Now Pottermore Lets You Find Out Your Patronus (J.K. Rowling Got a Heron)

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The latest feature on Pottermore, the ever-expanding home of Harry Potter content, is a quiz designed by J.K. Rowling to tell you what your Patronus is.


In case you’d forgotten, a Patronus is a spell conjured by a happy memory and the incantation “Expecto patronum!” The Patronus takes the form of a silvery animal that protects against the soul-crushing depression caused by exposure to Dementors.

The test on Pottermore, like all Pottermore quizzes, is multiple choice. Only instead of answering a question, two or three words pop up and you have a short time to click one instinctively. No thoughts needed or wanted.

The quiz also zooms through an animated forest before each question, which draws it out a little bit. Rowling, as she so often does, offered some more information on Twitter:


Her new one is a heron, but Rowling also answered a fan who asked if mythical creatures were possible:


I got a blackbird and some mild motion sickness. Take it for yourself here.



I thought about it and then I saw it wanted me to create a log in and that seemed more effort then its worth so I gave up. Guess that means my patronus is something really lazy.

I dunno what, can’t be bothered to think up an animal.