J.K. Rowling ensures fans Harambe isn't part of Harry Potter universe

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.

Harambe the gorilla was shot and killed earlier this year after a child fell into his enclosure (John Minchillo / AP/PA Images)
Humour site The Chive put a fake picture on Twitter of Harambe the gorilla as a result on the Patronus page.

Rowling, finding it amusing herself, retweeted the picture.

But a while 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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