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Man converts bedroom into Harry Potter shrine

Staff writer

Don Wedd is no “muggle.”

The Peabody man’s collection of Harry Potter memorabilia that has overtaken a spare bedroom would be the envy of many die hard Potterheads.

Wedd, 41, has been a fan since he first bonded over the adventures of the boy wizard with now grown twin sons Tristan and Tanner at the 2001 release of the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

His enjoyment of the hit film led Wedd to pick up the first book in the series and from that point he was hooked.

“It’s a true story of inspiration,” said Wedd, who came to admire author J.K. Rowling’s struggle as a broke single mother who struck gold with a hit novel.

“I just couldn’t imagine creating a whole other world out of your head with all those things going on,” he said. “She really overcame a lot I think.”

He started collecting Potter memorabilia in 2003 and the trove of action figures, dolls, books and posters grew until Wedd parked it in several sheds.

His sons moved out to attend college giving Wedd the opportunity to turn an abandoned bedroom into his dorm at Hogwarts.

“You name it and if it has a Harry Potter logo or anything like that on it, I probably have it,” said Wedd, flipping on the lights over shelves lined with bobble heads, books and action figures.

His wife, Karen, is not a fan herself, but is “tolerant and supportive” of the winning bids on Ebay that have grown his assortment to not quite Hagrid size.

The most unusual thing Wedd has scored so far is probably an “extensive assortment” of wands purchased during a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

“It’s not as extensive as some people’s. Because there are about two people in the world that have every single wand they have made,” he said. “However, I have a good few.”

In addition to scoring more merchandise in Orlando, Wedd tasted butterbeer, which he said was “amazing” and had fun riding the Dueling Dragons rollercoaster.

Careful saving paid for another family vacation, this time to Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, England, where the films were shot.

Looking over the menagerie reminds Wedd of the fun he and his sons had with their fandom.

A prized possession is a movie poster for the first film signed by 23 of its cast members one of his boys found online.

His next planned purchase is a replica of Potter’s Firebolt broom that would look great on a blank space above the bookshelf.

But Webb’s fantasy addition to his collection is a very special book.

“The number one thing I would love to add would probably be a first-edition signed copy by J.K. Rowling,” he said. “These are all first editions but none of them are signed. I think an autographed book would be great.”

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