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'Harry Potter' Fans Asked to Stop Bringing Socks for Dobby's Grave at Wales Beach

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Harry Potters fans have been paying tribute to Dobby, the house elf from Harry Potter, at Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales with a memorial.

The location is the site of his death scene at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part One, and over the years, it has become a real-life shrine for the Harry Potter fans.

For those who have not read the books or need a quick recap, Dobby is a house elf in the Harry Potter universe, who is set free from slavery by Harry in the second book, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret. Harry frees Dobby by tricking his owner into giving him a sock.

The National Trust of Wales flagged an issue recently, bringing to notice that fans have left so many socks – an important symbol related to Dobby in the book series – that it was posing a danger to marine life and environment.

After an eight-month review, it was decided that the memorial could stay, but no offerings would be allowed.

“The memorial to Dobby will remain at Freshwater West in the immediate term for people to enjoy,” the National Trust Wales, the conservation charity that initiated the review of the area, wrote in its assessment. “The Trust is asking visitors to only take photos when visiting the memorial to help protect the wider landscape.”

The National Trust Wales said in its assessment that “items like socks, trinkets, and paint chips from painted pebbles could enter the marine environment and food chain and put wildlife at risk.”

“While we’re delighted that so many want to visit, we have to balance the popularity of the site with impacts on the sensitive nature of the beach and wider environment, and pressure on the facilities and surrounding roads,” Jonathan Hughes, an official with National Trust Wales, said in a statement.

dobbys grave on Harry Potter
Dobby's Grave at Wales Beach


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