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Questions tagged [dementors]

For questions about the fictional characters "Dementors" in the Harry Potter universe. Dementors are the sinister, soul sucking guards of Azkaban, the Wizarding worlds prison for magic users. Use this tag with the [harry-potter] tag.

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Why didn’t Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?

Why didn’t the Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?
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How can Voldemort counter a Dementor?

I suppose Voldemort couldn't use the Patronus Charm. So, what would happen if he faces Dementors? How can he counter them?
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Why didn't Voldemort make a Dementor a living Horcrux? [closed]

We know that Dementors are not immortal creatures, they cannot die as per se, but we know by fact that they can diminish by not sucking fear and souls out of people. Even though, they are still ...
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Doesn’t the Dementor’s kiss cause any harm before sucking the entire soul?

I didn’t read the books so my image comes from the movies. We see that sucking out the souls take some time, so if Dementors can’t do it completely, it’s like nothing happened? No permanent effect? (...
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What form would a Boggart take when being observed by a Dementor?

Does a Boggart react to a Dementor? If so, would it turn into a Patronus?
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Can a Dementor kiss a muggle (or squib)?

I've searched both google and the site but looks like this hasn't been asked yet. The closest Dementors have come to attacking a muggle is the attack on Harry and Dudley in the beginning of OotP. ...
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Why are the Dementors loyal to anyone other than themselves?

During the first five Harry Potter books the Dementors were (notionally, at least) loyal to the Ministry of Magic. There's the odd occasion when they indulge their carnal desire to suck out the souls ...
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How cold does it get around Dementors?

In the movie Harry Potter and the Prisonzer of Azkaban (#3), there's a scene where Sirius is lying on the shore of a lake or pond and Harry is sitting next to him. In this scene, Dementors arrive and,...
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Were there any dementors in Nurmengard?

Were there any dementors in Nurmengard at all? If there weren't, it seems ironic that one of the most darkest wizards, Grindelwald, was being kept in a relatively less-punishing place, unlike Azkaban ...
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Why couldn't the Ministry of Magic use Veritaserum to question Winky about Barty Crouch Jr.'s Testimony? [duplicate]

Since Winky was present at the testimony of Bartemius Crouch Jr. (in the Defense Against the Dark Arts office), she would have remembered it. In addition, she could confirm that what he was saying was ...
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Why did Harry think that the Dursleys would be protected against Dementors until he turned 17?

In Deathly Hollows Chapter 3, Harry tells the Dursleys that they would be in danger once he turns 17 and the protection from his mother’s sacrifice would expire (emphasis mine): "I hope so," said ...
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Why did Rufus Scrimgeour not make efforts to remove Dementors from Azkaban as soon as he took over from Fudge?

By the time Scrimgeour took over as Minister, the Dementors had long-since changed their allegiance to Voldemort. During the events of Book 5, we see a large scale break-out of Death Eaters from ...
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Why did the Dementors fight for the Dark Lord in the Battle of Hogwarts?

During the Battle of Hogwarts, the Dementors fought for the Dark Lord. Why was this the case if the Dementors worked for the Ministry of Magic?
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How Come Harry couldn't see thestrals in his second and fourth year? [duplicate]

If Harry had witnessed his mother's death at age one, how come he couldn't see the thestrals on the carriage? Many people may argue that he hadn't registered that she died at the time. And JK has ...
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Who cooked and served food for the prisoners of Azkaban? [duplicate]

As far as I remember, there were only inmates and Dementors mentioned as Azkaban inhabitants. Were there servants or house elves who cooked? (The question is inspired by a silly comic strip with a ...
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Is it possible to destroy a dementor? [duplicate]

From the books and the movie, we know that a Patronus charm will push a Dementor away. But is it possible for a wizard to actually destroy a Dementor?
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Why are dementors natural allies of Voldemort?

When Azkaban is broken open, the Lestranges will be honored beyond their dreams. The Dementors will join us ... they are our natural allies ... we will recall the banished giants ... I shall have all ...
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Why would Harry not help Dudley by telling him to eat chocolate?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when the Dementors attack Harry and Dudley, why did Harry not tell Vernon and Petunia to give Dudley chocolate to help ease the effects of the Dementors? ...
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Do dementors fly in the books?

I'm discussing with a couple of friends, and we can't settle. Do dementors fly in the books? We recall them flying in the movies, but we're not sure about the books. Its there a specific quote ...
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How does Azkaban's management work?

I was under the impression that only Dementors are guarding the prison of Azkaban and are only there to keep the inmates on their cells, though after reading again the following passage it put me into ...
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How intelligent / smart are Dementors?

How smart are Dementors? From what I can see, they can be trained as guards, but they never show the ability to solve complex problems. (e.g. - They are never given a complex task of tracking down an ...
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How did the Dementors guard Azkaban?

This question is related to "Harry Potter - How can Dementors be trusted to guard Azkaban?" but the answers there don't cover it. What, exactly, did the Dementors do while in Azkaban? We're told that ...
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Why did the dementor attack Harry in the train?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, why did the dementor attack Harry on the train? We know that they were looking for Sirius Black, but it cannot be an excuse for attacking Harry.
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Did Ekrizdis create the Dementors?

When reading the Pottermore writing on Azkaban, I took away the following highlights (emphasis mine): TL;DR - Did Ekrizdis create Dementors? The fortress upon it was originally home to a little-...
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Can Occlumency be used upon Dementors?

Dementors suck feelings of happiness out of the person. And well all the memories are stored inside the brain. So what would have happened if we tried Occlumency whenever a dementor approached (only ...
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Can a dementor decide which people around it will be affected by its magic?

Quoting from here and here: From a Leaky Cauldron chat: Samantha: Was snape the only death eater who could produce a full patronus J.K. Rowling: Yes, because a Patronus is used against ...
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What effect would a Dementor have on Lord Voldemort?

Since Lord Voldemort has become less and less human, does that exclude him from the effects of a Dementor which feeds on human emotions? I'm not asking about what would happen if a Dementor kissed ...
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Why does Hermione pass out first?

When Harry and Hermione are trying to stop the Dementors from Kissing Sirius at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, they are unsuccessful in their Patronus attempts. It is well known that dementors ...
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Shouldn't Avada Kedavra be just like the Dementor's Kiss?

From what I've seen about it, the way Avada Kedavra kills you is by blowing apart your soul. My evidence for this is in three parts: When the Killing Curse rebounds on Lord Voldemort the first time, ...
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Inspiration for the Dementors

Are there any classical analogues to the dementors in the Harry Potter franchise? Many of the creatures that inhabit J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter and hogwarts are taken directly from ...
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What caused the execution by dementor at the end of Goblet of Fire?

Although the dementor's kiss is a major turning point at the end of the fourth book, which serves as a premise for Fudge's attitude in the 5th book, the execution itself seems somewhat unnatural and ...
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Can a dementor kiss a ghost (or affect it in any way)?

We know that ghosts in Harry Potter are wizards whose soul does not move on after they are no longer alive A ghost still seems to retain their essence from since they were alive (memories, ...
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Was Harry a very powerful wizard when he casts the patronus charm at the dementors? [duplicate]

I was just watching Harry Potter "Prisoner of Azkaban". Just before the scene where Harry casts the patronus spell to get rid of the Dementors, Hermione says: Only a really powerful wizard could ...
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Why did the Ministry order a Dementor’s kiss for Barty Crouch Jr. without any trial?

The Dementor’s kiss administered to Barty Crouch Jr. is a nice plot trick that allows JKR to have the Ministry defame Dumbledore, Harry and anyone else claiming that Voldemort is back during “Harry ...
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Would Expecto Patronum work on Inferi?

In Harry Potter, Inferi are reanimated corpses forced to do the bidding of dark wizards. They are repelled by heat. the Patronus charm is a conjured form of protection consisting of a witch or wizards ...
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Can a Dementor destroy a Horcrux? [duplicate]

If a Dementor can consume and destroy a person's soul, and a Horcrux is part of someone's soul in an object, could harry have just found a Horcrux and thrown it at a Dementor, so that it could destroy ...
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Who/what replaced the Dementors at Azkaban?

It would be foolish to trust the Dementors after they sided with Voldemort, but somebody's got to guard Azkaban- was this ever adressed?
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Can Squibs see Dementors?

In the beginning of Order of Phoenix, Mrs Figg tells Harry not to put his wand away as "there might be more of them around". I assumed she could see the Dementors. (They didn't attack her, so the ...
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What are the other ways of tackling dementors?

In Half Blood Prince, we read "Harry fully expected to receive low marks on his, because he had disagreed with Snape on the best way to tackle dementors" - Chapter 21, The Unknowable Room. Also ...
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What is harry really afraid of?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin says "That suggests that what you fear most of all is - fear. Very wise...." when he finds out that Harry's boggart would be dementors. [Chapter : Flight of the Fat Lady. ...
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Can a Boggart Kiss someone as a Dementor? [duplicate]

If someone's boggart was a Dementor, could they get Kissed and lose their soul? Related: Would a boggart-basilisk kill someone?
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Why weren't more Death Eaters kissed by a dementor?

Why didn't Dumbledore and the Ministry have most, if not all of the Death Eaters caught kissed by a Dementor, especially ones like Bellatrix?
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What does the ministry do with those who have been kissed by dementors?

The ministry seems to use the Dementor's Kiss as a last and ultimate punishment for its criminals, like Sirius Black and to a certain extent, Barty Crouch Jr (even if his death was unsanctioned). If ...
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Can a patronus take the form of a dementor?

My question is simple. We know that a patronus can take the form of a magical animal (Dumbledore's phoenix patronus for example). So, can it take the form of a dementor? It would be a little bit ...
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What creature is a Dementor?

Dementors are the guards of Azkaban prison for the wizarding world. What are exactly the Dementors? Are they like Inferi, dead bodies reanimated?
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How do Death Eaters fight against Dementors?

It's quite popularly stated that Snape was the only Death Eater capable of creating a Patronus (due to his love for Lily). Also, a Patronus is the only weapon against Dementors. How do Death Eaters (...
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What happens to the people kissed by a dementor?

We know that they suck out the person's soul, but what happens beyond that is anyone's guess. One could argue the soul is the basis of life, that without it, your body would die while what makes you ...
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Why did Sirius succumb to the Dementors without resistence?

In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius in his Animagus form, after driving away Lupin in his werewolf form, goes after Pettigrew who escaped in his Animagus form in the meantime. But Harry finds him ...
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Harry Potter - How can Dementors be trusted to guard Azkaban?

When Dementors are introduced to the canon, they are said to be the guards of the wizard prison Azkaban. It would seem, comparing to regular real-world prisons, that their duties would be to a) ...
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Is Harry's boggart still a Dementor?

Every HP fan knows Harry's boggart was a Dementor. Dementors can make you relive your most fearful memories. Harry's was exceptionally fearful/tragic. That's why he was so affected by them, and ...