Harry and Dobby’s Geo-Legacy

You’re a geocaching wizard now, Harry …

Obviously under the spell of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, tourism body Visit Wales has created a new geocache at one of the shooting locations for the final JK Rowling film – the first in what appears will be a series of similar hides.

GC2ZWAC Dobby’s Legacy is hidden at the far end of Freshwater West beach, in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, though members of Generation Hex will know this area better as the site of Shell Cottage and Dobby the House Elf’s grave.

According to Visit Wales’ blog post:

One scene that brought a tear to many Potter fans eye was the point where Harry buried his loyal friend, Dobby the House Elf. The location was Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire. To Harry Potter fans, this is the filming location of Shell Cottage, but it has also been a staring [sic] location in Robin Hood staring [sic] Russell Crow [sic] and The Sarah Jane Adventures TV series.”

For non-Harry fans, Shell Cottage is the home of tertiary characters Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, after their marriage in the summer of 1997. It is located on the outskirts of Tinworth, Cornwall, near the coast, which Rowling has described as a “lonely and beautiful place”.  The dwelling was a safehouse for members of the Weasley family and other allies of the Order of the Phoenix during the Second Wizarding War.

Placed in conjunction with Pembrokeshire National Parks, GC2ZWAC Dobby’s Legacy is “a large-size, multi-clip lock container placed inside an old sleeping bag cover to help keep it hidden from muggles”.

Inside  is “an assortment of goodies including pin badges, placemats and stickers – typical low-value geocache items for swapping” as well as “a nice Wales Cymru baseball cap with a unique code attached” with which the FTF can claim their prize.

Since being published on July 16, the D2/T3 level cache has been found three times with the FTF honours going to Williams Welsh Walks.

Of course, this isn’t the first geo-link for heroic Harry, with geocachers’ use of the term muggle directly plagiarised from Rowling and last week’s incorrect media reports that the bestselling author’s new Pottermore project would offer an online game leading players to treasures hidden in the real world – or as one fan put it: “So it’s geocaching, Potter-style?”

* Normally, It’s Not About The Numbers – read kjwx – would argue strongly against the blatant use of caching for third-party promotions, but in Visit Wales’ favour is the comprehensive geo-explanation provided on its blog. It would seem the tourism organisation is in this for the long-haul. Where do you stand on this issue? 



1 comment

  1. kjwx

    UPDATE: It’s Not About The Numbers has just heard from Williams Welsh Walks, the geo-couple who claimed the Dobby’s Legacy FTF …
    “Regular cachers” Mich and Steve had travelled to Freshwater West “the day before this cache was released” to collect a few other smileys.
    At GC2ZWAC, they “picked up a Ryder Cup baseball cap and a voucher for a goody bag” but are yet to hear what their prize entails, despite emailing Visit Wales.
    Although the couple have yet to see the franchise’s final film, they highly recommend the “fantastic” Harry Potter ride at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

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