Harry Potter gave Dobby a sock… and then thousands of other people did the same thing on a beach in Wales.
Local authorities in Cyrmru, Wales have asked members of the public to stop depositing socks at the spot on Freshwater West beach where the fictional house-elf Dobby was buried in scenes filmed for the seventh installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise.
Referred to as ‘Dobby’s Grave’, the site – which sits in a protected conservation area – attracts a regular influx of visitors, many of whom opt to leave socks and messages in tribute to him.
The sheer number of such gifts has resulted in a considerable pile of clothing at the site, leading to concerns over damage to the local environment and wildlife.
“The memorial to Dobby will remain at Freshwater West in the immediate term for people to enjoy,” the National Trust Cymru said in a press release.
“The trust is asking visitors to only take photos when visiting the memorial to help protect the wider landscape.”
“Items like socks, trinkets, and paint chips from painted pebbles could enter the marine environment and food chain and put wildlife at risk.”
Harry Potter was unavailable for comment.
After a consultation with the public, National Trust Cymru say Dobby’s grave can stay on Pembrokeshire’s Freshwater West. But they’re asking visitors to leave no trace after paint chips and socks have been damaging the natural environment here. pic.twitter.com/Ydea3WRmqr
â Charanpreet Khaira (@CharanpreetBBC) November 1, 2022