Expecto Patronum!


Good morning, lovely booknebelungcats! I hope you’re potterheads, because today is a great day to be one. Pottermore is the official Harry Potter site with posts from J.K. Rowling herself. In it you can find such interesting things as the Sorting Hat Quiz (if you haven’t taken it yet, go and do it post-haste! I need to know what house you’re in!!) and the wand quiz. There is also plenty of information on every Hogwarts house, every character, and even Ilvermorny, the North American school of wizardry.

And yesterday—just yesterday!—they released a new quiz: the Patronus test!

If you don’t know, or can’t remember, what a patronus is, here is Pottermore’s description:

The Patronus is ‘a kind of Anti-Dementor – a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor.’ It’s also ‘a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon – hope, happiness, the desire to survive – but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it.’

This form of magic was introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where  Remus taught Harry how to use this spell so that he could protect himself from the Dementors that had been sent to capture Sirius Black. It’s summoned by remembering a really memory from your past and then shouting “Expecto Patronum!”. No, louder than that. Much louder. You have to mean it!!

Harry’s patronus, depicted in Bloomsbury’s cover of the third book, is a stag, in honour of his father; Hermione’s is an otter, and Ron’s a Jack Russell Terrier. For a full list of all known patroni, go to Pottermore’s page.


This test is a very simple and straightforward one: you’re supposed to think of a really happy memory, then choose from the words given to you that describe that moment better. It is an instinctive experience, so don’t think too much: the faster you react, the more genuine the result will be.

Funnily enough, I got a Nebelung Cat! Maybe it’s because of how rare and cute I am :’D jokes aside, that’s a pretty cool patronus! And I’m in good—and also really bad—company: the other two wizards who have cats as patroni are Minerva McGonagall (yay!) and Dolores Umbridge (damn!).

If you’re as big a potterhead as I am, this is the perfect chance to discover more about the wizard/witch within you! Please do let me know what results you got! 🙂

22 thoughts on “Expecto Patronum!

  1. I was surprised at my result, thinking I would get a small, burrowing animal or a bird of some sort. Turns out I got a white stallion, which in most cultures symbolizes either power and/or death. I’m in the process of writing a post on this discovery. xx Arielle

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