J.K. Rowling Advises Fan on How to Chase Away ‘Dementors’ of Depression

A fan tweeted at the author for advice on how to “scare the dementors that have been living under my bed”

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has given a fan advice on how to chase away the Dementors of depression on Twitter, after the young woman reached out to her for help.

“They’re bothering a unique, valuable being who deserves happiness. Ask for help. Don’t fight alone. Big hug,” Rowling tweeted at a Twitter user going by Pale Emo Nerd.

On Sunday, Pale Emo Nerd tweeted, “ 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.”

The woman also posted a series of tweets in which she said, “I’m tired of feeling useless all the time,” and “I’m tired of panic attacks and my head aching and those dark circles under my eyes.”

Dementors were first described in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” in which Rowling wrote that 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.”

Rowling, who told the Associated Press in 2011 that she has battled depression in the past, said that the Dementors were inspired by her own issues, and that she was “never remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Ever.”

See the Twitter exchange below.