The grave of Harry Potter’s Dobby could be removed from the beach after a National Trust survey

Harry Potter fans travel from all over the world to see a collection of pebbles at Freshwater West Beach, where the fictional character Dobby’s grave is located

A beach "dig" of Harry Potter's beloved elf Dobby faces moved by National Trust staff
A beachside ‘grave’ of Harry Potter’s beloved elf Dobby faces being moved by National Trust staff

Harry Potter’s Dobby’s grave could be removed from a beach – with fears the area will be overrun by fans.

The former Malfoy Manor slave’s unofficial gravestone is on Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales and is regularly visited by Harry Potter fans from around the world.

Potter enthusiasts travel thousands of miles to see a collection of pebbles scattered around the house-elf’s tomb to pay their own respect to the fictional character portrayed by Toby Jones. North WalesLive reported.

However, the National Trust Wales has commissioned a survey to ask the public whether the grave should be removed or left on the beach, the bulk of which belongs to the charity as they believe it is not “sustainable in the long term”.

Potter lovers flock to the site where the fictional elf was buried



It attracts thousands of visitors who leave tributes such as painted rocks, socks, tea towels, flowers, dolls, gnomes, and laminated messages.



The conservation organization said: “Over time, the popular Freshwater West has only grown in popularity.

“Access to nature and the outdoors for all is vital, but the increase in visitors has put additional pressure on the environment and facilities.

“That doesn’t feel sustainable in the long run without detracting from this special place.

“We hope that items in this options menu will help move towards a viable, sustainable and environmentally responsible future solution for the management of this special place and we would welcome your further input.”

Dobby’s funeral with Hermione and Ron.



With thousands of Potter fans visiting the attraction each year, the survey asks locals and visitors what they think of how Freshwater West should be managed over the long term.

National Trust Cymru continued, “In recent years we have seen an increase in visitors wanting to experience all that Freshwater West has to offer.

“It’s very popular for its beautiful beach, good surfing and lifeguard service, and its use as a Hollywood film location.

“This growth in visitor numbers to the site continues to put pressure on the facilities and infrastructure.

Dobby’s gravestone in Wales



Fans pay homage to one of the books’ most beloved characters.



The 30-question poll contains two questions about Dobby’s grave, one asking if the grave should be removed and a second suggesting it could be moved to a “suitable, publicly accessible location off-site.”

Respondents can respond on a spectrum from strongly opposed to strongly supportive, with a neutral “don’t know” option, with room for comments to share additional thoughts.

Other questions relate to traffic, parking and toilet facilities in the area.

That opinion poll is open until May 31st.

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