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.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


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.