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Be­fore they traipsed through the sa­cred In­dian grove or stud­ied the hat-shaped spi­der, be­fore they re­al­ized it was a new species or as­signed it a pe­cu­liar name, sci­en­tific re­searchers Javed Ahmed and Ra­jashree Kha­lap dis­cov­ered Harry Pot­ter.

And in a small, sa­cred grove in the south­west­ern In­dian state of Kar­nataka, the sci­en­tists, with col­league Sumukha J. N., found a tiny arach­nid that brought their love for Harry Pot­ter full cir­cle. It was shaded brown, tri­an­gu­lar shaped and, Ahmed and Khalep agreed, looked iden­ti­cal to Rowl­ing’s mis­chievous Sort­ing Hat.

They named it Eri­ovixia gryffind­ori.

On Twit­ter, au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing re­sponded to a tweet from Ahmed about the study.

“I’m truly hon­oured!” she wrote. “Con­grat­u­la­tions on dis­cov­er­ing an­other #Fan­tas­ticBeast!”

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