Top Ten Animals and Mythical Creatures to Have as a Patronus

If you haven't seen or read Harry Potter, you won't know that a Patronus is essentially a spirit guardian which exists in animal form, and is a wizard's strongest line of defense. Its form represents what you identify with in positive spirit, and is thus a topic worth debating.

The Top Ten

1 Dragon A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.

Fiery, powerful, & feared. A Slytherin's or Gryffindor's patronus.

Dragons are giant winged, fire -breathing reptiles. Widely regarded as terrifying yet awe-inspiring, they can be found all over the world and are frequently referred to in Asian and medieval European folklore.

I'm pretty sure my Patronus would be a dragon. A naturally intelligent, wild and energetic creature.

Naturally a meat eating, destroyer, loot stealer to keep it in a den, kidnapper of princess, everything you don't want.

2 Phoenix

I love the mythos about the phoenix and how it rises from its ashes. It's such a powerful symbol and a very unique patronus to have. But then Dumbledore was a very unique wizard. But I really enjoy the story about the mouse patronus. The man who had this mouse patronus was thought of as "weak" and laughed at because it was so small but his patronus ended up beating the dementors that plagued his village when all the other "strong" patronus failed. So he was proclaimed the hero and his small lil mouse patronus hailed as the strongest. It just goes to show you that it doesn't matter what form your patronus takes but the feeling and strength of will behind it. (Rowling wrote this story as an article on Pottermore in case anyone wants to read it or check it out on the Harry Potter wikia page.)

Fiery, graceful, & strong. A Ravenclaw's, Gryffindor's or Slytherins patronus.

Absolutely majestic. Wanted one since forever. I think a Pheonix would make a very cool patronus!

Albus Dumbledore's Patronus. Phoenixes are awesome. These immortal fire birds are my favourite animals.

3 Dog The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

I would get a Shiba Inu because they protect their owners so if my overprotective mom or relatives sees me walking with other dogs nearby I can trust my shiba to reassure them that the other dogs will not harm us.

Probably a bit biased as a husky is my Patronus, but still!

More specifically, one of my own dogs.

I unleash the power of Ozzy... my dog!

4 Hawk Hawks are a group of medium-sized diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae which are widely distributed and varying greatly in size.

My online namesake is a hawk. And you all know I'm perceptive and powerful.

I like peanuts.

My patronus is a hawk as well.

I think I am a hawk.

5 Dolphin Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic.

A highly evolved creature, and the animal we're closest to communicating with.

My Patronus would definitely be a dolphin, they are naturally protective, intelligent, and swift!

I think this would be mine. If always had a soft spot for dolphins

Cheerful, yet a strong opponent.

6 Pegasus

I would love for my Patronus to be a pegasus. Majestic and graceful creatures, if they existed.

I try to see online exam telling that what is you patronus and I got pegasus... I think so..

It is a amazing creature. Beautiful, majestic and awesome.

It would be so cool! Pegasuses are the best mythical creatures.

7 Eagle Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

Intelligent, fierce, & graceful. A Ravenclaw's or Gryffindor's patronus.

"Eagle is the king of bird and I like this amazing bird"

8 Cat The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colors and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated. They are highly intelligent and good at problem solving.

Love it. Sometimes I wish this was my patronus, but I’m happy with my otter.

I may be a bit baised as my Patronus is a Nebelung cat but I think that cats are a fine Patronus animal- also Minerva McGonagall has a cat Patronus and who wouldn’t want to share something in common with her?

9 Snow Leopard The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The name "Snow Leopard" is due to its white fur, and the black spots dotted over it.
10 Centaur A centaur, or occasionally hippocentaur, is a mythological creature with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse.

The Newcomers

? Horse The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae, and can be tamed, bred, and trained, as a mount.
? Raven

The Contenders

11 Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about two hundred species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight.

This probably the bird I identify most with. It suits me, don't you think.

Votin for owls just because there are lots of owls in Harry Potter.


I identify with birds in general. Though it does suit you PetSounds!

However, I'm on my third all nighter this week, so don't blame me for feeling owl-ish too...

12 Snake Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. About 600 species are venomous, some of which can be fatal to humans if no medical help is sought.

The snake may have some dark connotations in the Harry Potter series, but the snake has its positive attributes. For one thing, I have a thing for snakes.

This is what I got in Pottermore. According to some site:
“ If you have an Adder patronus, you most likely are a very lovely person to be around, until someone pushes your buttons.”
“ People with Adder patronuses have a soft spot for those younger than them.”
Cool. I guess it describes me...? Lol

13 Mermaid A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.
14 Wolf Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

Loyal and they always find the path, they are pathfinders and all knowers

I really wish I had one of these there so cool and majestic

The smart and deadly creatures

That will be awesome!

15 Monitor Lizard
16 Unicorn The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a pure-white horse-like beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead

I have a unicorn as my patronus!

17 Griffin

My patronus. Gryphons are beautiful, powerful, and extremely intelligent.

Wise, fierce, loyal, magical, and they can fly!

18 Lion The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

Bravery, strength, & unwavering loyalty. A Gryffindor's or Hufflepuff's.

19 Shark Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Sharks have been around before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees.

Underestimated, brave, & calm except under attack. A Ravenclaw's patronus

20 Tiger The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.

My mom would have this.

21 Hippogriff

This is my Patronus to and I couldn't be happier

This is my Patronus and it is awesome.

Represents strength and power

This is my patronus on Pottermore

22 Fox Foxes are small to medium sized animals and belong to the Canidae family along with other animals such as jackals, wolves, and domestic dogs. There are 37 species of fox but only 12 are considered true Vulpes. A foxes main prey are birds, fish, berries, insects, and rabbits. Some of the best known species more.
23 Elephant African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta. The genus consists of two extant species: the African bush elephant, L. africana, and the smaller African forest elephant, L. cyclotis.

Strong, protective, & kind. Either a Gryffindor's or a Hufflepuff's patronus.

I love elaphants

24 Falcon
25 Occamy

Beautiful and majestic yet possesive of its eggs and kills anyone or anything that comes near its eggs

26 Crocodile Crocodiles or true crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.
27 Bison
28 Polar Bear
29 Bear Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives.
30 Peacock The peafowl include two Asiatic bird species (the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India and Sri Lanka and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java) and one African species (the Congo peafowl native only to the Congo Basin) of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, more.
31 Giraffe The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.
32 Genie/Jinn

The good kind, not the evil kind.

33 Cheetah The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, able to run up to 75 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds

For the fast cats!

34 Scorpion
35 Pheasant
36 Grey Squirrel
37 Turtle Turtles are diapsids of the order Testudines characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. "Turtle" may refer to the order as a whole or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling testudines.
38 Rabbit Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.
39 Rat Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.
40 Thestral

These are the most powerful, yet graceful.
it repersents intelligence, bravery
it is open-minded and great leaders

One of the most ethereal creatures unknown to most.


41 Lynx A lynx is any of the four species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized wild cats, which includes the bobcat.
42 Orca The killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.

The killer whale or orca ( Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins. They have been known to attack baleen whale calves, and even adult whales. Killer whales are apex predators, as there is no animal that preys on them. Killer whales are considered a cosmopolitan species, and can be found in each of the world's oceans in a variety of marine environments, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.

43 Fish
44 Deer Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the elk, reindeer, the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk.

The best patronus. Harry and James had their patronus as stag. It represents courage and strength

45 Mink

Minks are so cute. I got it in pottermore.

46 Boar

In China, the boar is a symbol of strength and virility.
To the ancient Celts and Northern Europeans, the boar was a warrior.
Wild boars are mainly independent creatures, preferring to be by themselves rather than in a pack.
A boar challenges its opponents with its posture. If the boar can overpower its opponent with a simple push, violence is spared and there will be no fight.
However, if the opponent can not be overpowered so simply, a fight will ensue. A boar is strong, powerful, athletic, and relentless. When they have to fight, they are ferocious. They jab their opponent with their tusks. If need be, they will fight to the death to protect what is theirs.
A wild boar can weigh up to 200+ pounds, but many can weigh much more.
In conclusion, you do not want to start a fight with a wild boar!

47 Otter Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. The 13 extant otter species are all semiaquatic, aquatic or marine, with diets based on fish and invertebrates.

Same, but I love my patronus. Otters are cute, loyal, skilled, and playful. What could be better?

I'm offended too! Otters are nice, loyal, smart, and, best of all, cute! This is my patronus and I'm happy with it. It should most certainly be in the top ten.

This is my patronus. Although I’d like to have a cat...

Why wasn’t this already on there? This is my patronus. I’m offended.

48 Wyvern
49 Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

My patrons is a hyena.

50 Badger Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the family Mustelidae, which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels and wolverines.
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