12 years ago, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 hit theaters and provided one of the saddest moments in the entire fantasy franchise. After a deadly encounter with the Malfoys the house elf Dobby dies on a barren, desolate beach in the arms of the boy who survived.
A touching moment that has never let go of many Harry Potter fans. Because of this, they erected a memorial at the location where the heartbreaking scene was filmed: Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. For years, fans have come here to commemorate Dobby.
Unexpected Harry Potter problem: Too many fans put socks on Dobb’s grave
To pay tribute to Dobby, many Harry Potter fans take off a sock on the beach. she is a sign for freedom: When a house-elf receives an item of clothing as a gift from its owners, it is free. Harry had tricked Lucios Malfoy into giving Dobby a sock and giving him his freedom.
Dobby’s death scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
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the Amount of socks discarded however, at Freshwater West Beach, it is becoming an increasing problem, as reported by the New York Times. “Items like socks […] could enter the marine environment and food chain and endanger wildlife”, sums up the National Trust Wales after eight months of observation. The Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to heritage preservation and conservation.
For now may the monument remain anyway. Harry Potter fans are still welcome to visit the beach and reminisce. The request of the National Trust Wales is nevertheless clear: “The Trust is asking everyone to only take photos when visiting the memorial to protect nature.”
Have you already visited the Dobby memorial?