Harry Potter fans can be happy that the memorial and fake Dobby's Grave on Welsh Beachare being kept on a bead in south Wales, at least for now. Dobby's death was the most heartbreaking of all the deaths in the Harry Potter movies.
After the fictional character died, a memorial grave site was made for him or her. It is now on a beach in Wales. Even though there are some worries about the environment, the memorial will stay where it is.
Dobby's death scene was filmed on a beach in Pembrokeshire, where the fake grave stands. But because of worries about pollution and too many tourists, a survey was done to see if it could be moved.
Dobby's Grave with painted rocks on the Welsh Beach
National Trust Wales has said that a memorial to the much-loved Harry Potter character Dobby the House Elf can stay on a Welsh beach that is good for the environment. Dobby's "grave" is at Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, which is where the character's death was filmed.
Because of worries about pollution and the number of people who visit, a survey was done to see if it could be moved. National Trust Wales, which runs the beach, held a meeting to talk about the beach's future and found that it can stay "in the short term."
Based on the results of the consultation, Dobby's memorial will stay at Freshwater West for people on the consultation results, the memorial to Dobby will remain at Freshwater West in the immediate term for people to enjoy.- National Trust Wales
The consultation on Dobby's Grave was part of a larger consultation on the area. Nearly 5,000 people filled out two online surveys, and more attended drop-in events, workshops, and discussions on a wide range of proposals, such as parking, traffic, toilets, and signs. Now, key priorities have been set for Freshwater West.
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.- National Trust Wales
Jonathan Hughes, the Assistant Director of Operations for National Trust Cymru in South Wales, said:
"Freshwater West is a much-loved coastal site and over time, its beauty, expansive beach, good surf and Hollywood filming credentials have seen it become increasingly popular.
"Visitor numbers regularly exceed capacity, and our car park alone welcomes around 75,000 people each year. While we’re delighted that so many want to visit, we have to balance the popularity of the site with impacts on the sensitive nature of the beach and wider environment, and pressure on the facilities and surrounding roads. As a conservation charity, our priority is to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience, whilst also safeguarding this special landscape so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
"We are pleased to be able to share the findings and proposals from the consultation that will inform an action plan, subject to planning permission and funding, for the next steps at Freshwater West."
Several groups run Freshwater West. National Trust Cymru takes care of the parking lots, toilet blocks, and a lot of the land behind the beach.
The Angle Estate, Pembrokeshire County Council, and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority all own parts of the rest of the site. The beach is cared for by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority on behalf of the Crown Estate.
Above Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire is where the scene depicting Dobby's death from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was shot in 2010.
Concerns about the number of visitors and the potential for pollution at the environmentally sensitive beach prompted a survey to investigate moving Dobby's Grave on Welsh Beach to another place.
Freeing Dobby from his servitude as a House-elf to Harry Potter's villain Lucius Malfoy was symbolized in the films by the gift of a sock to the lovable rogue. The beach on which the burial is located is a legally protected conservation area, so while placing socks there as a memorial to the character's life would seem like a nice gesture, in theory, it's actually illegal.