J.K. Rowling: Harambe isn’t part of Harry Potter universe

FILE - In this July 30, 2016, file photo, writer J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at gala performance of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," in central London. Rowling clarified on Sept. 22, 2016, that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe. The comment on Twitter came after Rowling retweeted a fake photo of Harambe as a result on the Patronus page of her Pottermore website. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this July 30, 2016, file photo, writer J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at gala performance of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," in central London. Rowling clarified on Sept. 22, 2016, that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe. The comment on Twitter came after Rowling retweeted a fake photo of Harambe as a result on the Patronus page of her Pottermore website. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has clarified that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe.

A new feature on Rowling’s Pottermore website allows users to find out what Patronus they would use in Harry Potter’s world. A Patronus is an animal used to ward off soul-sucking creatures in the series.

Humor site The Chive put a fake picture on Twitter of Harambe the gorilla as a result on the Patronus page. Rowling retweeted the picture. A bit later she posted , “I’ve been asked to make it clear that Harambe is not a Patronus you can actually get on @pottermore.” But she added that she thought the joke was “very funny.”

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