While skimming one of the many vampire encyclopedias I have collected, I came across an entry on dementors, the evil creatures from the magnificent world of Harry Potter. Not once while reading the Harry Potter series or while watching the movies did I consider a dementor a vampire. But, when you stop and think, maybe they are. Does blood make a vampire? I asked that a few years ago. Does feeding on blood make a vampire a vampire? Or does feeding on a person’s energy, happiness, soul… etc. also count? With that in mind, it is possible dementors are a kind of vampire.
“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them… Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself…soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.” – Remus Lupin to Harry Potter
Dementors feed on people, they take their happiness and eventually their soul. If you push the classic idea of what a vampire is out of your mind then yes, dementors are definitely a kind of vampire, or rather, they are vampiric.
But what do you think? Do you prefer to keep the definition of vampire simple? Vampires feed on blood and that is that. Or do you think they are open to interpretation? Do you think a dementor is a kind of vampire? Share your thoughts below.