Fans tracked down the filming location of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and put their own little homage to Dobby the house elf.
Of the 76 deaths that occur throughout the Harry Potter series, there are several that resonate with the fans above all others. Dumbledore’s death was undoubtedly one of the most shocking moments in a series that makes more twists and turns than a snitch in the Triwizard Maze, no less so because it was at the hands of his long-time confidant Severus Snape. Dumbledore’s death, however, was later revealed to have been part of his master plan, as he was dying anyway, and fans became somewhat bittersweet when they learned that he had spent 18 years planning for Harry to be killed by Voldemort. This was revealed to us during another significant death, that of Severus Snape, when we finally got the real answer to the “Is he evil or isn’t he?” question that had plagued readers since book one. But wedged between those two deaths was one that continues to play on the dragon heartstrings of fans to this day: that of Dobby, the house elf.
In a series that gave us so many great quotes, from the simple-yet-beautiful “Always”, to the infamously ridiculous ‘ “Snape!” ejaculated Slughorn’, few are more memorable than Dobby’s epitaph: Here Lies Dobby. A Free Elf. Well now, fans can see these famous lines in real life and pay their respects, as a grave has been erected in his honor at the site of the scene’s filming location in Wales.
Readers were first introduced to Dobby in the second installment of the seven-part series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A mischievous little tyke, Dobby was an instant source of comic relief that would go on to appear in five of the seven books. He quickly became a fan favorite, most notably for his status as a free elf. Throughout his appearances, Dobby represented hope, friendship, innocence, appreciation, and the need for equality. It is no surprise, therefore, that his death dealt such a blow to fans across the world. But even in death, Dobby offered hope, his loss finally enabling Harry to master the mental magic of Occlumency, and giving him the purpose and conviction he needed to lead the others and take down the Dark Lord.
The scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was shot on Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, a town in southwest Wales. Here, hidden amongst the dunes, fans will find the marker placed by an unknown person (Harry?), where many of them pay tribute by laying down socks. The significance of this gesture does not need to be explained to anyone who plans to actually take the time and visit the site for themselves, and if that includes you, the New Zealand Herald says it can be found in the dunes closest to the southwest walking trail. Just be sure to bring an extra pair of socks.
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