Would Sirius Choose Dementorhood?
An original editorial by Nephi
This is a response to Anthonys very thought-provoking
editorial How are the
While Anthony brings up some fantastic ideas and theories that really do seem to fit
with what information weve been given, I simply cannot--with a clear conscience--agree
that the Veil creates Dementors.
And Im not saying this because the idea that the strong, heroic and essentially
good character of Sirius Black could come back as something as evil and vile as a
soul-sucking Dementor. Ill be the first to admit that, considering all the other
twists of darkness J. K. Rowling has led us through, its entirely plausible. The
contrast of goodness (Sirius) versus evil (Dementors) is already there; so is the
irony of Sirius becoming the thing of which he was once a prisoner. And yes, if I
was J. K., Id also be upset about forcing Sirius through the Veil and transforming
him into a nasty Dementor for Harry to destroy. Admittedly, it is a possible and
intriguing plotline, but I feel that the series so far has defended too much the idea of personal choice
for this to be true.
From what weve seen in the books, the Dementors are scary, soul-sucking freaks and
natural allies of Lord Voldemort. One may even wonder how old they are. Since they
were used as Azkaban guards for who knows how long, its
reasonable to think that they have existed as a natural evil for eons before the rise of
Voldemort. Thats the keyword here: evil. Again, they are natural allies--which
means they werent forced to the dark side. The idea that someone could be forced
to do what Dementors do completely disregards the major theme of choice: I cannot
imagine Sirius possessing such a wicked instinct.
In the words of Albus Dumbledore, it is our choices...that determine who we
are, not the disaster of getting pushed through a creepy curtain.
I mean no offense to Anthony or his editorial. On the contrary, I loved it and agree with several other points
he brought up. But no way can Sirius be a Dementor.