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On the Books: Harry Potter collector sets Guinness World Record

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Menahem Asher Silva Vargas might need to find the Room of Requirement. The Mexico City man probably could use some extra space these days, as he’s acquired no fewer than 3,097 pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia.

Instead, Vargas will have to settle for a definitively Muggle Guinness World Record. His collection—which includes everything from toy figurines to replica Quidditch brooms—obliterated the previous record holder, an 807-item assortment, like a Reductor Curse from Dumbledore’s wand itself. [The Guardian]

Guys like Vargas made the Harry Potter franchise the economic juggernaut it has become. For a more comprehensive look at what makes these type of enterprises explode, pick up How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, a new book by Chris Taylor out today. Star Wars fans may currently be enjoying a renaissance, but Taylor goes to great lengths to remind readers that the franchise’s success wasn’t always a given. [USA Today]

A committee of educators and parents in Riverside, Calif., have banned John Green’s mega-hit The Fault in Our Stars from local middle schools, citing “morbid plot, crude language, and sexual content.” John Green responded on Tumblr, saying the news saddened him because he wanted “to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, Calif., and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.” [Mediabistro]

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