Sock Stuffed ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Mourn Disappearing Dobby Memorial

A National Trust investigation pointed to a group of angry fans.

Outrage from ‘Harry Potter’ fans follows a proposal to move Dobby’s ‘grave’ from Freshwater West beach to a more stable location, due to concerns about the site’s current infrastructure, reported the independent.

The beloved character of the “Harry Potter” series – a gentle “house-elf” who was freed from his abusive masters when he was given a sock – met his tragic and untimely end in the seventh installment of the film. franchise and was “interred” at Freshwater West Beach, prompting fans to leave marks of goodwill, mostly socks, at the grave.

But now the organization that runs the site has posted a poll this could determine the future of Dobby’s memorial.

The beloved house-elf was introduced in the franchise‘s second book and later died in the seventh and final novel.
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Dobby's Grave
The National Trust has raised concerns that the infrastructure around the tomb is unsafe.
Dobby's Grave
Several fans of the series have left tokens of gratitude at the elf’s “resting place”.

“Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of visitors wanting to experience all that Freshwater West has to offer, including its stunning beach,” the group began in a statement.

“We love to welcome people to the site, but the increase in numbers means that its facilities and infrastructure are under even more pressure. We want visitors to have an enjoyable and safe experience while ensuring that this special landscape is preserved for future generations,” they wrote.

The purpose of the investigation would be to “move the memorial to a suitable place accessible to the public”.

The Potter-heads, however, are stunned by the proposal.

Dobby's Grave
Socks are a popular symbol of Dobby’s selflessness.
Rupert Grint (left) and Emma Watson (right) film Dobby's funeral scene for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
Rupert Grint (left) and Emma Watson film the scene of Dobby’s funeral in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1′.

“Noooooo forget it, it’s beautiful and it doesn’t hurt,” wrote a fan on Twitter.

“Removing it is useless, people will continue to go there, let Dobby rest in peace!” they added.

“You can’t just move a memorial around as you please,” another tweeted.

Embattled author and ‘Harry Potter’ creator JK Rowling once told fans on social media that she actually regrets killing off the heroic character. “I apologize for killing someone who didn’t die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but sacrificed their life to save those who would win it. I’m referring, of course, to Dobby the house-elf “, she wrote.

One reader replied that she “wishes[ed]to look more like the sweet, selfless Dobby. Rowling replied, “That answer really touched me.”

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