In the world of Harry Potter, a witch or wizard's Patronus is a very personal and powerful thing. Conjured by a mixture of magic and a person's happiest memory, the energy force takes the form of an animal, which can be guided to ward off Dementors and Lethifolds. Harry's Patronus is a stag, while Ron Weasley's is a Jack Russell terrier. What's Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's Patronus? She revealed that answer to a fan this week.

When asked about her Patronus, Rowling revealed that it's a pine marten...



Pine martens are native to Northern Europe, and as you can see in the photo below, they're about the size of a house cat and pretty adorable...



It's also worth noting that the pine marten is a part of the mustelid family, along with the otter, which just so happens to be Hermione Granger's Patronus...

hermione and her otter

J.K. Rowling is known to favor the otter, so her preference for the pine marten certainly isn't surprising. But it's very cool of her to share the nature of her Patronus with her fans.

What's your Patronus? Unless you're a witch or wizard, you probably don't know. But from another Tweet exchange by Rowling and a fan, it sounds like we may be able to find out soon enough...



Pottermore.com is the official Harry Potter website, and from the sound of it, it may eventually play host to some kind of Patronus test, which would hopefully allow us to learn the form our own Patronus might take.

In related news, Harry Potter topped the list of books people said stayed with them. And on the film side, there's a big update coming to the Warner Bros. Studios Tour in London. Get the details on that here.

And we have some big theories about how this Patronus talk might factor in to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Read all about that here.

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