If you’re on Pottermore, tagged as “the digital heart of the Wizarding World”, then you probably went there for at least a few things: to discover your Hogwarts House, your Ilvermorny house, your wand, and your Patronus. In my case, I am a Gryffindor and a Pukwudgie, with a wand made of redwood with a dragon heartstring core, 14 ¼” and supple flexibility, and my Patronus is a wolf–all of which I am quite pleased with. Dang it, it’s fun to imagine what kind of boss witch or wizard you’d be, right?!
Is Your Patronus a Llama?
Of course, like any online quiz that you’ve ever taken, not everyone is as happy with their Pottermore results as I am. I think a lot of people are fairly fluidly minded about their house choices or wands, but even with the many answers offered through Pottermore, I’ve found that most people aren’t super on board with their Patronus results. This was the case for my best friends as well as my big sister.
When my best friends, big sister, and I were planning out our 10-year-friend-iversary trip to California last February, part of that was plotting out shirt designs for each day we were there. (Hey, when you run a t-shirt business, it’s a must!) Our first day was going to be spent at Universal Studios Hollywood with the major point of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Obviously, this meant that our t-shirts for our one day at Universal had to be Harry Potter themed. I mean, duh. Eventually we decided upon the idea of using my Harry’s Patronus and Hermione’s Patronus prints as inspiration to build our own custom-to-our-Patronuses shirts. Only problem was that I was the only one who actually liked the Patronus they got on Pottermore.
First, my best friend, Rachel (Hufflepuff), was originally an osprey, a super epic type of hunting bird, but not really sending off a Rachel-ish-vibe. Second, my sister, Alix (Ravenclaw), got a borzoi, a very homely looking hunting dog. No thanks. And third, my best friend, Laurelyn (Ravenclaw), got a badger, which is not Laura-like at all–if only it was a honey badger, right?
Luckily I stumbled upon Quotev user ethrealxgrace’s two-page compiling of Patronuses and their potential meanings. Not only did her work help us to figure out what Patronuses my best friends and sister felt more closely represented them, but it also showed me that my wolf Patronus was a dang good match!
So, for this week’s Thursday Threads, I will show you not only my Wolf Patronus t-shirt design, but also the three other designs featuring the Patronuses some of my favorite people in the world chose! Oh, and did I mention it’s all done in glow-in-the-dark vinyl?!
Wolves are legit creatures. I was very happy that a got a wolf for my Patronus on Pottermore! For the what-it-means description, I related the most to the grey wolf.
Wolf people tend to revere individualism, but retain a predominant sense of family. […] Wolf is a strong symbol of loyalty and peace […] deeply rooted in the importance of learning through teaching, new ideas, freedom of mind and body, and responsibility for self and others.
Wolf Patronus t-shirt at Nerd Love Shop
Golden Retriever Patronus
This was Laurelyn’s chosen Patronus! Technically, she felt she most closely related to what was the description the “dog”, there aren’t separate descriptions for different types of dogs, but considering that the original Pottermore quiz has multiple specific dog breeds used, I thought I would branch out to want that’s not included in that. Her favorite kind of dog is a golden retriever so that’s the image I went for when creating her Patronus tee.
Companionship, loyalty, protection. [Dog people] can often teach us how to be a good friend, the power of forgiveness, and how to love unconditionally. Dog people tend to have good intuition, keen senses and quick-learning, intelligent minds.
Golden Retriever Patronus t-shirt at Nerd Love Shop
Alix is definitely an alligator, which is only funny to dumb people like me who think that their closeness in name is giggle-worthy. But, really, this description was her to a tee. So glad we got her something cooler than a borzoi, what kind of name is that anyway?
Ancient wisdom, primal energy, survival, tradition. Alligator people tend to be assertive and self-assured, but are subtle and not overly showy. They are confident in their own power and not afraid to use it, but are rarely aggressive without good reason. An alligator person can teach us to be patient, observant, and how to excel in life using our natural talents.
Alligator Patronus t-shirt at Nerd Love Shop
Rachel’s Patronus is arguably the best Patronus ever. I mean, llama?! How could you not get happy about having a llama Patronus? And it fits her personality perfectly, so we couldn’t help but all feel giddy at the prospect of a llama Patronus t-shirt. Definitely enjoyed creating this one!
Endurance, service, sacrifice. Hard work, responsibility, stubbornness. Llama people tend to be sociable, giving, and easygoing, but fully capable of standing up for themselves if crossed. [Llama people] can teach us to relax and trust in our own abilities to maneuver even the most difficult paths in life.
Llama Patronus t-shirt at Nerd Love Shop
So… what’s your Patronus? Did you like the one you got on Pottermore?