Pottermore finally added a Patronus test on Thursday, allowing fans to discover what form their corporeal Patronus Charms take after years of speculation. As is the case with most Pottermore tests, it has spawned both joyful reactions and Harry Potter-related identity crises, but the Patronus test is also leading to some wonderful results we wish were real.
We don’t yet know just how many creatures are potential Patronuses—Hypable has a running list of 142 creatures to date. While Twitter was quick to make jokes out of the Patronus test, the jokes really got going after J.K. Rowling retweeted a Harambe meme created by theChive. She then later had to clarify that Harambe was not actually an available Patronus, because this is where we are in 2016. (Neither are gorillas, according to Hypable’s list.)
According to Pottermore’s Professor Catullus Spangle, an 18th century charms researcher, Patronuses may take “forms that their casters might not expect, for which they have never felt a particular affinity, or (in rare cases) even recognise.” This explains how someone might ended up with an oddball.
Some artists took to rendering their own Patronus art and GIFs (some more convincing than others.)
Hey what the hell pic.twitter.com/n3zpIg9chX— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) September 22, 2016
Many of us may not have been able to create something with the whimsical, silvery glow that Pottermore achieved, we had our own real-life animals to embody our Patronus.
My Patronus is relaxed and ready for adventure. pic.twitter.com/TaFgNsSs6e— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) September 23, 2016
Don't need someone else to tell me, this is my Patronus. pic.twitter.com/UBZbbo0Wan— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) September 23, 2016
you guys I found out what my patronus is— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) September 22, 2016
look at my dapper hat pic.twitter.com/g6YwHQuhm3
While Patronuses come in the form of creatures, not people, we do wish they could.
now THIS is a patronus I can get into! pic.twitter.com/cq2UnQtfFb— jd vance's "holler aunt" (@markpopham) September 22, 2016
And of course brands got involved. (There’s something especially grim about a dead chicken being a Patronus but what do we know.)
It’s not surprising that some fans are going their own route to finding a Patronus. Not everyone was happy with what they got.
My Patronus was so bad that I deleted my Pottermore account.— Andrew Wheeler (@Wheeler) September 23, 2016