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

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Warner Home Video

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.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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