Oh Man! Look at the model for Day 5! He’s so — ME! So I was pretty stoked about helping Ana B with this shoot because Harry Potter is on the list of things I couldn’t live without. We scoured through all of the retail locations possible for a wooden broom to reenact an escape from Dementors BUT, apparently finding brooms is hard so we had to improvise, you can read more over at Day 5, Escape as well as some behind the scenes and candids of yours truly, make sure to follow her all over social media for more of her adventures! (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). This was a fun thing to write and being that it is Harry Potter I wanted to add the creepiness factor all of these have had so I decided to make it as dark as I could.
Dementors, they teach you how to defend yourself against them during Defense against the Dark Arts, what they don’t mention is how it’s nearly impossible to outrun them, or at least that’s what it feels like. See, the thing about Dementors is once they get close enough, they consume any and every positive feeling you might have left in you, including hope. Hope is the first thing to go, then your memories, all the good ones at least. They strip you of any good left and bring out every bad thing you’ve ever experienced, like my fear of heights that suddenly came crashing as the two largest ones drew nearer. I could try to go into detail on why there’s five of them on my tail at the moment but I can’t say I don’t deserve it, that’s probably the Dementors talking. I imagine those suffering of depression were simply exposed to Dementors for a little too long, feeding on their happiness but not enough to consume their souls. Why not cast a Patronus charm and scare them off? Despite the ease with which the brats from Dumbledore’s army are able to summon them with, the Patronus is actually one of the most complicated charms in the wizard world, not only does it draw on positive force that I seem to have run out of at the moment, but I am also in the middle of trying not to fall off my broom and accidentally lock lips with one of these damn things. I turn for less than a second to check on their distance from me when the ground suddenly sneaks up on my now split-in-half broom. I use the term ‘my’, lightly of course, as i’d just recently ‘borrowed’ that firebolt from a distracted wizard. No broom, nowhere to run, and not a single thing to look forward to. I’d rather die than become a soul sucking fiend, that’s what you turn into when they consume your soul. I’d rather die, than let them take my soul. Die… The words hung in the air and with the flick of my wand I uttered one of the three unvorgivable curses. AVADA KEDAVRA! They say in order to cast the killing curse one must actually mean it, the flash of green light shot through the air towards the rapidly approaching creatures, a loud crack was heard as I used the last bit of energy to apparate between the Dementors and the curse. All that I’d known that once made me feel good flashed before my eyes before It all turned to green.
I feel like I have to explain this one a little bit, I Imagine that dealing with one Dementor at a time must be terrifying so five of them all at once would be suffocating. Assuming the main character had no hope left in him, or at least found himself in a situation where he’d believe there was nothing more to live for, he’d resort to taking his own life. While I’ve never dealt with depression myself, whenever I hear of people taking their lives I try to imagine what might be going through their mind, in this case the character of the story (Not me even though I am in the picture), decides to end his life on his own terms rather than succumb to the depression caused by Dementors. As dark as it may be, writing this was pretty fun as I got to discuss with one of my friends the ins and outs of spells and how one would aim a killing curse on themselves. I don’t know how you fanfic writers do it, writing about others’ properties isn’t as easy as it seems since the rules and qualities are already in place and there is not much flexibility to change things while being loyal to the source, anyhow let me know what you thought in the comments down below or over @NerdworkTweets!