“A very good place to meet a friend,” said Dobby, dying in Harry Potter’s arms after being hit by a dagger thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange while escaping and evacuating the heroes from Malfoy’s house. And since the invisible leprechaun for his kindness, dedication and sacrifice won the great sympathy of the audience, it is not surprising that the place where the scene of his death was created has become a frequently visited tourist attraction. Inspired by emotions, tourists not only visit his symbolic grave, but also bring gifts. Especially socks – because giving any element of a human’s wardrobe to a house elf sets him free. However, kitchen clothes, colored stones, laminated messages, dolls are also popular.
What is the respect for Dobby for fans of the Harry Potter series, quickly became a problem for the National Trust, which cares about the nature of England. Its representatives have long argued that the increasing number of tourists visiting Freshwater West Beach, and the “reminiscences” they leave behind, are a threat to the dunes, flora and fauna. In May of this year, the organization even suggested that in order to better protect the values of this place, Dobby’s symbolic grave should be moved to another place. This idea received a lot of opposition, which – apparently – prevented the founders from implementing this plan. The National Trust has just announced that after months of analysis and gathering feedback, it has decided to leave Dobby’s replica grave at Freshwater West Beach.
The decision in this regard was announced by the National Trust in a special statement. However, it also included an appeal to fans of the Harry Potter series. “Dobby’s monument will remain at Freshwater West for people to enjoy. However, we ask that visitors only take pictures. Items left behind such as socks and other small items, as well as paint chips from the painted stones, may end up in the marine environment. and endanger wildlife.” – reads a statement written by Jonathan Hughes, deputy chief operating officer of the National Trust, Wales. Everything indicates that the fate of the “tombstone” will depend on the behavior and discipline of the tourists who come here.