History of Azkaban Prison (Origins Explained)

History of Azkaban Prison (Origins Explained)

There’s a storm comin’, Harry. We’d all best ready when she does… Azkaban prison is probably the most detailed location in the Harry Potter series that was never once seen in the books Rowling later released a lot of detail on its origin, and how it came to be. While developing the prison, she said that she derived the name Azkaban from a mixture of the real-life prison Alcatraz and Abaddon which is a Hebrew word, meaning place of destruction or depths of hell. Alcatraz also bears a close resemblance to Azkaban as both are on an island and both are known to be ruthless facilities. In this video, I’m going to explain the origin of Azkaban prison Azkaban was created in the 15th century, but was not originally a prison It was most likely created by a little-known sorcerer named Ekrizdis. It’s not confirmed that he was the one to build it But it is known that he was the first one to ever Inhabit it. Its location has never been seen on a map by Muggles or wizards Ekrizdis was extremely powerful and insane He actively engaged in the worst kinds of Dark Magic He lured, tortured and killed Muggle sailors for pleasure. He added Concealment charms around the fortress so that the Ministry could not find it But when he died, those charms faded away, and the ministry discovered both the island and the fortress. Those who went there to investigate refused to talk about what they had seen inside. The reason for this was not the prison itself, but what was inside of it… Dementors Dementors are vicious creatures. They will not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way It is not in the nature of a Dementor to be forgiving. They infested the entire fortress the very walls of the building gave off misery and pain thanks to these creatures. Many people higher up in the Wizarding World thought that it was an evil place That should be destroyed but some worried of what would happen to the Dementors after their home was taken from them. The creatures were incredibly strong and Impossible to kill and many feared that they would take revenge Experts that studied buildings built with Dark Magic said that nothing but disaster would come of destroying the fortress it was therefore left abandoned for many years and remain the home of the continually breeding Dementors At the time, the Ministry had small Wizarding presence scattered across the country But when the International Statute of Secrecy was imposed, these scouted presents posed a security risk. This was especially true when witches and wizards would try to break out causing loud bangs smells and light shows that easily attracted unwanted Muggle attention Around that time, they started developing a new prison facility. Damocles Rowle became Minister for Magic He had risen to power with an Anti-Muggle agenda capitalizing on the Wizarding community’s anger being forced underground Sadistic by nature, Rowle scrapped the plans for the new prison at once and insisted on using Azkaban as the new prison He said that the Dementors could be a tool for the ministry and that they could be harnessed as guards He said that this would save the ministry a lot of time and money by not having to hire human guards or having to build a new facility. Many experts on both Dementors and buildings built with dark magic disagreed with his decision But Rowle carried out his plan anyway the Minister for magic that followed Rowle was also pro Azkaban Eldritch Diggory took office after him who fun fact is most likely related to Cedric and his father Amos Diggory. This strapping young lad must be Cedric am I right By the time Eldritch Diggory had taken over, the prison had been there for 15 years And had no breakouts and no security breaches. When Diggory went to see the prison for himself He was appauled of the conditions. Most prisoners had gone insane And they had built a huge graveyard to accommodate those that had died of despair because of the Dementors Diggory tried to explore other options for imprisonment besides Azkaban or at least get rid of the Dementors Experts told him however that the only reason dementors were staying at Azkaban was because they were giving them a constant supply of souls to feed on. They said if he stopped giving them prisoners they would leave Azkaban and go out to the mainland their thought process was better criminals than the innocent. Diggory still horrified by what he had seen told the committee to find alternatives But before they could reach a decision Diggory died of dragon pox. Hesphaestus Gore took office after him and he reversed everything the Diggory had said. He renovated and reinforced the prison to make it even harder to break out. No minister after that considered closing or changing Azkaban after Gore it had worked for many years with no breaches and no escapes Anyone that questioned the moral grounds of the prison would be shut down Justifying the prison based on its perfect record of keeping prisoners locked up However that perfect track record was broken three centuries later when Barty Crouch jr. Was smuggled out of prison Barty Crouch senior and his dying wife went into Azkaban to visit their son Barty Crouch jr. And his mother then switched places the Dementors being blind couldn’t see the switch But could only sense one dying person coming in, his mother, and one dying person coming out, Barty Crouch jr. The second person to escape from the was Sirius Black he managed to evade the Dementors by Transforming into his animagus form, a dog Dementors couldn’t sense animals as well as they could sense humans. When the prison really failed, it was when Voldemort took over for the second time All the Dementors joined him at the start of the second Wizarding war they left the prison to do Voldemort’s bidding as he promised them more souls to feed on this allowed for two mass Death Eater breakouts We have confirmed that 10 high-security prisoners in the early hours of yesterday evening did escape. After the Battle of Hogwarts Kingsley Shacklebolt was made the new Minister for magic and he purged the president of all Dementors He made aurors the new guards and they rotated their shifts from the prison to the mainland. This system worked well as there have been no breakouts reported since Shackebolt’s new system was instated. Thanks so much for watching guys I hope you enjoyed the video if you did make sure you hit that subscribe button to help grow the channel you can follow me On social media links are in the description. Brilliant!

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  1. What happened to the dementors after they were kicked out of Azkaban?? Check out my video on Dementors for the answer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1u5W5C9SiE

  2. dementors breed? i shldve just finished reading all of the books. also howd he purge the prison of dementors?

  3. i confess i cannot catch your talk. it's very fast for english learner beginner like me. i will further practice about listening skill. encourage to me please

  4. Ministry: * finds giant structure that is home to giant creatures that can turn someone into a vegetable *

    Ministry: lEt'S tUrN iT iNtO a PrIsOn FoR dArK wIzArDs! mOsTlY dEaTh EaTeRs

  5. Can you make a video on what happened to the dementors after Kingsley had changed them with orers

  6. Bermuda triangle, triangle is invisibility cloak, azkaban is a triangle that had a concealment spell, I see what you did J K

  7. does anyone know how Voldemort was able to communicate with the dementors to make the deal? Is it because hes technically not fully alive?

  8. I love all your videos!! Visualising and informative for the history and origins of the parts not necessarily seen in the movies or parts I've missed or not thought about!!!!!
    Well done!!!

  9. The people who want to watch another harry potter film.1 like😎😎😎😎i want to see😍😍😍😍😍

  10. Alcatraz wasn't actually such a brutal prison. But it was thought to be inescapable so the prisoners were actually suppressed more often than not without use of force and many prisoners enjoyed meal priveleges that would make Norwegian half way house food look like slob.

  11. You know it's Game of Thrones level writing when "Amos Diggory" is shockingly related to Cedric Diggory. Who would have ever predicted that!?

  12. Who else thinks, JK should compile the pre-Harry Potter lore in new novel series like Tolkein did, instead of dropping bits on Twitter.

  13. 0:34 I'm from Israel, means that I speak Hebrew. The word abaddon is pronounced like "avadon" and the word means "doom"

  14. Can you please make videos about the waterfire saga? I know they’re only just books but they’re amazing! They have magic and magical creatures like mermaids and goblins, elves and a monster called abaddon. I dont want to give to much away but just look for the series and the author is Jennifer Donelly.

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