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"And out of the end of his wand burst, not a shapeless cloud of mist, but a blinding, dazzling, silver animal. He screwed up his eyes, trying to see what it was. It looked like a horse."
— Harry Potter's corporeal stag Patronus[src]

Deer is the common name for a family of ruminant animals grouped by the fact that the males grow antlers in adulthood.[2] A male deer is called a stag,[3] whereas a female a doe.[4] One particular species of deer was the Scottish stag. Deer was the preferred food of the Hebridean Black breed of dragon.[5]

It was a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[6][7][8] Deer had become synonymous with the Potter family, as Harry Potter's stag Patronus was widely known.

Venison is meat from deer consumed by humans as food.


The doe that led Harry Potter to the Sword of Gryffindor

The deer was a reoccurring Patronus within the Potter family: James Potter,[1] his wife Lily,[1] and his son Harry[7][8] all had deer for Patronuses. James Potter was also an Animagus who could take the form of a large stag.[9] Professor Severus Snape, as a sign of his undying affection for Lily, also had a doe for a Patronus, which persisted long after her death.[10]

In 1998, Snape cast this Patronus as a guide to lead Harry Potter to the Sword of Gryffindor hidden within a frozen lake of the Forest of Dean.[10] Harry felt an instinctual familiarity with the doe Patronus.[11]

Deer lived in the Forbidden Forest — in May of 1996, when Rubeus Hagrid was discussing Grawp with Harry and Hermione, he said that he was able to get his own food; "birds an' deer an' stuff".[12]

Deer Patronuses


Harry Potter's stag Patronus in POP! Vinyl form

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