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J.K. Rowling just posted a Harambe Patronus—and the end is near

Expecto Patro-meme.


Gabe Bergado


Posted on Sep 22, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:58 pm CDT

Now even Dementors will have to face the wrath of Harambe.

On Thursday, Pottermore finally released a test for fans to learn what animal their Patronus would take. Users have been able to be sorted into their Hogwarts house for years now, but this was the first time that the site would reveal their charmed defender that first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban.

People have been sharing their results on Twitter and other social networks, with some happier than others (because really, a dolphin is much cooler than a pheasant). But the Chive uncovered one special Patronus that witches and wizards weren’t quite expecting: Harambe. 

The infamous Cincinnati Zoo gorilla was killed to protect a child that fell into the animal’s pit earlier this year and has now found a second life in the form of a meme. Now he’s been memorialized once again as a wispy white apparition that’ll fend off Dementors trying to suck a soul.

Furthermore, the Harambe Patronus looks to have caught the attention of none other than J.K. Rowling, who retweeted the image.

Has a Boggart become our worst fear of Rowling showing validation for a gorilla meme? Nope, this horror is a reality. We’ve reached peak internet with J.K. “I’ll tweet out new information and completely change the fabric of the Harry Potter universe” Rowling spreading the Harambe Patronus to her 8.3 million followers. This end is near, guys.

And while dicks out for Harambe might not keep you safe from a group of approaching Dementors, wands out for a Harambe Patronus might do the trick. 

Update 11:55am CT, Sept. 22: Rowling clarified her endorsement for the Harambe meme via Twitter.

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*First Published: Sep 22, 2016, 1:43 pm CDT