“Harry Potter” fans have been asked to cease leaving socks at the memorial site for the house elf character Dobby from the popular book and movie franchise.
Located at Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales the beach is where Dobby’s death scene was shot for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.”
According to The New York Times, fans put together a memorial for the house elf at the scene’s filming location and word got out, prompting more to visit and leave socks at the site. In the books and movie Dobby is freed from his indentured servitude when his master is tricked into giving him a sock.
The number of socks left at the memorial started to become an environmental issue for the beach. Officials from the National Trust Wales conservation charity decided to let the memorial stay but had to let visitors and fans know the issues it is causing.
“The memorial to Dobby will remain at Freshwater West in the immediate term for people to enjoy. The Trust is asking visitors to only take photos when visiting the memorial to help protect the wider landscape.”
Jonathan Hughes, an official with the charity, said, “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.”
Pay the respects to Dobby and show some respect to the beach.