In a move that's probably meant to comfort Ilvermorny students who are worried that Voldemort might soon become president, J.K. Rowling has introduced a new quiz on Pottermore that introduces fans to their own personal Patronus, the defensive charm that takes the form of an animal. Once you've taken the quiz, though, you might wonder how to find out your kid's Patronus. After all, a Patronus charm can be very revealing; Harry Potter's is a stag, which symbolizes how much he identifies with his father, and Severus Snape's was a doe, which proves that "Nice Guy" stalkers don't give up, even after the object of their desire is a decade in the grave. You can learn a lot about a person from their Patronus.
Learning the species of their Patronus is still fun for kids who are too young to read the Harry Potter series, because who wouldn't delight in the idea of a magical, glittery animal protecting them? "What would your Patronus be?" is certainly a question that's been asked in my household, and even if you don't get the one you hoped for (I wanted a lion, but I'm not bitter), it's not like the Hogwarts kids got to choose theirs, either. Here's how to gain insight into your kid's psyche through magic: