What is Your True Patronus?


One of the most iconic spells in Harry Potter is Expecto Patronum. When a wizard or witch speaks this incantation, a barrier arises between themselves and their attacker, a dementor that sucks happiness from its victim. If a wizard or witch is especially powerful, their spell creates a Patronus — an animal representation of their very soul. Which animal appears depends on the magic-user's personality, goals, and other qualities. As every Potterhead knows, Harry's Patronus was a stag, Ron's was a weasel, and Hermione's was an otter. Expecto Patronum is a signature spell in the Harry Potter world, and the manifestation is as important to a wizard or witch's identity as their Hogwarts house. If you want to protect yourself from rogue dementors, you'll need to learn this spell. This quiz will reveal to you what form your Patronus takes — and with it your true essence!

History lesson

Rethinking "Spirit Animal": why it's time for a change

We've all heard it before, someone gushing about their favorite celebrity or a beloved pet, exclaiming, "They're totally my spirit animal!" While it might seem like a harmless phrase to many, its casual use in pop culture can be deeply offensive to Indigenous communities. The term "spirit animal" has roots in Indigenous cultures, where it holds significant spiritual and cultural importance. For many Indigenous peoples, a spirit animal is seen as a guardian or guide, deeply intertwined with their beliefs and traditions. It's not just a fun catchphrase to throw around.

In today's digital age, the term has been co-opted and trivialized by online quizzes, memes, and offhand comments. This dilution of its meaning not only diminishes the profound significance it holds for Indigenous communities but also perpetuates cultural appropriation. When we borrow elements from another culture, especially without understanding or respect, we risk erasing the rich history and significance behind them. It's essential to recognize that using "spirit animal" flippantly is not just a matter of being politically correct; it's about showing genuine respect for the lived experiences of others.

So, next time you're tempted to label something or someone as your "spirit animal," think twice. There are countless other ways to express admiration or resonance without appropriating and undermining the cultural significance of a term. Let's be more mindful of the words we choose and the impact they can have on others.

Did you know?

What was J.K. Rowling's Inspiration for the Patronus?

While there is no concrete answer, there's plenty of speculation. J.K Rowling alluded in an interview that the inspiration for the Patronus came from the idea of spirit animals and totems in indigenous religions. Totem comes from the Native American Ojibwe language and refers to the belief that an animal represents the spirit of a clan. Many cultures around the world have similar beliefs, and some historians theorize that spirit animals may be the origin of religion. The practice was adopted into Western popular culture through "spirit animals," and it's likely Rowling adapted this when developing her Patronus spell.

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