Spider Named After Hogwarts Hat

December 15, 2016

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A newly-discovered species of spider has been named after Gryffindor, the house at Hogwarts that the heroes of the Harry Potter series belong to. The spider, formally called Eriovixia gryffindori, actually resembles the squashed witch’s hat that assigns young wizards and witches to the appropriate houses at the school. Author J.K. Rowling says she is “truly honored.”