There is nothing quite as happiness-inducing as great messages from fellow nerds requesting more nerdiness. This Thursday’s set of threads is thanks to one such nerd!
As a general declaration from Nerd Love Shop, I really do enjoy hearing potential customer’s ideas for what they’d like to see. A few of the Thursday Threads’s posts here on the blog have been born from that very avenue–a customer coming to me saying, “Hey, I want this but I can’t find this. Can you make it?” I mean, that’s where the entirety of our apparel line was born from, my own inability to find the nerdy products that I wanted. I thought, if I’m looking for this, I’ll bet someone else is looking for this. Thus, Nerd Love Shop was born!
Today (how timely for Thursday Threads, am I right?), I got a request for a giraffe Patronus shirt from a freaking cool person. I was like, dude, yes. It’s Thursday Threads, let’s do this thing today, yo. Giraffes are actually quite the cool animals. Not only are they the tallest mammals on earth, but they also only need 5- to 30-minutes of sleep in a day. I wish I had that skill. I swear 8-hours isn’t even enough anymore.
But what of a giraffe as a Patronus? What sort of person would produce such an uncommon animal? We know within Harry Potter lore that, while how a Patronus manifests cannot be predicted, there are certain widely accepted principles, which are detailed on Pottermore:
The Patronus, asserted [the great eighteenth-century researcher of Charms, Professor Catullus Spangle], represents that which is hidden, unknown but necessary within the personality.
Basically, conjuring up a Patronus charm is basically the Wizarding World equivalent of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, am I right? Okay, that’s totally over simplifying it, but when you look at the fact that Harry’s loyal buddy, Ron’s, Patronus is a Jack Russel terrier, and the genius Hermione’s is one of the smartest species on the planet, the otter, there’s no denying that the Patronus a wizard produces holds personal significance to the charm’s producer.
We don’t have J. K. Rowling’s official detailing of the meaning behind each Patronus, but luckily we have ethrealxgrace’s well put together list of several possible animal forms a Patronus could choose to take form of an their meanings, including the giraffe, which is the star of this week’s Glow-in-the-Dark Giraffe Patronus t-shirt!
“Foresight and vision. The ability to see the big picture while remaining firmly grounded in the reality of the physical world. Giraffe people tend to be practical but creative thinkers, often coming up with novel, integrative ideas. They also tend to be strongly community-minded, and very protective of the people who often come to look up to them for their reliable nature.” (source)
Does the description for the giraffe fit you?