Dobby the House Elf’s real-life ‘grave’ allowed to stay after planning battle

The memorial grave site of one of fiction's most beloved characters has been given a reprieve the National Trust.

Thousands of people spend hours flocking to the mock “resting place” of iconic Harry Potter character Dobby the House Elf ever year.

The site is found above Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, where the scene of his death was filmed.

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But due to the high numbers of visitors to such a small place, it had been muted by National Trust Wales that it would be moved.

However, to the delight of those obsessed with Harry Potter – the films based on the books written by JK Rowling – it is staying where it is… for now.

A spokesman said: “Based on the consultation results 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) – items like socks, trinkets, and paint chips from painted pebbles could enter the marine environment and food chain and put wildlife at risk.

“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.

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"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.”

The area where the memorial is currently located is actually a legally protected conservation area, home to a host of wildlife, including lizards, orchids and rare ground-nesting birds, while the area around that is home to large grey seals, harbour porpoise, and some of the largest populations of seabirds in the world.

Fans of the site took to social media to celebrate.

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One wrote: “Took the kids there just a couple of weeks ago.

“Harmless pile of stones and a good way to get them to walk a bit and visit somewhere. Leave it, and open a cafe.”

And another posted: “It’s lovely and it’s not doing any harm.

“Removing it is pointless, people will still visit there, leave Dobby rest in peace!”

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