Visit Dobby’s Grave and Shell Cottage at these Harry Potter Wales Locations
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Potterheads can visit the filming locations of Dobby’s Grave and Shell Cottage at the Harry Potter Wales location of Freshwater West. Though the exact sets may not still be in place on this beautiful remote beach, you can visit a tribute to one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter franchise and imagine the home of Bill and Fleur at this Harry Potter Pembrokeshire location.
Where did Dobby die?
The Harry Potter series is no stranger to tragic deaths, but Dobby’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows definitely stands out as one of the most devastating. In Part 1 of the film, Dobby’s death scene takes place on the remote beach of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
As you see in the film, with the exception of the set of Shell Cottage in the background, Freshwater West remains largely untouched. As Dobby’s last words state, it truly is “such a beautiful place to be with friends.”
Where was Dobby buried?
Dobby’s burial took place among the sand dunes of Freshwater West in the Harry Potter film. In 2018, an anonymous fan of the series had recreated Dobby’s grave stone and placed it on top of a sand dune about a third of the way into Freshwater West. People then brought stones to the spot where Dobby was buried as a gift to the beloved freed house elf.
However, in April 2019 the stone mysteriously disappeared (likely taken by someone visiting the beach). I was extremely disappointed to discover this upon my visit to Freshwater West during that same month. Saddened by the theft of the stone, I tried my best to make a temporary replacement from a stone on the beach and a black pen. The rest of the stones that other fans brought to Dobby’s grave still remain and demonstrate the love that people have for him.
Dobby’s grave location is about a third of the way into the sand dunes at Freshwater West. It sits at the top of one of the dune peaks that are closest to the water and is marked by a large pile of stones. It does take some exploring to find the exact spot, especially as some people have created similar tributes to the house elf throughout the dunes.
Shell Cottage Harry Potter Filming Location
Featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, Shell Cottage provides shelter to Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood and Griphook the Goblin after escaping from Malfoy Manor. The home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour sat, among the sand dunes of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
In May 2009, set production constructed Shell Cottage from scallop shells and other seashells found along the Welsh coast. Fans flocked to the mostly untouched remote beach of Freshwater West, located in Pembrokeshire along the Southwest Wales Coast.
Is Shell Cottage a real place?
Unfortunately, Shell Cottage is not a real place that can be visited. After wrapping filming in May 2009, the cottage was dismantled to preserve the natural beauty of the beach (as well as to allow an untouched landscape for the filming of Robin Hood, which took place only a few weeks after the Harry Potter Shell Cottage scenes wrapped).
In the book,, Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s quaint little cottage actually sits on the outskirts of Tinworth, Cornwall.
Tips for Visiting Freshwater West
How to Get to Freshwater West
The easiest way to get to Freshwater West is by driving. Pembroke is the nearest town to the beach, about a 15-20 minute drive from the center of town. It’s also not far from the popular holiday spot of Tenby, which is about a 30 minute drive from Freshwater West. You can find parking either on the on-site parking lot or park along the road down to the beach.
By Public Transport:
If you’re staying in Pembroke, there are two buses that you can take to get to Freshwater West – the 388 and 387 bus lines. Each bus takes about 30 minutes, runs twice a day (once in the morning and once in the afternoon), and lets out at the Freshwater Car Park.
Food at Freshwater West
Given its remote location, not a lot in the way of onsite food can be found at Freshwater West. There is a food truck in the parking lot called Cafe Môr that sells seafood sandwiches with the Welsh delicacy of Welsh Sea Black butter, burgers and ice cream. Outside of Cafe Môr, I would recommend bringing snacks, water or additional food to have a picnic on the beach.