How Do You Know Your Patronus?
Last week, JK Rowling revealed the form her Patronus takes — a pine marten. Which is so adorable that I’ve stopped coveting the rabbit that lives in our backyard, and now I’m coveting my very own pine marten friend who will chillax with me while I write. Nerdist also reviewed several characters’ Patronuses, and you can see the complete list on the Harry Potter wiki.
Of course, it makes you wonder what your Patronus would be. Pottermore is getting a Patronus quiz soon, though I imagine that it has a limited number of options, so we’ll all end up with the same Patronuses. Whereas the animal world is large and varied, and our real Patronus may not be included in that algorithm.
You know, our real real Patronus.
I realized that I have no idea what my Patronus would be. No clue. No animal pops to mind. I mean, there are animals I like, and animals that mirror my personality, behaviour-wise. But still, I don’t even have a short list of possibilities. Whenever I get my Hogwarts letter and finally learn how to create a corporal Patronus, I will be shocked to discover my animal.
Whereas I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that I was sorted into Ravenclaw. I imagine most kids aren’t that shocked by their House placement when they come to Hogwarts. The four Houses are all associated with certain personality types, and you generally know yourself. While I’m sure there were disappointments from time to time, there was no one who continued to sit on the chair and say to the Sorting Hat, “Wait, are you sure? Because that doesn’t make any sense. I thought I’d be in Gryffindor, but you put me in Hufflepuff. And I’m actually kind of a bitch. I mean, brave and all of that, but I’m really a mean girl. Are you sure you meant Hufflepuff?”
Which begs the question: are people surprised when they discover their Patronus form? Or is everyone just thrilled to see their little protector running around in front of them? Does anyone express disappointment: “Really? I’m a seal? I kinda sorta hate seals. I thought I’d be a fox. Or a goat. Or something other than a seal.”
Do you have an inkling of your Patronus form? And do you think anyone knows that sort of thing beforehand, or do you just get what you get and you don’t get upset?