In the Wizarding World, the spell Patronus is used to shield off the scary Dementors. A Patronus represents light, happiness, and hope coming from the wizard or witch that casts the spell.
The Patronus spell has an inspiring and loving meaning to it, and turning the irradiating meaning and light of a Patronus into a DIY wall lantern is a cute and joyful idea.
DIY Patronus Lantern
This Wizarding World DIY is very simple, and most of its items you can find at home or at any supermarket.
The materials you will need are:
- Patronus paper template
- White paint
- Battery-powered fairy lights
- Thick cardboard
You can choose your Patronus animal and print the template by clicking here.
- After the Patronus template is printed, cut out your chosen Patronus.
- Place on top of a piece of cardboard, and trace it with a pencil.
- Cut the shape out of the cardboard.
- Paint the cutout Patronus shape using white paint (or the same color as your wall), and let it dry.
- Turn over the Patronus cutout and lay the battery and button portion of the fairy lights in the middle of the shape, so that the switch is facing the top.
- Wrap the fairy light around the outside of the shape, about 1cm inside the perimeter, and tape it into place.
- Cut a piece of string — about 6 inches — and tape it to the back of the shape.
- Hang your Patronus on the wall and at night, cast your expecto Patronum!
What is a Patronus?
If you are not familiar with what a Patronus is, Professor Remus Lupin explained it very well in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
‘[patronus] a kind of Anti-Dementor – a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor.’ It’s also ‘a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon – hope, happiness, the desire to survive – but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it.’
In the books and in the movie, Harry Potter‘s Patronus is a stag just like his father James Potter. Each Harry Potter character has a Patronus:
- Albus Dumbledore – Phoenix
- Remus Lupin – Wolf
- Minerva McGonagall – Cat
- Severus Snape – Doe
- Cho Chang – Swan
- Seamus Finnigan – Fox
- Hermione Granger – Otter
- Luna Lovegood – Hare
- Ernie Macmillan – Boar
- Ginny Weasley – Horse
- Ron Weasley – Jack Russell terrier
Will you be making this Patronus lantern DIY? What is your Patronus? Let us know in the comments below.