This Harambe thing has gotten all kinds of crazy out there …

Quite possibly the best thing to happen to the Internet, and subsequently the worst thing for the Cincinnati Zoo, was the killing of a silverback gorilla named Harambe.

Since his death, the Internet has been flooded with memes and hashtags about the late gorilla. Many of which accuse the Cincinnati Zoo of being murderers after they shot the gorilla following an incident where a child fell into his enclosure.  

Things got so out-of-control, the Cincinnati Zoo closed its Twitter account following a bombardment of memes and tweets demanding justice for Harambe.

In the most recent development of this bizarre trend, famed author J.K. Rowling has had to announce via Twitter that Harambe is not a legitimate Patronus …

Wait, what?

To help: The website is dedicated to immersing the everyday fan in the world of Hary Pottter. It allows the user to learn about obscure topics and creatures in this mystical world, as well as find out what their individual Patronus is — a deity summoned by wizards and witches to fight evil creatures, Dementors.

If that's confusing at all, it's because you either 1) haven't read Harry Potter, or 2) have too much of a life to care. 

In one of the books, Prisioner of Azkaban, a Patronus is described as "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 can't feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it."

Basically, it's an animal spirit that keeps you from having your soul sucked out by a Dementor. Patronuses (Patroni?) differ from person to person, some might summon a deer, others a bird, and so on.

However, after a flood of Harambe Patronus memes (one even retweeted by Rowling herself), she made it very clear that he was not a legitimate Patronus. Which we can only imagine broke the heart of Potter fans around the globe whose dreams of summoning a 350 pound gorilla, using only a wooden stick, were crushed.

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