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.

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.

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

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

I thought this was going to be my Patronus! Unfortunately, it was just a Newfoundland.

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.)

Phoenixes are made of FIRE. They can live 6x as long as any human. Phoenixes are altogether AWESOME. Plus, why just breath fire when you can be made of fire?

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

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

3 Dog The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, ...read more.

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.

Dogs deserve to be the third place as a Patronus because they are loyal and protective. My Patronus is actually a Bernese Mountain Dog!

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

More specifically, one of my own dogs.

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.

My patronus is a hawk as well.

I think I am a hawk.

I like peanuts.

5 Pegasus

The Pegasus represents pride and majesty, which is why it's a perfect Patronus. The Pegasus is a loyal creature that is not defeated easily. It's a perfect beast to have under your power.

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.

6 Dolphin A dolphin is an aquatic mammal within the infraorder Cetacea. Dolphin species belong to the families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins), Iniidae (the New World river dolphins), Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese ...read more.

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

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

What about Kanzi the bonobo and Coco the gorilla? We've already established communication with them to a certain extent.

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

7 Eagle Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found - 2 in North America, 9 in Central ...read more.

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

8 Snow Leopard The snow leopard (Panthera uncia), also known as the ounce, is a felid in the genus Panthera native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because the global population is estimated to number fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and is expected to decline about 10% by 2040. It is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction following infrastructural developments. It inhabits alpine and subalpine zones at elevations of 3,000–4,500 m (9,800–14,800 ft), ranging from eastern Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau to southern Siberia, Mongolia and western China. In the northern part of its range, it also lives at lower elevations. ...read more.
9 Cat The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. ...read more.

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

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.

How exactly can a centaur be a patronus? It can only be an animal...

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? Gorilla Gorillas are herbivorous, predominantly ground-dwelling great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of equatorial Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorilla and the western gorilla, and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of humans, from 95 to 99% depending on what is included, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gorillas are the largest living primates, reaching heights between 1.25 and 1.8 metres, weights between 100 and 270 kg, and arm spans up to 2.6 metres, depending on species and sex. They tend to live in troops, with the leader being called a silverback. The Eastern gorilla is distinguished from the Western by darker fur colour and some other minor morphological differences. Gorillas tend to live 35–40 years in the wild. The oldest gorilla ever is Fatou (b. 1957), who is still alive at the advanced age of 65 years. ...read more.
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The Contenders
11 Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes over 200 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. Exceptions include the diurnal northern ...read more.

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...

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.

12 Snake Snakes are elongated, limbless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey ...read more.

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 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as popularly understood, comprise wild subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of the family ...read more.

Wolves are brave, intelligent and brave.

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

That will be awesome!

14 Mermaid A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.
15 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is ...read more.

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

16 Griffin

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

How is this not in top 10? Griffins are amazing. Half lion, half eagle.

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

17 Monitor Lizard
18 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!

19 Shark Sharks are a group of elasmobranch 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. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha (or Selachii) and are the sister group to the rays. However, ...read more.

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

20 Hippogriff

They are a duplicate of griffins except with a better name. But I still love them.

This is my Patronus and it is awesome.

21 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 fox's prey is small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fish, crabs, ...read more.
22 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.

23 Falcon Falcons are birds of prey in the genus Falco, which includes about 40 species. Falcons are widely distributed on all continents of the world except Antarctica, though closely related raptors did occur there in the Eocene. ...read more.
24 Occamy
25 Thestral

One of the most ethereal creatures unknown to most.

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