If you are a Harry Potter fan, you mostly likely have heard that, after an extensive development process, the Patronus Quiz has gone live on J. K. Rowling’s Pottermore website! It happened earlier this week! The Internet freaked out! Darling daughter and I are huge Harry Potter fans and so I went to the website immediately to learn what my Patronus is! Important magical information!
For the uninitiated, a Patronus is a guardian which generally takes the form of the animal with whom the person shares the deepest affinity. The Patronus Charm is famously difficult, and not all witches and wizards can produce a corporeal Patronus. In times of trouble, you would want to summon your silvery-white Patronus for strength and assistance. Click here for J. K. Rowling’s in-depth explanation of the Patronus.
I read that J. K. Rowling’s Patronus is a heron. Mine is the swallow!
I happen to love little birds, including swallows. Historically, swallows have been used as symbols of love, hope, faith, and honor. So much positive about this little bird! Swallows also represent new beginnings.
For sailors, the swallow was a good omen, as the birds indicated the proximity of land after a long voyage. Swallow tattoos were common for sailors, representing having successfully traveled great distances (a sign of experience) or having sailed all seven seas. Also, sailors often believed a swallow would carry the soul of a drowned sailor to heaven, a haunting image.
I think my Swallow Patronus is perfect, what with my new beginning on Great Diamond Island. Also, while I am not a sailor, I travel by ferry now to get to the Maine mainland. I am enamoured of my Swallow Patronus! Thank you, J. K. Rowling!!!
Go ahead! Take the Patronus Quiz! It takes just a minute. You might even get a magical creature as a Patronus! Please tell me about it in the comments!