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*[[levitation|Hover]] above the ground
 
*[[levitation|Hover]] above the ground
 
*Alter the atmosphere negatively
 
*Alter the atmosphere negatively
*[[Amortality]]<ref name="Pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'': [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter7/moment1/boggart New from J.K. Rowling - "Boggart"]</ref>
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|affiliation=*[[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] (formerly)
 
*[[Azkaban]]
 
*[[Azkaban]]
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*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] (briefly)
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{{Quote|Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself...soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.|[[Remus Lupin]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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A '''Dementor''' is a [[non-being]]<ref name="Pottermore"/> and [[Dark Arts|Dark]] creature, considered one of the foulest to inhabit the world. Dementors feed off human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to anyone near them. They can also [[Dementor's Kiss|consume a person's soul]], leaving their victims in a permanent {{wplink|vegetative state}}, and thus are often referred to as "[[soul]]-sucking fiends" and are known to leave a person as an "empty-shell." <ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
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{{Quote|Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself... soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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A '''Dementor''' is a non-being<ref name="Pottermore"/> and [[Dark Arts|Dark]] creature, considered one of the foulest to inhabit the world. Dementors feed upon human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to anyone near them. They can also [[Dementor's Kiss|consume a person's soul]], leaving their victims in a permanent {{wplink|vegetative state}}, and thus are often referred to as "[[soul]]-sucking fiends" and are known to leave a person as an 'empty-shell'.<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
 
The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] employed Dementors as the guards of [[Azkaban]] prison, until mid-[[1996]], when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was sighted in the Ministry, and their defection to his side was realised. The Dementors supposedly led the [[Death Eaters]] and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] into the Ministry of Magic.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> After the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]] in [[1998]], the Ministry was reformed, and [[Minister for Magic]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] ensured that they were not used by the government again.<ref name="BWC">[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/default.aspx?sec=3 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury WebChat] with [[J. K. Rowling]]</ref>
 
The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] employed Dementors as the guards of [[Azkaban]] prison, until mid-[[1996]], when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was sighted in the Ministry, and their defection to his side was realised. The Dementors supposedly led the [[Death Eaters]] and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] into the Ministry of Magic.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> After the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]] in [[1998]], the Ministry was reformed, and [[Minister for Magic]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] ensured that they were not used by the government again.<ref name="BWC">[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/default.aspx?sec=3 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury WebChat] with [[J. K. Rowling]]</ref>
   
There are certain defenses one can use against Dementors, specifically the [[Patronus Charm]]. Dementors hold no true loyalty, except to whomever can provide them with the most people to feed off. They cannot be destroyed, though their numbers can be limited if the conditions in which they multiply are reduced, implying that they do die off eventually<ref name="BWC" />.
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There are certain defences one can use against Dementors, specifically the [[Patronus Charm]]. Dementors hold no true loyalty, except to whomever can provide them with the most people to feed off. They cannot be destroyed, though their numbers can be limited if the conditions in which they multiply are reduced, implying that they do die off eventually.<ref name="BWC" />
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
 
===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
[[File:Dementor-nohood.png|thumb|left|250px|A Dementor without a hood over its face]]
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[[File:Dementor up close.gif|left|230px|thumb|A Dementor without a hood over its face]]
Dementors have a humanoid, wraith-like shape, approximately three metres, or 10 feet high, and are covered in dark hooded cloaks of long, ripped black cloth. Its body is greyed and decayed looking, and its breath sounds rattling, like it is trying to "suck more than air" out of a room. Its hands are "glistening, greyish, slimy-looking, and scabbed". They seem to exude cold.
 
   
A Dementor's face has nothing but 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]], leaving victims in a state generally considered worse than [[death]]. The Dementor pulls back its hood and sucks out his or her [[soul]], leaving the person an empty shell, alive but completely, irretrievably "gone." Unlike other creatures, who move through some means of physical support, Dementors are able to fly freely.<ref name="POA" />
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Dementors have a humanoid shape, approximately three metres, or 10 feet high, and are covered in dark hooded cloaks of long, ripped black cloth, making them closely resemble wraiths. Its body is greyed and decayed looking, like a decomposing corpse, and its breath sounds rattling, like it is trying to "suck more than air" out of a room. Its hands are "glistening, greyish, slimy-looking, and scabbed". They seem to exude cold.
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[[File:Dementors_mouth.jpg|thumb|175px|A Dementor's mouth]]
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A Dementor's face consists of empty eye sockets, covered with scabby skin. There is also a gaping 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]], leaving victims in a state generally considered worse than [[death]]. The Dementor pulls back its hood and sucks out his or her [[soul]], leaving the person an empty shell, alive but completely, irretrievably 'gone'. Unlike other creatures, who move through some means of physical support, Dementors are able to fly freely. The books describe them as able to [[Gliding|glide]] over the ground only, and in any case, they cannot pass through solid obstacles.<ref name="POA" />
   
 
Dementors are also known to be blind, as they do not have any eyes. However, they have the ability to sense whether a presence is near them or not. This is because they sense the victim's emotions.
 
Dementors are also known to be blind, as they do not have any eyes. However, they have the ability to sense whether a presence is near them or not. This is because they sense the victim's emotions.
   
===Nature===
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===Nature and behaviour===
[[File:Dementor_on_hog_exp.jpg|thumb|275px|Dementor on the [[Hogwarts Express]] sucking the positive emotions from [[Harry Potter]].]]
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{{Quote|He felt the unnatural cold begin to steal over the street. Light was sucked from the environment right up to the stars, which vanished... The cold was biting deeper and deeper into [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s flesh... Then, around the corner, gliding noiselessly, came Dementors, ten or more of them, visible because they were of a denser darkness than their surroundings, with their black cloaks and their scabbed and rotting hands. Could they sense fear in the vicinity? Harry was sure of it: They seemed to be coming more quickly now, taking those dragging, rattling breaths he detested, tasting despair on the air, closing in —|Description of Dementors as they close in|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
{{Quote|He felt the unnatural cold begin to steal over the street. Light was sucked from the environment right up to the stars, which vanished ''[...]'' The cold was biting deeper and deeper into [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s flesh ''[...]'' Then, around the corner, gliding noiselessly, came Dementors, ten or more of them, visible because they were of a denser darkness than their surroundings, with their black cloaks and their scabbed and rotting hands. Could they sense fear in the vicinity? Harry was sure of it: They seemed to be coming more quickly now, taking those dragging, rattling breaths he detested, tasting despair on the air, closing in --|Description of Dementors as they close in|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Dementors_mass.png|thumb|left|240px|Dementors gliding together in mass numbers]]
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In "AZKABAN HAS A REALLY DARK HISTORY", published on Halloween 2014, Rowling details the history of the North Sea island on which the wizard prison is built, explaining that it has never appeared on any map, wizard or muggle. Perhaps the first resident, the sorcerer '[[Ekrizdis]]', who practiced the worst kinds of dark magic, constructed a fortress and lured Muggle sailors there to torture and kill them. After his death, the various concealment charms placed on the island faded, and the Ministry became aware of the mysterious site's existence. “Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside,” Rowling writes, “but the'' least ''frightening part of it was that the place was infested with dementors.” Fearing the potential reprisals of these dark entities, should any attempt be made to evict them from their home, the Ministry decided to simply permit the sizeable colony to remain, unmolested and unchecked, until the fortress's official conversion into the wizarding state prison.
   
Dementors seem to suck all the light and happiness from the air as they draw long, rattling breaths, and cause darkness to close in everywhere and the victim to feel incredibly cold. They can glide toward a victim without sound, and they are sentient enough to taste and sense fear, being drawn to it and the promise of positive memories that it can feed off of. They are also intelligent enough to be greedy: they obeyed the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] for years because, in guarding [[Azkaban]], they were provided with sustenance of any remaining hope or happiness in the prisoners. They can understand and follow at least simple instructions, which allowed a Dementor to act as a bodyguard to [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] in [[1995]]<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>, and for them to escort prisoners in and out of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] courtroom in [[1997]]<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>.
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Dementors seem to suck all the light and happiness from the air as they draw long, rattling breaths, and cause darkness to close in everywhere and the victim to feel incredibly cold. They can glide toward a victim without sound, and they are sentient enough to taste and sense fear, being drawn to it and the promise of positive memories that it can feed off of. They are also intelligent enough to be greedy: they obeyed the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] for years because, in guarding [[Azkaban]], they were provided with sustenance of any remaining hope or happiness in the prisoners. They can understand and follow at least simple instructions, which allowed a Dementor to act as a bodyguard to [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] in [[1995]],<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> and for them to escort prisoners in and out of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] courtroom in [[1997]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
   
[[File:Sirius_balck_in_azkaban.jpg|thumb|left|[[Sirius Black]]]]
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They were able to communicate what they had heard [[Sirius Black]] saying in his sleep to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] in [[1993]], implying that they can speak or otherwise communicate with wizards. [[Albus Dumbledore]] also said that Dementors are vicious creatures and won't distinguish between those they hunt and those that are in their way. He also says that forgiveness is not in a Dementors nature.
{{Quote|They sort of freeze your insides, don't they?|[[Fred Weasley]] on proximity to Dementors.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
 
They were able to communicate what they had heard [[Sirius Black]] saying in his sleep to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] in [[1993]], implying that they can speak or otherwise communicate with wizards.
 
   
 
==Abilities==
 
==Abilities==
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Being blind, Dementors sense and feed on the positive emotions of [[human|human beings]] in order to survive, forcing their victims to relive their worst memories over and over again. The very presence of a Dementor can make the victim's surrounding atmosphere grow cold and dark, and as the number of Dementors increase, so do the effects. Those that are kept in the company of a Dementor for too long tend to become depressed, and are often driven insane, which was the main source of [[Azkaban]]'s well-deserved horrible reputation when they still guarded its prisoners. After spending only a few months there, [[Rubeus Hagrid]] claims he wished he would die in his sleep.<ref name="POA" />
 
Being blind, Dementors sense and feed on the positive emotions of [[human|human beings]] in order to survive, forcing their victims to relive their worst memories over and over again. The very presence of a Dementor can make the victim's surrounding atmosphere grow cold and dark, and as the number of Dementors increase, so do the effects. Those that are kept in the company of a Dementor for too long tend to become depressed, and are often driven insane, which was the main source of [[Azkaban]]'s well-deserved horrible reputation when they still guarded its prisoners. After spending only a few months there, [[Rubeus Hagrid]] claims he wished he would die in his sleep.<ref name="POA" />
   
[[File:Dementor.JPG|thumb|left|250px|A Dementor flying towards a potential victim.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_lv13kyrMIO1qgt0vro1_250.gif|thumb|220px|A dementor sucking all the positive emotion from [[Harry Potter]] (click for animation)]]
   
Dementors rely fully on their ability to sense emotion and physical and/or mental health to track the movements of the prisoners in their care, and are generally unable to distinguish one person from another if both are in similar physical or mental condition. They were unable to identify [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|Mrs. Crouch]] being snuck into [[Azkaban]] disguised as [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] using [[Polyjuice Potion]], or Barty Crouch Jr being snuck out disguised as his mother, since both were ill, as divulged by Bartemius Crouch Jr. under the influence of [[Veritaserum]] in [[1995]]. They can also not distinguish between [[human]]s and animals very easily; [[Sirius Black]], an [[Animagus]], was able to escape from [[Azkaban]] in his dog form. When he became his dog form during imprisonment, the Dementors thought he was losing his mind.
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Dementors rely fully on their ability to sense emotion and physical and/or mental health to track the movements of the prisoners in their care, and are generally unable to distinguish one person from another if both are in similar physical or mental condition. They were unable to identify [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother|Mrs Crouch]] being snuck into [[Azkaban]] disguised as [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Bartemius Crouch Jr]] using [[Polyjuice Potion]], or Barty Crouch Jr being snuck out disguised as his mother, since both were ill, as divulged by Bartemius Crouch Jr. under the influence of [[Veritaserum]] in [[1995]] (though it may be that they simply did not care who they were sucking happiness from so long as they were "fed"). They can also not distinguish between [[human]]s and animals very easily; [[Sirius Black]], an [[Animagus]], was able to escape from [[Azkaban]] in his dog form. When he became his dog form during imprisonment, the Dementors thought he was losing his mind.
   
Although [[Muggle]]s cannot see Dementors, they are affected in a way similar to wizards and witches, becoming depressed when near them.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> While at least one [[Squib]], [[Arabella Figg]], has claimed to see a Dementor<ref name="OTP" />, the truth is that [[Squib]]s cannot see them, but have enough magical knowledge to identify their effects.<ref name="squibs">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Extra Stuff: Squibs] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref>
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Although [[Muggle]]s cannot see Dementors, they are affected in a way similar to wizards and witches, becoming depressed when near them.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> While at least one [[Squib]], [[Arabella Figg]], has claimed to see a Dementor,<ref name="OTP" /> the truth is that [[Squib]]s cannot see them, but have enough magical knowledge to identify their effects.<ref name="squibs">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Extra Stuff: Squibs] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref>
   
After [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother]] died in [[Azkaban]], Dementors buried her body, which shows that Dementors are also capable of physical labour, such as grave-digging.
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After [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother]] died in [[Azkaban]], Dementors buried her body, which shows that Dementors are also capable of physical labour, such as grave-digging. Also, Sirius escaped when the Dementors came to give food, another way of labour. 
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Also, Dementors have the ability to fly freely, without support. It is also stated by [[Remus Lupin]] that, provided a wizard remains in close contact with Dementors for an extended period of time, a Dementor can drain a wizard of his powers. This is not touched upon after being mentioned, so the truth to this statement is unknown. If this is the case, however, it would make Dementors the only known being to permanently render a wizard without magic.
   
 
===Dementor's Kiss===
 
===Dementor's Kiss===
 
{{Main|Dementor's Kiss}}
 
{{Main|Dementor's Kiss}}
{{Quote|There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just... exist. As an empty shell. And your [[soul]] is gone forever…lost.|[[Remus Lupin]] on the [[Dementor's Kiss]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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{{Quote|There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just... exist. As an empty shell. And your [[soul]] is gone forever... lost.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
[[File:DementorDudley.jpg|thumb|275px|A Dementor attacking [[Dudley Dursley]].]]
 
In addition to feeding on positive emotions, Dementors can perform their last and most dangerous ability: the [[Dementor's Kiss]], in which a Dementor latches its mouth onto a victim's and sucks out the person's soul.<ref name="POA" /> 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]]: as a person's [[soul]] is their true self, to be "kissed" by a Dementor is to cease to exist, and yet also remain. The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] occasionally allowed this as a punishment, before [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] became [[Minister for Magic]]. It is unknown what effect a [[Dementor's Kiss]] would have on a person who had split his or her [[soul]] through use of a [[Horcrux]].
 
   
The only [[Dementor's Kiss|Kiss]] portrayed in the books occurred in [[1995]]; [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], who had been working in secret for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], and was restrained at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] awaiting trial. His [[soul]] was sucked out by the Dementor accompanying [[Cornelius Fudge]] as a bodyguard.<ref name="GOF" /> The unfortunate consequence of this act was that it rendered Crouch unable to testify about his master's return, allowing [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] almost a full year to gather strength while the Ministry continued in its denial.
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[[File:Sirius_Soul.jpg|thumb|left|220px|The soul after it's been removed by the [[Dementor's Kiss]]]]
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In addition to feeding on positive emotions, Dementors can perform their last and most dangerous ability: the [[Dementor's Kiss]], in which a Dementor latches its mouth onto a victim's and sucks out the person's soul.<ref name="POA" /> 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]]: as a person's [[soul]] is their true self, to be 'kissed' by a Dementor is to cease to exist, and yet also remain. The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] occasionally allowed this as a punishment, before [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] became [[Minister for Magic]]. It is unknown what effect a [[Dementor's Kiss]] would have on a person who had split his or her [[soul]] through use of a [[Horcrux]].
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The only [[Dementor's Kiss|Kiss]] portrayed in the books occurred in [[1995]]; [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]], who had been working in secret for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], and was restrained at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] awaiting trial. His [[soul]] was sucked out by the Dementor accompanying [[Cornelius Fudge]] as a bodyguard.<ref name="GOF" /> The unfortunate consequence of this act was that it rendered Crouch unable to testify about his master's return, allowing [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] almost a full year to gather strength while the [[Ministry]] continued in its denial.
   
 
==Protection from Dementors==
 
==Protection from Dementors==
[[File:HarryPatronusPoA.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[Harry Potter]] protecting himself and [[Sirius Black]] from Dementors, using the [[Patronus]].]]
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===Patronus Charm===
{{Quote|A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the [[wizard]] who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him.|[[Remus Lupin]] teaching [[Harry Potter]] the [[Patronus]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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{{Quote|A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the [[wizard]] who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him.|[[Remus Lupin]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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[[File:Tumblr_m9dlcwP2yr1qiyseco3_250.gif|frame|Harry Potter protecting himself and Sirius Black from Dementors, using the Patronus Charm|235x235px]]
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No one has ever demonstrated the ability to [[Avada Kedavra|kill]] a Dementor, implying that they can not be killed through physical means, but can only be driven away or temporarily kept at bay. One of the few ways to shield oneself from Dementors is by use of the immensely difficult [[Patronus Charm]] to fend them off.<ref name="POA" /> The charm summons a [[Patronus]], the magical manifestation of good will and happiness, providing varied levels of protection against the Dementors' influence, based on the caster's strength as a wizard.
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As the Patronus is not alive, the Dementor is unable to feed on it. Only when summoned by an experienced caster will the Patronus take the form of an animal significant in some way to the individual. While the lower level Patronus was more amorphous and ephemeral, corporeal Patronuses chase down Dementors and force them to flee the vicinity.<ref name="OTP" /> An incorporeal Patronus only slows a Dementor down,<ref name="POA" /> as if the creature is walking through quicksand, and tends not to last long.
   
No one has ever demonstrated the ability to [[Avada Kedavra|kill]] a Dementor, implying that they can not be killed through physical means, but can only be driven away or temporarily kept at bay. One of the few ways to shield oneself from Dementors is by use of the difficult [[Patronus Charm]] to fend them off.<ref name="POA" /> The charm summons a [[Patronus]], the magical manifestation of good will and happiness, providing varied levels of protection against the Dementors' influence, based on the caster's strength as a wizard. The Dementor is unable to feed on it. Only when summoned by an experienced caster will the Patronus take the form of an animal significant in some way to the individual. While the lower level Patronus was more amorphous and ephemeral, corporeal Patronuses chase down Dementors and force them to flee the vicinity.<ref name="OTP" /> An incorporeal Patronus only slows a Dementor down<ref name="POA" />, as if the creature is walking through quicksand, and tends not to last long.
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===Other===
   
 
Since Dementors can not properly sense the less complex thoughts and emotions of a person when he or she takes on an [[Animagus]] form, doing so allowed some, such as [[Sirius Black]], to temporarily avoid feeling the effects of the Dementors' presence.<ref name="POA" /> When they sensed his less human thoughts, the Dementors simply thought Sirius was losing his mind.
 
Since Dementors can not properly sense the less complex thoughts and emotions of a person when he or she takes on an [[Animagus]] form, doing so allowed some, such as [[Sirius Black]], to temporarily avoid feeling the effects of the Dementors' presence.<ref name="POA" /> When they sensed his less human thoughts, the Dementors simply thought Sirius was losing his mind.
   
Though clearly not a common method of repelling Dementors, the enigmatic form people take after being brought back by the [[Resurrection Stone]] appears to function much like a [[Patronus]], as the "resurrected" forms of [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]] and [[James and Lily Potter]] were able to shield [[Harry Potter]] from the Dementors [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] had stationed in the [[Forbidden Forest]] in [[1998]].
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Though clearly not a common method of repelling Dementors, the enigmatic form people take after being brought back by the [[Resurrection Stone]] appears to function much like a [[Patronus]], as the 'resurrected' forms of [[Sirius Black]], [[Remus Lupin]], and [[James and Lily Potter]] were able to shield [[Harry Potter]] from the Dementors [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] had stationed in the [[Forbidden Forest]] in [[1998]].
   
 
There may be another, more common way of repelling a Dementor, aside from the Patronus Charm, as [[Harry Potter]] disagreed with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] on the best method for confronting one when it was the subject of a report in his [[sixth year]].<ref name="HBP" /> This implies that there are, indeed, other methods.
 
There may be another, more common way of repelling a Dementor, aside from the Patronus Charm, as [[Harry Potter]] disagreed with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] on the best method for confronting one when it was the subject of a report in his [[sixth year]].<ref name="HBP" /> This implies that there are, indeed, other methods.
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==Separation from the Ministry==
 
==Separation from the Ministry==
[[File:Azkaban-movie.JPG|thumb|left|260px|[[Azkaban]] Prison.]]
 
 
{{Quote|The Dementors will join us, they are our natural allies...|[[Lord Voldemort]] talking to his [[Death Eaters]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|The Dementors will join us, they are our natural allies...|[[Lord Voldemort]] talking to his [[Death Eaters]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[File:Azkaban.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[Azkaban]] Prison]]
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The Dementors served the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] as the guards of [[Azkaban]], as it allowed them to feed on the emotions of the prisoners. However, by July [[1996]], all of the Dementors of Azkaban staged a mass revolt against their employers to join [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who offered them more victims. This aided the [[Azkaban escapes#1996|1996]] and [[Azkaban escapes#1997|1997 escapes]] of [[Death Eaters]] from Azkaban.<ref name="OTP" />
 
The Dementors served the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] as the guards of [[Azkaban]], as it allowed them to feed on the emotions of the prisoners. However, by July [[1996]], all of the Dementors of Azkaban staged a mass revolt against their employers to join [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who offered them more victims. This aided the [[Azkaban escapes#1996|1996]] and [[Azkaban escapes#1997|1997 escapes]] of [[Death Eaters]] from Azkaban.<ref name="OTP" />
   
By mid-[[1996]], the Dementors who had joined Voldemort were multiplying, thus causing an "unseasonal" July mist. [[Cornelius Fudge]] also admitted they were factors in the [[Prime Minister|British Prime Minister]]'s recent decline in terms of public approval, as they were making people less happy in general.<ref name="HBP" />
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By mid-[[1996]], the Dementors who had joined Voldemort were multiplying, thus causing an 'unseasonal' July mist. [[Cornelius Fudge]] also admitted they were factors in the [[Prime Minister|British Prime Minister]]'s recent decline in terms of public approval, as they were making people less happy in general.<ref name="HBP" />
   
When [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] became [[Minister for Magic]] after the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]] in [[1998]], Dementors were no longer used by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]<ref name="BWC" />, presumably because they were deemed untrustworthy and exposing people to their effects is considered inhumane.
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When [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] became [[Minister for Magic]] after the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]] in [[1998]], Dementors were no longer used by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]],<ref name="BWC" /> presumably because they were deemed untrustworthy and exposing people to their effects is considered inhumane.
   
 
==Harry Potter's encounters with Dementors==
 
==Harry Potter's encounters with Dementors==
[[File:Dementor Boggart.gif|thumb|250px|right|[[Remus Lupin]] protecting Harry Potter when Harry's [[boggart]] turned into a Dementor in [[1993]].]]
 
{{Quote|When they get near me -- I can hear Voldemort murdering my mum.|[[Harry Potter]] on the Dementors' effect on him|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
 
   
 
===1993-1994===
 
===1993-1994===
[[Harry Potter]] first encountered Dementors during the [[1993–1994 school year]] , when they were sent to guard [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] against [[Sirius Black]], who had recently [[Azkaban escapes#1993|escaped]] from [[Azkaban]]. Whenever he got near one, Harry was forced to relive his worst memory: hearing the last moments of his parents' lives before they were murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. The first of these encounters was on the [[Hogwarts Express]], during which he was protected by the new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor, [[Remus Lupin]]. While the Dementors were at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], [[Headmaster]] [[Albus Dumbledore]] warned the students not to give the Dementors any reason to harm them. He refused to let the Dementors enter the School Grounds. When Sirius Black was found to have entered the school, the Dementors wanted to help search the school, but Dumbledore refused to let them enter.
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{{Quote|When they get near me I can hear Voldemort murdering my mum.|[[Harry Potter]] on the Dementors' effect on him|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:250px-Dementor Boggart.gif|frame|right|[[Remus Lupin]] protecting Harry Potter when Harry's [[boggart]] turned into a Dementor in [[1993]].]]
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[[Harry Potter]] first encountered Dementors during the [[1993–1994 school year|1993-1994 school year]], when they were sent to guard [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] against [[Sirius Black]], who had recently [[Azkaban escapes#1993|escaped]] from [[Azkaban]]. Whenever he got near one, Harry was forced to relive his worst memory: hearing the last moments of his parents' lives before they were murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. The first of these encounters was on the [[Hogwarts Express]], during which he was protected by the new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor, [[Remus Lupin]]. While the Dementors were at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], [[Headmaster]] [[Albus Dumbledore]] warned the students not to give the Dementors any reason to harm them. He refused to let the Dementors enter the School Grounds. When Sirius Black was found to have entered the school, the Dementors wanted to help search the school, but Dumbledore refused to let them enter.
   
 
Harry endured a second encounter with a group of Dementors during a [[Quidditch]] match, which caused him to lose consciousness and suffer a fall from his broom. He was that time rescued by [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], who slowed Harry's fall and then drove the Dementors away with a [[Patronus]]. They seemed to be particularly attracted to Harry because, due to his miserable childhood and many bad memories, he was particularly vulnerable to their influence.<ref name="POA" /> [[Professor Lupin]] later claims the atmosphere of excitement during a Quidditch Match would be like a feast to the Dementors, and they were unable to resist it.
 
Harry endured a second encounter with a group of Dementors during a [[Quidditch]] match, which caused him to lose consciousness and suffer a fall from his broom. He was that time rescued by [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], who slowed Harry's fall and then drove the Dementors away with a [[Patronus]]. They seemed to be particularly attracted to Harry because, due to his miserable childhood and many bad memories, he was particularly vulnerable to their influence.<ref name="POA" /> [[Professor Lupin]] later claims the atmosphere of excitement during a Quidditch Match would be like a feast to the Dementors, and they were unable to resist it.
   
[[File:Harry Potters' Patronus.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Harry Potter]]'s stag [[Patronus]].]]
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[[File:Harry_Potters'_Patronus.jpg|thumb|left|180x180px|[[Harry Potter]]'s stag [[Patronus]].]]
To overcome the Dementors, Harry asked Lupin for assistance. Lupin taught Harry the [[Patronus Charm]], using a [[Boggart]], as it transformed into a Dementor round Harry. Harry's [[Patronus]] took the form of a [[Deer|stag]], which was both the form his father's Patronus took and the form his father himself took as an [[Animagus]]. During the next Quidditch match Harry was in, 4 [[Slytherin]]s, [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Vincent Crabbe]], [[Gregory Goyle]], and [[Marcus Flint]] disguised themselves as Dementors to distract Harry. However Harry cast a Patronus at them and won the match, after which the students were given detention by [[Minerva McGonagall]]. Harry initially failed to produce a fully formed [[Patronus]], when he, Hermione and Sirius were [[Dementor attack on Harry Potter & Sirius Black|attacked]] by a group of Dementors in the [[Forbidden Forest]]; the three were saved by the intervention of a powerful and fully formed Patronus before the Dementors were ready to [[Dementor's kiss|take]] the the [[soul]]s of Sirius, Harry, and Hermione. This Patronus had been conjured by Harry, who travelled back in time with [[Hermione Granger]] by use of her [[Time-Turner]]<ref name="POA" /> (this technically counts as both Harry's third and fourth encounters with the Dementors, since, due to his time traveling, he experienced this same encounter twice). Because the Dementors tried to Kiss Harry during this encounter in the Forest, it was enough to convince the [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] to have the Dementors removed from Hogwarts at the end of the school year. [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] seemed very happy about this.
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To overcome the Dementors, Harry asked Lupin for assistance. Lupin taught Harry the [[Patronus Charm]], using a [[Boggart]], as it transformed into a Dementor round Harry. Harry's [[Patronus]] took the form of a [[Deer|stag]], which was both the form his father's Patronus took and the form his father himself took as an [[Animagus]]. During the next Quidditch match Harry was in, 4 [[Slytherin]]s, [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Vincent Crabbe]], [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Marcus Flint]] disguised themselves as Dementors to distract Harry. However Harry cast a Patronus at them and won the match, after which the students were given detention by [[Minerva McGonagall]].
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Harry initially failed to produce a fully formed [[Patronus]], when he, Hermione and Sirius were [[Dementor attack on Harry Potter & Sirius Black|attacked]] by a group of Dementors in the [[Forbidden Forest]]; the three were saved by the intervention of a powerful and fully formed Patronus before the Dementors were ready to [[Dementor's kiss|take]] the [[soul]]s of Sirius, Harry, and Hermione. This Patronus had been conjured by Harry, who travelled back in time with [[Hermione Granger]] by use of her [[Time-Turner]]<ref name="POA" /> (this technically counts as both Harry's third and fourth encounter with the Dementors, since, due to his time travelling, he experienced this same encounter twice). Because the Dementors tried to Kiss Harry during this encounter in the Forest, it was enough to convince the [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] to have the Dementors removed from Hogwarts at the end of the school year. [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] seemed very happy about this.
   
 
===1995===
 
===1995===
Harry met a Dementor in the Triwizard Tournament maze that actually was a Boggart.
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Harry met a Dementor in the Triwizard Tournament, confusing it as a Real Dementor he conjured the Patronus Charm and soon the Dementor stumbled and then Harry knew it was a boggart and soon cried 'Ridikkulus'.
   
 
Harry's fifth encounter was in an alley near his home on [[4 Privet Drive|Privet Drive]], when he and his cousin, [[Dudley Dursley]], were [[Dementor attack on Harry Potter and Dudley Dursley|ambushed]] by two Dementors sent secretly and illegally by [[Dolores Umbridge]]. He was able to successfully use the [[Patronus Charm]] and was subsequently rescued by a [[Squib]] named [[Arabella Figg]]. Harry was put on trial for his use of [[Underage magic]], but ultimately not punished, as it was recognised as having been self-defence. Nearly a year later Umbridge revealed what she had done to Harry.<ref name="OTP" />
 
Harry's fifth encounter was in an alley near his home on [[4 Privet Drive|Privet Drive]], when he and his cousin, [[Dudley Dursley]], were [[Dementor attack on Harry Potter and Dudley Dursley|ambushed]] by two Dementors sent secretly and illegally by [[Dolores Umbridge]]. He was able to successfully use the [[Patronus Charm]] and was subsequently rescued by a [[Squib]] named [[Arabella Figg]]. Harry was put on trial for his use of [[Underage magic]], but ultimately not punished, as it was recognised as having been self-defence. Nearly a year later Umbridge revealed what she had done to Harry.<ref name="OTP" />
   
 
===1997===
 
===1997===
[[File:DH1 Dementors over the Muggle-Borns Trial Court.jpg|thumb|Hundred of Dementors guarding the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] trial courtroom.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_lupskzNgHS1qgt0vro2_250.gif|frame|Harry repelling the Dementors guarding the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] trial courtroom.]]
While Harry was disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]], he encountered the Dementors in the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] court room, where they were used to take away convicted [[Muggle-born]]s after interrogation and to terrorize them during interrogation. [[Dolores Umbridge]] protected herself and the other questioners with a cat [[Patronus]], which dissipated when Harry stunned her. Once the Trio entered the grills of the Ministry elevator, unhooded Dementors stalled the elevator. The Dementors attempted to give them [[Dementor's Kisses|Kisses]], but Harry used a [[Patronus]] to blast them away before the Kisses could be performed.
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While Harry was disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]], he encountered the Dementors in the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]] court room, where they were used to take away convicted [[Muggle-born]]s after interrogation and to terrorize them during interrogation. [[Dolores Umbridge]] protected herself and the other questioners with a cat [[Patronus]], which dissipated when Harry stunned her. Harry and Hermione then performed the charm to save the Muggle-borns who had yet to be interogated from the dementors, and to allow them all to escape.
   
 
===1998===
 
===1998===
[[File:DementorDHP2.JPG|thumb|left|176px|Dementor around the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]].]]
 
After Apparating to [[Hogsmeade]], Harry, Ron, and Hermione set off a [[Caterwauling Charm]] and hid under Harry's [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]]. Unable to find them, the [[Death Eater]]s dispatched Dementors to attack the trio, and Harry was forced to cast his [[Patronus]] to protect them from being [[Dementor's Kiss|Kissed]]. He drove away the Dementors, but almost gave the three away before [[Aberforth Dumbledore]] saved them and passed off Harry's stag as his own goat.
 
   
[[File:Dementors_coming_into_Hogwarts.jpg|thumb|280px|Dementors attacking [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
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After Apparating to [[Hogsmeade]], Harry, Ron and Hermione set off a [[Caterwauling Charm]] and hid under Harry's [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]]. Unable to find them, the [[Death Eater]]s dispatched Dementors to attack the trio, and Harry was forced to cast his [[Patronus]] to protect them from being [[Dementor's Kiss|Kissed]]. He drove away the Dementors, but almost gave the three away before [[Aberforth Dumbledore]] saved them and passed off Harry's stag as his own goat.
Later, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], the Dementors fought on the side of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and the [[Death Eaters]]. [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] were attacked by large numbers of Dementors, and due to the horrific events they had experienced and witnessed, including the recent death of [[Fred Weasley]], they all had difficulty summoning their Patronuses. In fact, Harry welcomed the fate that came with a [[Dementor's Kiss]], but [[Seamus Finnigan]], [[Luna Lovegood]], and [[Ernest Macmillan|Ernie Macmillan]] attacked the Dementors with their own [[Patronus Charm]]s and encouraged the three, allowing them to finally summon their Patronuses. Later, Harry encountered more Dementors in the [[Forbidden Forest]], but the presence of James, Lily, Sirius, and Lupin, summoned through the [[Resurrection Stone]], shielded him from them. <ref name="DH" />
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[[File:Dementors_coming_into_Hogwarts.jpg|thumb|left|245px|Dementors attacking [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
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Later, during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], the Dementors fought on the side of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and the [[Death Eaters]]. [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] were attacked by large numbers of Dementors, and due to the horrific events they had experienced and witnessed, including the recent death of [[Fred Weasley]], they all had difficulty summoning their Patronuses. In fact, Harry welcomed the fate that came with a [[Dementor's Kiss]], but [[Seamus Finnigan]], [[Luna Lovegood]] and [[Ernest Macmillan|Ernie Macmillan]] attacked the Dementors with their own [[Patronus Charm|Patronuss]] holding them at bay and encouraged Harry to do the same, allowing him to finally summon his Patronus, which caused the Dementors to scatter. Later, Harry encountered more Dementors in the [[Forbidden Forest]], but the presence of James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin, summoned through the [[Resurrection Stone]], shielded him from them.<ref name="DH" />
   
 
===Post-1998===
 
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==Media==
 
==Media==
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File:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Dementor on the Train|Dementor on the Train
 
File:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Dementor on the Train|Dementor on the Train
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File:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - The Dementors by the lake| Dementors by the Lake
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File:Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Dudley demented|Dudley Demented
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
*The name ''Dementor'' likely comes from the words ''demented'', "to make insane", and ''tormentor'', "one who afflicts with great suffering"<ref>[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/torment Dictionary.com definition: Torment]</ref>, which would make the definition of the word "one who inflicts insanity". Dementor could also be a combination of demon and tormentor.
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The English word ''dementor'' is used generically to refer to any evil or fearsome creature. The word ultimately derives from the [[Latin]] ''dēmēns'', meaning "to be [[Insanity|insane]]".
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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*[[J. K. Rowling]] has revealed that the inspiration for Dementors came from her bout with severe depression before her phenomenal success. She described the feeling as an "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."<ref>[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/entertainment&id=6038305 Interview on 24 March, 2008]</ref>
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] has revealed that the inspiration for Dementors came from her bout with severe depression before her phenomenal success. She described the feeling as an "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."<ref>[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/entertainment&id=6038305 Interview on 24 March, 2008]</ref>
 
*In an attempt to sabotage Harry during a [[Quidditch]] match in 1994, [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Vincent Crabbe]], [[Gregory Goyle]], and [[Marcus Flint]] dressed up as Dementors to scare him. Malfoy was standing on Goyle's shoulders. Considering how tall Dementors are (they are described in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' as reaching from the floor to the ceiling on the [[Hogwarts Express]]), the foursome appear to account for two Dementors, when just a few pages earlier, Harry saw three Dementors. (Although [[Marcus Flint]], as an older student - in his fourth, fifth, or sixth year - may have been tall enough to pass as a Dementor without someone on his shoulders.) However, their attempt failed when Harry cast a [[Patronus Charm]] at them.
 
*In an attempt to sabotage Harry during a [[Quidditch]] match in 1994, [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Vincent Crabbe]], [[Gregory Goyle]], and [[Marcus Flint]] dressed up as Dementors to scare him. Malfoy was standing on Goyle's shoulders. Considering how tall Dementors are (they are described in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' as reaching from the floor to the ceiling on the [[Hogwarts Express]]), the foursome appear to account for two Dementors, when just a few pages earlier, Harry saw three Dementors. (Although [[Marcus Flint]], as an older student - in his fourth, fifth, or sixth year - may have been tall enough to pass as a Dementor without someone on his shoulders.) However, their attempt failed when Harry cast a [[Patronus Charm]] at them.
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*The Dementors in the film series seem to possess the ability to fly, whereas in the book they only seem to glide.
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**Because of this, the corporeal [[Patronus Charm]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' seems to work differently by sending a pulse at the Dementors flying in the air rather than charging at them on the ground.
 
*Animatronic Dementors appear in [[Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey]] at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], chasing the riders' flying bench through the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and around the skeleton of the [[Basilisk]]. The [[Dark Mark]] appears along with them, suggesting that a [[Death Eater]] summoned them to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
 
*Animatronic Dementors appear in [[Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey]] at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], chasing the riders' flying bench through the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and around the skeleton of the [[Basilisk]]. The [[Dark Mark]] appears along with them, suggesting that a [[Death Eater]] summoned them to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
 
*Dementors are often compared to the Nazgûl from ''{{wplink|The Lord of the Rings}}'', as well as the Spectres from ''{{wplink|His Dark Materials}}''. They can also be compared to the [[w:c:inheritance:Ra'zac|Ra'zac]] of ''[[w:c:inheritance|The Inheritance Cycle]]'' in that the foul breath of the Ra'zac engenders terror and lethargy in humans, though the Ra'zac cannot be repelled by a simple charm, nor are they are amortal spirits that cannot be truly destroyed.
 
*Dementors are often compared to the Nazgûl from ''{{wplink|The Lord of the Rings}}'', as well as the Spectres from ''{{wplink|His Dark Materials}}''. They can also be compared to the [[w:c:inheritance:Ra'zac|Ra'zac]] of ''[[w:c:inheritance|The Inheritance Cycle]]'' in that the foul breath of the Ra'zac engenders terror and lethargy in humans, though the Ra'zac cannot be repelled by a simple charm, nor are they are amortal spirits that cannot be truly destroyed.
 
*According to [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]], Dementors may be unknown in tropical regions.
 
*According to [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]], Dementors may be unknown in tropical regions.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', a large Dementor serves as the final boss of Year 3.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', a large Dementor serves as the final boss of Year 3.
*J.K. Rowling has said that Dementors don't breed, but grow like fungi where there is decay; and are immortal in terms of age. <ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-canadianpress-moore.htm</ref>
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*J.K. Rowling has said that Dementors don't breed, but grow like fungi where there is decay; and are immortal in terms of age.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-canadianpress-moore.htm</ref>
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Aberforth repels the attacking Dementors in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] with a wave-like [[Patronus]], similar to the one cast by [[Harry Potter|Harry]] in the film version of ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Aberforth repels the attacking Dementors in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] with a wave-like [[Patronus]], similar to the one cast by [[Harry Potter|Harry]] in the film version of ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.
 
*Dementors and the [[Dementor's Kiss]] exhibit interesting parallels to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and the spell that creates a [[Horcrux]]:
 
*Dementors and the [[Dementor's Kiss]] exhibit interesting parallels to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and the spell that creates a [[Horcrux]]:
**The [[Dementor's Kiss]] sucks out a victim's soul, while the [[Horcrux]] spell allows part of the caster's soul to be broken off. Total soul removal results in something similar to a Persistent Vegetative State and is irreversible, while creating a [[Horcrux]] reduces the humanity of the caster, both in terms of morality/behavior and appearance (evidenced by the once handsome [[Tom Marvolo Riddle]] becoming monstrous and snake-like in appearance over time). The damage of creating a [[Horcrux]] may be undone through remorse, but the process is so painful it can be fatal.
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**The [[Dementor's Kiss]] sucks out a victim's soul, while the [[Horcrux]] spell allows part of the caster's soul to be broken off. Total soul removal results in something similar to a Persistent Vegetative State and is irreversible, while creating a [[Horcrux]] reduces the humanity of the caster, both in terms of morality/behaviour and appearance (evidenced by the once handsome [[Tom Marvolo Riddle]] becoming monstrous and snake-like in appearance over time). The damage of creating a [[Horcrux]] may be undone through remorse, but the process is so painful it can be fatal.
 
**The victim of a [[Dementor's Kiss]] cannot become a [[ghost]], since the [[soul]] has been lost. Presumably, the victim also cannot enter the afterlife, or possibly even [[Limbo]]. Similarly, the maker of a [[Horcrux]] cannot die, while the Horcrux(es) is/are intact, and if an unrepentant Horcrux maker is killed, he or she is trapped in [[Limbo]] and cannot enter the afterlife.
 
**The victim of a [[Dementor's Kiss]] cannot become a [[ghost]], since the [[soul]] has been lost. Presumably, the victim also cannot enter the afterlife, or possibly even [[Limbo]]. Similarly, the maker of a [[Horcrux]] cannot die, while the Horcrux(es) is/are intact, and if an unrepentant Horcrux maker is killed, he or she is trapped in [[Limbo]] and cannot enter the afterlife.
**In ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[Remus Lupin|Lupin]] states "the only people that know what's under a Dementor's hood are in no state to tell us (being soulless)" but from the 5th movie and onward, they are shown without any hood at all. This is likely due to change of directors.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[Remus Lupin|Lupin]] states "the only people that know what's under a Dementor's hood are in no state to tell us (being soulless)" but from the 5th movie and onward, they are shown without any hood at all. This is likely due to change of directors.
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*A species of [[wasp]], ''{{wplink|Ampulex dementor}}'', is named after the Dementor. This name was chosen to reflect the fact that the wasp uses a toxin to neutralize the neural behaviour of cockroaches and make them docile, as if they had had their souls sucked out.<ref>[http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0095068 "The Soul-Sucking Wasp by Popular Acclaim – Museum Visitor Participation in Biodiversity Discovery and Taxonomy"] - PLOS ONE</ref>
   
 
===Foreign words for Dementor===
 
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*'''Catalan''': "Demèntor" (pronounced duh-MEN-toor)
 
*'''Catalan''': "Demèntor" (pronounced duh-MEN-toor)
 
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*'''Chinese''':
** ''Traditional'': 催狂魔 - 'Demon who catalytic people mental ','Demon that dement souls'
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** ''Simplified'': 摄魂怪 - "soul sucking demon"
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** ''Mainland'': 摄魂怪 - ''shèhúnguài'' - "suck-soul devil/monster"
 
* '''Czech''': "mozkomor" - "plague of the brain"
 
* '''Czech''': "mozkomor" - "plague of the brain"
 
* '''Danish: '''"Dementor" 
 
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* '''French''': "détraqueur" - "that which makes (things) go wrong or break down"
 
* '''French''': "détraqueur" - "that which makes (things) go wrong or break down"
 
* '''German''': "Dementor"
 
* '''German''': "Dementor"
* '''Greek: ''' "Παράφρονας" (pronounced "Parafronas") - from Greek "παράφρων" meaning "mentally ill".
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* '''Georgian''': დემენტორი (დემენტორები); (pronounced dementori, plural: dementorebi)
* '''Hebrew''': "סוהרסן" - from "סוהר" ("prison") and "הרסן" ("destructive")
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* '''Greek: '''"Παράφρονας" (pronounced "Parafronas") - from Greek "παράφρων" meaning "mentally ill".
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* '''Hebrew''': "סוהרסן" - from "סוהר" ("prison warden") and "הרסן" ("destructive")
 
* '''Hindi''' (India): दमपिशाच (''damapishācha'' or ''dampishāch'') - from {{wplink|Sanskrit}} ''dama'' = "house" and ''pishācha'' (a type of Hindu demon: see {{wplink|pishacha}}).
 
* '''Hindi''' (India): दमपिशाच (''damapishācha'' or ''dampishāch'') - from {{wplink|Sanskrit}} ''dama'' = "house" and ''pishācha'' (a type of Hindu demon: see {{wplink|pishacha}}).
 
* '''Hungarian:''' "Dementor"
 
* '''Hungarian:''' "Dementor"
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* '''Indonesian''': "iblis" - "demon of death and happiness remover"; see [[wikipedia:Iblis]]
 
* '''Indonesian''': "iblis" - "demon of death and happiness remover"; see [[wikipedia:Iblis]]
 
* '''Italian''': "dissennatore" - "he who takes sanity away", from ''senno'' meaning 'mental sanity'
 
* '''Italian''': "dissennatore" - "he who takes sanity away", from ''senno'' meaning 'mental sanity'
* '''Japanese''': (吸魂鬼, "''kyuukonki''") - soul-sucking demon
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* '''Japanese''':
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** ディメンター - ''dimentā''
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** 吸魂鬼 - "''kyūkonki''" - suck-soul ghost/demon (modeled after East Asian words for vampires)
 
* '''Lithuanian''': "Psichas" - Mental/Psycho
 
* '''Lithuanian''': "Psichas" - Mental/Psycho
 
* '''Latvian: '''Atprātotājs
 
* '''Latvian: '''Atprātotājs
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* '''Macedonian: '''Дементор
 
* '''Norwegian''': "Desperant" - One that brings out despair
 
* '''Norwegian''': "Desperant" - One that brings out despair
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* '''Persian:''' "دیوانه ساز" - Maddening
 
* '''Polish:''' "Dementor"
 
* '''Polish:''' "Dementor"
 
* '''Portuguese''':
 
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* '''Spanish''': "Dementor"
 
* '''Spanish''': "Dementor"
 
* '''Swedish:''' "Dementor"
 
* '''Swedish:''' "Dementor"
* '''Thai''': "ผู้คุมวิญญาณ" (pronounced "Poo-Khum-Win-Yarn") - Soul Warden
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* '''Thai''': "ผู้คุมวิญญาณ" - "Poo-khum-win-yarn" - Soul Warden
* '''Turkish''': "Ruh Emici" - ''Ruh'' means soul and verb ''emmek'' means 'to suck', it means ''Soul Suckers''
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* '''Turkish''': "Ruh Emici" - "soul-suckers"
* '''Vietnamese''': "giám ngục Azkaban" - "watchers or guards of Azkaban"
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* '''Ukrainian: "'''Дементор" (plural: Дементори)
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* '''Vietnamese''': "giám ngục Azkaban" - "prison guards of Azkaban"
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter: Find Scabbers]]
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World]]''
 
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter|Harry Potter LEGO Sets]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter|Harry Potter LEGO Sets]]''
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==See also==
 
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Dementor
Species information
Sentience

Sentient to an unknown degree

Eye colour

None

Skin colour

Scabby gray

Hair colour

None

Related to

Lethifold (possibly)

Native range

Azkaban, later worldwide (excepting tropics)

Height of average adult

3 meters (9.84 feet)

Mortality

Amortal[1]

Distinction(s)
Affiliation
Ministry of Magic Classification

Non-being

Status

Extant, presumably decreasing in number

"Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself... soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life."
Remus Lupin[src]

A Dementor is a non-being[1] and Dark creature, considered one of the foulest to inhabit the world. Dementors feed upon human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to anyone near them. They can also consume a person's soul, leaving their victims in a permanent vegetative state, and thus are often referred to as "soul-sucking fiends" and are known to leave a person as an 'empty-shell'.[2]

The Ministry of Magic employed Dementors as the guards of Azkaban prison, until mid-1996, when Lord Voldemort was sighted in the Ministry, and their defection to his side was realised. The Dementors supposedly led the Death Eaters and Voldemort into the Ministry of Magic.[3] After the end of the Second Wizarding War in 1998, the Ministry was reformed, and Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt ensured that they were not used by the government again.[4]

There are certain defences one can use against Dementors, specifically the Patronus Charm. Dementors hold no true loyalty, except to whomever can provide them with the most people to feed off. They cannot be destroyed, though their numbers can be limited if the conditions in which they multiply are reduced, implying that they do die off eventually.[4]

DescriptionEdit

AppearanceEdit

Dementor up close

A Dementor without a hood over its face

Dementors have a humanoid shape, approximately three metres, or 10 feet high, and are covered in dark hooded cloaks of long, ripped black cloth, making them closely resemble wraiths. Its body is greyed and decayed looking, like a decomposing corpse, and its breath sounds rattling, like it is trying to "suck more than air" out of a room. Its hands are "glistening, greyish, slimy-looking, and scabbed". They seem to exude cold.

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A Dementor's mouth

A Dementor's face consists of empty eye sockets, covered with scabby skin. There is also a gaping 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, leaving victims in a state generally considered worse than death. The Dementor pulls back its hood and sucks out his or her soul, leaving the person an empty shell, alive but completely, irretrievably 'gone'. Unlike other creatures, who move through some means of physical support, Dementors are able to fly freely. The books describe them as able to glide over the ground only, and in any case, they cannot pass through solid obstacles.[2]

Dementors are also known to be blind, as they do not have any eyes. However, they have the ability to sense whether a presence is near them or not. This is because they sense the victim's emotions.

Nature and behaviourEdit

"He felt the unnatural cold begin to steal over the street. Light was sucked from the environment right up to the stars, which vanished... The cold was biting deeper and deeper into Harry's flesh... Then, around the corner, gliding noiselessly, came Dementors, ten or more of them, visible because they were of a denser darkness than their surroundings, with their black cloaks and their scabbed and rotting hands. Could they sense fear in the vicinity? Harry was sure of it: They seemed to be coming more quickly now, taking those dragging, rattling breaths he detested, tasting despair on the air, closing in —"
—Description of Dementors as they close in[src]
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Dementors gliding together in mass numbers

In "AZKABAN HAS A REALLY DARK HISTORY", published on Halloween 2014, Rowling details the history of the North Sea island on which the wizard prison is built, explaining that it has never appeared on any map, wizard or muggle. Perhaps the first resident, the sorcerer 'Ekrizdis', who practiced the worst kinds of dark magic, constructed a fortress and lured Muggle sailors there to torture and kill them. After his death, the various concealment charms placed on the island faded, and the Ministry became aware of the mysterious site's existence. “Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside,” Rowling writes, “but the least frightening part of it was that the place was infested with dementors.” Fearing the potential reprisals of these dark entities, should any attempt be made to evict them from their home, the Ministry decided to simply permit the sizeable colony to remain, unmolested and unchecked, until the fortress's official conversion into the wizarding state prison.

Dementors seem to suck all the light and happiness from the air as they draw long, rattling breaths, and cause darkness to close in everywhere and the victim to feel incredibly cold. They can glide toward a victim without sound, and they are sentient enough to taste and sense fear, being drawn to it and the promise of positive memories that it can feed off of. They are also intelligent enough to be greedy: they obeyed the Ministry of Magic for years because, in guarding Azkaban, they were provided with sustenance of any remaining hope or happiness in the prisoners. They can understand and follow at least simple instructions, which allowed a Dementor to act as a bodyguard to Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in 1995,[5] and for them to escort prisoners in and out of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission courtroom in 1997.[6]

They were able to communicate what they had heard Sirius Black saying in his sleep to the Ministry in 1993, implying that they can speak or otherwise communicate with wizards. Albus Dumbledore also said that Dementors are vicious creatures and won't distinguish between those they hunt and those that are in their way. He also says that forgiveness is not in a Dementors nature.

AbilitiesEdit

"They don't need walls and water to keep the prisoners in, not when they're trapped inside their own heads, incapable of a single cheerful thought. Most go mad within weeks."
Remus Lupin on Azkaban prisoners' long-term exposure to Dementors[src]

Being blind, Dementors sense and feed on the positive emotions of human beings in order to survive, forcing their victims to relive their worst memories over and over again. The very presence of a Dementor can make the victim's surrounding atmosphere grow cold and dark, and as the number of Dementors increase, so do the effects. Those that are kept in the company of a Dementor for too long tend to become depressed, and are often driven insane, which was the main source of Azkaban's well-deserved horrible reputation when they still guarded its prisoners. After spending only a few months there, Rubeus Hagrid claims he wished he would die in his sleep.[2]

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A dementor sucking all the positive emotion from Harry Potter (click for animation)

Dementors rely fully on their ability to sense emotion and physical and/or mental health to track the movements of the prisoners in their care, and are generally unable to distinguish one person from another if both are in similar physical or mental condition. They were unable to identify Mrs Crouch being snuck into Azkaban disguised as Bartemius Crouch Jr using Polyjuice Potion, or Barty Crouch Jr being snuck out disguised as his mother, since both were ill, as divulged by Bartemius Crouch Jr. under the influence of Veritaserum in 1995 (though it may be that they simply did not care who they were sucking happiness from so long as they were "fed"). They can also not distinguish between humans and animals very easily; Sirius Black, an Animagus, was able to escape from Azkaban in his dog form. When he became his dog form during imprisonment, the Dementors thought he was losing his mind.

Although Muggles cannot see Dementors, they are affected in a way similar to wizards and witches, becoming depressed when near them.[7] While at least one Squib, Arabella Figg, has claimed to see a Dementor,[7] the truth is that Squibs cannot see them, but have enough magical knowledge to identify their effects.[8]

After Bartemius Crouch Jr.'s mother died in Azkaban, Dementors buried her body, which shows that Dementors are also capable of physical labour, such as grave-digging. Also, Sirius escaped when the Dementors came to give food, another way of labour. 

Also, Dementors have the ability to fly freely, without support. It is also stated by Remus Lupin that, provided a wizard remains in close contact with Dementors for an extended period of time, a Dementor can drain a wizard of his powers. This is not touched upon after being mentioned, so the truth to this statement is unknown. If this is the case, however, it would make Dementors the only known being to permanently render a wizard without magic.

Dementor's KissEdit

Main article: Dementor's Kiss
"There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just... exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever... lost."
Remus Lupin[src]
Sirius Soul

The soul after it's been removed by the Dementor's Kiss

In addition to feeding on positive emotions, Dementors can perform their last and most dangerous ability: the Dementor's Kiss, in which a Dementor latches its mouth onto a victim's and sucks out the person's soul.[2] 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: as a person's soul is their true self, to be 'kissed' by a Dementor is to cease to exist, and yet also remain. The Ministry of Magic occasionally allowed this as a punishment, before Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic. It is unknown what effect a Dementor's Kiss would have on a person who had split his or her soul through use of a Horcrux.

The only Kiss portrayed in the books occurred in 1995; Barty Crouch Jr, who had been working in secret for Voldemort, and was restrained at Hogwarts awaiting trial. His soul was sucked out by the Dementor accompanying Cornelius Fudge as a bodyguard.[5] The unfortunate consequence of this act was that it rendered Crouch unable to testify about his master's return, allowing Voldemort almost a full year to gather strength while the Ministry continued in its denial.

Protection from DementorsEdit

Patronus CharmEdit

Main article: Patronus Charm
"A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the wizard who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him."
Remus Lupin[src]
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Harry Potter protecting himself and Sirius Black from Dementors, using the Patronus Charm

No one has ever demonstrated the ability to kill a Dementor, implying that they can not be killed through physical means, but can only be driven away or temporarily kept at bay. One of the few ways to shield oneself from Dementors is by use of the immensely difficult Patronus Charm to fend them off.[2] The charm summons a Patronus, the magical manifestation of good will and happiness, providing varied levels of protection against the Dementors' influence, based on the caster's strength as a wizard.

As the Patronus is not alive, the Dementor is unable to feed on it. Only when summoned by an experienced caster will the Patronus take the form of an animal significant in some way to the individual. While the lower level Patronus was more amorphous and ephemeral, corporeal Patronuses chase down Dementors and force them to flee the vicinity.[7] An incorporeal Patronus only slows a Dementor down,[2] as if the creature is walking through quicksand, and tends not to last long.

OtherEdit

Since Dementors can not properly sense the less complex thoughts and emotions of a person when he or she takes on an Animagus form, doing so allowed some, such as Sirius Black, to temporarily avoid feeling the effects of the Dementors' presence.[2] When they sensed his less human thoughts, the Dementors simply thought Sirius was losing his mind.

Though clearly not a common method of repelling Dementors, the enigmatic form people take after being brought back by the Resurrection Stone appears to function much like a Patronus, as the 'resurrected' forms of Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and James and Lily Potter were able to shield Harry Potter from the Dementors Voldemort had stationed in the Forbidden Forest in 1998.

There may be another, more common way of repelling a Dementor, aside from the Patronus Charm, as Harry Potter disagreed with Professor Snape on the best method for confronting one when it was the subject of a report in his sixth year.[3] This implies that there are, indeed, other methods.

Chocolate is an effective first-aid to mild cases of contact, given to a victim to help regain their strength after an encounter with Dementors.

Dark Wizards are not able to produce Patronuses. However, they do not need to do so in the first place, as they are like-minded in evil. Voldemort even states that they are natural allies.

Separation from the MinistryEdit

"The Dementors will join us, they are our natural allies..."
Lord Voldemort talking to his Death Eaters[src]
Azkaban

Azkaban Prison

The Dementors served the Ministry of Magic as the guards of Azkaban, as it allowed them to feed on the emotions of the prisoners. However, by July 1996, all of the Dementors of Azkaban staged a mass revolt against their employers to join Lord Voldemort, who offered them more victims. This aided the 1996 and 1997 escapes of Death Eaters from Azkaban.[7]

By mid-1996, the Dementors who had joined Voldemort were multiplying, thus causing an 'unseasonal' July mist. Cornelius Fudge also admitted they were factors in the British Prime Minister's recent decline in terms of public approval, as they were making people less happy in general.[3]

When Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic after the end of the Second Wizarding War in 1998, Dementors were no longer used by the Ministry of Magic,[4] presumably because they were deemed untrustworthy and exposing people to their effects is considered inhumane.

Harry Potter's encounters with DementorsEdit

1993-1994Edit

"When they get near me — I can hear Voldemort murdering my mum."
Harry Potter on the Dementors' effect on him[src]
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Remus Lupin protecting Harry Potter when Harry's boggart turned into a Dementor in 1993.

Harry Potter first encountered Dementors during the 1993-1994 school year, when they were sent to guard Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry against Sirius Black, who had recently escaped from Azkaban. Whenever he got near one, Harry was forced to relive his worst memory: hearing the last moments of his parents' lives before they were murdered by Lord Voldemort. The first of these encounters was on the Hogwarts Express, during which he was protected by the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Remus Lupin. While the Dementors were at Hogwarts, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore warned the students not to give the Dementors any reason to harm them. He refused to let the Dementors enter the School Grounds. When Sirius Black was found to have entered the school, the Dementors wanted to help search the school, but Dumbledore refused to let them enter.

Harry endured a second encounter with a group of Dementors during a Quidditch match, which caused him to lose consciousness and suffer a fall from his broom. He was that time rescued by Dumbledore, who slowed Harry's fall and then drove the Dementors away with a Patronus. They seemed to be particularly attracted to Harry because, due to his miserable childhood and many bad memories, he was particularly vulnerable to their influence.[2] Professor Lupin later claims the atmosphere of excitement during a Quidditch Match would be like a feast to the Dementors, and they were unable to resist it.

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Harry Potter's stag Patronus.

To overcome the Dementors, Harry asked Lupin for assistance. Lupin taught Harry the Patronus Charm, using a Boggart, as it transformed into a Dementor round Harry. Harry's Patronus took the form of a stag, which was both the form his father's Patronus took and the form his father himself took as an Animagus. During the next Quidditch match Harry was in, 4 Slytherins, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle and Marcus Flint disguised themselves as Dementors to distract Harry. However Harry cast a Patronus at them and won the match, after which the students were given detention by Minerva McGonagall.

Harry initially failed to produce a fully formed Patronus, when he, Hermione and Sirius were attacked by a group of Dementors in the Forbidden Forest; the three were saved by the intervention of a powerful and fully formed Patronus before the Dementors were ready to take the souls of Sirius, Harry, and Hermione. This Patronus had been conjured by Harry, who travelled back in time with Hermione Granger by use of her Time-Turner[2] (this technically counts as both Harry's third and fourth encounter with the Dementors, since, due to his time travelling, he experienced this same encounter twice). Because the Dementors tried to Kiss Harry during this encounter in the Forest, it was enough to convince the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge to have the Dementors removed from Hogwarts at the end of the school year. Dumbledore seemed very happy about this.

1995Edit

Harry met a Dementor in the Triwizard Tournament, confusing it as a Real Dementor he conjured the Patronus Charm and soon the Dementor stumbled and then Harry knew it was a boggart and soon cried 'Ridikkulus'.

Harry's fifth encounter was in an alley near his home on Privet Drive, when he and his cousin, Dudley Dursley, were ambushed by two Dementors sent secretly and illegally by Dolores Umbridge. He was able to successfully use the Patronus Charm and was subsequently rescued by a Squib named Arabella Figg. Harry was put on trial for his use of Underage magic, but ultimately not punished, as it was recognised as having been self-defence. Nearly a year later Umbridge revealed what she had done to Harry.[7]

1997Edit

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Harry repelling the Dementors guarding the Muggle-Born Registration Commission trial courtroom.

While Harry was disguised as Albert Runcorn, he encountered the Dementors in the Muggle-Born Registration Commission court room, where they were used to take away convicted Muggle-borns after interrogation and to terrorize them during interrogation. Dolores Umbridge protected herself and the other questioners with a cat Patronus, which dissipated when Harry stunned her. Harry and Hermione then performed the charm to save the Muggle-borns who had yet to be interogated from the dementors, and to allow them all to escape.

1998Edit

After Apparating to Hogsmeade, Harry, Ron and Hermione set off a Caterwauling Charm and hid under Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Unable to find them, the Death Eaters dispatched Dementors to attack the trio, and Harry was forced to cast his Patronus to protect them from being Kissed. He drove away the Dementors, but almost gave the three away before Aberforth Dumbledore saved them and passed off Harry's stag as his own goat.

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Dementors attacking Hogwarts.

Later, during the Battle of Hogwarts, the Dementors fought on the side of Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley were attacked by large numbers of Dementors, and due to the horrific events they had experienced and witnessed, including the recent death of Fred Weasley, they all had difficulty summoning their Patronuses. In fact, Harry welcomed the fate that came with a Dementor's Kiss, but Seamus Finnigan, Luna Lovegood and Ernie Macmillan attacked the Dementors with their own Patronuss holding them at bay and encouraged Harry to do the same, allowing him to finally summon his Patronus, which caused the Dementors to scatter. Later, Harry encountered more Dementors in the Forbidden Forest, but the presence of James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin, summoned through the Resurrection Stone, shielded him from them.[6]

Post-1998Edit

After the Second Wizarding War, the Ministry of Magic became headed by former-Auror and Order of the Phoenix member Kingsley Shacklebolt. Due to their actions during the war (allowing Death Eaters to escape back to Voldemort and joining forces with him themselves), Shacklebolt disbanded the Dementors as guards of the wizard prison. It is unknown where they went or what they did without their only known application. It is likely that more humane security measures were put in place at Azkaban.

MediaEdit

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EtymologyEdit

The English word dementor is used generically to refer to any evil or fearsome creature. The word ultimately derives from the Latin dēmēns, meaning "to be insane".

Behind the scenesEdit

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A Dementor in LEGO form.

  • J. K. Rowling has revealed that the inspiration for Dementors came from her bout with severe depression before her phenomenal success. She described the feeling as an "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."[9]
  • In an attempt to sabotage Harry during a Quidditch match in 1994, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, and Marcus Flint dressed up as Dementors to scare him. Malfoy was standing on Goyle's shoulders. Considering how tall Dementors are (they are described in Prisoner of Azkaban as reaching from the floor to the ceiling on the Hogwarts Express), the foursome appear to account for two Dementors, when just a few pages earlier, Harry saw three Dementors. (Although Marcus Flint, as an older student - in his fourth, fifth, or sixth year - may have been tall enough to pass as a Dementor without someone on his shoulders.) However, their attempt failed when Harry cast a Patronus Charm at them.
  • The Dementors in the film series seem to possess the ability to fly, whereas in the book they only seem to glide.
  • Animatronic Dementors appear in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, chasing the riders' flying bench through the Chamber of Secrets and around the skeleton of the Basilisk. The Dark Mark appears along with them, suggesting that a Death Eater summoned them to Hogwarts.
  • Dementors are often compared to the Nazgûl from The Lord of the Rings, as well as the Spectres from His Dark Materials. They can also be compared to the Ra'zac of The Inheritance Cycle in that the foul breath of the Ra'zac engenders terror and lethargy in humans, though the Ra'zac cannot be repelled by a simple charm, nor are they are amortal spirits that cannot be truly destroyed.
  • According to W.O.M.B.A.T., Dementors may be unknown in tropical regions.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, a large Dementor serves as the final boss of Year 3.
  • J.K. Rowling has said that Dementors don't breed, but grow like fungi where there is decay; and are immortal in terms of age.[10]
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Aberforth repels the attacking Dementors in the Battle of Hogwarts with a wave-like Patronus, similar to the one cast by Harry in the film version of Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Dementors and the Dementor's Kiss exhibit interesting parallels to Lord Voldemort and the spell that creates a Horcrux:
    • The Dementor's Kiss sucks out a victim's soul, while the Horcrux spell allows part of the caster's soul to be broken off. Total soul removal results in something similar to a Persistent Vegetative State and is irreversible, while creating a Horcrux reduces the humanity of the caster, both in terms of morality/behaviour and appearance (evidenced by the once handsome Tom Marvolo Riddle becoming monstrous and snake-like in appearance over time). The damage of creating a Horcrux may be undone through remorse, but the process is so painful it can be fatal.
    • The victim of a Dementor's Kiss cannot become a ghost, since the soul has been lost. Presumably, the victim also cannot enter the afterlife, or possibly even Limbo. Similarly, the maker of a Horcrux cannot die, while the Horcrux(es) is/are intact, and if an unrepentant Horcrux maker is killed, he or she is trapped in Limbo and cannot enter the afterlife.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin states "the only people that know what's under a Dementor's hood are in no state to tell us (being soulless)" but from the 5th movie and onward, they are shown without any hood at all. This is likely due to change of directors.
  • A species of wasp, Ampulex dementor, is named after the Dementor. This name was chosen to reflect the fact that the wasp uses a toxin to neutralize the neural behaviour of cockroaches and make them docile, as if they had had their souls sucked out.[11]

Foreign words for DementorEdit

  • Albanian: "Marroses"
  • Bulgarian: "Диментор"
  • Catalan: "Demèntor" (pronounced duh-MEN-toor)
  • Chinese:
    • Taiwan: 催狂魔 - cuīkuángmó - "drive-mad devil/demon"
    • Mainland: 摄魂怪 - shèhúnguài - "suck-soul devil/monster"
  • Czech: "mozkomor" - "plague of the brain"
  • Danish: "Dementor" 
  • Dutch: "Dementor"
  • Finnish: "ankeuttaja", from "ankeus" - "drearyness"
  • French: "détraqueur" - "that which makes (things) go wrong or break down"
  • German: "Dementor"
  • Georgian: დემენტორი (დემენტორები); (pronounced dementori, plural: dementorebi)
  • Greek: "Παράφρονας" (pronounced "Parafronas") - from Greek "παράφρων" meaning "mentally ill".
  • Hebrew: "סוהרסן" - from "סוהר" ("prison warden") and "הרסן" ("destructive")
  • Hindi (India): दमपिशाच (damapishācha or dampishāch) - from Sanskrit dama = "house" and pishācha (a type of Hindu demon: see pishacha).
  • Hungarian: "Dementor"
  • Icelandic: "Vitsuga" - The one who sucks out your mind, or sense of anything.
  • Indonesian: "iblis" - "demon of death and happiness remover"; see wikipedia:Iblis
  • Italian: "dissennatore" - "he who takes sanity away", from senno meaning 'mental sanity'
  • Japanese:
    • ディメンター - dimentā
    • 吸魂鬼 - "kyūkonki" - suck-soul ghost/demon (modeled after East Asian words for vampires)
  • Lithuanian: "Psichas" - Mental/Psycho
  • Latvian: Atprātotājs
  • Macedonian: Дементор
  • Norwegian: "Desperant" - One that brings out despair
  • Persian: "دیوانه ساز" - Maddening
  • Polish: "Dementor"
  • Portuguese:
    • Brazilian: "Dementador"
    • European: "Dementor" (plural: "Dementores")
  • Romanian: "Dementor"
  • Russian: "Дементор" (plural: Дементоры)
  • Slovak: "Dementor"
  • Slovenian: "Morakvar"
  • Spanish: "Dementor"
  • Swedish: "Dementor"
  • Thai: "ผู้คุมวิญญาณ" - "Poo-khum-win-yarn" - Soul Warden
  • Turkish: "Ruh Emici" - "soul-suckers"
  • Ukrainian: "Дементор" (plural: Дементори)
  • Vietnamese: "giám ngục Azkaban" - "prison guards of Azkaban"

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Death Eaters
Dark Mark
Leader:
Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters:
Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Antonin Dolohov | Augustus Rookwood | Avery (I) | Avery (II) |
Barty Crouch Jr. | Bellatrix Lestrange | Crabbe | Evan Rosier | Gibbon | Goyle |
Jugson | Lestrange | Mulciber (I) | Mulciber (II) | Nott | Rabastan Lestrange | Rodolphus Lestrange | Rosier | Selwyn | Thorfinn Rowle | Travers | Walden Macnair | Wilkes | Yaxley
Death Eaters who Defected:

Draco Malfoy | Igor Karkaroff | Lucius Malfoy | Peter Pettigrew | Regulus Black | Severus Snape

Death Eaters' allies:
Vincent Crabbe | Golgomath | Gregory Goyle | Fenrir Greyback | Narcissa Malfoy (defected) |
Quirinus Quirrell | Scabior | Dolores Umbridge
Other affiliations:
Dementors | Giants (Golgomath's control) | Muggle-Born Registration Commission | Snatchers | Werewolves

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