It's an exciting moment once again after the muggle world has discovered one fine fantastic beasts resembling Hogwarts' sorting hat!
Eriovixia Gryffindori by Javed Ahmed | Twitter @curioucritters
One of Hogwarts' houses got the privilege to be represented by this new arachnid creature in terms of the chosen scientific name.
Researchers Javed Ahmed and Rajashree Khalap who are Harry Potter enthusiasts themselves discovered a new creature in a “biodiversity hotspot” at the state of Karnataka in India. The "sorting hat" spider looks like it must have lived with Harry Potter in his room before being discovered. It has evaded our muggle scientists for ages.
See: Amazing Real World Zoology Behind JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts!
The tiny brown spider around only 7mm in size looks like it has been carrying the sorting hat on its back as a shell with a tip resembling the lopsided top point of the sorting hat.
It was only until the scientists along with their colleague Sumukha J.N. examined and dissected the spider when they realized that they have found a new species. They got to have the honor of naming the species and the spider became (drum roll please) Eriovixia gryffindori.
When the trio published their study
in Indian Journal of Arachnology, they wrote a tribute to the Harry Potter author J.K Rowling and her literary works which says:
This uniquely shaped spider derives its name from the fabulous, sentient magical artifact, the sorting hat, owned by the (fictitious) medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and stemming from the powerful imagination of Ms. J.K. Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone’s favorite boy-wizard, Harry Potter. An ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.
J.K Rowling is delighted and honored as show by her response to the tweet by Ahmed.
“When I first read the books, I had no idea I would one day end up naming a species, after such an interesting, fun and whimsical character, and be congratulated by Rowling herself,” Ahmed explained to Washington Post
. “It was quite a moment.”
It would be amazing if these researchers could add more to the Harry Potter discoveries. They've checked off Gryffindor, can we expect a Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw?
Source: Washington Post