Locals in the town of Kitwe, Zambia, ran in horror after spotting what looked like a massive human-shaped figure in the clouds above a shopping centre.

The apparition resembled a Dementor from the popular Harry Potter movies, and was spotted flying over the Mukuba Mall in Kitwe.

The images show what appears to be a large head and torso, followed by two long tail-shaped feet. Eye-witnesses claim it was over 100 metres (330 feet) long.

As per reports by The Daily Mail, while some people begun worshiping the figure, mistaking it to be a manifestation of God, others ran in horror assuming it was an incarnation of the Devil himself.

The figure remained visible in the sky for more than half an hour before vanishing into nothingness.

A witness had the following to say:

We were shocked to see images that looked like a human in the clouds for close to 30 minutes. Some started worshipping but others ran away. It was so strange.

Harry Potter fans are certain that this might be something right out of the Potter universe but it’s most likely just an odd-shaped cloud. However, what is surprising is the fact that it vanished out of thin air (literally) after a few minutes.

Even more disturbing is the fact that it was sort of hovering above people’s head and was flickering in and out of their view. The shape seemed to move with the wind too which normal clouds don’t tend to do. We can’t really be sure what it actually was but hope that it isn’t a Dementor.

If it indeed was a Dementor, than we’re pretty sure someone has escaped from Azkaban.

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