Everything you need to know about the Dementors' Kiss
There are many things to be frightened of in the Harry Potter stories, but when Voldemort isn’t around, Harry fears another deadly threat…
The Dementors' Kiss is like something out of your most feared horror film: when the deadly Dementors suck out a victim’s soul. But how much do we know about this tragic punishment?
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just how bad is it?
Imagine the worst game of kiss chase, times a million.Picture for a moment, those most terrifying of magical creatures, the Dementors. Cloaked in dark hoods, with slimy-looking, decayed hands and – shudder – no eyes. Imagine them advancing towards you, causing the air to freeze and bringing all of your worst fears and traumas to life. Then imagine them clamping their jaws on your mouth and sucking out your soul. Horrifying, isn’t it?
What are the effects?
When Harry first hears about the Dementor’s Kiss in Harry Potter and the Prisonerof Azkaban, he assumes it’s a curse that kills. But it’s so much worse than that. Professor Lupin explains to Harry that it’s possible to ‘exist without your soul’ – but that’s all it will be, existing, not living in any sense of the word. You are effectively ‘an empty shell’.
Who suffers the Dementor’s Kiss?
Barty Crouch Jr, for one.
‘Harry felt a chill in his stomach, as Professor McGonagall struggled to find words to describe what had happened. He did not need her to finish her sentence. He knew what the Dementor must have done. It had administered its fatal Kiss to Barty Crouch. It had sucked his soul out through his mouth. He was worse than dead.’
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Shortly after confessing his traitorous deeds disguised as Mad-Eye Moody, the tortured Barty Crouch Jr has his very soul sucked from him. The order came from misguided Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, who didn’t account for the fact that Barty would be rendered unable to testify about Voldemort’s return.
Any near misses?
Absolutely.In the presence of a Dementor, the threat of their terrible Kiss is ever present. It’s thanks to quick wit and an abundance of advanced magical skill that these characters are spared this fate worse than death int he first seven stories.
哈利波特 Harry Potter
Harry is plagued by the Dementors, who feast on misery and want to leech happiness and joy from everyone they encounter. Harry is especially vulnerable because he experienced such a lonely, unhappy childhood and is haunted by tragic memories.
But Harry takes matters into his own hands, seeking help from Professor Lupin in mastering the Patronus charm, so that he may ward off the Dementors by summoning his happiest memories. Touchingly, they most often feature Ron and Hermione, whose friendship saves him in so many ways. And by learning this notoriously difficult charm, Harry is able to save many of his nearest and dearest, too.
天狼星‧布萊克 Sirius Black
Harry’s godfather Sirius Black endures twelve years in solitary confinement in Azkaban, for a crime he did not commit. By focusing on his innocence, he is able to survive and escape the merciless Dementors, and would laternarrowly avoid the Dementor’s Kiss, with help from his godson.
達力‧德思禮 Dudley Dursley
Dudder scertainly doesn’t count as one of Harry’s dearest, but Harry is nearest to him when Dementors strike in Little Whinging, and he has no choice but to break wizarding law and cast a Patronus to save his cousin’s soul.Given Dudley’s appalling treatment of Harry over the years, you’d be hard pressed to know he even has a soul, but this horrific ordeal does mark a shift in their
瑪莉‧卡特摩 Mary Cattermole
During her trial by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, Mary Cattermole finds herself in the presence of the Dementors and that other nasty piece of work, Dolores Umbridge. When the disguised Harry has enough of Umbridge’s lies and is momentarily distracted, the Dementors attempt their dreaded Kiss. Luckily for Mrs Cattermole, Harry saves her just in time, before encouraging her to get as far away as possible.
妙麗格蘭傑 Hermione Granger
Hermione Granger is arguably the finest young witch of her generation, though the Patronus is the one spell she finds difficult. But being Hermione Granger, she can of course conjure her otter in times of need. On other chilling occasions, Harry is by her side with his stag to save them.
榮恩衛斯理 Ron Weasley
Like Hermione, Ron isn’t directly threatened with a Dementor’sKiss, but he has several close and frightening encounters. The worst could be said to be during the Battle of Hogwarts, following the tragic death of his beloved brother Fred. Hungrily seeking out grief and despair, the Dementor’s find Ron,Harry and Hermione easy targets. Thank goodness for Dumbledore’s Army then: the trio were saved at the wands of Luna, Ernie and Seamus.