The memorial erected by fans of the elf in JK Rowling’s saga is covered in socks. An ecological nuisance for this beach in Wales where rubbish piles up.
Dobby free, but Dobby pollutes! The famous elf of the saga Harry Potter is the cause of environmental problems. In the matter, as revealed by New York Times with a lot of humor but also seriousness, the memorial erected in his honor by fans.
“What a wonderful place to be with friends”
A sand mound topped with a wooden cross is actually on the beach at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This is where Dobby’s death scene was filmed, a mythical moment in the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”, released in 2010. “What a wonderful place to be with your friends”, Dobby released in a final sigh before dying in Harry’s arms. A slightly less grand place as countless socks are spread out on the sand. Socks in reference to Volume 2, which Lucius Malfoy offers to the elf in spite of himself, captured by Harry, thus freeing Dobby from his cruel master.
For Welsh environmentalists, the joke has gone on long enough. Sweet deals or not, throwing the socks on the beach is actually not good for the environment, and the authorities have threatened to destroy Dobby’s memorial. Finally, abracadabra, he can stay, provided the “gifts” (in this case also called garbage) stop. Otherwise… Avada Kedavra!
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