'Harry Potter' Fans Asked to No Longer Leave Mementos at Dobby's Grave in Wales

Environmental officials in Wales have asked 'Harry Potter' fans to stop leaving mementos at the fictional Dobby's grave at the beach in Pembrokeshire.

Photograph of Dobby grave site in Wales

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Photograph of Dobby grave site in Wales

The grave of the Harry Potter character, Dobby has become an actual memorial site for fans in Wales.

According toThe Washington Post, environmental officials are concerned because fans are also leaving keepsakes for Dobby at the site, including painted rocks and socks—the latter of which is harmful to the area’s wildlife. There’s also a gravesite marker that reads, “Here lies Dobby, a free elf.”

“The Trust is asking visitors to only take photos when visiting the memorial to help protect the wider landscape,” a press release from the National Trust Cymru said.

Dobby’s grave became a popular attraction for tourists because it’s where the house-elf dies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after being killed by Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). As Dobby passes away, he says the site is “such a beautiful place to be with friends.” The site is located at the beach in Pembrokeshire.

Fans have been gathering in the area for over 10 years to pay tribute to the slain Dobby. The socks are a nod to his story, which references how he was freed from the Malfoy family. Local officials were going to clear out the memorial, but decided to keep it, but only if fans respect the wildlife and resist the urge to leave mementos for Dobby.

“Items like socks, trinkets, and paint chips from painted pebbles could enter the marine environment and food chain and put wildlife at risk,” the statement added. The memorial will stay “for people to enjoy.”

The Wizarding World Instagram account also shared a post about the Pembrokeshire beach, writing, “Lucius Malfoy might’ve left Dobby a sock, but let’s not leave anything on our coastlines!”

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