two sequels that parody the book series. Darren Criss, who you might recognize from Glee, stars as Harry himself, but the rest of the cast is also “totally awesome.” Even if you’re not a diehard HP fan, these musicals are definitely worth a watch. You can watch all three musicals here on Team Starkid’s Youtube channel.