The world of science and literature officially collided this week when a new species of spider was named after a very important object in Harry Potter.
The spider was discovered in the land of the Western Ghats mountain range in Karnataka, India. It’s unique body shape bears such a striking resemblance to J.K Rowling’s Sorting Hat, that scientists Javed Ahmed, Sumukah J. N. and Rajashree Khalap just couldn’t resist naming the new arachnid after the magical object used to place new Hogwarts students into their houses.
The scientists announced that they’d named the new spider Eriovixia gryffindori in the Indian Journal of Arachnology where they also explained that the arachnid’s name was inspired by the “fabulous, sentient magical artifact, the storting hat, owned by the (fictitious) medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
After, one of the scientists took to Twitter to let Rowling in on the fact that a new species of spider had officially been named after the Sorting Hat.
“We named a spider after the sorting hat from the films! 🙂 Meet Erivoixia gryffindori,” tweeted Ahmed to the author.
For her part, Rowling wrote back with an incredibly fitting tweet of her own!
“I’m truly honored!” wrote the author. “Congratulations on discovering another #FantasticBeast!”