Meet the World’s Biggest Harry Potter Fan

Harry Potter fans around have crowned their king and his name is Steve Petrick. The 22-year-old, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has won the title of World’s Biggest Harry Potter Fan after entering an online contest, last year, and posting a video of why he should get first place.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is the most successful film series in history, grossing billions of dollars at the box office and influencing the lives of millions of children around the world. But Steve Petrick was a die-hard fan of the fantasy world way before it was cool, and even though it pains him the movie series is coming to an end, he’ll be a fan even after its popularity wears off. A freshman fine arts major at Kent State, Petrick has been striving to become Harry Potter’s biggest fan since he first discovered Rowling’s books, and even though it took him 12 years to get the recognition he deserves, it’s never too late.

Steve Petrick got hooked on Harry Potter when he was just 11 years old. He had failed English class and his parents banned him from playing outside, so he found refuge in the wonderful world of Harry Potter. He has learned from the Harry Potter books than anything or anyone else in his life, and says “they might not mean something to everyone else, but they mean something to me.”

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But what exactly makes Steve the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan, you ask? Well, the man has spent the last 12 years collecting all kinds of memorabilia related to J.K. Rowling’s series, including stuffed Hedwig the owl and Fawx the phoenix, and a signed copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows”. He spent around $13,000 on his collection and used it to turn his house into a shrine to his obsession. He also has four Harry Potter tattoos, including the Hogwarts crest on his shoulder, Sirius Black’s prison numbers on his neck and J.K. Rowling’s signature on his forearm, and has read each of the seven books in the series over 100 times and claims he knows them “inside out”. Steve also cuts and dyes his hair in the style of his favorite hero every time a new movie or book is released.

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During the online competition he won last year, all the stuff listed above made the runner up contact him before the contest was over to cede the title to him, saying he was obviously going to win.

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