The Harry potter books and movies have introduced audiences to a bunch of characters, events, items, and concepts from the wizarding world, and one of the most fascinating is that of the Patronus charm – and here is the Patronus of each main character and what it means. The fantasy genre has seen a variety of worlds with their own mythologies, and one of the most beloved and popular is the Wizarding World, created by JK Rowling and introduced in his first novel. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997.
The wizarding world is the main setting of the Harry potter saga, a series of seven novels following the story of “the boy who lived” and Lord Voldemort, the darkest wizard of all, who had dangerous plans for the wizarding and muggle worlds and a personal vendetta against Harry, that he failed to kill when he was a baby. Along with Harry, readers and viewers alike learned about the events that shaped the Wizarding World, its most notable wizards and witches, and some of its most interesting and intriguing spells, one of which is the Patronus charm.
The Patronus charm was introduced in the third book / movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where Professor Remus Lupine taught it to Harry so he could defend himself from the Dementors, who were all around Hogwarts after Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban. The Patronus charm is one of the most powerful defensive charms and also one of the most complicated and difficult to master, as it requires evoking a positive energy force. This is why it is used to protect against Dementors, and there are two types of Patronus: bodily, where the Patronus takes a particular form, and incorporeal, formless and no longer with the same protective power against Dementors. The main characters of Harry potter Cast bodily Patronuses, and their shapes say a lot about their personalities, stories and more. Here is the Patronus of each main character and what each of them means.
Harry Potter – Deer
Harry Potter’s Patronus takes the form of a deer, which was also his father’s Animagus and Patronus form. James Potter, along with his friends Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew, learned to become an Animagus to keep Remus Lupine company during his werewolf transformations, and so he ended up transforming into a deer (which also earned him the nickname “Prongs”). According to the official Wizarding world website, a deer is the protector of animals, and therefore a Patronus with this form represents oversight of the rest (as James and Lily did, and later Snape and Harry, as this form is closely related to that of the doe) and also represents leadership roles. As the deer’s antlers fall and grow back each year, it is also a symbol of rebirth and resurrection. Harry escaped thanks to his deer Patronus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where he first thought he saw his father’s spirit, but later realized it was he who was casting his Patronus.
Hermione Granger – Otter
Although Hermione Granger is the brightest witch of her generation, the only spell she had trouble with was the Patronus, but she ultimately overpowered it. Hermione was able to cast a bodily Patronus in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, during one of the meetings and training sessions with Dumbledore’s army, and he took the form of an otter. Rowling shared that the otter is her favorite animal, so she chose it as Hermione’s Patronus, but it also has a deeper meaning. The otter is described as an “intelligent and skillful animal”, and while Hermoine’s carefree side was usually hidden under many responsibilities, tasks and knowledge, his Patronus was able to move around in a carefree manner, reflecting that side. often invisible from her.
Ron Weasley – Jack Russell Terrier
Ron Weasley’s Patronus is a Jack Russell Terrier. Strange as it sounds, Ron actually shares a lot with Terriers: although small, these dogs “will bark furiously at anything they see as a threat, no matter if the odds are stacked against them“, in the same way that Ron protected Harry from Sirius Black (when they thought he was a dangerous murderer) standing on a broken leg and when he defended Hermione with a broken wand. Jack Russell Terriers are also stubborn and voluntary, but also very loyal, just like Ron Weasley.
Albus Dumbledore – Phoenix
The phoenix was a very rare but possible form of Patronus, and Albus Dumbledore cast a phoenix Patronus – which is entirely appropriate as he had a close connection to this mythical creature, having a phoenix companion named Fawkes and naming his group anti -Voldemort “The Order of the Phoenix.” The phoenix is known as the resurrection bird, one that dies in flames and rises from its ashes, and its tears have healing powers (as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Fawkes’ tears healed the wound the basilisk left on Harry’s arm). The Phoenix Patronus has been interpreted as symbolizing strength, wisdom and power, but also as a representation of a lonely and indomitable character.
Severus Snape – Doe
Perhaps one of the most emotionally charged Patronuses, Severus Snape’s bodily Patronus took the form of a doe, which was also the form of Lily Potter’s Patronus. Snape’s Patronus was a doe as a sign of his undying love for Lily, and he used it to guide Harry to the Gryffindor sword, hidden in a frozen lake in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The doe has been interpreted as a symbol of care and attention, as it fiercely protects loved ones, and it also represents gentleness and strong determination, as well as high levels of intuition and sensitivity. Snape had his own way of protecting those he loved, especially Harry, but given some of his actions, it is up to everyone. Harry potter fan to decide whether or not a Patronus doe matched Snape’s personality.
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