The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Dementor



A Dementor is a soul-sucking fiend. They served as the guardians of the wizard prison, Azkaban. Dementors appear to have a generally human shape, approximately ten feet in height, but covered in dark, hooded cloaks which reveal only grey, decayed hands. The wraith-like creatures have no eyes, and there is a large hole where the mouth should be, which is used for sucking the soul out of the victim in a process called the "Dementor's Kiss". They grow like fungi in the darkest, dankest places, creating a dense, chilly fog. Dementors can levitate freely and can travel to nearly any altitude to capture their prey.

Dementors are invisible to Muggles, but affect them in the same way. This feeling is often described as as "that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad

Many have theorised on what happens to the soul that's sucked out, that the soul is gone forever, it would be digested inside the dementor and would no doubt endure excruitiating agony as it fades into nothingness. Except for the souls they feed upon, Dementors have no souls of their own.

Description
Dementors are soulless creatures that are among the most foul beasts on Earth.
Being blind, Dementors sense and feed on the positive emotions, happiness and good memories of human beings to move around, forcing them to relive their worst memories. The very presence of a Dementor makes the surrounding atmosphere grow cold and dark, and the effects are cumulative with the number of Dementors present. Those kept in the company of a Dementor for too long become depressed, and are often driven to insanity, which is the main source of Azkaban's well-deserved horrible reputation. Their source of sustenance allows the Ministry of Magic to reluctantly employ them: Dementors are at least intelligent enough to be greedy, and to obey as long as doing so provides them with a bigger feast.

Despite their attachment to human emotion, Dementors seem to have difficulty distinguishing one human from another. Possibly prolonged exposure to certain humans, such as Ministry employees, makes it easier for Dementors to recognize them. Dementors can talk to humans, this is implied after Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban. They told the Minister of Magic that Black was talking in his sleep and saying "he's at Hogwarts. He's at Hogwarts".
One way to shield oneself from Dementors is to use the Patronus Charm to drive them away. The charm summons a patronus, a magical manifestation of good will, providing varied levels of protection against the Dementors' influence, based on the caster's strength as a wizard. Corporeal patronuses will chase down Dementors and force them to flee the vicinity. An incorporeal patronus can only slow a Dementor down, as if the thing is walking through quicksand, and tends not to last long. This suggests that a patronus is not the only means of dealing with a dementor.
Chocolate is an effective first aid to mild cases of contact, presumably due to chocolate's serotonin-dopamine boosting effects.

In addition to feeding on positive emotions, Dementors can perform the Dementor's Kiss, where the Dementor latches its mouth onto a victim's and sucks out the person's soul. The victim is left as an empty shell, incapable of thought and with no possibility of recovery. It is believed that existing after a Dementor's Kiss is worse than death. It is implied by some wizards that receiving the Kiss is a fate too horrible for any criminal.
Muggles who have had their souls sucked out in a Dementor's attack would mistakenly be thought to suffer from the medical condition known as Persistent Vegetative State by Muggle doctors, since after the kiss the victim would no longer experience any higher brain activity despite the fact that no damage is done to the brain itself. This makes Dementors even more terrifying, since they will attack both Wizards and Muggles alike, despite the fact that only Wizards can see them.

A special thanks to Wikipedia, J.K. Rowling, and the movie makers of Harry Potter

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