Harry Potter character Dobby will keep his real-life memorial on Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the site of his death, after review.
A Harry Potter milestone in honor of Dobby stays on after a review. Dobby the house elf was introduced to readers in the 1999 novel Harry Potter and the secret room, which was adapted into the second film in the franchise in 2002. Played by Toby Jones, the small and eccentric high-voiced character devised a misguided plan to protect Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) from the evil plotted on Hogwarts by getting him into trouble, going so far as to injure him. . A strange and powerful species, house-elves are often mistreated by wizards, which made the bond Dobby formed with Harry all the more moving.
Tragically, Dobby died in the seventh book to save Harry and his friends, and his death was edited in 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The sad scene was filmed on Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, while Dobby was buried on that same idyllic beach. Harry Potter Fans have been known to seek out the real-life locations of the films, including Platform 9 and 3/4 and the castle that served as the model for Hogwarts. Freshwater West Beach is no exception, but those fan pilgrimages to Dobby’s grave were jeopardized when authorities considered removing his memorial due to the heavy traffic it caused.
Nation.Cymru now reports that Dobby’s grave and memorial will remain under National Trust Wales – on one condition. The sand mound where Dobby was buried is dotted with painted rocks, several crosses, and plenty of socks, which have only grown in number in the decade since the movie. Fans of the films have continued to leave socks and other memorabilia on the site, which has negatively impacted the environment. As a result, they ask that visitors simply interact with the site by taking photos. See statement below:
“The memorial to Dobby will remain in Freshwater West in the near future for people to enjoy. The trust asks visitors to take photos only. Items such as socks, trinkets and paint chips from painted pebbles can enter the marine environment and the food chain and endangering wildlife.”
Why Dobby is so loved by Harry Potter fans
It is heartwarming that Dobby’s memorial will remain standing after the in-depth review, making Harry Potter fans a place to gather and celebrate the character’s legacy. Though small in stature, Dobby is remembered for having one of the biggest hearts in the franchise, with his eccentricity and penchant for clothing only adding to his appeal. Other house elves may have thought he was strange, but his steadfast loyalty to Harry and charming interactions with both Harry and his friends always kept viewers excited to see his bulbous green eyes appear on screen. In addition, his status as an oppressed creature in the wizarding world and his desire to rise above his means aroused empathy from both Harry and viewers, serving as a link between Dobby and the boy who lived.
Dobby’s death at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) was one of many devastating blows in the final book. After all the losses Harry had suffered, the death of such an innocent and steadfast presence in his life hit him especially hard, making Harry approach his final mission with renewed vigor in honor of the house elf. While viewers will never be able to tell Dobby how much he meant to them, his memorial still stands as a place to pay tribute to the Harry Potter character – as long as there is no litter in the game.
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