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Inside the World of Harry Potter "Super Fans"

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Clever T-shirts are a big part of Wizard Rock.
Courtney Collins
Clever T-shirts are a big part of Wizard Rock.

It's one thing to be a fan of the Harry Potter franchise. It's another thing if you're a "super-fan": joining clubs to meet other Potter aficionados and even forming your own "Wizard Rock" band. And some locals say this region -- with its relatively stable economy and highly educated population -- seems to encourage this type of super-fandom. Courtney Collins meets up with some super fans to see if the Potter passion is indeed more potent in the nation's capital.

[Music: "Harry Potter Theme - Paul P. Electro Remix" by Paul P. from Paul P.]


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