“This curious little spider looks exactly like the Sorting Hat,” said scientist Javed Ahmed.
A species of spider discovered by Indian scientists was named after Harry Potter, for its resemblance to one of the magical objects of the famous series.
Fans of the young wizard saga discovered a seven-millimeter spider in October last year during investigations into the western Gates mountain chain in southwest India.
“My colleagues and I ourselves are geeks and we said, well, this curious little spider looks exactly like the Sorting Hat”, and “It was strangely similar”, scientist Javed Ahmed told AFP.
The Sorcerer’s Hat, in the Harry Potter books and movies, is a bewitched hat in charge of distributing the new pupils of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by the different Houses that make it up.
“We agreed that if this spider were a new species, we would name it after the Sorting Hat”, Ahmed explained.
After confirmation of his discovery in June this year, Ahmed and his colleagues decided to call the tapering and nocturnal spider, Erythroxia Gryffindori.
In the Harry Potter universe, Godric Gryffindor was one of four wizard founders of the magic school and owner of the Sorting Hat. It was in the House that got his name that the young hero of the scar remained.
“I’m very honored! Congratulations on discovering a new #FantasticBeast”, she wrote on her Twitter account, the author of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, on hearing of this news.
The Gryffindor spider is not the first species to be named in reference to popular culture.
In 2009, a yellow spider discovered in Malaysia was christened in honor of musician David Bowie and three years later a golden-backed fly was named Beyoncé.