“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” was released in 2010. The film, halfway through the finale of the fantasy series, depicts the tragic death of Dobby, a beloved character who is freed from captivity after receiving a sock as a gift. . Dobby died protecting Harry — making his death particularly poignant for the audience.
Dobby’s final devastating scene was filmed at Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Shortly after the film was released, fans set up a makeshift grave on the beach, hundreds of rocks with messages such as “Here lies Dobby” and even a cross.
And hundreds of socks were also left in Dobby’s honour, according to the UK’s National Trust, which governs the site and other UK heritage sites. Two or three socks, painted pebbles and shoes were also left at the grave every day during the season, the National Trust says.
The decades-long accumulation of unnatural materials poses a risk to the landscape, according to the National Trust. Earlier this year, the organization requested a sustainability report on the beach. After eight months of research, they concluded that the site could remain, but that visitors should only photograph the grave, and not leave any new pebbles, socks or other souvenirs.
The grave dedicated to Dobby is on Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The beach welcomes around 75,000 guests a year, the National Trust says. The waters around the beach are home to gray seals, porpoises and some of the largest populations of seabirds in the world, according to the news release.
To protect these animals and the landscape in general, visitors are asked to “leave no trace”.
“The need to manage the natural environment and uniqueness of this very special beach alongside the enjoyment of all who visit is the balance we need to find,” National Trust Cymru’s Pembrokeshire interim chief executive Rhian Sula said in a statement.