A good friend of mine (and fellow Harry Potter fanatic) asked me the other day, "What shape would your Patronus Charm be?"
(For those of you who haven't read HP, the Patronus Charm is a magic spell that conjures up a protective image of an animal that wards off happiness-sucking creatures called Dementors. I suppose in real life, Dementors manifest as the IRS, people who steal your parking space, and jeans that magically shrank a whole size since last week, but I digress...)
At first I thought, paramecium. It's cool, it's a single cell, it's independent. But what Dementor would be scared by a speck? Plus, it's so geek-sized.
The next thing that popped into my head was a kiwi. Not the fruit, but the flightless bird from New Zealand. Quirky, cute, and quite grounded (literally).
And finally, I thought of the platypus. It lays eggs, has fur, poisonous claws, and a duck-bill. A jack-of-all trades, not classifiable, and certainly a weird thing in this world. Possibly alien.
Yep, people. I'm a platypus.
So what shape would your Patronus be?