Dementors have been sighted once again in the greater London area. Last month, we reported sightings at The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley, and an even in Kent. This time, we have the woefull task of reporting that Dementors have been seen in increasing numbers, almost daily during the last several weeks.
Magical communities, like Godric’s Hollow and Ottery St. Catchpole were apparently just the beginning of the most recent wave of sightings. Dementors have now been seen in muggle communities as well. Non-magic folk, of course, are unable to see the dementors, but they can feel the effects of their presence, and have even started commenting in their own news outlets about the strange behaviors of the weather as of late.
The last time the muggle community was negatively impacted at such an immeasurable instance was during the second Wizarding World, when the dementors openly rebelled against the ministry. They were removed from control of Azkaban Prison after the downfall of Voldemort, but their reign of terror seems to be far from over.
A source inside the ministry has stated, “No one knows why they keep coming about, but it has everyone frightened. The authorities in charge have no idea what to do about it, and that is almost as scary as the fact that dementors are roaming around doing whatever they want!”
Dementors are indeed scary, and that is what drives them as they feed off the fear of those around them. During their almost 300 year tenure as the guardians of Azkaban Prison, they had plenty of fear and despair to gorge upon. The inhabitants of our prison were subjected to unrelenting mental anguish during their time at Azkaban. Many witches and wizards, of course, felt the punishment was fitting to their crimes, especially for those classified as “high-security prisoners.” However, there have been many officials within the Ministry who have never trusted the allegiance formed with these non-beings that Former Minister Rowle (1718) began.
The Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures was unavailable for comment when asked for a statement about these occurrences. At this time, it is still unknown where the dementors have been since their expulsion from Azkaban, but their sudden reappearances have put the country in a state of panic. Due to the increasing frequency of these sightings, dozens of witches and wizards have been seen purchasing large quantities of chocolate in Diagon Alley and in Hogsmeade village. While the dementors have not been seen near Hogsmeade, the locals who were around during their frequent visits in the 1990s are not keen on reliving those days.
“They would come through the village and sweep the area, looking for an escaped criminal. Everything got all cold and dark, the air got heavy and, in my mind, I relived the darkest of my days.” said villager Caius Crane. Crane and his family, who have lived in Hogsmeade for centuries, stated further, “That was the worst feeling I believe I’ve ever had.”
The Ministry has recently distributed leaflets on Patronus Charms in order to spread awareness to repel dementors. Coupons for discount chocolates are also available and can be redeemed at sweet shops in most villages around the country to help with the after effects of being near a dementor. The Ministry advises caution as these are not permanent solutions and reminds the Magical Community that the best thing to do is seek refugee or apparate from the immediate area.
More on this story as it develops.