Mexico City Man Has World's Largest 'Harry Potter' Collection

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One Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after being recognized by Guinness World Records as having the world's largest collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years amassing all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which resulted in 7 books, 8 blockbuster films as well as a theme park and video games.

The 37-year-old attorney's collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.

With 3,097 pieces, Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world's No. 1. The old mark was 807.

Silva Vargas said he began with no intent to collect such a huge amount. But he soon felt like he was in a spell, he said.

He laughingly called his obsession both a blessing and a curse: "My salary, my bonuses ... it all ended up here."


--The Associated Press