Since the Patronus Quiz for the Pottermore Patronus Types came out, social media has been bursting at the seams! Everyone wants to find out their type of patronus animal. Some took the quiz more than once using different answers to the questions in the hope of getting an unusual or rare Patronus. But does rare necessarily mean better? Not really.
For those who are still curious what exactly is a Patronus, here’s Wizard Remus Lupin’s explanation: “A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the wizard who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him. In order for it to work, you need to think of a memory. Not just any memory, a very happy memory, a very powerful memory…Allow it to fill you up…lose yourself in it…then speak the incantation, ‘Expecto Patronum’.”
A Patronus when successfully conjured can have two forms: incorporeal and corporeal. These two differ greatly in their strength and appearances.
An incorporeal Patronus does not resemble any living creature. It also has few distinguishing features, if ever there’s any. They look more like a burst of vapor or smoke. It doesn’t have a definite form shooting from the wand. It’s good for halting dementors, not repelling them. Thus, they are regarded as the weaker version of the true charm.
A corporeal Patronus is fully-formed. It takes the shape of a bright-white, translucent animal. This specific animal varies from one person to another and reflect that individual’s own personality.
Let’s see some of the most famous wizards’/witches’ Patronuses. See if they have the same ones as yours.
Harry had the same Patronus as his father James- a stag. He learned how to conjure this Patronus at a very young age.
Hermione’s Patronus was an Otter. It was seen in the last Dumbledore’s Army meeting back in 1996. Apparently, it’s the only spell Hermione had any difficulty with while escaping from the Ministry of Magic.
His was a Jack Russell Terrier. It was also seen in the last Dumbledore’s Army meeting in 1996 and in the Battle of Hogwarts back in 1998.
Snape’s Patronus was a Doe. This acted as Harry’s guide through the woods. This was where Godric Gryffindor’s Sword was hidden.
Fawkes was a phoenix. This was the name of the bird whose loyalty Dumbledore earned. He used it in 1995 as a message to Hagrid when Krum was stunned. Back then, it looked like “a ghostly bird that flew off in the direction of Hagrid’s house.”
So you see, not even our famous witches or wizard conjured rare, or at least unusual Patronuses. The more important thing too is if you are able to conjure them in the first place? Remember, this requires a memory, not just any memory. But a very special, very happy memory that can fill you up. So my advice before worrying about having rare Patronuses? Practice conjuring one. Start making happy memories today. It can save your life tomorrow!