The dementors were the worst thing about prison
I had a friend who VEHEMENTLY argued that they were pronounced 'dementators'
He and his dad also argued that Palpatine and The Emperor weren't the same person, just the same actor.
Kind of a stupid family lol
When I started overcoming my own depression a few years ago, I got an expecto patronum tattoo to help remind myself of the happy thoughts that can drive away depression.
So she ate chocolate whenever she felt depressed?
Even as a kid reading Prisoner this seemed pretty obvious. I've had depression most of my life so maybe I'm just more in tone to it.
I feel like Lord of the Rings is a pretty good analogy for it, too. You don’t want to go through it, but you have to. No one can do it for you, and no matter how much support you have, there will be times you’ll be utterly alone against the scariest things imaginable.
Dementors. Demon mentors. The demons that you learn to keep at bay. That teach you how to appreciate the good times, while also reminding you of your own mortality. They are formidable, but not invincible. They can be defeated by light and hope, which takes the form of your inner strength, personified. At least, that's my take on this.
When I read that part of the Prisoner of Azkaban, I knew Rowling have had depression. Dementors are such a well-written analogy of depression that I think anyone who have/had depression would instantly recognise them as such.
I envision my depression in that form too.
Except she does not suck the happiness out of me like a dementor does.
She just lingers in the shadows being careful not to get in my sights.
When I let my guard down, she creeps up behind me and gives me a cold but loving embrace like an old friend who misses me.
Sometimes she lets me go. Other times I have to struggle free. She will then just retreat back into the shadows waiting for me to let my guard down again.
That is our ritual, our routine, our dance.
Sometimes I won't see her for days, weeks, months even. But I know I can never truly escape her.
She will always be there, waiting for me to let my guard down, until the day I die.