A Fan Asked J.K. Rowling for Help Fighting Dementors — And She Gave Everyone So Much More

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Dementors — the Harry Potter universe's villainous, black-robed flying specters that can literally suck the life out of you — were revived Monday when a fan appealed to Supreme Wizarding authority, J.K. Rowling, on how best to attend to the ones under her bed. 

"Could you please teach me how to scare the Dementors that have been living under my bed? I'm tired of being sad all the time," @mtrssmustdie tweeted. "I'm tired of being sad all the time."

While Dementors, of course, can only be stopped through the successful employ of the complicated Patronus Charm (duh), Rowling took on the request, responding minutes later with words of encouragement.

"They're bothering a unique, valuable human being who deserves happiness," she wrote. "Ask for help. Don't fight alone. Big hug."

Dementors, first introduced in the series' third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, gained infamy in the magical community as guards of the wizarding prison of Azkaban, and even briefly protected the grounds of Hogwarts. But in subsequent books, the spirits teamed up with the Lord Voldemort. The dark lord reportedly called Dementors "natural allies" to his cause.   

It's not the first time Rowling has offered down-and-out fans hope via tweets of magical wisdom. Last year she helped another fan who asked for her help. And she's used her platform for more globally reaching matters. When some were outraged by the casting of a black woman in the role of Hermione Granger in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling shut down the detractors and gave her stamp of approval for "black Hermoine." 

Beyond that, Rowling has used the magical universe as a springboard to weigh in on a multitude of issues from similarities between Donald Trump and Lord Voldemort, to why Albus Dumbledore would be against cultural boycotts of Israel to — of all things — the Westboro Baptist Church

And while Rowling cannot expel Dementors from every bedroom — this story has a happy ending.

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