Harry Potter fan from Cardiff spends £100K on memorabilia

Latest news

    Tracey Nichol-LewisImage copyright Wales news service

    A Harry Potter super-fan from Cardiff has spent £100,000 on her “obsession”.

    Tracey Nichol-Lewis, 43, has collected more than 2,500 items of memorabilia, including cases of wands and casting call sheets from the films.

    She has travelled the world to meet her favourite characters – including Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.

    The mother-of-one said her obsession started after her late husband Simon gave her the book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before his death.

    Simon, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, died in 2005 aged 39.

    “I liked the Harry Potter books before my husband died but my grief in losing him triggered off a bit of an obsession,” Ms Nichol-Lewis, from Heath, said.

    “Originally I bought the toys and money boxes and the castle model all for my son knowing that when he grew out of it I could keep them.”

    Image copyright Wales news service
    Image caption Her three-bedroom house is filled with memorabilia from the films

    Her collection features posters, scarves in the house colours, broomsticks and the official Harry Potter magazines – with the memorabilia costing more than £40,000.

    The rest has been spent travelling to Orlando in Florida to the film studios and more recently to Harry Potter World in both London and America.

    She lives with her partner Martin Chester, 41, her 15-year-old son and Martin’s 16-year-old son.

    Mr Chester said: “She’d do away with the cooker and replace it with broomsticks and storage for her Potter obsession.”

    Ms Nichol-Lewis is set to travel to London’s Comic Con and hopes to meet the Weasley twin actors James and Oliver Phelps.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-40532140

    She said she hopes to get the autograph of every actor from all eight movies.

    Image copyright Wales news service
    Image copyright Wales news service

    In the same category are

    Momentum chief Jon Lansman’s ‘run on pound’ fear A future Labour government should prepare for resistance from global corporations and could face a run on the pound, Momentum's founder says.Jon Lan...
    Anthony Bourdain: Chef’s mother plans memorial tattoo Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead at a French hotel on 8 June The mother of US chef and television p...
    Who is Tommy Robinson and why is he in jail? Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months after breaking contempt of court laws for streaming a Facebook Live outside Leeds court.Since his impriso...
    Why many mums are better than one Image caption Sue and one of her "second mums", Wendy They say you can't choose your family - but why not? Sometimes an extra mother figure is jus...
    Meet Game of Thrones’ woman of weapons Image copyright N Lee/Getty Image caption Natalia Lee has worked closely with Thrones star Kit Harington It's probably not a good idea to get into...
    Teens on 9-1 GCSEs: ‘Everyone’s worried about grade boundaries’ Image caption They're glad it's all over, but a little worried that grade boundaries could be high After weeks of stress, pressure and revision, G...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.