JK Rowling Explained Why Harry Potter's Hagrid Doesn't Have a Patronus

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Admit it: As a fan of the Harry Potter series, you’ve probably taken at least one personality quiz to find out what your Patronus is. For those of you not familiar, a Patronus is a type of advanced magic—according to author JK Rowling, it's "One of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind ... it is the only spell effective against Dementors."

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin tells Harry that a Patronus is “a kind of Anti-Dementor—a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor,” as the terrifying creatures were what Harry needed protection from.

When casting the Expecto Patronum spell, a gifted wizard will conjure up a corporeal Patronus in the form of an animal, which protects them. (Incorporeal Patronuses are a thing, too; according to Rowling, they "[resemble] a mass or wisp of silvery vapour or smoke." However, this type of Patronus "is not a true Patronus and while it will give limited protection, it cannot provide the defensive power of the corporeal Patronus.")

The type of animal varies from wizard to wizard; Harry’s Patronus, for example, is a stag, which we see for the first time at the Great Lake toward the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when dementors come for him.

Rowling has revealed the Patronuses of many of the characters in the series, and even declared her own on social media. While it's a lot of fun to find out which Patronus each character has, knowing that Hagrid doesn't have one—a fact Rowling revealed during a 2015 Q&A—is actually quite upsetting for fans.

According to Rowling, "The Patronus is the most famous (and famously difficult) defensive charm"—so much so that "The majority of witches and wizards are unable to produce Patronuses and to do so is generally considered a mark of superior magical ability." Given that Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, it's likely that he simply isn't a gifted enough wizard to cast the spell. Which doesn't mean that he can't at least take one of those personality quizzes.

South Dakota’s Flintstones Theme Park Has Been Demolished

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Tbennert, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0 (cropped)

Fans of The Flintstones have said their final goodbyes to Bamm-Bamm, Fred, Pebbles, and other longtime residents of South Dakota's Bedrock City. As the local NewsCenter1 station reports, the quirky roadside attraction in the city of Custer—which closed down in 2015—has now been bulldozed.

Located about 40 miles from Rapid City in South Dakota's Black Hills, the attraction was the first Flintstones-themed park to open, in 1966. It featured a "Mt. Rockmore" structure, a 20-foot Dino statue, Fred's Flintmobile car, and other replicas of the houses and characters made famous by the cartoon. Now, all that remains are the memories shared by the many families who visited the roadside attraction over the years.

There's some good news, though. Visitors will have one last chance to visit Bedrock City's sister location in Arizona, located along Route 64 near the Grand Canyon. "We have been making needed repairs and will open the campground soon," a representative of Raptor Ranch, a new attraction slated to take over the Bedrock City site, tells Mental Floss. "We are closed now, but will open soon. This will likely be the last year to see the Bedrock buildings before the remodel."

The Arizona Bedrock City shut down in January after 47 years of operations. The new owner, Troy Morris, announced plans to convert the property into a park where visitors can learn about birds of prey and watch flight demonstrations. The upcoming attraction's Facebook page shared photos of the progress, while also attempting to find future homes for the Flintstones crew.

The date of the Bedrock City campground's reopening is yet to be announced, but keep checking the Raptor Ranch Facebook page for updates.

[h/t NewsCenter1]

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

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