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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Harry Potter: A tribute to some outstanding fans

By Jen Chaney

Harry Potter fans are a passionate group, the sort of people who own versions of J.K. Rowling's books in multiple languages, wear those funny round spectacles to midnight screenings of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and who can carry on extensive conversations about horcruxes and deluminators. We love them for that.

But for various reasons, some Gryffindor obsessives stand out more than others. For example, we kind of loved the fan who completely stole the thunder last night from Conan O'Brien during his opening monologue. (The takeover happens at around the 2:55 mark.)

But he is merely one of many lovable Potter-philes featured on the Web. Here's a tribute to a few more of our favorites, complete with online videos that demonstrate the degree of their Dumbledorean devotion.

Moviefone has been conducting a search for the biggest Harry Potter fan. And for obvious reasons, this guy -- who we mentioned in a post earlier this week -- looks poised to win the thing.

But the fan in second place -- dubbed Lily Potter -- makes for a worthy challenger. Watch her video, and stick with it long enough for her to explain her blog, "Dear Mr. Potter," an effort to collect letters, essays and photos from fellow fans and possibly turn it into a book that will raise money for youth literacy. There's something genuinely moving about all that collective wizard affection.

Another competitor, who calls herself a Potter-head, is worthy of a shout-out as well, for two reasons. 1. She appears to own a Hogwarts Snuggie. 2. She has named her car Hedwig.

But really, I am not sure any fan can approach the gushing amount of ardor that this young Japanese girl unleashes on Daniel Radcliffe. You too might need a sorting hat to sort out just what the hell is going on here -- the subtitles, as you'll see, are absolutely no help. But since the language of Harry Potter love is universal, it's easy to decipher what's happening at about the 2:56 mark when the girl starts fondling Radcliffe's face while making weird, groaning noises. Bless Radcliffe, he handles it like an absolute champ.

By Jen Chaney  | November 19, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
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