A new species of spider has been discovered by scientists in India, resembling one of J.K Rowling’s popular characters, the sorting hat in the bestselling Harry Potter series.
New-found species, Eriovixia gryffindori, measuring just 7mm in length, closely resembles the magical sorting hat in the series.
Eriovixia gryffindori, was named after Godric Gryffindor who is the owner of the hat and founder of Gryffindor house in the fictional tales of Harry Potter.
J.K Rowling was thrilled to see the new spider was named after one of her characters, she tweeted: ‘I’m truly honoured! Congratulations on finding a new #FantasticBeast’.
The spider was discovered in the mountainous Western Ghats region of south-western India. This particular species of spider is nocturnal, making it quite difficult to hide from its predators. The spider mimics dead, dried leaves to hide from its predators, however it didn’t go unnoticed by Javed Ahmed and the other scientists involved in the discovery of this new-found species.
Ahmed, one of three researchers who made the discovery said: “We were searching the area (when) we bumped into the spider, when we found it we decided that we were going to name it after the sorting hat.”
In the paper, published by the Indian Journal of Arachnology scientists said: “This uniquely shaped spider derives its name from the fabulous, sentient magical artefact, the sorting hat, owned by the (fictitious) medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and stemming from the powerful imagination of Ms JK Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone’s favourite boy-wizard, Harry Potter.”
However, this spider isn’t the only thing that reportedly looks like the sorting hat. Thousands of tourists have said the Kirkjufell Mountain in Iceland has a remarkable resemblance to one of J.K Rowling’s characters.