A Harry Potter superfan has journeyed across the UK to visit the well-known locations from the film franchise – and shared stunning images from her travels.
Melissa Maddock, 23, is a student tennis athlete from Manchester, who filmed her visits to the Harry Potter film locations over the past year.
She’s travelled around the United Kingdom which includes the Scottish Highlands for Hogwarts landscapes, Wales for Dobby’s grave and England for the cathedrals used in the films.
The footage Melissa captured for her TikTok account was from the exact places used in the Harry Potter films but over a decade later.
Melissa Maddock, 23, is a student tennis athlete from Manchester, who filmed her visits to the Harry Potter film locations over the past year (Melissa dressed as a Hogwarts student visiting the school garden used in the films at Durham Cathedral)
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger on set at Durham Cathedral in 2001
Melissa has travelled around the United Kingdom which includes the Scottish Highlands for Hogwarts landscapes and the Glenfinnan Viaduct which was the railway used for the train scenes (above)
A scene of the famous train from the 2002 Warner Bros film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Melissa dressed up in a Hogwarts student uniform as she walked through the famous franchise’s corridors at Durham Cathedral
On set: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone film was shot in the Scottish Highlands in 2001
She dressed as a Hogwarts student as she visited the locations to experience the magic the places hold.
When she went to Durham Cathedral, the Durham Harry Potter society were filming for the 20th anniversary of the first film last year.
The head of marketing for the cathedral knew her from TikTok and kindly gave Melissa access to the room used as Professor McGonagall’s classroom, which is usually closed off to the public.
Melissa said: ‘ I feel very nostalgic every time I visit a location. Having grown up with the films and it having a big part in my childhood, I feel quite emotional standing and being where they were.
‘I feel so lucky that I can visit these places. It’s like a childhood dream come true and I’m glad 20 years later I can still keep the magic around.
‘Next I plan to visit all the old locations again as well as new ones as I’m starting a Harry Potter road trip vlog on YouTube.
The footage Melissa captured was from the exact places used in the Harry Potter films but over a decade later including Dobby’s grave in Wales (pictured)
She dressed as a Hogwarts student as she visited the locations to experience the magic the places hold (pictured at Loch Shiel, which was used as the Black Lake in the franchise)
She took a breath-taking snap of the iconic Harry Potter train going across the Glenfinnan Viaduct (pictured)
When she went to Durham Cathedral (pictured left), the Durham Harry Potter society were filming for the 20th anniversary of the first film last year. Pictured right: The cast in front of Durham Cathedral in the 2002 film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
‘My next location is Goathland station which is seen in the first film as Hogsmeade station and where Harry says one of my favourite lines “I’m not going home, not really.”‘
It comes after Harry Potter fans recently begged the National Trust not to move Dobby’s beachside grave after the conservation charity said it needed to protect the fragile sand dunes.
Potterheads flocked to the spot at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire to pay homage to one of the books best-loved characters.
The fictional house-elf was buried at the location in the 2010 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 after he was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.
She visited the famous magical willow, which is based on a tree in Berkhamsted, but grows in the grounds of the Hogwarts school in both the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling, and the films, pictured left
Melissa pictured reading a Harry Potter book on the stairs used in the Harry Potter films in an English cathedral
She said her next location is Goathland station which is seen in the first film as Hogsmeade station and where Harry says one of my favourite lines ‘I’m not going home, not really’. Pictured, Melissa poses for pictures at the Harry Potter Black Lake, which is actually Loch Shiel
It attracts thousands of visitors who leave tributes like painted stones, socks, tea towels, flowers, dolls, gnomes, and laminated messages.
But it has become so popular that fears are raised about whether it is ‘sustainable in the long-term’.
Bosses at the trust were concerned that large crowds could cause damage to the natural beauty of the beach.
A consultation funded by the UK Government was commissioned by the National Trust who own most of Freshwater beach.
In another beautiful snap Melissa posed at Malham Cove which was used in the Deatly Hallows films
Another snap Harry Potter fans would remember fondly from the films of the fireplace in the Gryffindor common room
Magical: Melissa took a fairy-tale snap of the exterior from the famous Hogwarts school building when visiting an English cathedral
The head of marketing for the cathedral knew her from TikTok and kindly gave Melissa access to the room used as Professor McGonagall’s classroom, which is usually closed off to the public (pictured)
The consultation reads: ‘Freshwater West is much loved and over time has become increasingly popular.
‘Access to nature and the outdoors for all is vitally important but the increase in visitors has added pressure on the environment and facilities.
‘This does not feel sustainable in the long-term, without negatively impacting this special place.
‘Those who care for it, enjoy it and live locally want only the best for Freshwater West. To help understand the issues and consider what options there are for the future a public consultation has begun.’