Sock-filling “Harry Potter” fans mourn the endangered Dobby monument

A National Trust poll prompted a mob of angry fans.

The outrage from Harry Potter fans comes after a proposal to move Dobby’s “grave” from Freshwater West beach to a more stable location amid infrastructure concerns at the current location, the Independent reported.

The beloved character in the Harry Potter series – a gentle “house-elf” who was freed from his abusive masters when he gave him a sock – met his tragic and unseemly end during the seventh part of the film and was reborn in Freshwater ” buried”. West Beach and urged fans to leave tokens of goodwill, mainly socks, at the grave.

But now the organization that manages the site has released a poll that could determine the future of Dobby’s memorial.

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

“In recent years we have seen an increase in visitors wanting to experience everything Freshwater West has to offer, including its beautiful beach,” the group began in a statement.

“We’re excited to welcome people to the site, but the increasing numbers mean the facilities and infrastructure are under even greater pressure. We want visitors to have an enjoyable and safe experience while ensuring that this special landscape is cared for for future generations,” they wrote.

The purpose of the survey was “to move the memorial to a suitable, publicly accessible location”.

Potterheads, however, are baffled by the suggestion.

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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 Dobby’s funeral scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

“Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonyly no harm,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“There’s no point in removing it, people will visit anyway, leave Dobby alone!” they added.

“You can’t just move a memorial at whim,” tweeted another.

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

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

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