Gryffindor! A New Spider Species Derived Name From the ‘Harry Potter’‘Sorting Hat’

A new spider species has just been discovered, but it already has a mirror image — the sorting hat from the “Harry Potter” series.


3 scientists in India revealed the new spider species and termed it after the charmed hat after seeing the striking similarities. The species is called Eriovixia gryffindori, after the hat’s original owner, Godric Gryffindor. In the books, the sorting hat entitles which house of the enchanted Hogwarts school each student will join.


“This uniquely shaped spider originates its name from the excellent, sentient magical object, the sorting hat, owned by the (fictional) medieval sorcerer Godric Gryffindor, one of the four creators of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and curtailing from the powerful imaginings of Ms. J. K. Rowling,” the experts wrote in their report for the Indian Journal of Arachnology.

The spider joins a few other species named in honor of characters and creatures from the series. There’s Clevosaurus sectumsemper, a species of sharp-toothed ancient lizard named for a vicious cutting spell, Dracorex hogwartsia, a dinosaur that bears an apparent similarity to the dragons in the books, Thestral incognitus, a hard-to-find stinkbug that shares the invisible skeletal horses’ bony structure and Ampulex dementora species of wasp that “sucks out the soul” of the cockroaches it lays its eggs inside.

The sorting hat spider may take the crown for the most spot-on recreation of Harry Potter memorabilia, though. Just don’t try putting one on your head.



The scientists, Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap, and Sumukha Javagal, established that the spider was found in India’s Western Ghats region. Ahmed told BBC News they simply “bumped into” it the small creature, which is just about 7mm in measurement (about quarter of an inch), while searching in the area. Rendering the report, it also hides in and impersonate dried flora to protect itself from predators.

Ahmed tweeted about the striking finding, which was proclaimed not long after the launch of “Harry Potter” new movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.





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