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Question: "Where do Vanished objects go?"
Answer: "Into Non-being, which is to say, everything."
Minerva McGonagall answering the Ravenclaw's common room password.[src]

A Dementor, a sinister example of a non-being.

A non-being is a class of magical creature. They are distinguished by their amortality and the fact that they have no real equivalent in the Muggle world. All known non-beings can only be sensed by Muggles in an indirect manner: most can only feel their presence and catch brief glimpses of them.

Being amortal, non-beings are not born and cannot be truly killed, and are immortal in age and can basically live forever.[1] Non-beings are created from and feed on human emotions, and new ones will always be created; in short, they grow like fungi in places where there is decay. Despite Dementors cannot breed,[1] Cornelius Fudge referred their increase in number as "breeding".[2]

While amortal and cannot be truly dispersed, wizards have invented various spells that can drive off these creatures, using positive emotions to combat against the negative emotions they force their victims in producing.

Known non-beings



  1. 1.0 1.1 Accio Quote
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)

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