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Harambe Not a Patronus, Says J.K. Rowling

September 23, 2016
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Harambe is not a Patronus, says Harry Potter author JK Rowling, after a picture of Harambe as a misty magically-summoned spirit appeared in a status she retweeted. are fictional silvery apparitions created by uttering the words "Expecto Patronum!" and thinking of one's happiest thought. The spell is designed to ward off dementors, grim reaper-like creatures that suck the happiness from an area. Rowling retweeted a picture of the late Harambe in order to clarify that it is not, in fact, a Patronus that can be selected on the Pottermore website.

How to find your (non-Harambe) patronus

The website allows you to "discover" your Patronus through a series of timed questions, which are really just words that appear on the screen.Choosing between words like "Blood" and "Bone" eventually leads you to a clearing in a forest, where some ominous music, a drag of your mouse and a click reveals your patronus.


Mine was a Piebald Stallion, although I'm not exactly sure what that means. It could mean that I'm very beautiful and love horses, or it could mean I poop everywhere and eat hay. Either way, I didn't get Harambe.Harambe rose to fame after being mercilessly killed at the hands of Cincinnati Zoo employees. He was pulling around a young boy who had fallen into the enclosure and was dragging him around like a rag doll when authorities saw no alternative but to put him down.The subsequent meme attack has been widespread and brutal. Cincinnati Zoo officials even asked memers to stop creating these memes, saying "we are not amused by the memes."No word yet if JK Rowling will allow Harambe to someday become a Patronus, but you can guarantee that if we all lived in the Harry Potter universe, one of the 6 billion people on the planet would have a Harambe patronus.

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