Thursday 22nd Sept 2016
Think of your happiest memory, because Pottermore has a very exciting announcement to make…
Pottermore is extremely proud to reveal the new Patronus experience. From today, registered users can discover their own unique Patronus for the first time. Yes, really! And it’s right here.
The Patronus Charm, introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is a defensive spell which produces a silver, animal guardian, used to protect a witch or wizard against Dementors. You can find out more about what a Patronus can do here.
Each Patronus takes the form of a different animal that has a special affinity with the caster – in Harry’s case, his Patronus is a stag. Hermione’s Patronus is an Otter, while Ron’s is a Jack Russell Terrier.
Now it’s time to discover yours. Summon up your happiest memory, and the Patronus experience will take you through a beautiful forest where you’ll be asked to make a series of choices, based on a set of cryptic prompts written by J.K. Rowling. Your answers will be timed and you can only discover your Patronus once.
There are many forms that your Patronus could take; it could be a familiar animal or, in rarer cases, a magical creature. Answer the mysterious questions, and navigate your way through the forest to cast your new Patronus friend.
Once you’ve become acquainted, you’ll be able to share your results, read the Patronus Charm writing by J.K. Rowling, or go back and visit your Patronus – which you can do at any time.
J.K. Rowling also shared the story of discovering her own Patronus today on Twitter:
... my fondness for weaselly creatures is well documented. However, when we finalised the @pottermore test last week I took it again...— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2016
It's a heron :) https://t.co/MUZUYmRgZS— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2016
Pretty good, right? So, go forth and cast your Patronus. We hope you love the animal you discover.
If you want to learn more about what a Patronus is, why not read our handy guide?