The worlds biggest Harry Potter fan, and owner of the world largest collection of memorabilia, loves the franchise so much she even had a Wizarding World-themed wedding.
Tracey Nicol-Lewis has an incredible 6,300 wizarding items in her collection, including wands, LEGO sets, artwork and even special edition books.
The 47-year-old fell in love with the magical series back in 2002 after watching the movie 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
Her first collectable came from her local corner shop. However, over nearly 20 years her collection has grown and now occupies three rooms in her home.
Last year the fanatic and now husband Martin, 45 even hosted a Harry Potter-themed wedding.
Guests dressed in Hogwarts robes, her bouquet was made with torn up pages from the Goblet of Fire and the wedding cake was topped with a golden snitch and magic wand.
Tracey even wore a wedding dress in the Gryffindor red and gold, adorned with the iconic Deathly Hallows symbols.
The mum also credits the Wizarding World with helping her cope with the death of her first husband Simon Nicol-Lewis, who passed away in 2005.
Tracey, from Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, said: "I think 'oh that's it I won't get any more,' and I go to the shop and something always falls in my basket!
"I love looking and rearranging my collection – it’s my happy place.
"Harry Potter is a magical world that you can use to escape into, and that is what I did.
"Because I had my son in 2002, and them having the baby in the film and all the magic, it was like having it alongside me.
"Harry Potter got me through a really tough time because when I started collecting the last present I had off my first husband was a book of Harry Potter before he passed away.
"That's why I think the collection got so mad."
Little by little, the odd eBay bid and trades with friends, she grew her collection which now includes special editions of the books and their spin-offs, and at least 127 action figures.
She's never had her collection valued but she estimates she spends on average £100 every month on new items.
The mum-of-one said: "Everything I like in my collection is just amazing, I love it.
"They have memories attached to them as well because I can remember the bits from the films or the books."
She says that her favourite items change over time, but her currents are her collection of 47 wands.
But when she met her now-husband Martin, he wasn't immediately taken by her passion.
She said: "He knew about my collection so it was accept it or run!
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"First of all I said I like Harry Potter and I collect Harry Potter, and he was kind of shocked when he came around and saw the collection.
"But in my last house he decorated it red and yellow because of Gryffindor and he put up shelves for me and made it more Harry Potter."
The family moved to a larger property in 2019 to accommodate the collection, and now have three rooms dedicated to it.
While Martin doesn't share her passion, it was his idea to count her collection for Guinness World Records.
Together they took a picture of every single item and videoed the counting process – which took at least five hours.
In April this year, she received the happy news that she had not one, but two records – as she had both the world's largest Harry Potter and Wizarding World collections.
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