What Does Your Patronus Say About You?

This is the ultimate Muggles guide to the meaning of your spirit animal, or Patronus, as they like to call them in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. By thinking of your happiest, most powerful memory, you can conjure up your spirit animal and gain strength to overcome your fears and face dark forces. Read the guide below and find out what your Patronus represents…


If your Patronus takes on the form of a cat, you like to spend most of your time in solitude. You’re self-sufficient and can become quite temperamental if someone challenges your independence. However, you also enjoy being pampered and are curious by nature. You’ve found the perfect equilibrium between your spiritual and your physical side, which makes you the perfect guardian for those in need.


Otters are known for their friendly, adventurous and inquisitive nature. They’re hard workers and active hunters, but they also find joy in the smallest things in life. They’re extremely playful and represent optimism and humour, even in the hardest of times. According to various beliefs, their connection to the water links them to the ability to heal and give life.


Count yourself lucky if your Patronus is a phoenix – they’re extremely rare, but they signify a very gracious and virtuous soul who has overcome difficulties in life. The phoenix, known for its ability to rise from its own ashes, represents renewal and rebirth as well as the victory of life over death. It also possesses courage and is capable of self-sacrifice for the ones it loves.


Horses represent power, nobility, freedom and vitality. People with a horse as their Patronus are usually stubborn and individualistic – they know what they want and how to achieve it. They have stable personalities, but can also be very passionate and caring. They have strong social or familial ties and will always stick up for those they care about.


They might look innocent and vulnerable, but don’t let yourself get fooled! If your Patronus is a hare/rabbit, you can pride yourself for having a kind and happy soul. Rabbits represent intuition and sensitivity, possessing a deep connection with the earth. You are in touch with your natural instincts and inspired by the littlest things in life.


Dogs are a man’s best friend, so it won’t come as a big surprise then that dogs are generally seen as loyal and obedient. They have a long history of providing guidance and assistance and are known for their resourcefulness. Having a dog as your Patronus shows you are a great companion, you forgive easily and you are capable of loving unconditionally.


When you have a stag or a doe as your spirit animal, people know you as gentle, heroic and intuitive.

A stag is the king of the forest, the protector of all other creatures, which signifies you’re a natural leader. Does are known for their maternal traits and are appreciated for their grace and beauty. Deers are constantly on the watch, which means you can be overly cautious. However, their courage will help you overcome even the toughest of battles.


Foxes are quick, intelligent and strongly ambitious. Although they are known for their cunning nature, they are very charismatic and easy to love. If your Patronus is a fox, you have an ability to think outside of the box and act quickly during emergency situations. Possessing an incredible amount of wisdom, foxes make for an excellent teacher to guide you through the obstacles of life.

A Patronus is a kind of positive force, and for the wizard who can conjure one, it works something like a shield, with the Dementor feeding on it, rather than him. In order for it to work, you need to think of a memory. Not just any memory, a very happy memory, a very powerful memory… Allow it to fill you up… lose yourself in it… then speak the incantation “Expecto Patronum

Remus Lupin



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