Harry Potter fans asked to stop leaving Dobby house-elf tributes — RT Games & Culture

Fans of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series have been accused of creating an environmental hazard after hundreds left socks in honor of house-elf Dobby at a memorial on Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

The memorial is located where the film adaptation of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ shows Dobby dying in Harry’s arms, in which Dobby describes the wide beach as a “Nice place to be with friends. »

Since the film’s release in 2010, fans have visited the memorial to leave items in honor of the house-elf, the most common being socks – a reference to a scene in which Dobby’s owner Lucious Malfoy , was tricked by Harry into giving the house elf a sock, which freed him from his indentured servitude. Dobby wore the sock until his death.

However, the problem is that fans were leaving so many socks at the beach that environmental officers from conservation charity National Trust Wales became concerned about the impact on the environment and carried out an eight-day review. month.

Last week the National Trust Wales published its findings, ultimately deciding whether to allow the memorial to continue. The group, however, warned that fans should only take photos and refrain from leaving tributes to the house-elf, explaining that “Items like socks, trinkets and paint chips from painted pebbles could enter the marine environment and food chain and endanger wildlife.”

The trust says its decision was based on a survey of more than 5,000 people who were asked to weigh in on the future of the beach, which is believed to be visited by 75,000 people each year.

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