Ekrizdis The Dementor Creator

“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. Even Muggles feel their presence, though they can’t see 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’ll be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”

Ekrizdis
Artwork by Vasco Pires

When thinking of the dark wizards, the first name that naturally comes to our mind is of Lord Voldemort’s who has certainly secured his place as one of the darkest wizards in the history of wizardkind. He practiced the most twisted forms of dark magic and even went as far as to split his soul apart six times to gain immortality.  On a second, deeper thought we might think of Gellert Grindelwald. Grindelwald was certainly evil. He practiced with many forms of dark magic and was expelled from Durmstrang for the same.

Voldemort and Death Eaters

He wanted wizards to not hide anymore, and rule over muggles and called his pursuit “The Greater Good”. We might even count a number of Voldemort’s Death Eaters among the dark wizards, but the name of Ekrizdis, The Dementor Creator might not pop into our brains because there is not much known about him.

Ekrizdis was a practitioner of the worst kinds of dark arts imaginable and for this, he certainly marked his place in the wizarding history. No one knows his nationality, as no nation claimed him as its citizen. He was believed to be mad. He traveled across the world in the 15th century and stumbled upon an island, now known as Azkaban. Ekrizdis is the first known inhabitant of Azkaban. When he first arrived, it was only a regular island but it was soon turned into his dark arts experiment.

Ekrizdis found Azkaban
Artwork by Swapnil Padhye

The island was located in the North Sea but to keep it a secret, Ekrizdis placed a concealment charm on the island. Then, he began his dark arts experiments by luring muggle sailors to the island. He then used to torture and then murder them. He also built a fortress there.

After spending some time there, the already mad wizard became totally insane as he completely lost his touch with the outside world. He became so obsessed with practicing dark magic and torturing the sailors he abducted. It has been speculated that due to his madness, Ekrizdis either unwittingly or perhaps intentionally created Dementors.

Dementors

The creation of a creature as dark and as foul as a Dementor requires the evilest form of dark arts and for this, Ekrizdis deserves to be known as the evilest wizard to have ever lived- usurping even Voldemort and Grindelwald. Ekrizdis served as a representative of evil in its purest form. He had no agenda or a goal like Voldemort or Grindelwald, he didn’t want power or money or anything else. He just wanted to receive the pleasure of torturing and no one knows what the extent of this torture actually was.

No one really knows how Ekrizdis died, but it is presumed that he died of old age or because of a spell going wrong. After his death, the concealment charms that he had placed on the island were finally lifted and This is when the British Ministry of Magic discovered the island. This island was full of creatures that no one had ever seen before: Dementors.

It was reported that the wizards who went to investigate Azkaban for the first time never told anyone what they saw. They outright refused to discuss their findings. No one knows what sorts of horrific things they saw. The ministry at first was unsure of what to do with the island fortress full of the darkest of creatures. Many thought that Azkaban was best destroyed as the place was full of evil magic but others were afraid of what the Dementors might do if they were deprived of their home.

Ministry of magic

The Dementors were strong and it was impossible to kill them and many feared that they may do something horrible if Azkaban was destroyed. Experts contended that the fortress of Azkaban might wreak its own revenge upon anybody attempting to destroy it. The place was then left abandoned for many years and the Dementors continued to live there. When the Ministry realized that they could use the island to imprison the wizards and witches who have broken the law, they began sentencing people to the fortress. The Ministry felt that the smaller existing wizarding prisons posed a considerable security risk and put everyone else in danger. Thus, the Azkaban prison was born.

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