Newly Identified Spider Named After Gryffindor Because It Resembles The Sorting Hat

December 13, 2016


This is Eriovixia gryffindori a newly identified species of spider that was named by the scientists who described it because it resembles Hogwarts' Sorting Hat, which it does. Or a terrifying little shit dollop with legs.

Eriovixia gryffindori is its proper name and its described as a "new species of cryptic, dry-foliage mimicking araneid" in a new paper in the Indian Journal of Arachnology from Javed Ahmed, Rajashree Khalap, and Sumukha J. N. It was found in the "Kans" forest of central Western Ghats, Karnataka, India.

This uniquely shaped spider derives its name from the fabulous, sentient magical artifact, 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. J. K. Rowling, wordsmith extraordinaire, as presented in her beloved series of books, featuring everyone's favorite boy-wizard, Harry Potter. An ode from the authors, for magic lost, and found, in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but oft overlookedworld of invertebrates, and their secret lives.

The scientists even notified J.K. Rowling about the naming and she mentioned via Twitter that she was "truly honoured." That's nice. You know what my favorite thing about spiders is? Most people are scared of them, which makes playing practical jokes super easy. You casually toss one "I saw a spider under the covers when I was making the bed this morning but it was too fast for me to catch" to your significant other and I guarantee you won't have to worry about fighting over pillows or covers that night because they're gonna be on the sofa.

Thanks to n0nentity, who voted they name it Eriovixia poopemoji.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Then why not call it the Sorting Hat Spider instead of Gryffindor Spider?

  • Geekologie

    I guess because it used to belong to Godric Gryffindor. plus it sounds more sciencey

  • Pretty sure griffons are not science GW.

  • Frédéric Purenne


  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    No love for Hufflepuff? Couldn't just give 'em one? All Houses Matter!!

  • Meh

    Just one more reason to hate spiders, now they're named after children's books.

    They could make it right by putting one of these critters in every book they sell.

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