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A Dementor, a sinister example of a non-being

A Non-Human Spiritous Apparition (also known as a non-being[1]) is a type of magical creature.[2] They are notable for the fact that they have no real equivalent in the Muggle world,[1] and their similarity to ghosts, despite never having been truly alive.[2]

Origins

Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions are something of a mystery even to Wizardkind.[2] Being amortal, they are not born and cannot be truly killed.[1][3] Non-beings are created from and sustained by human emotions, and new ones will always be created;[1] in short, they grow somewhat like fungi in places where there is decay. Despite the fact that Dementors cannot breed,[4] Cornelius Fudge referred their increase in number as "breeding".[5]

At least one type of non-being - the Poltergeist - is an "indestructible spirit".[6]

Powers

It seems that many non-beings are more difficult to perceive for Muggles than Wizards; Dementors are invisible to Muggles,[7][8] Boggarts are more difficult for them to see and more easily dismissed as figments of imagination,[1] and Poltergeists that form in Muggle homes are usually invisible and incapable of materializing.[9]

All known non-beings have also shown the capability of flying without any form of physical aid, which normal wizards find impossible.[10]

While not truly alive and unable to be truly destroyed, wizards have invented various spells that can drive off these creatures using positive emotions. Their numbers can also be limited by reducing the conditions that generate them.[3]

Known non-beings

Appearances

Notes and references

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