Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Azkaban

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Vote up the most interesting lore about the prison.

Azkaban Prison is one of the more mysterious locations in the Harry Potter universe. These Redditors and fans are pointing out a number of lore details about the horrific prison and home to Dementors.

Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Warner Bros.

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    130 VOTES

    Kingsley Shacklebolt Purged Dementors From Azkaban After The Second Wizard War

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    Under Kingsley Shacklebolt, Azkaban was purged of Dementors. While it remains in use as a prison, the guards are now Aurors, who are regularly rotated from the mainland. There has been no breakout since this new system was introduced.

    130 votes
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    Azkaban Was Originally The Home Of A Dark Wizard

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    The fortress upon it was originally home to a little-known sorcerer who called himself Ekrizdis. Evidently extremely powerful, but of unknown nationality, Ekrizdis, who is believed to have been insane, was a practitioner of the worst kinds of Dark Arts. Alone in the middle of the ocean, he lured, tortured and killed Muggle sailors, apparently for pleasure, and only when he died, and the concealment charms he had cast faded away, did the Ministry of Magic realise that either island or building existed. Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside, but the least frightening part of it was that the place was infested with Dementors.

    156 votes
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    The Threshold For Being Sent To Azkaban Is Very Low

    From Redditor u/linzy:

    Azkaban's prisoners are literally tortured day-in and day-out, and we have at least three examples in the series from before the Ministry fell of the innocent being sent there (Hagrid, Sirius, Morfin Gaunt), at least two of those without a trial. Hagrid is literally sent as a "precaution." Presumably you get sent there for everything from murder to tax evasion. It's pretty dark.

    124 votes
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    Muggles Were Originally Tortured In Azkaban

    From Redditor u/arackan:

    It does not specify what happened there, only that muggles were tortured and murdered. Obviously, Rowling doesn't want to go into detail as it would not be appropriate for a site for both adults and children.

    102 votes
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    Azkaban Wasn't Destroyed Because Wizards Thought The Building Itself Would Fight Back

    From Redditor u/ibid-119623:

    Experts who had studied buildings built with and around dark magic contended that Azkaban might wreak its own revenge upon anybody attempting to destroy it. The fortress was therefore left abandoned for many years, a home to continually breeding Dementors.

    101 votes
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    The Dark Wizard Ekrisdis Created The Dementors While Living In Azkaban

    From Redditor u/itsmeat:

    Azkaban used to be the domain of an evil wizard who, through vile, torturous means, created the Dementors. They live there, it's their home.

    99 votes