A huge Harry Potter fan traveled across the UK to visit well-known locations from the movie franchise – and shared amazing photos from her travels.
Melissa Maddock, 23, a tennis student from Manchester, has filmed her visits to Harry Potter movie locations over the past year.
I’ve traveled all over the UK which includes the Scottish Highlands for the Hogwarts landscape, Wales for Dobby’s tomb and England for the cathedrals used in the movies.
The footage that Melissa took for her TikTok account was from the exact places used in the Harry Potter movies but more than a decade later.
Melissa Maddock, 23, a student sports tennis from Manchester, who has filmed her visits to Harry Potter movie locations over the past year (Melissa was 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 at Durham Cathedral in 2001
Melissa has traveled all over the UK which includes the Scottish Highlands to Hogwarts landscape and Glenfinnan Bridge which served as the railroad used in the train scenes (above)
Famous train scene from the 2002 movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from the Warner Bros movie
Melissa dressed as a Hogwarts student as she walks the famous lanes of concession at Durham Cathedral
On set: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was filmed in the Scottish Highlands in 2001
She dressed as a student at Hogwarts while visiting the sites to experience the magic that these places hold.
When I went to Durham Cathedral, the Durham Society of Harry Potter was filming the 20th anniversary of the first movie last year.
The cathedral’s head of marketing knew her from TikTok and kindly gave Melissa access to the room used as Professor McGonagall’s classroom, which is usually closed to the public.
Melissa said: “I feel very nostalgic every time I visit a site. Having grown up with movies and they had a huge role in my childhood, I feel a very emotional place and my presence 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 that I can still hold the magic.
Next, I plan to visit all the old sites again as well as the new ones as I start a Harry Potter road trip vlog on YouTube.
The shots by Melissa were from the specific locations used in the Harry Potter films but more than a decade later including Dobby’s grave in Wales (pictured)
She dressed as a Hogwarts student while visiting the sites to experience the magic that the places hold (pictured at Loch Shale, which was used as Black Lake in the concession)
I captured an amazing shot of the famous Harry Potter train passing through the Glenfinnan Bridge (pictured)
When I went to Durham Cathedral (pictured left), the Durham Harry Potter Society was filming the 20th anniversary of the first movie 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 movie as Hogsmeade Station and where Harry says one of my favorite lines ‘I’m not going home, not really’.
It comes after Harry Potter fans recently asked the National Trust not to move Dobby’s seaside grave after the conservation charity said it needed to protect the fragile sand dunes.
Potterheads flocked to the site at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire to pay homage to one of the books’ most beloved characters.
The fictional home is buried on the site in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 after it was murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange in 2010.
She visited the famous magical willow, which rests on a tree in Berkhamsted but grows in the grounds of Hogwarts in both J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and the films pictured left
Melissa was photographed reading the 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 movie as Hogsmeade Station and where one of my favorite lines Harry says “I’m not going home, not really”. Pictured is Melissa posing for photos at Harry Potter Black Lake, which is actually Loch Shell
It attracts thousands of visitors who leave greetings such as painted stones, stockings, tea towels, flowers, dolls, figurines, and enveloped letters.
But it has become so popular that concerns have been raised about whether it is “sustainable in the long term”.
The chiefs at the box were concerned that large crowds could damage the natural beauty of the beach.
A UK Government funded consultation was commissioned by the National Trust which owns most of the freshwater beaches.
In another beautiful shot, Melissa appeared in Malham Cove which was used in the Deadly Hallows movies
Another shot that Harry Potter fans will fondly remember from the fireplace movies in the Gryffindor Common Room
Magical: Melissa took a fabulous photo of the exterior of the famous Hogwarts school building when visiting an English cathedral
The cathedral’s head of marketing knew her from TikTok, and kindly gave Melissa access to the room used as Professor McGonagall’s classroom, which is usually closed to the public (pictured)
The advisory stated that “Western freshwater is very popular and with time it has become increasingly popular.
Access to nature and the outdoors for all is vital but the increase in visitors has added pressure on the environment and facilities.
This does not appear to be sustainable in the long run, without negatively impacting this particular place.
“Those who care, enjoy and live locally want only the best for Freshwater West. To help understand the issues and consider options for the future, public consultations have begun.