JK Rowling was impressed by the discovery of a Sorting Hat-shaped spider.
It’s been named ‘Eriovixia gryffindori’, after Godric Gryffindor, the character who originally owned the Sorting Hat.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 11, 2016
Naturalist Javed Ahmed told the Times of India : “As a youngster, I was very fond of reading Harry Potter books. So, when I encountered this tiny spider, I thought of the magical hat”
Discussing the discovery and name choice on Twitter with fellow Harry Potter fans, Mr. Ahmed was confident his team would be adding at least one more spider discovery to the list.
“We might name another cool spider after Aragog!”
Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.