The Harry Potter universe is continually evolving and expanding, despite the fact that the last book in the original series was released nine years ago, and the last film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, hit screens in 2011. Indeed, 2016 has been, and continues to be, a big year for the Wizarding World. So far, we've had the stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, make its debut in London's West End, and the script for the play becoming the best selling book of the year.
In November, J.K. Rowling will expand the Wizarding World still further when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finds its way into theaters. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts takes us back in time to 1920s New York, and though it is part of the same universe, it will serve as the first part of a standalone trilogy of films that are loosely connected to Harry's story. Ahead of Fantastic Beasts' release, Rowling also wrote a detailed essay on the history of magic in the USA over on Pottermore, the official Harry Potter website.
Pottermore continues to be a site that fans flock to, to be sorted, to read backstories on minor characters, and also to take quizzes. Most Harry Potter fans know their Hogwarts house, be it Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin, but no one has been able to find out their patronus... until now. A new quiz/game called 'Discover Your Patronus' went live on Pottermore this week. The quiz can only be taken once on each Pottermore account, and the questions are timed. Users are encouraged to think of their happiest memories, and answer questions accordingly.
For those not in the know, a patronus is actually a spell, and an advanced form of magic. Using the words "Expecto Patronum," the wizard casts a thin white vapor from the end of their wands, which will keep Dementors at bay. A stronger, more advanced wizard, can cast a corporeal patronus, and it is something that few witches or wizards manage to achieve successfully - much less multiple times, as Harry Potter does. Its ability to keep Dementors at bay stems from the fact that it is unable to feel despair, so the Dementors can't hurt it. It is a positive force; a magical incarnation of hope, positivity, and light.
A patronus can also be used as a signal, and is used in this manner extensively in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A witch or wizard's patronus can often be the same as a loved one's; for example, Harry's patronus was a Stag, the same as his father's, while Lily Potter and Severus Snape both had a doe as their patronus.
Discover Your Patronus is live now on Pottermore. Let us know your results!