J.K. Rowling has the dubious honor of inspiring “the Dementor wasp,” a wasp discovered in Asia which has been named after the soul-sucking creature from the Harry Potter novels.
“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth,” Professor Lupin told Harry in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air and around them. Even Muggles feel their presence, though they can’t see them.”
In the Harry Potter series, the worst fate imaginable (unless you’re Voldemort) is the Dementor’s kiss: once the Dementor has sucked out your soul, you are left a hollow shell of your former self: living, but in no way alive.
So… enjoy your trip to Thailand, where a newly discovered species of wasp has just been dubbed “the Dementor wasp.”
Check out the terrifying picture below, and quiver at the uncanny resemblance:
A total of 139 new species of plants and animals were identified in the South East Asian region of Greater Mekong last year, including a new mammal (named “the long-toothed pipistrelle bat”), a bent-toed gecko, and a feathered coral.
The Dementor wasp (also known as “the Ampulex Dementor”) was discovered in Thailand, and was named by popular vote. We’re sure you can’t wait to find out what this horrifying thing does, so here we go:
The Dementor wasp, much like its namesake, paralyses its prey with venom, turning it into a zombie-like creature with no free will of its own, guiding it to its death before eating it alive.
Now, before you book your seat on the Mars One expedition, be comforted by the fact that Dementor wasps’ prey of choice is the cockroach. So unless that happens to be your Animagus form, you’ll probably be alright.
J.K. Rowling re-tweeted the WWF’s announcement, but has not yet commented on the topic:
— WWF (@WWF) May 27, 2015
But we imagine she’s pleased. Or, er, terrified.
What do you think about the Dementor wasp? Cool or horrifying?
This pretty much sums up our feelings on the topic: