How much Harry Potter stuff is enough?
How much Harry Potter stuff is enough? A team member shows off an interactive magic wand at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley in Orlando, Florida (Reuters)
How much Harry Potter stuff is enough?
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A man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico City has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.

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

Silva Vargas said he began with no intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell.

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

Critical thinking challenge: If Menahem wasnt planning on creating such a big collection, how did it happen?

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  • nickb-Weh
    10/03/2014 - 10:21 a.m.

    Menahem didn't try to make such a big collection. He only did make it big because he just couldn't stop. He explains this as being under a spell. This tells why he made such a collection but he didn't plan on it.

    • lukes-Weh
      10/03/2014 - 10:41 a.m.

      A spell, well then what type of spell that someone can put another. He could have even been hypnotized, or something like that, don't don't you think? Anyway, he must have had a lot of money to buy all that stuff.

  • 9jwvissage
    10/03/2014 - 11:01 a.m.

    this is a very interesting question because this is what would happen to me if I got the chance I would so do the same thing because it was he probably just got a lot of money and just thought I think I will buy harry potter stuff

  • aydenr-Weh
    10/03/2014 - 11:10 a.m.

    I think that this guy has been a Harry Potter fan for years if he were to collect that much memorabilia. I also think that he had to have been dedicated to such an awesome hobby.

  • madisong-Weh
    10/03/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    I think that sometimes when we get interested in something we just want more and more sometimes you just don't realize you have too much I mean think about it if you bought 1 item every week or so that all had like the same theme you would end up with a party big collection over the years.

  • andrewh-Weh
    10/03/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    Why is this man so in to Harry potter. The text states that this man has two rooms full of this stuff. The text also states that his is the biggest collection. Guinness world records had their hands full.

  • andrewh-Weh
    10/03/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    Why is this man so in to Harry potter. The text states that this man has two rooms full of this stuff. The text also states that his is the biggest collection. Guinness world records had their hands full.

  • Haley Turner
    10/03/2014 - 12:24 p.m.

    I think it's crazy how people can spend that much time on something that will, at some point, be meaningless and boring. He beat the record down to the ground by A LOT. If I were him I would've saved my money for more needed things like food or gas. I'm curious as to how he got to have an addiction to the Harry Potter collection. What do you think?

  • Derdid
    10/03/2014 - 12:57 p.m.

    I love Harry Potter books. I read all of the books. I have seen all the movies and I am a Harry Potter nerd like him. It says the old record was 807 items. It is so crazy to have that many items. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for most pieces. I loved this article so much and I would show it to my friends and family.

  • ct2000green
    10/03/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    This is hands down the best article I've read on tween tribune.com. I love the Harry Potter movies and books, this is such an amazing feat it's astonishing. Also, as somewhat of a collector this is a collectors dream to hold the biggest collection of their passion, and this man has just fulfilled his dream.

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