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I’ve seen a lot of posts about patronuses. A popular one being what if a muggle born cast expecto patronum and their patronus was a pokemon. Here are some important notes about patronuses:
- The vast majority of witches and wizards are unable to produce any form of Patronus, and to create even an intangible one is generally considered a sign of great magical power. Just like becoming an animagus, having a corporeal patronus is considered extremely rare and advanced. The members of Dumbledore’s army practiced intensely.
- Casting it requires great mental acuity, logically one can come to the conclusion that people dealing with depression and other mental illnesses (even ADHD) will be unable to cast even if they have been able to previously.
- Self confidence plays a role in casting as well. Concentrating on a happy memory and believing in yourself are two of the main instructions.
- Though some believe a corporeal patronus directly reflects an individuals personality, I would argue it also takes into account what animal you’d feel safest with defending you. I believe this due toi the fact that emotional turmoil or a great life change can affect your patronus form. (Like Tonks and Snape.)
- JKR has said most patronuses are ordinary animals, but once in a great while they may take on the form of a magical animal, like Dumbledore’s phoenix patronus. It is exceedingly rare for them to take the form of an extinct animal.
- So by this logic: casting a corporeal patronus is rare, casting a magical animal is even rarer, casting an extinct animal is rarest… so a pokemon patronus would be 1 in one billion out of the people even able to cast a corporeal patronus. (Though since it isn’t biologically real in the wizard world, perhaps it can’t be done at all.)
- Patronuses can deliver messages (it’s to be stated this can probably only be done by more powerful wizards) and are dark-proof, so these messages cannot be intercepted.
- McGonagall was able to cast three patronuses at once to deliver messages.
- Patronus means “protector”, “guardian”, or simply “patron” in Latin.The Latin word exspecto or expecto means “I look out for” or “I wait for”, thus the charm’s incantation roughly translates into “I await a protector.”
- A few people who are good enough at wizardry to cast both a partonus charm and become an animagus generally have similar animals for both.
- Those who fight on the dark side (like Death Eaters) cannot cast patronuses because they are everything patronuses fight against. This may mean Draco could have learned the charm later in life.
- James and Lily Potter: stag and doe.
- Harry Potter: stag.
- Hermione Granger: otter
- Ron Weasley: Jack Russell terrier
- Ginny Weasley: horse
- Kingsley Shacklebolt: lynx
- Nymphadora Tonks’ second patronus: wolf, previously jack rabbit
- Dolores Umbridge: cat
- Remus Lupin: disguises his wolf
- Dumbledore: phoenix
- Seamus Finnigan: fox
- Cho Chang: swan
- McGonagall: cat
- Luna Lovegood: hare
- Aberforth Dumbledore: goat
- Ernie McMillan: boar
- Arthur Weasley: weasel
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