If you’re here and you don’t know what a Patronus is yet, you’re probably here out of curiosity or you’re only half-interested to find out what your Patronus is, just kidding.
A Patronus is so much more than a spirit animal. It’s the concentrated form that your happiest memories unified, creating a protective spirit that will shield you from dark forces — soul-sucking Dementors, for instance. Now, thanks to J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter fans (yes, even us Muggles) can finally know what form our Patronus will take through this virtual quiz.
There are over 140 Patronuses. Yes, you heard that right. Each animal comes with its own series of animations, which might explain why it took so long for Pottermore team to complete constructing the quiz. However, it is pretty forgivable because I’ve personally enjoyed watching my Dolphin dance gracefully around the screen.
To see for yourself, you’ll need to join Pottermore, the one-stop digital destination for all things Harry Potter. You can only take the Patronus test — or “experience,” as it’s called — ONE TIME, so make sure you’re mentally prepared. The appropriately magical digital experience, which includes custom animation and music, involves a series of rapid-fire questions that you have to answer instinctively until you come to your creature match. Just a heads up, you’ll want to come ready with a single, powerful happy memory to draw on, too; because that’s the key to casting the advanced-level charm.
“Patronuses are drawn from animals both familiar and magical, although magical beasts are amongst the rarest Patronuses,” Pottermore shared in a statement on the launch. It’s well-documented that Harry Potter’s own Patronus is a stag, Hermione’s is an otter, and Professor Snape’s takes the form of a doe. J.K. Rowling, creator of the Patronus quiz, shared a series of tweets about her own Patronus experience:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2016
There’s just one problem: Many people are getting Patronuses they don’t particularly like. Many of these unhappy fans took it to twitter to demand for an explanation. Thankfully, the Harry Potter author herself came to the rescue and gave them a much needed assurance about their unsatisfactory Patronus result:
i literally got a rat for a patronus…i don't know how you can make me feel better about that haha
— contra mundi (@DerellPayne) September 24, 2016
In a press release announcing the Patronus quiz, Pottermore revealed that “further new information and features will be revealed about the spell and its outcomes” in the “months to come.” Let’s hope it means that we really are getting more detailed explanations.
Looks like there’s a great many creatures to be discovered, including magical creatures in rare cases such the unicorn and Fire-dwelling Salamander(??), which leads us to this: Which is your Patronus? Let us know in the comments below. Expecto Patronum!
Take the quiz here.