Dementors Are Real

Dementor-wasp-2-1200x520For those of you who don’t know (Muggles!), Dementors are mythical creatures in JK Rowling‘s fictional series Harry Potter.

The HarryPotterWiki, describes a Dementor as ” a non-being 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.”
Rowling’s inspiration for these creatures was her own bout of depression after her mother’s death.
She described the phase as the most unpleasant thing she had ever experienced. “It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It’s a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”
When a Demontor strikes, everything around you becomes cold. No matter how many bonfires you light, or layers of clothes you cover yourself with, the chill gets to you, infesting your body, getting inside your bones.
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In the past few months, what I’ve learnt is that Dementors are not mythical creatures. They do exist. I encountered a Dementor for the first time in my life when my grandmother passed away. After the initial shock and denial phase, the Dementors started surrounding me late in the night.
No matter, in which part of the world I would be in, my day began with her Good Morning, and ended with her Good Nigh calls. She would be awake till 3 am just to call me up and and wish me Good Morning, reminding me to eat properly when I was in Japan for a student exchange.
When I went to the USA, on a vacation, she would remain hungry in India, till she got to know that I had my lunch, 7,000 miles away.
Dementors feed on our happy memories, sucking them away, till nothing is left.

The only thing I look forward to these days is sleeping. For it is only then, that I see her once more, in my dreams; dreams so vivid and surreal that if feels like being transported to a parallel universe
In those dreams, once more, I feel the warmth of her presence, when she embraces me and feeds me with her hands -the touch that I so desperately long for.
It is then, that I don’t feel like waking up. Waking up to a world, where she doesn’t exist
The early morning ignorant bliss is smashed in the face by reality, when I don’t see her missed call on my phone.

The Dementors refuse to leave.

But Queen Rowling, through dearest Professor Lupin, also tells how to battle these Dementors.

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Dementors can be repelled by the Patronus Charm – a powerful charm, which is cast by an extremely powerful, happy memory. You need to be strong, face the Dementor, and cast the charm in its face, remembering your happiest memories. A powerful Expecto Patronum is enough to cast away 100s and 1000s of Dementors at once.

Believe it or not, chocolate is a legit reliever and medical aid post a dementor’s attack. I can say this from personal experience, chocolate helps. If you ever find yourself surrounded by Dementors, cast the Patronus Charm and eat a chocolate. If it helps, you can print these amazing wrappers, and keep a few chocolates asides for times like these.

Dementors are horrible. But they are not invincible.

Harry had just one memory to fall back on to.
I have a million. So do you.

PS: If you are a muggle, and this article interests you, watch and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to know more about Dementors.

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One thought on “Dementors Are Real

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing your personal experience, I’ll definitely watch and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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