A Sorting Hat Spider!

A new spider has been discovered in India. It not only looks like the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter books and films, but it’s been named after it, too!

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Photos courtesy of Javed Ahmed et al., Warner Brothers, and Mentalfloss.com

The spider has been named Eriovixia gryffindori, after the character Godric Gryffindor, who gave the magical hat to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

How awesome is that?!

The spider is only 0.3 inches long, so it’s a very mini sorting hat. Its body looks like a curled, shrivelled leaf, so it can camouflage itself during the day.

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Can you spot the Sorting Hat Spider hiding on this leaf? Photo courtesy of Javed Ahmed et al., and Mentalfloss.com

What’s just as awesome is the authors’ enthusiasm published in the Indian Journal of Arachnology. They call J.K. Rowling a “wordsmith extraordinaire” and state that naming the spider after Godric Gryffindor is, “an ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.”

The authors even tweeted their discovery to J. K. Rowling, and she tweeted back! You can read more about that here.

Little bits of awesomeness. Just what the world needs.

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