NEW SPIDER’S NAME INSPIRED BY POTTER
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!”