J.K. Rowling has revealed another new fact about the Harry Potter universe – but this time, it’s a real bummer.
Rowling often uses her Twitter account to interact with fans, and she was in the middle of one of her frequent Q&A sessions when someone asked her about the Hogwarts groundskeeper, Hagrid, and the magical spell Expecto Patronum (the Patronus Charm.)
In the Harry Potter books, the spell is used to ward off creepy, hooded creatures called Dementors, which are the guards of the wizard prison Azkaban. The spell conjures a Patronus, a sort of guardian spirit that takes its form based on the wizard casting the spell. Conjuring a Patronus requires magical skill and a great focus on happy memories (which is made difficult by the Dementors’ ability to spread sadness and despair.)
The fan asked Rowling what form Hagrid’s Patronus would take. Rowling explained that Hagrid could not conjure a Patronus at all – it’s too difficult a spell for him.
In the books, it’s explained that Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts and isn’t technically allowed to practice magic (though he appears to have snuck a wand into his umbrella, which he uses slyly from time to time.) So, it makes sense that he wouldn’t be able to pull off the Patronus Charm. Some fans have expressed concern, though, that Hagrid’s lack of happy memories may be the real reason that he can’t cast the spell.
Whatever the reason, J.K. Rowling sure knows how to make us feel for Hagrid. Say it ain’t so, Jo!