Northeast Ohio can claim to be the home of the America's biggest Harry Potter fan. We say "can" because... well, we're not sure anyone wants to admit that fact out loud.
Steve Petrick, a 22-year-old Kent State student, won an online vote by Moviefone.com to officially take home the crown. His video submission, which showcases his collection of over $13,000-worth of Potter-related memorabilia, has over 1 million hits on YouTube.
So what makes him the biggest fan? He's read each of the seven books over a hundred times, has four Harry Potter-inspired tattoos, and hundreds and hundreds of collectibles accumulated over the last twelve years of his obviously fervent fandom.
A compilation of our favorite quotes from Petrick in the Kent Wired article (and his YouTube video) after the jump.
“It was completely unexpected,” said Steve Petrick. “I’m glad it happened because — I’d hate to sound cocky — but it’s something I’ve been striving towards all my life.”
“I’ve never given a damn about the craze. I was there before it was popular; I’m going to be there after it’s popular,” Petrick said. “It means something to me. It might not mean something to everyone else, but it means something to me.”
“(‘Harry Potter’) doesn’t disclude anybody; it doesn’t say anybody is better than anybody else,” Petrick said of the lessons he learned through the series. “(The character) Kingsley Shacklebolt said, you know, ‘We’re all human.’ Every human life is the same as another.”