How Much Does It Cost to Be a Potterhead?

When it comes to merchandise, there is no shortage within the Harry Potter fandom to throw your money at. From special-edition book collections to character wands, there is no end to how much a Potterhead can spend. According to a study this year from, the Boy Who Lived ranks No. 1 as the most expensive movie franchise for fans, beating out giants like The Lord of the Rings, James Bond, and Superman.

Here is the full list of the top 20 movie franchises:

1. Harry Potter
2. The Godfather
3. Back to the Future
4. Superman
5. The Lord of the Rings
6. The Hobbit
7. The Dark Knight trilogy
8. Rambo
9. James Bond
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
11. Batman
12. Jurassic Park
13. Avengers
14. Hulk
15. The Matrix
16. Godzilla
17. Transformers
18. The Karate Kid
19. Star Trek
20. Indiana Jones

One should bear in mind that this list was determined by the total sum of the average prices for five popular fan items: a box set collection of the films, a figurine, a T-shirt, a costume, and a signed movie poster. The Potter franchise surpasses all the others with a hefty £55 ($69) attached to its box set collection, with the next most expensive box set collections coming in at £30 ($37) from the Godzilla and Avengers franchises. When these five elements are separated, franchises like The Godfather have more expensive signed posters, while the most expensive costumes come from Star Trek.

For some Potterheads, these five items may be an exhaustive list of the items they desire from their favorite book and film series, but for others, this is only scratching the surface. It is difficult to quantify the nature of fandom expenses. How does one define the criteria for what a “superfan” consumes, especially one in the Potter fandom, whose merchandise transcends seven books, eight films, the Fantastic Beasts spin-off films, and amusement parks? There are certain pieces of merchandise that cannot be compared to other fandoms, like the extensive amount of replica wands or edible goods such as Chocolate Frogs and butterbeer.

Do you think the five criteria that used for this ranking accurately illustrate what a Potterhead is spending on? Let us know if you feel anything important is missing!


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