JK Rowling Explained Why Harry Potter's Hagrid Doesn't Have a Patronus

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Admit it: As a fan of the Harry Potter series, you’ve probably taken at least one personality quiz to find out what your Patronus is. For those of you not familiar, a Patronus is a type of advanced magic—according to author JK Rowling, it's "One of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind ... it is the only spell effective against Dementors."

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin tells Harry that a Patronus is “a kind of Anti-Dementor—a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor,” as the terrifying creatures were what Harry needed protection from.

When casting the Expecto Patronum spell, a gifted wizard will conjure up a corporeal Patronus in the form of an animal, which protects them. (Incorporeal Patronuses are a thing, too; according to Rowling, they "[resemble] a mass or wisp of silvery vapour or smoke." However, this type of Patronus "is not a true Patronus and while it will give limited protection, it cannot provide the defensive power of the corporeal Patronus.")

The type of animal varies from wizard to wizard; Harry’s Patronus, for example, is a stag, which we see for the first time at the Great Lake toward the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when dementors come for him.

Rowling has revealed the Patronuses of many of the characters in the series, and even declared her own on social media. While it's a lot of fun to find out which Patronus each character has, knowing that Hagrid doesn't have one—a fact Rowling revealed during a 2015 Q&A—is actually quite upsetting for fans.

According to Rowling, "The Patronus is the most famous (and famously difficult) defensive charm"—so much so that "The majority of witches and wizards are unable to produce Patronuses and to do so is generally considered a mark of superior magical ability." Given that Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, it's likely that he simply isn't a gifted enough wizard to cast the spell. Which doesn't mean that he can't at least take one of those personality quizzes.

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The Long-Awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Will Open in April 2021 With a Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition

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The opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been delayed multiple times—first due to construction setbacks and then as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Deadline reports that the highly anticipated attraction has a new opening date: The Academy Museum is scheduled to debut to the public on April 30, 2021, with an inaugural exhibition celebrating Hayao Miyazaki.

The Academy Museum comes from the same organization behind the Academy Awards, and will honor the "past, present, and future" of cinema. The Hayao Miyazaki exhibit will be among the first of many temporary installations at the museum. The Japanese writer/director co-founded the animation production house Studio Ghibli in 1985, and has gone on to direct such classics as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Spirited Away (2001).

The retrospective will trace Miyazaki's career through more than 300 artifacts, including original storyboards, cels, and character designs. The installation is split into seven immersive sections that highlight the filmmaker's characters, worlds, and themes. Created in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, it's set to be the first-ever retrospective of Miyazaki's work displayed in North America.

Miyazaki's body of work is just one part of movie history that will be examined at the museum. The rest of the museum will look at cinema from its inception in the late 19th century through today, highlighting artists like Bruce Lee and films like The Wizard of Oz (1939) and The Matrix (1999). The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open with a gala on April 30—five days after the 2021 Academy Awards, which are now planned for April 25, 2021.

[h/t Deadline]