While looking for something completely different, I just bumped into some of the halloween costumes for the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve celebration this year (it’s only two months away!)
Along with the usual pirate, fairy and princess costumes are some Harry Potter theme costumes, including one that just left my mouth hanging open. Yes, you could dress you child up as a dementor from the Harry Potter universe.
Not a fan of the books? Let me explain what a dementor is, and show you a picture, from Target, of all companies…
I should admit that I am a fan of the Harry Potter series and have faithfully bought and listened to each of the first six books in audio form. I’m about 75% through the last book (and no, I don’t know who dies. And don’t want to know until I get there in the book). Nonetheless, it is unquestionably a dark and forbidding story rife with evil characters, malicious people and much darkness. Perhaps no character more represents the utter darkness of Rowling’s world than the dementors, however.
According to Scholastic’s official Web site glossary, a dementor is “a creature who feeds on the happy emotions of humans. Dementors are employed as guards at Azkaban. The kiss of a Dementor will suck out a human’s soul, leaving an emotionless shell.”
Now you can see the costume and have a sense of the dark, dismal character and its role as the harbinger of evil in the book series. So tell me, even on a day that’s traditionally been about warding off bad spirits and mischief-making, why on Earth would any parent want their child dressed up as a dementor?
But maybe I’m wrong. I liked to dress up as a pirate, policeman, cowboy or soldier when I was a boy (heck, I still like dressing up, but that’s another story 🙂 and my children tend to dress up as fun positive-energy characters that inspire their own imaginations. Did the dark, scary, evil stuff just pass us by?
Would you dress up as a dementor or allow your child to dress up as one?