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[Harry Potter] what exactly is a dementor? Were they once people? How does a human communicate with a boggart? It’s not like you can just say ‘go away’, and they listen. Does this mean that there may be a nest of them out in the wild? Could a dementor die?

[Harry Potter] what exactly is a dementor? Were they once people? How does a human communicate with a boggart? It’s not like you can just say ‘go away’, and they listen. Does this mean that there may be a nest of them out in the wild? Could a dementor die?

Poorly-Drawn-Beagle

Dementors are basically spirits of misery, gloom and depression. They apparently grow like mold or mushrooms in places where both are pervasive. They're not people and never were.


Minute-Objective8503

Wouldn’t places like plague pits spawn hundreds of dementors?


Poorly-Drawn-Beagle

Shoudl work in theory Azkaban is apparently a good breeding ground for the things


Minute-Objective8503

Yeah, it’s a wonder how they keep them controlled to the extent they do, especially during any war


Kool_McKool

Fresh meat. The Wizards were always bringing in fresh faces, so the Dementors were okay with the arrangement. Voldemort simply offered them more to feast on when he came to power.


effa94

They made a deal with them


Victernus

They can increase in number, but haven't yet grown to cover the entire world, so I assume there is *some* means by which they 'die'. (In quotes because they are non-beings. They are not *alive*.) Possibly starvation? They wither back into nothingness when there isn't enough depression around to sustain them? It's unclear, and it's possible that even wizards aren't entirely sure. I don't like imagining the kind of person who could claim to be an expert in Dementors.


PoeJascoe

Newt may know eh?


Victernus

Possibly, but he did not include any notes about Dementors in the book he authored, *Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them*.


LibraryLass

Dementors and Boggarts are Non-Beings, spirits that, unlike ghosts, come into existence on their own. Poltergeists, like Peeves, are another type of Non-Being. All three are, essentially, some type of emotion given physical form, though not in the strictest sense a body. Dementors are grief and depression, Boggarts are fear, and poltergeists are chaotic rebelliousness. Spirits are amortal, they aren't "alive" and never were, nor can they die. They can, however, be contained.


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thetimujin

I'm pretty sure this is more applicable to Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality than to Rowling's original canon. Dementors only represent death in HPMOR; Rowling's dementors are explicitly confirmed to represent depression.