In chapter 36 of Deathly Hallows, Harry points out that Snape and Lily's Patronuses match. How did Harry ever know what his mother's Patronus looks like?

  • Didn't someone point it out when Harry's patronus showed up as a stag? Dec 30, 2020 at 22:38
  • @MichaelRichardson Source?
    – J. Mini
    Dec 30, 2020 at 22:45
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    Snape used the doe as proof that he was in love with Lily. Since the patronus sometimes takes the form of a patronus that belongs to someone you love, you don't need to be a genius to figure it out.
    – MBEllis
    Dec 30, 2020 at 23:05

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He Doesn't

Harry has no specific proof that Lily's patronus was a doe. He's basing that assumption purely on the fact that HIS patronus is a stag, which is based on his father. (Lupin points out the similarity in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) He assumes Snape's patronus is Lily/Lily's patronus because, to Harry, his Father's deer Patronus would be matched by his mothers, who being a woman would have a female deer (ie: doe). Once he relives the famous "Always" scene, he assumes that, like Tonks, Snape's patronus takes its form based on Lily's, whom Snape still loves. Apparently Rowling has confirmed Lily DID have a doe patronus on Pottermore, but there isn't any proof given in the books or the movies.

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