The Big Picture

  • In Harry Potter, the form a Patronus takes represents something about the witch or wizard who cast the spell.
  • Harry Potter's stag Patronus represents his bond with his parents and demonstrates his leadership and courage, while Severus Snape's doe Patronus shows his love for Lily Potter.
  • Due to the connection between a Patronus' form and the person who casts the spell, Partonuses reveal much about the characters, demonstrating their personality, the people they love, or how they have changed over time.