ByEmily Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Emily Browne

This year has been amazing for Harry Potter fans. We had the first instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series, The Cursed Child is coming state-side and J.K. Rowling unveiled so many awesome new features on Pottermore — allowing us to discover our Ilvermory house and Patronus!

We first see the in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as a magical light which takes the shape of any animal and drives away the Dementors. It is created by the caster focusing on their happiest memory. Earlier this year, gave you the chance to discover your own (I was a tabby cat!) which was an awesome way to get fans involved in the story.

We all know Harry, Ron and Hermione's Patronuses from the books and movies — but what about the rest of the characters?

Harry Potter & James Potter: Stag

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

The moving scene when Harry thinks James has saved him in The Prisoner of Azkaban will always be one of the saddest moments of the early movies. It is the first time the intimate nature of a Patronus is revealed, and gives us further insight into the complex characters of the HP universe. The stag represents leadership, strength, nobility and pride.

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Ron Weasley: Jack Russell Terrier

Unsurprisingly Ron's Patronus was Jack Russell, a dog that's both loyal and playful. Jack Russel's are also known for chasing otters...

Hermione Granger: Otter

Hermione's is an otter. The otter is part of the Weasel family, which could mean she belongs with the Weasley's. It may also symbolize her future with Ron.

Ginny Weasley: Horse

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Polyvore.com]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Polyvore.com]

Ginny's Patronus matches her character — free-spirited and strong. The horse and the stag are also similar in stature, which could link her Patronus to Harry's.

Luna Lovegood: Hare

If you've ever read Alice in Wonderland, you know may know the phrase "mad as a March hare" — this may attribute to Luna's cooky character and why her Partonus is a playful hare.

Albus Dumbledore: Phoenix

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

Of course, Dumbledore's was an almighty Phoenix, likely thanks to his close bond with Fawkes. Phoenix's are (sadly) fictional, but from what we know about them, they are beautiful, brave and can live for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Lily Potter & Severus Snape: Doe

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: DeviantArt user CaptainSquirel]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: DeviantArt user CaptainSquirel]

This is the most tragic of all the Patronus' in the series — Lily Potter's was a Doe, the female Deer to James' Stag. However, Lily was Snape's happiest memory, which meant that they shared the same Patronus.

Remus Lupin & Nympadora Tonks: Wolf

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

For many in the Harry Potter series, love is the happiest memory, so it makes sense that the stories' soulmates would share the same Patronus. Tonks's love for Lupin meant her Patronus was a wolf, before Lupin it was a Jack Rabbit.

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Arthur Weasley: Weasel

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

While the weasel does not match Mr. Weasley's personality, it is connected to the Weasley name.

Kingsley Shacklebolt: Lynx

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

Kingsley's lynx reflects his calm and reflective personality, but is not afraid to fight for what he believes in when provoked. Lynx's are noble and hunt in high places — Kingsley is the highest ranking Auror and later, Minister for Magic.

Dolores Umbridge & Minerva McGonagall: Cat

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

Both McGonagall and Umbridge have a cat. In the first Harry Potter book, McGonagall uses transfiguration to become a tabby, and Umbridge is later revealed to be totally obsessed with the furry creatures. It shows the variety of ways the same Partonuses can reflect the personalities and desires. Umbridge is just evil, deceptive and dangerous, while McGonagall is stern, caring and intelligent.

Sirius Black: Big Black Dog

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Our Art Corner user Red Furry Demon]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Our Art Corner user Red Furry Demon]

Sirius is the name of the Dog Star, which is the brightest star in the sky. He is also loyal, energetic and brave. The dog also looks like the Grim, which is a nod to his perceived bad boy image.

Seamus Finnigan: Fox

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Pottermore]

In many cultures Fox's are associated with fire. Seamus has a tendency to blow things up.

Cho Chang: Swan

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Fanpop]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Fanpop]

Like , Cho Chang is the graceful swan. They are very beautiful, but tend to live a solitary existence.

Aberforth Dumbledore: Goat

Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Harry Potter [Credit: Warner Bros.] / [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Aberforth's fondest memory is feeding the goats with his sister Arianna, so it makes sense that his Patronus is a goat. On the other hand, there have been some unsavory rumors that Aberforth's love for goats is a little more... intimate than most.

The nature of a Patronus says a lot about the caster, which is why Pottermore's attempt to recreate this process was both brilliant and frustrating. It didn't offer much explanation for its choice, meaning you probably need to figure it out for yourself — sorry Mongrel dog.

Which Patronus did you get? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: EW, Quora]

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