Pottermore launched a new feature for “Harry Potter” fans on Thursday, allowing users to find out which animal they’d conjure in a battle with dementors in the wizarding world. As results began being shared on Twitter, so did memes — some of which featured Harambe, the gorilla famously killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28.
Rowling shared the meme, which featured an angelic-looking photo of the slain primate on a Pottermore results card, on Twitter. The author’s retweet was seen as assurance from fans that Harambe was a featured patronus. Rowling, 51, later clarified that the photo was fake, adding that she simply found the meme comical. Patronus’ included in the Pottermore quiz include a black mamba, basset hound, hippogriff, white mare, stoat, dapple grey stallion, wolf, dolphin, chow dog, west highland terrier, red squirrel, otter, husky, rottweiler, and an osprey.
The patronus quiz was added to Pottermore on Thursday. The quiz provides Potterheads yet another option to get involved in the “Harry Potter” universe, despite the fact that Rowling has long since sworn off adding any more books to the series. The test reveals to quiz-takers which animal they would conjure to ward off dementors — the evil shadowy ghosts that thrive on stealing happiness from wizards and witches. According to Us Weekly, Pottermore users can find theirs by focusing on their happiest memory while taking a lengthy test of sorts.
This is the second such quiz added to Pottermore in recent weeks. In June, the site added a feature showing users which house they’d be sorted into in Ilvermorny — the American version of Hogwarts. The release was linked to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which takes place years before any of the “Harry Potter” books. The film follows Hogwarts dropout and Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he travels to New York in search of magical creatures. None of the characters from “Harry Potter” will be featured in the film, though Rowling has said that fans may recognize Newt’s name from a Hogwarts textbook, as well as several of the fantastic beasts in the movie.
The trailer, released on June 22, reveals several interesting details about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Not only was Newt removed from Hogwarts, he’s seen as something of an outsider to society. During a featurette interview, Rowling said that Newt “feels more at home with creatures.” She added that this is a common theme in her books and the movies based off them. Rowling likes to put people who feel “set apart, stigmatized or othered” at the center of her projects.
“That’s at the heart of most of what I writ and it’s certainly at the heart of this movie,” she said.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.