Exclusive Interview: Tracey Nicol-Lewis Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Collection of Wizarding World Memorabilia
If you think that you have a large collection of Wizarding World memorabilia, there’s a new Guinness World Record to beat! As of April 3, 2021, Tracey Nicol-Lewis, of Mid Glamorgan, Wales, now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Wizarding World memorabilia.
The previous holder was Victoria Maclean, also of Wales, whose collection officially consisted of 3,686 items when she broke the record. (The record for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia – not including Fantastic Beasts items – is a separate title.)
Meanwhile, Nicol-Lewis’s collection has been confirmed to have over 5,000 items (5,434, to be exact!). In fact, it is so large that she had to buy a bigger house to fit everything in it. Building such a huge collection requires a lot of dedication, and it turns out that the process of confirming a world record takes a lot of time and effort too.
MuggleNet interviewed Nicol-Lewis via email to learn more about what it was like to achieve the world record, what her favorite items in her collection are, and if her Guinness World Records title marks the end of her collecting Wizarding World memorabilia. Our first question was what the process of achieving the Guinness World Record was like.
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Nicol-Lewis explained that just laying everything out to be photographed and officially itemized took “several weeks,” and it took over four hours for the witnesses to count each item from her collection. Uploading video footage of the attempt, she added, took three days. It was worth it, however, and Nicol-Lewis said that waiting for the confirmation from Guinness World Records “wasn’t too bad.”
Nicol-Lewis also said that she hasn’t planned to keep collecting; “it just happens.” She explained that it is difficult to “keep [her] away” from shops selling Wizarding World merchandise, which definitely sounds familiar to us. Nicol-Lewis added that she plans to start showing more of her collection on YouTube “to help others and show what can be achieved if you put your mind to it.” She also hopes to be able to promote businesses on the platform.
Of the items in her collection, Nicol-Lewis told us that the item that she would consider to be the most interesting would be her Gentle Giant bust of the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore. There were only 750 such busts made, and she purchased what she believed to be the only known bust of its kind in the United Kingdom. She later discovered that another bust of Harris as Dumbledore had been put up for sale in the UK, and she purchased it.
While Nicol-Lewis told us that it’s difficult for her to pick a favorite item, she named these busts as one of five of her top favorites. She also mentioned her Fantastic Beasts suitcase; her Ruitertassen bags; her golden eggs, because she owns three of the four eggs created as promotional prizes for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; and Albus Dumbledore’s watch from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. (Although she owns several clocks and watches, Nicol-Lewis said, Dumbledore’s is “lush.”)
With all the items she owns, there are still a few that Nicol-Lewis hopes to acquire. She mentioned three in particular: “the cursed necklace, the remaining golden egg, and one of each of the brooms.”
Congratulations to Tracey Nicol-Lewis on achieving such an amazing world record! We at MuggleNet wish her all the best with her continued collecting. If you’d like to stay updated on her collection, you can find her on Instagram as @welsh_wizarding_collector.
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