AAA  Sep. 29, 2014 7:26 PM ET
Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
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Johanna Hessling of Guinness World Records, right, presents Menahem Asher Silva Vargas, a 37 year old lawyer, with a certificate recognizing him as the title holder for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, at his home in Mexico City, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Silva's 14 year old collection consists of more than 3000 individual items, including figurines, trading cards, wands, clothing, and accessories.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas 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."

Associated Press
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