New Spider Named After ‘Harry Potter’ Sorting Hat
Scientist in India discovered a new species of spider. Yes, Ron, more spiders! The triangle-shaped body of the spider inspired scientists to name it after the magical sorting hat from the ‘Harry Potter’ films. The spider has been named Eriovixia gryffindori, which is a nod to the hats original owner, Hogwarts founder, Godric Gryffindor. The full report can be found by following this link.
In response to the naming, author JK Rowling tweeted that she is “truly honoured.”
‘Harry Potter’ Actor Matthew Lewis Is Engaged
Finding your true love in the wizarding world is possible, just ask ‘Harry Potter’ actor Matthew Lewis. Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the films, announced his engagement to Angela Jones on December 10th.
Jones is an events manager at Universal Studios Florida. The couple reportedly met at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter while Lewis was attending the Harry Potter Celebration event in January.
Rare Handwritten ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ Sells for £370,000
A bejewelled copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold at auction for over £370,000 on December 13.
JK Rowling created seven copies, six were gifted to “those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books” and one specifically for auction (that copy brought £1.95m in 2007).
The copy sold by Sotheby’s in London, was owned by Barry Cunningham, the publisher who first signed Rowling.
The book is leather-bound in brown morocco leather embellished with semi-precious stones and mounted with a silver skull. Not only is the book completely handwritten by Rowling, it also contains her illustrations as well as an inscription to Cunningham that read “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell … THANK YOU.”
Cunningham received Rowling’s approval to sell the book and will donate some of the auction profits to her charity, Lumos.
Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced it will once again host a Valentine’s dinner in 2017. Attendees can enjoy a romantic candle-lit three-course dinner for two in Hogwarts Great Hall.
Along with dinner, the special ticketed event includes an after-hours studio tour. Tickets will be available via a ballot system through the Studio Tour’s web site. Follow this link for more information.